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Sat 10th October

Arlesey Town







Sileby Rangers

an important game for Arlesey as the FA Vase always holds a special spot for the people of Arlesey. Northampton Sileby a complete unknown to most of us.


The game started with a relatively slow tempo. From a corner the ball was only half cleared and came to Derek Feyi and his volley went just the wrong side of the post. A poor clearance was well intercepted by the Sileby player but he shot well over the bar and a good looking cross in was well taken by Luke Daley. From an Arlesey FK Feyi picked up the clearance and hit a long shot that the keeper could not hold but his defence helped him our scrambling it clear.


Sileby had a shot that went just past the post before Lincoln Gilmartin found Jalen Miller who turned and hit a shot that looked goal bound before a great save from the keeper but he could only push it out to Herculano Carvalho who hit a shot that for the second time in 2 games crashed off of the bar before going out. As Arlesey now applied more pressure Gilmartin cut in and was fouled on the edge of the “D”.


Bruno Brito stepped up and hit a superb shot over the wall and into the top corner for 1-0 on 36 mins and his 1st strike for the club. Arlesey then displayed the classic “ sucker punch” as they switched off and a quick counterattack saw Joey Mann put through and he shot past Daley into the bottom corner for 1-1 on 38 mins.

Arlesey pressed forward for the rest of the half with a couple of got crosses but Sileby hung on for 1-1 at HT.

Arlesey started that 2nd period in a positive mode with crosses in from both sides as Arlesey upped the tempo. Gilmartin made a surging run into the box beating 3 defenders before his shot was blocked and Miller made a good turn and shot before seeing the ball drift over the bar.


On 52 mins came the moment that was definitely worth winning the game with, Carvalho received a great ball in on the edge of the box and controlled in on his chest before hitting a superb overhead scissor kick that flew past the keeper for 2-1 and the goal of the season so far.

Arlesey were now cruising and in control, Miller beat his man and crossed in before it came back to Boyan Dimov

who put it back in, Gilmartin had a shot blocked before Carvalho hit a shot that the keeper spilled and was only just cleared by the desperate defence, Sileby were just about hanging on by their fingertips.

A corner was scooped just past the post by a defender, Feyi had a shot blocked before the keeper dropped a cross in front of Miller before he claimed it at the 2nd attempt. Arlesey replaced Miller with Wilson Ferrera and he was immediately involved as Dimov found him and he found Brito who fired over.

A FK by Brito saw Feyi head over. A break out by Sileby saw Daley come out well to head clear. Arlesey liked to see out the game taking off Dimov to give the big Jandir Gonçalves Cruz

his debut as an extra defender. Gilmartin found Ferreira who’s shot was blocked before the ref sent a Sileby defender to the “sin bin” for dissent.


Arlesey May have been drawn into extra attack’s with the extra man and were unlucky as a great cross in by Argjend Ahmejaj was cleared off the line on 86 mins.

Suddenly the game turned on its head. Richardson was booked for a nothing challenge leading to a Sileby FK this was headed clear with the ball coming to Mann 30 yards out. He hit a speculative shot that looked an easy take for Daley but for whatever reason he didn’t hold it and it went past him for a shock goal and 2-2 on 88 mins. This was compounded as Brito tried to get the ball back with his foot and made contact and the ref showed him a straight red card.

Arlesey were shocked, but tried to fix it as Carvalho attacked and found Ferreira but his shot was saved. With everyone mentally preparing for penalties Jake Stronge picked up the ball on the edge of the box, beat 2 defenders and slotted the ball past Daley and the post for 2-3 in the 92nd min and much to Sileby’s delight an improbable victory at the very death of the game.

An incredibly expensive and sole destroying 4 mins of football. A game that was well won by a very deserving winning goal thrown away. An example if one was needed of a game is not won until it’s finished.


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