Match Report: Borrowash Victoria AFC vs West Bridgford FC

Borrowash Victoria AFC vs West Bridgford FC

West Bridgford take a step nearer to Wembley!

31st August 2019

Borrowash Victoria AFC vs West Bridgford FC

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

Final Score Borrowash Victoria AFC 1 West Bridgford FC 2


An excellent second half turnaround saw Bridgford progress through in the FA Vase today.

Bridgford travelled to the Anderson Electrical Arena to meet fellow East Midlands Counties side Borrowash in the first round of this year’s FA Vase.

The first half saw Bridgford dominate possession without really creating the chances that they were looking for. A mazy run from Jack Oldham saw him slalom past three home defenders before seeing his shot saved, John Whitehurst and Tim Hopkinson also had speculative efforts.

On 30 minutes a mixup in the Bridgford defence saw the home centre forward released clean through. He calmly slotted past Fogg to put the home side into a surprise lead, which they retained until half time.

Half Time Score Borrowash Victoria AFC 1 West Bridgford FC 0

The second half saw an immediate increase in the tempo from Bridgford and from this the chances started to arrive. The front four of Hopkinson, Rae, Oldham and John Whitehurst were all causing huge problems to the home defence.

On 50 minutes a long throw from the right by Ellis Williamson bounced over everyone and sailed into the net. The officials consulted and decided that the home keeper had got a touch on the ball on it’s way into the net and awarded the equaliser.

The remainder of the game was pretty much all Bridgford. Hopkinson twice went close, Rae’s trickery around the box created two more chances, he also had a header well saved by the keeper, Oldham, who had an excellent game, provided great delivery from the right on a number of occasions and twice had goal bound shots blocked by the committed home defence.

On 70 minutes the goal that Bridgford had been striving for finally came. Good work down the left found Ryan Wheatley in space, his pinpoint cross was met by the onrushing Hopkinson who finished well.

Bridgford continued to push on and created more chances to put the result beyond doubt. Ryan Wheatley was unable to connect with a cross fired across the box, Joe Terry crashed a header against the crossbar and Hopkinson nearly capitalised on a keeper fumble.

However, Hopkinson’s goal was to prove decisive and the game finished without any further goals.

Final Score Borrowash Victoria AFC 1 West Bridgford FC 2

Bridgford progress to the second round of the Vase for just the second time in their history. The draw for the second round was made at the same time as the draw for the first, so Bridgford now await the outcome of tomorrow’s game between Selston and Teversal, with the winners drawn to play at Regatta Way in what promises to be a great occasion as Bridgford will look to get through to the third round for the first time.


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