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MKS Carpentry
FC Hitchin
FC Hitchin win 3 - 5 on penalties.
Unknown (1', 40', 121' Pen, 123' Pen, 125' Pen)
Full time
J Parker (50'), N Vaughan (87', 122' Pen), J Stannack (120' Pen), P McGuire (124' Pen), J Howard (126' Pen), T Mercer (128' Pen)
Sun 8 Jan 10:00 - Cup Attendance 10

New year, New chapter

We never gave up

08/01/2017

Vs MKS Carpentery

We started 2017 on a high note after being given a cup match for our first game back after the Xmas period. We knew this would be a tricky one, as MKS smashed the last team they played in this competition 16-3, so they know where the goal is and within the first minute they struck one against us. We weren't awake and they ran the ball straight through us and, with what could have been a cross, found the goal just inside near post.

We may have set things up wrong to start with, so we made a few adjustments and suddenly we were looking better and more confident. But midway through the first half the same player made it 2-0 to MKS. At times we played some really good, stuff moving the ball about on the floor and with much less of the hit and hope stuff like last year.

MKS had a few key players, especially a tricky midfield maestro and play maker. At half time we made a decision to stick a man on him permanently, in comes John Wren, who I can only say followed this guy everywhere and absolutely marked him out of the game. That really put us on on top of things and we started causing problems and creating a few chances at goal.

One of those was a beautiful sweeping ball across their back line from Josh Stannack, which found Paul McGuire in acres of space, but his 50p head sent the ball trickling out towards the side of the pitch, rather than in to the gaping net. (Sorry Paul, had to mention this one). We looked the better team though and, with their main man out the game, it was only a matter of time before we clawed one back - a great corner from Josh Stannack and our captain (and player of the month for December) James Parker got off the ground to head home our first goal of 2017.

At 2-1 we thought the luck was against us when a fine volley from Paul McGuire that was heading straight in the bottom corner to equal the score was denied by the hand of god, or at least the hand of an MKS defender. A red card and a penalty definitely should have been awarded, but the referee didn't see a thing. That's football.

We carried on putting in the work and once again it paid off - yet another corner, this one in the 86th minute from Paul McGuire. We threw everything at it, even the keeper came up. The balll came in and Paul had delivered it perfectly, right on to the head of Nick Vaughan, and with another bullet header we were level. This man deserved his goal as he had done everything else right. An absolute battle axe in the middle, even after taking a few knocks and cramping up he carried on till the very end.

So there we go, 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes. We had earned the right to extra time, not much could separate us as both teams had chances to end it and it was down to pens for a third time this season. Up to now we'd won one shootout and lost one.

All our pens were taken beautifully! MKS stuck a few good ones too, but their 4th hit was weak and Simon Hill managed to add yet another fine penalty save to his collection.

Our takers:

1) Josh Stannack (longest run up ever) GOAL
2) Nick Vaughan GOAL
3) Paul McGuire GOAL
4) Joe Howard GOAL
5) Tom Mercer. GOAL AND WIN.

MOM: Nick Vaughan

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Nick Vaughan

Player of the Match

Nick Vaughan

Key moments

1:00
Goal Goal for MKS Carpentry
40:00
Goal Goal for MKS Carpentry
50:00
Goal James Parker scores for FC Hitchin
86:01
Goal Nick Vaughan scores for FC Hitchin
90:00 +30:00
Scored Penalty Josh Stannack scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +31:00
Scored Penalty Penalty scored by MKS Carpentry
90:00 +32:00
Scored Penalty Nick Vaughan scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +33:00
Scored Penalty Penalty scored by MKS Carpentry
90:00 +34:00
Scored Penalty Paul McGuire scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +35:00
Scored Penalty Penalty scored by MKS Carpentry
90:00 +36:00
Scored Penalty Joe Howard scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +38:00
Scored Penalty Tom Mercer scores a penalty for FC Hitchin

Videos and photos

MKS Carpentry vs FC Hitchin 08/01/17
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Penalty - Paul McGuire
00:09
Penalty - Paul McGuire

Highlights

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90:00 +39:00 Player of the Match
Nick Vaughan is awarded player of the match for FC Hitchin
90:00 +38:00 Scored Penalty 5 - 7
Tom Mercer scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +37:00 Saved Penalty
Simon Hill saves a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +36:00 Scored Penalty 5 - 6
Joe Howard scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +35:00 Scored Penalty 5 - 5
Penalty scored by MKS Carpentry
90:00 +34:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 5
Paul McGuire scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +33:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 4
Penalty scored by MKS Carpentry
90:00 +32:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 4
Nick Vaughan scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
90:00 +31:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 3
Penalty scored by MKS Carpentry
90:00 +30:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 3
Josh Stannack scores a penalty for FC Hitchin
86:01 Goal 2 - 2
Nick Vaughan scores for FC Hitchin
86:00 Assist
Paul McGuire makes an assist for FC Hitchin
65:00 Yellow Card
James Parker is yellow carded for FC Hitchin
50:00 Goal 2 - 1
James Parker scores for FC Hitchin
49:59 Assist
Josh Stannack makes an assist for FC Hitchin
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for MKS Carpentry
1:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for MKS Carpentry
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • MKS Carpentry
  • FC Hitchin
  • 0
  • Goal 1:00'
  • Goal 40:00'
  • Josh Stannack Assist 49:59'
  • James Parker Goal 50:00'
  • James Parker Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Paul McGuire Assist 86:00'
  • Nick Vaughan Goal 86:01'
  • Josh Stannack Scored Penalty 90:00 +30:00'
  • Scored Penalty 90:00 +31:00'
  • Nick Vaughan Scored Penalty 90:00 +32:00'
  • Scored Penalty 90:00 +33:00'
  • Paul McGuire Scored Penalty 90:00 +34:00'
  • Scored Penalty 90:00 +35:00'
  • Joe Howard Scored Penalty 90:00 +36:00'
  • Simon Hill Saved Penalty 90:00 +37:00'
  • Tom Mercer Scored Penalty 90:00 +38:00'

Team selection

Hill, Simon Hill, Simon
Flood, Andy Flood, Andy
Howard, Joe Howard, Joe
Vaughan, Nick Vaughan, Nick
Parker, James Parker, James
Calmels, Danny Calmels, Danny
McGuire, Paul McGuire, Paul
Miller, Sam Miller, Sam
Mercer, Tom Mercer, Tom
Wren, John Wren, John
Norris, Sean Norris, Sean

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