Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Blackfield & Langley v Camberley Town

Blackfield & Langley 1 Camberley Town 2 (AET)

It was not difficult to see how Saturday’s tie had ended goalless as defences were on top throughout and chances were at a premium. All three goals were from set pieces and the game revolved around two or three key incidents.

In the first half Camberley shaded possession but Blackfield were the more dangerous with speedy counter attacking down the flanks by Liam Robinson and Sam Griffin. There were two early chances as a pile driver of a free kick by Camberley’s Chris Ellis was beat away by Brad Snelling in the home goal then a curling shot by Griffin was tipped round the post by the excellent Kallum Lunn, the Camberley keeper.

The first key incident came in the 38th minute when Griffin was hauled back on the edge of the penalty area by James Garrard, the Camberley full back. The referee deemed it inside the area and awarded a penalty. Jamie WHITE shot low to the keeper’s left, the keeper went right – 1-0 to Blackfield.

The second period continued in much the same way until the 70th minute when Blackfield were awarded a second penalty, this time for hands. A goal then would surely have sealed the tie but White’s kick struck the right post and rebounded into play.

In a game littered with yellow cards it was hardly surprising that somebody received a second and it was Callum Cunliffe-Piley who received his marching orders shortly after the missed penalty – another key moment in the game.

A man down, Blackfield were now under the cosh and a Camberley equaliser came in the 80th minute from a corner. There was some debate whether it was an own goal or the finishing  touch was applied by Marcus COUSINS.

The home side managed to hold out to take the game into extra time and even managed to create some chances from goalmouth scrambles. But it was Camberley that gained the crucial advantage 2 minutes into the second period of extra time. A free kick was awarded centrally just outside the Blackfield penalty area and another Ellis pile driver was expected as he sized up the kick. But this was a decoy as Zac HAWKER curled a left foot shot round the wall and into the roof of the net.