Badgers whimper out of the FA Cup

Eastwood's Josh Burge makes headway during the FA Cup clash with Evesham United.
Eastwood's Josh Burge makes headway during the FA Cup clash with Evesham United.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round



Wayne Daniel 37

Marcus Palmer 40, 84

by Andy Cope

Evesham enjoyed their day in the glorious Nottingham sunshine with a dominant performance that was more emphatic than the 3-0 score line suggests.

With optimism running high following the Badgers’ 2-2 draw against runaway leaders Hyde FC, this performance really brought the fans back down to earth and they turned against the management long before the end of this dour performance.

Eastwood opened brightly and Jason Bradley could have helped himself to two goals within the first five minutes, however he guided a free header from Paul Riley’s cross straight into the arms of the keeper’s arms and then sent Steve Istead’s cross wide.

That was as good as it got for the Badgers as the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League opponents took control of the game.

Simon Fitter fired the first shot in anger narrowly wide from outside the box and Josh Quaynor’s free-kick had James Severn at full stretch.

But Quaynor made no mistake with his next free-kick, as captain Wayne Daniel opened the scoring in the 37th minute losing his marker to head home.

Eastwood came close to responding straight away as a lovely move ended with Josh Burge inside the box but the midfielder thrashed his shot wide of the post.

They were made to pay for the miss as moments later Marcus Palmer took advantage of a poor back pass to run clear on goal, steering the ball past the exposed keeper and into the corner of the net.

The first opportunity of the second-half also fell to the visitors, and Evesham’s left-back Jamie Hyde hooked a long punt forward just wide of the far post.

Bradley failed to convert a good chance this time from a Mitch Hanson free=kick and Danny Elliott fired wide after the introduction of player coach Lee Morris had added impetus to the Badgers attack.

Bradley’s turn and shot on the edge of the box was well wide and once again Bradley failed to make the keeper work from a free header.

Any hope the Badgers would up the ante in the second-half quickly disappeared as the visitors switched play down to the other end of the pitch with Craig Wilding hitting the post with a thunderous shot.

Lewis Poutney should have put the game well and truly beyond their hosts but wasted a free header six yards out, heading straight at Severn.

Then, six minutes from time, Palmer scored his second to heap more misery on the Badgers with a one-two 35 yards out which took him through a static rearguard before slotting the ball into the corner of the net.

With the final goal the crowd voiced their displeasure leading to angry exchanges between supporters and players after the game.

Eastwood: 1 James Severn 2 Steve Istead (c) 3 Paul Riley 4 Sam Benjamin 5 Gavin Caines 6 Mitch Hanson (Alex Troke 67) 7 Jake Sheridan 8 Danny Elliott 9 Josh Burge (Lee Morris 60) 10 Jason Bradley 11 Jarrod Westcarr (Aaron Mitchell 75)

Subs not used: Jake Want (GK), Jevaise Christie

Att: 222