Baldock in to Semi Final
Baldock Town 1-0 Risborough Rangers
A home tie in the semi-final of the Division One cup awaited the winner of Baldock who were coming off the back of another convincing win in the County cup on Saturday and Risborough Rangers who are yet again challenging at the right end of the table.
As is becoming the norm for many re-arranged and cup games, traffic caused problems before kick off. With a scheduled kick off of the usual 7.45 there were only a handful of the away side at the ground half hour before. The start was agreed to be put back until 8pm.
Baldock with a strong wind behind them started the game brightly. Josh Coley, always an outlet, was busy down the left flank ably supported by his full-back, Josh Furness. The ball was understandably hard to get on the ground and let the home side play the type of football they are accustomed to.
At the break the deadlock was yet to be broken, Risborough the far happier of the two sides having shut out Baldock and the wind.
What seemed to now be an uphill task actually played in to Baldock’s hands. Through balls from Callum Donnelly and Alex Coppin were now holding up. Risborough’s directness was now becoming easier to defend with balls running through to custodian Jack Farmer.
Baldock had the first two real chances of the game on the hour mark. Firstly Coppin with a header blocked on the line from a Harry Holland corner and then Coley also being denied from close range.
Changes were made on the hour mark, Stuart Pearson returning to the squad replaced the injured Liam Kenna and Zach Decker made way for Owen Robertson. The exuberant Russell Bull also took over from the ever hard working Holland up front.
Coley finally got his reward five minutes from the end volleying in a cross from close range. Risborough were calling for offside but the flag never came, although a second yellow for their centre midfielder did. Risborough then went down to nine men just before the end, a tackle on Donnelly deemed a red card.
Again a clean sheet for the men in red and another cup win. The reward for Luke Gregson’s men is a semi-final at home next Wednesday (13/12) against London Lions. They return to league action after a week off on Saturday (9/12) travelling to mid table Bedford.