Brightlingsea: what a trek. On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon at the start of October along the Essex coast, and playing on a bumpy, wet pitch, United certainly showed their professionalism for the second successive game in the FA cup.
United started brightly and were certainly the more dominant team in the early stages. The penalty was quite rightly given by the referee, after Andrews long cross-pitch pass found Edwards, who was brought down inside the area on 15 minutes. Reidy comfortably stuck it away to make it 0-1 and that score line stayed the same until HT, although it could’ve been more.
Second half provided a slightly different story as Brightlingsea, as expected, came out all guns blazing. Their best moment was definitely when MacDonald managed to get a hand to their strikers shot which looked to be going in, only to strike the bar. After this period of around 10-15 minutes of pressure from the home side, United finally put the game to bed. After Janneh managed to put the ball over from a few yards out, Asa Hall rose highest and scored a carbon copy of his goal at Hungerford with a header into the bottom left of James Bradbrook’s (Brightlingsea’s’ keeper) goal.
A third soon followed when a cross was met by a diving header from Jake Andrews who again stood out. Keating and Niate could’ve made it 4 or 5 but full time, 0-3, job done and into fourth round qualifying we go.
MacDonald: 8/10- Solid performance, superb save onto the bar, bit dodgy when coming out of his area to clear but always managed to beat their front men to it and clear.
Cameron: 8/10- Good in the air, resolute defending as ever, hard man to get past. Few balls over the top caught him out but overall another solid display.
Jamie Sendles-White: 7/10.
Liam Davis: 7/10.
Asa Hall: 8/10.
Jake Andrews: 9/10.
Connor Lemonheigh Evans: 7/10.
Niate: 8/10 – Solid defensively and great in the air.
Reid: 8/10- Good penalty, great energy and work ethic, looked quick and on his game.
Janneh: 7/10 – Quick, should’ve got a goal but a tad unlucky and has a good work ethic. Just the end product!!
Edwards: 8/10 – Still think he lacks the end product but again his first touch, speed and skill outclassed Brightlingsea.
Keating: 7/10 – Looked lively, some good running with the ball and attacking play. taking multiple men on and looked hungry for a goal. Missed a one on one.
Essuman: N/A – too little time played to judge.
Wright: N/A – too little time played to judge.
Man of the Match:
Jake Andrews was my MOTD again today. His crossing and awareness to pick out a pass is excellent and again a deserved goal to top it off.
Looked as though, as Wynter was out and obviously the level of the opposition, we went in a 3-5-2 attacking formation with Davis and Opi down either side.
Solid game for the ref and both linesmen (and women, in this case). Didn’t have much to do, no cards obviously given, (may be wrong on that as Brightlingsea man could’ve been booked for penalty decision), which 100% correct after being stood right behind the goal to have a good view of it.
As you’d expect completely went for it especially in the early stages of the second half. As an attacking threat looked good throughout, but as you’d expect defending wasn’t all that good and we were able to comfortably win in the end.
Overall a good day out. Shout out to Matt Fox who drove me and two friends up after the travel club unfortunately had to be cancelled. Another shout out to the TUFC travel club. Make sure you get booked on for Eastbourne away which we’re back up and running for. Always a good laugh and ran by Mark Shephard. The only way normally I can get to so many games!!
430-ish and around 80 members of the Yellow Army.