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Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Thatcham Town Football Club
Unknown (26', 29', 41')
Full time
J Tennant (56'), S Cooper-Clark (65')
Tue 4 Sep 19:45 - Cup

FA Cup end in 3-2 loss to Bemerton Heath Harlequins

Following a home 0-0 draw against Bemerton Heath Harlequins, the replay resulted in a 3-2 loss and therefore knocked out of the cup.

Just 9 days after drawing at Waterside Park against Wessex Premier League side Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, Thatcham Town FC faced them again in the replay.

The first 25 minutes were fairly matched with both sides pressing for the first goal. There was a lot of friction between the two teams given what was at stake the following Saturday (an away game in the 1st Qualifying Round against Southern Premier high flyers Taunton Town) and plenty of free kicks were given

On the 26th minute, Jake Burgess scored with a looping header to open the scoring for the Harlequins. Despite a scramble to find the equaliser for the Kingfishers, only 3 minutes later Kelvin Robinson powered through to the edge of the penalty box to score the 2nd of the night and 2-0 to the home side.

Thatcham Town continued to press but the goal seemed to be out of reach. To make it even harder for them, a strike from 35 yards by Charlie Young made it 3-0 and this was the last goal of the half.

In the second half, James Tennant and Scott Rees came on as subs and made an instant difference.Both provided chances and had their own chances as well. The comeback seemed possible when after 56 minutes Tennant chased the ball through on goal to make it 3-1.

Not long after a penalty to Thatcham was given and super striker Shane Cooper- Clark stepped up to take it. The shot was parried but on the rebound he smashed it in the back of the net to make it 3-2. Was a Champions League night at Istanbul in 2005 on the cards?

Sadly and despite many efforts to make it 3-3 to take it through to extra time, it was not to be and the final whistle came after a long and arduous match,

The FA Cup will await another year but for now the team can look ahead to moving up the league table as well as the FA Trophy for the first time in many years.

Team : Rackley, Angell, Jenkinson, Thomas, Melledew, Hughes, Coyle, Downes, Cooper-Clark, Benham, Sankho Subs on : Tennant, Rees and Cook. Sub unused : Howell, Reed and Randall

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Key moments

26:00
Goal Goal for Bemerton Heath Harlequins
29:00
Goal Goal for Bemerton Heath Harlequins
41:00
Goal Goal for Bemerton Heath Harlequins
56:00
Goal James Tennant scores for Thatcham Town Football Club
65:00
Goal Shane Cooper-Clark scores for Thatcham Town Football Club

Highlights

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68:00 Sub Off
Jahson Downes is substituted off for Thatcham Town Football Club
68:00 Sub On
Ben Cook is substituted on for Thatcham Town Football Club
65:00 Goal 3 - 2
Shane Cooper-Clark scores for Thatcham Town Football Club
65:00 Missed Penalty
Shane Cooper-Clark misses a penalty for Thatcham Town Football Club
56:00 Goal 3 - 1
James Tennant scores for Thatcham Town Football Club
45:00 Sub On
James Tennant is substituted on for Thatcham Town Football Club
45:00 Sub Off
Lamin Sankoh is substituted off for Thatcham Town Football Club
45:00 Sub On
Scott Rees is substituted on for Thatcham Town Football Club
45:00 Sub Off
Matt Benham is substituted off for Thatcham Town Football Club
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 3 - 0
Goal for Bemerton Heath Harlequins
29:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Bemerton Heath Harlequins
26:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bemerton Heath Harlequins
  • Thatcham Town Football Club
  • 0
  • Goal 26:00'
  • Goal 29:00'
  • Goal 41:00'
  • James Tennant Sub On 45:00'
  • Lamin Sankoh Sub Off 45:00'
  • Scott Rees Sub On 45:00'
  • Matt Benham Sub Off 45:00'
  • James Tennant Goal 56:00'
  • Shane Cooper-Clark Missed Penalty 65:00'
  • Shane Cooper-Clark Goal 65:00'
  • Ben Cook Sub On 68:00'
  • Jahson Downes Sub Off 68:00'

Team selection

Rackley, Chris Rackley, Chris
Angell, Curtis Angell, Curtis
Jenkinson , Andy Jenkinson , Andy
Cooper-Clark, Shane Cooper-Clark, Shane
Melledew, Tom Melledew, Tom
Thomas, Gareth Thomas, Gareth
Hughes, Mark Hughes, Mark
Downes, Jahson Downes, Jahson
Benham , Matt Benham , Matt
Sankoh, Lamin Sankoh, Lamin
Coyle, Lewis Coyle, Lewis

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