Reserves make it a cup double
By Gary Brigden
The Reserves were in sparkling form as they picked up a cup double, when recording a relatively comfortable victory over a hard-working but youthful Ash Utd side.
A tight first quarter saw neither side create any meaningful opportunities, before we struck midway through the half, when the prolific George Baker fired us into a lead. A couple more chances followed but the sides went into the half time interval with us a goal to the good.
The second half saw Ash start brightly, and a rash challenge saw Manny Attakpah into the book. We made our first change midway through the half when Humphrey Agho made way for Luke Guest, in a like for like swap.
We increased our lead on 67 minutes when a dangerous corner by Stephen Gbopo was powerfully headed home by Baker, giving us the comfort of a two goal lead. Gbopo made way for Alfie Carney, and almost immediately Carney delivered a pinpoint cross to Dan Jones, who headed home his first of the season and number three.
There was no let up, and with just over ten minutes remaining, the ever impressive Joe Elbishlawi found Baker who fired home for his hat-trick, and his 38th goal of a stunning season.
There was still time for the game to turn fractious, with Aliba Matondo-Lando going into the book, and in stoppage time an altercation between Jones and an Ash player led to both seeing red.