The boys county cup run continued as they steamrolled into the quarter finals, at the expense of Salisbury based Laverstock. The hosts had already knocked out several big teams from Wiltshire, and with Joe knowing little about them, the boys headed into the game with little idea of what to expect. It started badly as defender Reece Gerring picked up a back injury in the warm up and holding midfielder Zac Brain was thrown into the back 3, and he put in yet another assured display. After only 5 minutes though, the boys found themselves behind, a long ball over the top resulting in the Laverstock forward beating Affleck in goal. This prompted a great response, and Bikash Limbu, who nearly missed the game through illness was brought down, before taking and scoring the resulting penalty.
As the game moved into the second half, with the hosts tiring, the boys’ quality and fitness began to tell. After a flowing move involving Woods and Limbu, the ball fell at the feet of Callum Hooper, who finished with the outside of his right foot to put the blues in front. Bikash began to then take over, excelling in his free role behind the main striker, and soon added goals 3 and 4, or goals 19 and 20 of his extraordinary season. A late consolation for Laverstock ensured the boys were made to stay focused until the end, but they saw it out, and the feeling of great achievement in being the only 2nd division team in the quarter finals was huge. The cup is a welcome distraction from the league and is something else to focus on. Also, absolutely fantastic to see Stan Banks back in a Croft shirt after 6 months out with a knee injury. He looked every bit the player we last saw in July and the goals will come!
MOM – Zac Brain
Squad – Affleck, Holland, Rowlands (c), Brain, Thapa, Colucci, Tremblen, Limbu, Banks, Hooper, Woods