Match Data 2000/2001


Gloucester City 2
Havant & Waterlooville 3

Football Association Cup - Wed Nov 08, 2000

HawksGloucester City
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Paul Nicholls
Gary Connolly
Ben Price
Gary MacDonald
Shaun Gale
Liam Daish
Paul Wood
Tim Hambley
Jamie O'Rourke (Leworthy, 79)
James Taylor
Craig Anstey

Substitutes
David Leworthy
Aaron Cook
Neil Champion
Matt Jones
Steve May

Goals


Hawks
Taylor (16)
Wood (47)
Taylor (74)

Gloucester City

Att: 321
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I was quite pleased tonight first off to find that a) Gloucester isn't quite as waterlogged as the news would have us believe, and b) I managed to remember the route to Meadow Park without the aid of maps, which would have been useless in the dark. Arriving at the ground an hour before kick off I wasn't expecting the place to be overrun with local supporters, but once 7.45 rolled round and the turnstiles had actually opened the given gate of 321 didn't really create the sort of atmosphere seen last week at West Leigh Park. The pitch though was in superb playing condition.

The game itself opened pretty much as the original tie did, Gloucester breaking quickly up the pitch on the counterattack and popping balls across the goal with alarming speed. We seemed more prepared this time though and in the opening exchanges I thought had an equal share of the opportunities, resulting eventually in a Taylor header that put us in front. Tim Hambley, playing very well, had a good chance shortly after but as seems common with our front men took too long to set up the shot.

The drama started in the twentieth minute as Nicholls, stranded on the edge of the area, couldn't prevent Jimmy Cox from side stepping him and poking the ball sideways into the goal. Undaunted, the exchanges continued until just before half time when Gloucester were awarded a penalty for an incident I couldn't see clearly from the stand. Daish was given a yellow card for protesting about what looked like a trip in the box by Gale, but the furore that kicked off clearly showed that the decision was less than straightforward. Gloucester scored from the kick, taking the lead at half time.

In situations like that we all know what is required, a quick recovery straight from the off, and Woody gave us exactly that with a first class bicycle kick the keeper hardly even saw 90 seconds into the half. Back on level terms with half the game to go the team stepped up a gear and although we didn't have an abundance of chances we did maintain some good possession as Gloucester started to flag. Taylor got the winner for us in the 74th minute, a superbly timed cross in from Gary Connolly put the ball to his feet right in front of the net and Super Jim's split second decision saw the ball bounce into the goal off the left post. He then certainly let the Gloucester boardroom know about it afterwards, I've never seen him quite so fired up!

The match though had one more twist to come. As the clock wound down and Gloucester started to get more physical (gaining two bookings in the space of five minutes) we conceded a second penalty for a hand ball by MacDonald, two minutes into injury time. My nerves were shredded as it was, but watching Nicholls standing in front of the majority of the celebrating Gloucester fans even I was sighing over the prospect of another thirty minutes. Paul though pulled the rabbit out of the hat. He dived the right way at the right time and pushed the ball back out into the penalty box. The ball was cleared, and it was the small band of H & Dub supporters behind the goal at the other end of the pitch that were celebrating.

So at the third attempt H & Dub have made it to the first round proper of the FA Cup and in two weeks we play at home to Southport. Does this mean we finally get our place on Football Focus as the plucky non-league minnows? This was also my first attempt at capturing some of the action with a digital camera, which explains the less than impressive results. Onwards and Upwards though.



Blurry match action



Well, it was a naff camera


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