Young Stotfold side through in FA Vase

Stotfold FC
Stotfold FC

A young Stotfold team ran out 3-1 winners at Rayners Lane on Saturday to make the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

The side had an average age of 22 including seven 18 year olds. They were on the back of a cracking result away at Hadley in midweek but were decimated by injuries and unavailability.

The game got under way in North London and Stotfold were slow out of the traps. For the first 10 minutes Rayners Lane dominated territory and possession before Stotfold woke up and started to get a bit of a foothold in the game.

Thirteen mins in and after a neat exchange out wide right between Jake Long and Drew Cardines, Jake swung a cross to the near post for Kumanie Scarlett to get across his marker and squeeze his finish between the keeper and the post for his third goal in four games.

A second goal quickly followed, this time through Charlie Joy in his last appearance before a three game suspension who tapped in at the far post from a whipped centre across the face of goal from Drew Cardines.

Stotfold were in total control and really started to look like they were going to rack up a few goals - but Rayners had other ideas. From a corner Stotfold only picked up three of the four runners and an unmarked Jordy Mumbiney rose unopposed at the far post to head home 2-1.

The pendulum swung again as Rayners came back at Stotfold and pressed into half time break.

Into the second half and a slight change of formation that the players were more comfortable with saw Stotfold looking a far more solid compact unit. They denied Rayners space and limited them to only a handful of long range efforts in the second half.

Stotfold completed the scoring and put the game to bed on the hour mark from the penalty spot, Ben L’honore converting after Louis Taylor had been brought down whilst bearing down on goal at pace.

It was a final comfortable score and Stotfold had chances to really press this one home and add some gloss to the scoreline but failed to take their chances.

For the second game on the trot there was a man of the match performance from Jaiden Irish in the middle of midfield who followed the game plan to the letter by continually breaking up play and playing simple but also mixed up the short and long game.

In the next round Stotfold will be at home to Newmarket Town.

On Tuesday, October 6 they are back in league action with a visit to Hoddesdon Town.