By Ben Harte
Cinderford’s Nick Rhodes scored within 90 seconds from a corner to knock the wind out of Thatcham Town’s sails. For the next ten minutes both teams pressed to find the 2nd goal of the game. Unfortunately for the home side, Cinderford Town found their 2nd after yet again another corner and this time Craig Norman broke free from his man to flash a header into the net.
Bristol Rovers loanee Graeme Anderson in goal for Cinderford produced fine saves from the attacking trio of George Jeacock, Shane Cooper-Clark and Eko Elliott. At the other end of the pitch Chris Rackley was equally impressive on preventing the score being 3-0 at half time.
Cinderford came out hoping to stop Thatcham from scoring however Elliott proved to be the supplier with last year’s Wembley hero Cooper- Clark heading in from close range.
Thatcham fought for a 2nd but a penalty right on the edge of the penalty box was given to Cinderford after a tackle by captain Gareth Thomas. Dan MacDonald duly scored to make it 3-1.
It was looking like the home sides luck was again running out.
However, Thomas made up for his earlier error to thump a header in from
6 yards out and the Kingfishers’s could sense the game was not to be lost.
The rest of the match was very irrational with both sides receiving yellow cards. This seemed to stop the flow of play and the game went into 7 minutes of extra time.
Cinderford thought they’d done enough to secure the 3 points but Thatcham Town and had other ideas. After a mountain of headers between the teams, the ball found its way to Jeacock who superbly scored from the left and into the right of the goal to ensure a draw.
Both teams on reflection should have scored more but credit goes to the keepers on this occasion.
Match rating 5*****
Updated 10:36 - 1 Dec 2018 by Andy Morris
MoM Gareth Thomas because despite giving away a penalty he scored a crucial 2nd and kept his troops going right to the end.