Comrades Update

It’s a pleasant looking afternoon at Broadwater as the Comrades prepare for their debut in the FA Vase.

Only an hour to kick-off, so if you’re free this afternoon, why not come down and cheer Berko on against Eton Manor?

Teams to follow…

Comrades: 1. Eddie Farmer 2. Adam Mead 3. Jim Carmichael 4. Steve Hawes 5. Simon Carmichael 6. Mark Welling 7. Marty Wardle 8. Aaron Usmani 9. James Armstrong 10. Tony Burnett 11. Darren Caseman. Subs: 12. Jamie Gavin 14. Lee Groves 15. Anthony Beamish 16. Steve Boad 17. Graham Milner

The Manor: 1. Pail Daley 2. Danny Alleyne 3. Michael Marin 4. Paul Marin 5. Tyrone Thomas 6. James Bryant 7. Joe May 8. Dean Frett 9. Danny Clarke 10. Courtney Linton 11. Richard Priest. Subs: 12. Neil Barratt 13. Joe Eagan 14. Aaron May 15. Jerry Nkrumah 16. Gabriel Onireti

Darren Caseman makes his first team debut after scoring for the reserves in midweek.

1511: After being on top for most of the opening ten minutes, Manor open the scoring with a Mike Marin free-kick. 0-1

1514: Appeals by Berko that the ball crossed the line, but they are waved away. An Adam Mead free-kick curls just over.

1515: Jimmy Armstrong pulls clear, but draws his shot just wide.

1517: Its level as Tony Burnett nips in to dink the ball home. 1-1

1518: Disaster for Berko as Richard Priest pops up at the near post. 1-2

1519: It’s non-stop end-to-end stuff here now.

1533: The Comrades certainly know they’re up against top quality opposition here.

1534: Appeals for a handball against a Manor defender in their area are dismissed.

1540: Two moments of confusion on the Manor defence provide half chances, Aaron Usmani going very close with an instinctive header.

1541: Berko are asking questions now, and a foul by James Bryant on Armstrong leads to the ref pointing to the spot. Jimmy hammers the spot kick home. 2-2

1544: A quick ball from defence, and a clever ball from Armstrong sets Burnett away, but he drags his volley wide.

Half-time: 2-2

1601: We’re off again, Berko attacking the canal end.

1605: First chance as Burnett heads on goal.

1607: Usmani goes in the book for a challenge.

1608: Tony Burnett joins him for a tackle on the halfway line.

1612: The ref is either overly fussy, or trying to even up two soft bookings as a Manor defender goes in the book.

1613: Gabriel Onireti replaces Courtney Linton for Eton Manor

1616: Mead curls one just over from the edge of the box.

1620: Onireti makes an impact almost immediately with as he uses his strength before rifling home. 2-3

1622: Jerry Nkrumah joins the fray for the Manor.

1629: Great aerial battle, but the ref plays the percentage and blows for a foul on the keeper.

1631: Great chance for Berko, but Wardle slices wide.

1633: Jamie Gavin comes on for Matt Wardle for the Comrades.

1634: A scintillating run by Burnett is ended by a strong challenge by the Manor keeper.

1636: Neil Barratt comes on as Manor’s final change.

1637: Brave keeping from Ed Farmer keeps the Comrades in touch.

1639: Steve Boad and Anthony Beamish replace Adam Mead and Aaron Usmani for Berko.

1640: Handbags in the Manor half but no cards.

1643: Gavin goes in the book for a foul on the edge of the Comrades box, and Boad for dissent. The red has lost control.

1648: It’s kitchen sink time for Berko. Two deep free-kicks have been repelled, whilst Armstrong kicks the ball away and gets a card.

1659: Last chance from a long throw….well defended and the whistle goes.

Full-time: 2-3

Well played both teams in what was an enjoyable and competitive contest, and the very best of luck to Eton Manor in the next round.

For the Comrades, we matched higher level opposition over the ninety minutes, losing out to better finishing in the end, so let’s not be too disappointed.

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