Sandridge Rovers Reserves gain cup revenge on AFC Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:23 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:23 24 November 2015

Stefan Saywell for AFC hatfield

Stefan Saywell for AFC hatfield


Sandridge Rovers Reserves claimed revenge for last season’s Bingham-Cox Cup final defeat to Saturday’s visitors as substitute James Airey’s looping effort 15 minutes from time sent AFC crashing out of the Herts Intermediate Cup at the second round stage.

Struggling in strong winds, it was AFC who had the best of the chances but keeper Ian Thompson was equal to all of them, keeping out Tyrone Cazaubon’s close-range effort before also thwarting Stefan Saywelll and Dalton Fenton five minutes before the break.

In continuation from the first half, AFC began the brighter and should have finally broken the deadlock. However, Saywell somehow spooned over the crossbar from a yard out.

Having offered the better attacking threat all afternoon, AFC did finally find a way through on the hour.

Following a goalmouth scramble Gramos Hysenaj crossed from the right and Tatenda Makoni forced the ball home for his first AFC Hatfield goal to give The Green Boys a 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, AFC made a switch with Hysenaj coming off to be replaced by Stewart Gilroy who shortly after coming on almost doubled Hatfield’s lead but the ball was deflected for a corner.

The away side were made to pay for their lack of decisiveness soon after.

There appeared to be no particular danger when Olly Astley had the ball on the edge of AFC’s penalty area until he chipped it into the top corner to square things up at 1-1.

Sandridge now had the impetus and a free-kick in a central position on the edge of the penalty area nearly crept into the bottom corner but a fine diving save from keeper Luke Webster kept parity.

However, this didn’t last long and 15 minutes from time Airey pounced to send an effort high into the net to complete the turnaround.

Hatfield sent on Cornel Ioana in place of Cazaubon and tried everything they could to get back into the match, but the nearest they came to equalising was another Saywell shot that flew high over the crossbar, taking AFC’s hopes of a cup run with it.

The Man of the Match award sponsored by The Galleria was given to Makoni.

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