Match Report - 06 Nov 2010, Borden Village FC 1st XI beat VCS Sports
BORDEN VILLAGE 3 VCS SPORTS 3 (Borden win 5 - 4 on penalties AET)
Borden found themselves through to the 3rd round of the of the Kent Junior Cup after defeating high flying VCS Sports from the Rochester & District Premier League. Within ten minutes from the start it was obvious to those watching why so far this season VCS were unbeaten and had only conceded four goals by the way looked confident on the ball and passed accurately when in possession. Both sides were looking to create openings and play was end to end but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on the half hour when Borden gave the ball away in mid field and were punished with a clinical finish from the edge of the box. Borden came back strongly and just before the break won a corner Adam Roxborough floated the ball into the box Nick Brown nodded down to Elijah Tucker who hammered home from 6yards. After the break play was still pretty even but within 15 mins VCS again took the lead with a cracking goal from 35 yards which dipped and swerved past the helpless Michael Neat. Again Borden set out in search of an equaliser and were rewarded in the last quarter when Sam Brown delivered a free kick into the box where Mark Barker climbed the highest to head home. With two minutes remaining disaster struck when a VCS striker wriggled free in the box and scored what looked to be the winner. With the visitors still celebrating and the referee looking to blow for time Adam Roxborough found Grant Murphy in the box who took one touch and fired across the goal and into the bottom corner to take the game into extra time Both sides had chances to win it in extra time and Borden looked the more likely when Roxborough broke through only to see his shot graze the crossbar. Neither side could find the net so with the light beginning to fade penalties were to decide the outcome and this is where Borden came out on top. It took Borden five quality penalties starting with Elijah Tucker Jay Law Nicky Fuller Sam Brown and Adam Roxborough Borden’s all of them beating the visitors keeper hands up. On the other hand Borden’s keeper Michael Neat saved one but was adjudged to have left his line and a retake was ordered However VCS missed one and Borden found themselves through to the next round. Defender Ricky Law was outstanding throughout and was voted Borden’s man of the match. Afterwards managers Knocker Williams and Ian Jackson were proud of how the lads came back 3 times and would not accept defeat. Knocker said “We are in the process of rebuilding a new side and we know we need to be more consistent but a fantastic team spirit seems to be developing. In the past seasons there were occasions when the team spirit and camaraderie at Borden was not always apparent but with this new group of lads the atmosphere is brilliant and the way they played today supporting and encouraging each other was great too see, we need to use this match as a platform on which to build I accept that we are a young side and need to gain experience but today we proved we can do it against a very good experienced football side Don’t forget we have been without Chris Feliniak now for three games (get fit soon Chris) and no Dan Mills today Lewis Stock is still injured and Glen Smith still has that niggling injury, so when we get everyone fit Jacko and I know that team selection will become a headache which is a nice problem to have!
Borden Village FC 1st XI 3 - 3 VCS Sports (won 5-4 on penalties )