2-9-15 Kidsgrove 5-6 AET Westfields (FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay)

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Game 12 of the season

Another very late decision to go this, my first FA Cup game of the season, usually this is the sort of game that ends up being a 0-0, so an 11 goal thriller was a nice surprise! I don’t want to type up a full match report even though this was one of the best games I have seen in a long time, because it would need about 2,000 words, so here is a summary.

1-0 (6 mins) / 2-0 (10 mins) / 3-0 (16 mins) The home side race into a three goal lead after just 16 minutes, and missed a couple of opportunities as well. It looks like the long journey for Westfields has taken a toll, along with the shorter warm up. We were already making agreements on which score we could go home at, I had gone for 6-0.

4-0 (44 mins) Anthony Malbon tucks away a penalty for his second of the game to give Kidsgrove a comfortable half-time lead. Tie over?

4-1 (62 mins) Matt Reeve gives the away side a glimmer of hope as he takes advantage of a mix up in the Kidsgrove defence to nod home.

4-2 (73 mins) Kidsgrove are really rocking now, as the diminutive Cuss found space around 25 yards out and drilled the ball past a stationary ‘keeper.

4-3 (79 mins) Real hope for Westfields as Jones slams a free kick into the top corner.

4-4 (87 mins) Complete turnaround in this game as the away side equalize with their fourth goal in 25 minutes; Jones with a penalty to notch his hatrick. Kidsgrove have thrown away all their good work in the first half, where they should have gone in at least 6-0 up.

5-4 (93 mins) Kinsey reverses the momentum in this compelling cup tie, with a good header after Malbon’s pinpoint cross.

5-5 (95 mins) Craig Jones get Westfields back on level terms almost immediately with another pinpoint free kick into the top corner.

5-6 (120 mins) A long ball found the Westfields no 9 clean through, he took it round the ‘keeper who then brought him down. Red card, and a chance for 2 goal striker Kinsey to make himself a hero as a makeshift goalkeeper. But Craig Jones made no mistake from the spot, to net his fourth dead ball goal of the game.

11 goals, and more than just that, there was good football throughout in a game played at a great tempo and in a good spirit.

Entertainment = 9/10


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