Knebworth dump Wormley out of the Aubrey Cup

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Aubrey Cup Second Round Knebworth 3 Wormley Rovers 2 GARY Bottazzi s thundering header clinched victory for Knebworth and a place in the last 16 of the Aubrey Cup. The Watton Road club made a disastrous start to the second roun

Herts Senior County League Aubrey Cup Second Round

Knebworth 3 Wormley Rovers 2

GARY Bottazzi's thundering header clinched victory for Knebworth and a place in the last 16 of the Aubrey Cup.

The Watton Road club made a disastrous start to the second round tie when their visitors caught them napping in the opening minute.

Wormley full-back Jack Bartlett whipped a cross to the back post where Marc Smith beat Lloyd Lee to the ball and volleyed past goalkeeper Matt Lord from eight yards.

Winger Sam Harwood posed the biggest threat to the Rovers goal, riding three challenges as he cut in from the left before the ball bobbled unexpectedly and he miscued his shot.

The visitors doubled their advantage in the 19th minute when forward Lewis Gardner was given too much time and space on the edge of the Knebworth box, turned and drilled low past Lord.

The K's were in unfamiliar territory, but the young side showed great character to step up a gear.

The fightback began in the 25th minute as Lewis Cook skipped in from the right wing, passing two Wormley defenders before sliding the ball through to Harwood.

He blasted past Dave Andrews in the visiting goal to reduce the arrears.

Knebworth were getting into their stride and enjoying sustained periods of possession, and got their just reward four minutes from the interval.

Cook was again the instigator as Andrews spilled his long-range effort and Dan Carroll was first to the loose ball to tuck away the equaliser.

The second half, in contrast to the first, offered little in terms of goalmouth action, despite Knebworth maintaining the upper hand.

With 20 minutes left on the clock the K's won a free-kick on the right, deep in Wormley's half.

Jon Bond's teasing delivery was met with a powering header by Bottazzi that Andrews could only palm into the net, giving Knebworth the lead for the first time that afternoon.

Wormley pressed for an equaliser but found the home side's defence resolute.

Lee cleared off the line in the dying minutes to redeem his early lapse in concentration.

Clearly the better footballing side, Knebworth gained a deserved win to take their place in the next round against either Allenburys Sports or Debden Sports.

Bottazzi collected the AD Bly Construction man of the match award for his part in the victory, and is beginning to form a crucial partnership with skipper Michael Ross at the heart of the K's defence.

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