Sun 01
1st Team
D Riordan (9')
C Lomax (90')
Emley 1-1 Burscough

Emley 1-1 Burscough

By Martin Eastwood
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Soggy stalemate at the Welfare Ground

Emley and Burscough will replay on Wednesday after a tense 1-1 draw in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying round at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground.
In a game that swung one way then another, the teams couldn't be seperated, even with 30 minutes extra time, so it's another trip West for Emley and their supporters.
Emley's biggest problem this season again came to the fore, finishing, or, lack of!, again the Pewits created enough chances to have already booked their place in the next round, and then when it looked like they'd weathered the storm ( literally,as a tremendous downpour provided some extra entertainment) they then conceded a pretty sloppy last minute equaliser, although to be fair, on their second half efforts Burscough probably deserved it.
Emley, as is often the case, started brightly, Jimmy Eyles, causing problems among the visiting defence, finds a shot on the turn but it goes wide, Emley then have a let off, the ball is in the net but the offside flag is up, and they waste no time in putting one in legallY, good play by Jack Cooper who wins a corner and from the resulting corner, Dom Riordan puts it in for his second of the season, Eyles then sees another decent effort saved by Jones in the Burscough goals.
Burscough came back though and forced a couple of corners which Emley managed to clear, a free kick to Burscough 20 yards out was fired over and as the rain tumbled down there were penalty appeals for both sides turned down, but Emley will probably have been the happier at half time.
H/T 1-0
The rain had eased up slightly at half time but then decided to make another swift and wet appearance as the second half got underway, Rob Bordman had an early shot that went wide as Emley, again began the half the brighter, Alex Metcalfe found himself with space as he got into the area, but ended up in two minds and eventually lost the ball, when a shot seemed to be on.
Burscough hit back and a good snapshot was well saved by George Clarke at the other end and the visitors forced another couple of corners which thankfully came to nothing.
Emley were trying to utilise Eyles' pace and running and it almost paid off, as the keeper came out for a loose ball, the Emley forward beat him to it and it came to Danny Farrar, but his shot wasn't sweet enough and it went wide.
It was becoming a bit toe to toe now with both sides creating chances and keeping the opposing defences on their toes, another shot from Burscough went over and then Farrar was inches wide from a corner, but then Burscough got on the front foot and Emley needed some brave and dogged defending to keep the lead, the visitors created a glorious chance but somehow the ball cleared the bar when it seemed certain to go in, Clarke was called upon again to make another good save after a cross wasn't dealt with.
But as time ticked on and Emley supporters were looking forward to their Sunday dinner knowing they were on their way on the road to Wembley, Burscough stunned them with a last minute equaliser from a defensive lapse, after a break, the ball wasn't cleared and as Lomax was Jonny on the spot to bundle the equaliser home.
Although there was still time for a Winner and Eyles almost had it, a deft overhead kick was on target, but Jones made a good save to turn it around the post for a corner.
F/T 1-1
And so, extra time, and again, Emley were the better side for the opening minutes, the lively John Lufudu was giving the Burscough defenders real nightmares down the left, and on one such surge into into the area he was brought down, penalty to Emley, Danny Farrar stepped up but the keeper saves and the danger was cleared, a big chance for Emley to wrap it up gone.
Clarke then made another good save as a curling shot was heading for his top left corner, Farrar almost made amends for his miss but his snap shot was saved, Riordan almost doubled his tally, when he put a header from a corner just wide.
The game was heading for a replay as both sides cancelled each other out, but Emley were given a slight helping hand when Burscough were reduced to 10 men, again, Lufudu, wreaking havoc with the defence, again he was sent crashing down and the referee deemed Presho was the last man and so off he trotted.
But neither side could find a winner and Farrar had the honour of the last action of the game when he shot well over from a rushed shot.
So it's a replay over in Burscough on Wednesday (7.45pm) and the winners will face Lincolnshire outfit Winterton Rangers at home on the 14th September
E/T 1-1
EMLEY- Clarke, Cooper, Dawson, Price, Riordan, McManus, Farrar, Coker, Bordman, Eyles, Metcalfe; Subs used- Stafford, Lufudu, Ingham,Wilson; Unused- Cahill, Nicholson
Goal- Riordan (9)
Attendance- 177
Hepworth Group Man of the Match- Declan Dawson
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Match date

Sun 01, Sep 2019