City marched on into the 1st Round proper of the FA Trophy with
a hard fought victory over lower division Uxbridge, a last gasp
strike from sub Alex Allard finally enough to kill off the resistance
from the West London outfit. It was a good demonstration of some
new found character and confidence from a City side now proudly
boasting a nine game unbeaten run after our early season woes -
after seeing Uxbridge force themsleves back into the match during
the second half we didn't lose our bottle or fold. The Trophy run
has really lifted the club and provided some much needed prize money,
and the delight of the players was clear with some well earned celebrations
on a pitch where we haven't had much previous cause to party. Everyone
at City will now hope for a kind draw out of the hat in the next
round - hoping for a tie to raise the club's profile and help ease
our income worries.
T-Ender Match Snaps
|Whitts leaves the Uxbridge defence floored
in an early attack
||Uxbridge keeper Bullivant spills another
shot but his goal survives.
|Another City attack flounders as Whittington
is closed down
||Uxbridge waste a free kick which spirals
skyward off the City wall.
You can't pretend this was a vintage City performance, but there
were a lot of good things to take from this match. In the first
half we dominated the game and possession in a way we have struggled
to do in recent months, and whilst we struggled to make clear
chances or find the goal we deserved the visiting defence was
rocking at times. Later on we lost the intiative a little and
at times looked in danger of losing our way, and with it the tie.
Perhaps the most pleasing thing was that we saw through that spell
with the players keeping their heads and working through the bad
spell without caving in. The late winner may have been a little
cruel on Uxbridge, but we just deserved the win and the most pleasing
thing about this game is a second 'home' win - and that our Trophy
run continues into the 1st Round proper with the possibility of
a big Blue Square Premier side visiting to provide a much needed
boost to our coffers.
Other Match Reports:
Southern League Premier Results & Website
Trophy competition website