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First team report  

Sat 10th Sep 2016
F A Vase First Round Qualifying Replay
Spelthorne Sports 0-0 TAFC First team
After an early chance when Adam Scotcher’s 3rd minute header on from a George Brinkman free kick was saved by the Spelthorne keeper, the first half developed into a battle in the middle of the park, which was very congested. Next good opportunity came on 33 minutes and was from another George Brinkman free kick from just outside the area, which drew a good save from the keeper who just managing to tip it over. The half finished with a flurry with the best two chances of the half. On 44 minutes Chris Vardy was played through by Adam Scotcher and had a direct shot saved by the keeper from a tight angle. Almost immediately Spelthorne has their best chance of the half when a through ball was seized upon and taken forward, only for the Spelthorne striker to flash his shot across the Tring goal and out for a goal kick.

Half time 0-0

More of the same in the second half, with even less action in front of goal if anything. Some nice approach play by Tring, but moves kept breaking up before any real threat on goal could be mustered.

Spelthorne started to get on top slightly and had two shots on 60 minutes and 62 minutes – the later drawing an easy save from Jack Hopwood. Tring's first shot of the half came on 69 minutes in the shape of a low drive from distance by Sam Jolliffe – unfortunately just wide.

Then came a bizarre incident and a poor piece of refereeing. With Chis Vardy rounding the Spelthorne goalkeeper from a wide angle with the goal at his mercy, the referee blew for a foul by the keeper who he subsequently booked. The outcome for Tring was a free kick on the edge of the area from a wide position – has the referee not heard of playing advantage?

The game then drew to a close with honours even at 0-0, which was about the right result and we look forward to welcoming Spelthorne (who were excellent hosts) for a replay on Tuesday.

Team: 1 Jack Hopwood 2 Jack Seaton (Tommy Twelves), 3 Chris Mason 4 George Brinkman 5 Dave O'Connor 6 Dan Steadman 7 Luke Dunstan 8 Sam Joliffe 9 Chris Vardy 10 Adam Scotcher (Chris Stapleton) 11 Ryan Sturges. Subs not used: Lessa Boka, Stuart Stedman.