FA Vase



THERE was nothing to choose between the two sides in the opening encounters, with both teams vying for an opening but both defences looked comfortable.

Cheddar’s Bennett fired a free kick narrowly wide of the target before a Luke Cloak effort was well saved by the home keeper.

The Lambs then began to take control and in the 27th minute, a fine passing move saw Warren Daw provide a defence splitting pass. Jack Crago was onto it in a flash, placing the ball past the advancing keeper into the net.

The home team continued to play some attractive football but they found the Lambs’ defence in great form. Alex Cairo was booked for a tackle and from the free kick Josh Oak made a smart save to deny Wright from levelling the score.

The 38th minute saw some great work by Luke Brown, who produced a superb cross for Warren Daw to power home a fine header to give the Lambs a two goal advantage at the interval.

The Lambs controlled the game in the second half but Cheddar performed well and never gave up, trying to break down a resolute Lambs’ defence with Dan Evans and Ben Cross in excellent form. Josh Oak was forced to make a good save to deny Maggs from reducing the arrears.

Just before the hour Josh Grant replaced Alex Cairo. Grant was immediately in the action as he saw his first effort flash inches wide of the target. Shortly afterwards Oak made a great save to turn away a Pennington header from a corner kick.

In the 76th minute it was Crago again who reacted quickest in the penalty area and he tucked the ball home from 12 yards. Three minutes later another raid down the left saw Crago cut into the penalty area, where he was upended. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Crago made no mistake and hit the ball home low into the corner of the net, to complete his hat trick.

Cheddar continued to play some decent football but they could not break down the well drilled Lambs’ defence and on the odd occasion they did, Oak was there to tidy everything up.

With 10 minutes remaining, Greening replaced Cloak. A terrific move saw Crago and Josh Grant combine well but he dragged his shot inches wide of the target.

In the 90th minute the Lambs made it five when once again Jack Crago rounded off another fine move, when cut in from the left and fired an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net.

Although not at their best the team had more than enough to record this comfortable victory. The team did not play at its usual high tempo but created enough to see them safely through to the next round. The man of the match was Jack Crago for his clinical finishing.