ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
KNOCK-OUT CUP – QUARTER FINAL.
TIPTREE HEATH FC: 5. FLITCH UNITED FC: 0.
Date: Saturday 07th April 2018.
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Feering.
This was the last of the Knock-Out Cup, Quarter Finals to be played, two Division Two teams, both promoted last season after their first season in the ESBFL and both with only one league defeat to date, Tiptree Heath sit second but Flitch United are further behind in fifth place but with numerous games in hand. For Cup games anything is likely to happen, I had watched the hosts twice, both league games away from their Feering home ground, and also Flitch at home to First Division Lawford Lads FC in Round One with both teams successful against Premier Division teams in Round Two with Little Oakley FC and Alresford Colne Rangers FC being their respective victims.
Tiptree Heath FC were not, at full strength, notable absentees being Scillitoe, Ward and Hazell, whereas Flitch United FC were missing, Morgan, Sykes and Layzell but I still expected a close but hard fought game with referee Ricky Johnson ensuring the “Respect” handshake was undertaken before play commenced.
Flitch kicked off and the game started at a fast pace with Chester testing keeper, Spyrou with an early shot and his long clearance flew to his opposite number Hawkins (P) at the other end on this small pitch, a bumpy pitch that has a pronounced slope at one end. O’Brien made the first foul of the game when tackling Hawkins (M) and for a short early period Flitch had to defend with Green fouling Monk near the corner flag after five minutes, showing an over exuberance in trying to win possession. Hawkins (S) then fouled Coopersmith (O) on the half-way line and Rivett returned the compliment when fouling Hawkins (M) whilst Burton tracked back to defend for Flitch and set Pyne away only for Hawkins (M) to chase back and stop any danger. Both teams were getting stuck into some hefty challenges, mostly fair and the game flowed with Jones striking a shot straight at Spyrou whose clearances, to me, were rushed and hardly gained any distance! On several occasions the ball flew over the high catch fencing into neighbouring gardens, must be a nightmare retrieving them but there was always a spare available with Thurston almost getting through until keeper, Spyrou advanced to clear.
On sixteen minutes Coopersmith (M) over elaborated on his run forward to lose the ball on the half-way line and Chesney strode forward to shoot straight to the keeper and minutes later Tiptree Heath had the ball in the net from a Chesney assist but the goal was ruled out for off-side. By twenty minutes, Tiptree Heath had this game by the scruff of the neck pushing forward from different areas of the pitch, Tollhurst, found Chesney whose pass to Green was turned wide by his left foot. Another high ball from Tollhurst found Spyrou struggling by the presence of Chesney, fumbling the ball in the air but falling on it as he landed. When Chesney and O’Brien clashed in mid-field the referee gave both a verbal warning, second time for both, so far so now they know where they stand from now on! Chester took the free-kick with Burton heading clear then Chesney ran through to shoot with keeper Spyrou tipping the ball over his cross-bar, a goal is getting closer I feel. Chesney took the corner on the left side, a low strike which was met by MAX HAWKINS stooping low to head past two defenders standing on the goal-line, and at the near post, that should settle things down! Spyrou was again troubled by a high looping ball into the penalty area, Chesney was again in attendance, the keeper dropped the ball but Burton booted the loose ball clear.
On thirty minutes Coopersmith (C) used his pace to get back and defend after a long chase forward and Thorogood cleared long towards Pyne who controlled the ball, turned but was tackled from behind by Tollhurst who was promptly cautioned. Tiptree Heath increased their lead on thirty-eight minutes and another unlikely scorer when after Coopersmith (O) fouled Jones on the left side, Green played in a curling free-kick which eluded all the Flitch defenders until LUKE THURSTON stabbed the ball home.
HALF-TIME: 2 – 0.
With Jones receiving a first half injury he was replaced after the half-time break by Ince, and Tiptree restarted the match with a quick goal. A poor goal-kick by Spyrou was headed back by Chesney into the path of JOE CHESTER who had the simplest of tasks to score number three and pretty much wrap up this game. On fifty minutes Tiptree Heath should have scored again Chester linked up with Chesney to find leading goal-scorer Green who skied, the ball high and wide with rushed attempt to score. That miss hardly mattered as a minute later it was four, Rees raced down the left side to cross into the path of JOE CHESTER who scored with ease as the Flitch defence receded. Spyrou made a fine save to deny Chesney who ran onto a pass from Chester with Flitch, Player Manager, Monk, taking a breather for Flitch with Savage taking his place.
Home captain, Briggs earned a rebuke from the match official for disputing a free-kick awarded, against his team, however the free-kick taken by Burton failed to trouble the home defence with Tollhurst clearing. When Chester ran through and cut in from the left side his pass into the path of Green should have resulted in another goal but he missed the open goal. At the other end Pyne, who had battled single-handedly up front for Flitch almost capitalised playing the ball back to Savage whose long dipping effort flew just over the angle of the cross-bar and post, then Pyne ran through with the ball only for keeper Hawkins (P) to advance and use some neat footwork to control and beat the advancing forward leading to a foul by Thorogood on Chester.
Tiptree made it five goals on seventy minutes, Chester chased a long ball forward and from his low cross CHARLIE GREEN slotted home from ten yards out. When Green and Coopersmith (M ) clashed the referee called them both aside, Green listened and kept quiet, Coopersmith (M) persisted and received a caution, shame really as he was one of the visitors more influential players. When keeper Hawkins (P) also spoke out of turn, fifty yards from the incident he also went into the referees, note-book, for dissent as did Chester, also for Tiptree Heath. With fifteen minutes to play Coopersmith (C) was replaced by Rees, Patching made a fine recovery tackle having lost out to Green at the expense of a corner. Flitch had a rare chance when Burton fired over the cross-bar but his defence were again on the back-foot with Coopersmith (M) making a fine challenge on Chester. As the game petered out Spyrou made up for his earlier error making an excellent save with his feet from Green and Chesney hit the cross-bar before the final whistle was blown.
FULL TIME: 5 – 0.
I suppose this was a fairly emphatic victory for Tiptree Heath who could easily have scored more goals, Flitch United will reflect on missing certain players and a decent cup run beating teams from higher division in previous rounds. These two teams have still to meet in the league and should have played last Saturday in the Tommy Thompson Cup semi-final but due to the weather that match is now scheduled for Saturday 28th April 2018 whereas Tiptree Heath FC will play their KOC semi-final against Gas Recreation FC at Bromley Road on Saturday 21st April 2018.
Now, for my Man-of-the-Match selection, Flitch United, captain Coopersmith (M) was the pick of the visitors who were not at their best in this match, for Tiptree Heath, Chester, Chesney and Green always look like scoring, Tollhurst missed nothing at the back in a strong defensive unit, but to me, was, on reflection, just shaded out by the non-stop running, and the first oportunist goal, from Max Hawkins.
TIPTREE HEATH FC: Colours: Green & Black Shirts, Black Shorts and Green Socks.
Paddi Hawkins., Toby Turner., Luke Thurston., Charlie Briggs., Jack Tollhurst., Max Hawkins., Joe Chester., Jamie Chesney (C)., Charlie Green., Ben Kensdale., Ryan Jones.
Manager: Steve Chester.
Assistant Manager: Ian Dobbins
Used Substitutes: Matthew Ince.
Unused Substitutes: Cameron Ward., Ryan Scillitoe., Steve Chester.
FLITCH UNITED FC: Colours: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks.
Samuel Spyrou., Peter Monk., Daniel O’Brien., Sean Thorogood., Daniel Patching., Adam Burton., Shane Pyne., Neil Rivett., Matthew Coopersmith (C)., Oliver Coopersmith., Charlie Coopersmith.
Player Manager: Peter Monk.
Used Substitutes: Chris Rees., Daryl Savage.
Referee: Ricky Johnson (Colne Engaine)
Man of the Match: Max HAWKINS (TIPTREE HEATH FC)
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