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Magnaficent Cup Progress for Mods

BIlly Walton Cup Fixture
Date: Sunday 05 December 2021
Venue: Rawlins Stadium
Referee: Keith Middleton, Leics

It may have taken longer than expected, but CSKA progress into the third round of The Billy Walton Cup following a hard-fought win after extra time against Division Four outfit Atletico Magna.

Manager Jon Brice used the opportunity to test out his new 4-1-4-1 formation to help ease the number of goals The Mods have shipped recently. Captain Dave Payne was back in the squad after a nerve injury had kept him out of training for the past few weeks, so Chris McCafferty took the captain’s armband. There was a first CSKA start for Miky Garcia at left back also, and Rich Augustus returned between the sticks after missing the last game against Van Circle.

 

The game didn’t get into any rhythm for the first 30 minutes, with the visiting side getting endlessly frustrated with referee Keith Middleton, resulting in 2 players sin-binned for 10 minutes each. However CSKA didn’t make good use of the extra man advantage despite longer periods of possession, no real opportunities arose.

Hiran Mistry was forced off early with a groin injury, replaced by Dave Payne. The CSKA captain almost made an immediate impact with a shot from an acute angle striking the cross bar.

The half ended 0-0, but The Mods were in much better condition having had a one man advantage for long periods of the first half. This continued into the second half, Gaz Walker and Jon Brice were able to make significant strides forwards with the ball and begin passages of play into the midfield and forward areas. Chris McCafferty had the best chance of the game when he was put through only to find his effort tipped onto the crossbar by the keeper. 10 minutes later he was in again, this time his flick over the keeper hitting the outside of the post.

CSKA looked comfortable and limited the visitors to mere half chances, one of which was after a casual back pass by Adam Gent went unpunished. Harry Beaumont was introduced for Miky Garcia, and the youngster caused a series of problems for the opposing full backs, and gave the rest of the CSKA lads an offensive lift, but still, no goals.

And so the game went into extra-time, and in the first half CSKA eventually found an opening, a ball up to McCafferty was flicked on to Danny Chapman, who slotted it home from just inside the box to give CSKA a lead in which they would easily hold on to.

Not the most convincing of results but a very encouraging display with a new system and having had a few weeks off.

Gaz Walker was voted Man of the Match for a solid strong display at the back and encouraging play into the midfield and full backs.

The fourth round should be sometime in early 2022, and with The Mods languishing in mid-table currently, the Cup may be the best course for some silverware this season.

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