Amersham make it through despite melee spoiling match
AMERSHAM Town made it through to the second round of the Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup with a 3-0 win away at Tring Town.
In only the second minute Amersham’s Jamie Aldred broke down the middle but Tring keeper Steve Birchenall was out quickly to smother the ball. A series of Amersham attacks then followed which, in the 21st minute, led to the first goal.
Bertie Squires-Adams, who was quickest to react to a ball down the right channel, was able to poke the ball past the onrushing Birchenall and then slip it home from a tight angle.
Amersham’s second goal soon followed when a long ball down the left released Alden one-on-one with Birchenall. The keeper managed to parry the shot but the ball fell kindly for the onrushing Tom Parry, who had the simple task of tapping it into the empty net.
The second half was only six minutes old when it erupted. A player was fouled, there was pushing and shoving, at least one punch was thrown and a general melee broke out. When the referee at last restored order, two Tring and one Amersham player had been shown red cards.
As is often the case, the sendings off destroyed the game as a spectacle.
The nine men of Tring kept trying to play their football while Amersham lost their concentration. As a result the Tring forwards gave Amersham one or two nervous moments, but as Tring tired and Amersham regained their composure, the chances for the visitors multiplied.
First Gary Marshall robbed a defender but chipped the ball just past the post, then Nathan Henry broke through but shot over the bar.
The pressure was bound to tell and, with 10 minutes remaining, Amersham sealed the win.
Leon Parkes and Squires-Adams combined to feed the ball across goal where Gary Marshall turned and fired past Birchenall.