FA Vase: Magical Mayo leads Brockenhurst FC into next round after penalties victory over Street FC
FA Vase third round
Street FC 1
Brockenhurst FC 1
(Brockenhurst won 3-2 on penalties)
BROCKENHURST booked a place in the FA Vase fourth round – a juicy local tie against New Milton Town – for the first time since 2005/06 with a 3-2 penalty shootout away victory over Street.
With the hosts enjoying a spell of pressure, Christie Ward gave the Badgers the lead with a brilliant goal, before Harry Foster squeezed in a leveller to force the match to penalties.
The Cobblers quickly gained the momentum and pressured Patrick McManus's men from the off. However, an extremely lenient referee helped their cause with remarkably robust challenges flying in regularly.
The visitors struggled to get going and, with 13 minutes gone, Brock's Alex Haynes made a superb block to deny a near-certain goal before keeper James Mayo produced a huge save.
Against the run of play, Ward delivered a moment of magic to sit the defender down with a perfect Cruyff turn. The 18-year-old then calmly rolled the ball past Liam Norris and into the corner of the net.
A shell-shocked Street got back on level terms just before the hour mark when Foster squeezed the ball home after being played through on goal.
Both sides had chances to win it, and the best opportunity fell to the hosts in the fourth minute of added time, but Mayo made an unbelievable save which drew gasps from both sets of spectators.
With the match going to penalties, each side scored their first two. However, a Street miss and a Mayo save bookended a successful attempt as Brock moved into the next round, with Mitchell Speechley-Price, Lyle Simpson and Jo Chamberlain scoring.
Brockenhurst: J. Mayo, C. Ings, P. Wilson, R. Moore, J. Smith, S. Yang, K. O'Donnell, A. Haynes, S. Obeng, C. Ward, M. Sheedy. Subs: M. Taylor, L. Simpson, B. Magookin, M. Speechley-Price, J. Chamberlain, T. Sykes.