In something of a coincidence, the first round of this year’s Challenge Cup drew us away to Colney Heath Magpies, whom we met at the same stage of the competition last season.
Having won that game 7 – 1, to lower league opposition, we had every right to expect a similar score line today.
Whilst Magpies played a bit of football for a few minutes at the start of the game, an early goal from Buddy from our first attack, who incidentally also opened the scoring in the game last season, gave the impression that it may have been a similar affair today.
However, that could not have been further from the truth as we turned in a very flat first -half performance and, whilst we did create other opportunities, we allowed Magpies to play football, again did not play an expansive game at all, and at times looked like a bunch of players just pulled together for the day.
As such, we first allowed Magpies to draw level and then allowed them to take a 2 – 1 lead.
Both goals were due to lack of intent to win the ball in midfield and lack of communication in defence.
The boys did rally towards the end of the half and when the goalkeeper made a poor clearance, James returned the ball with interest to make the score 2 – 2 at half-time.
The second half was better, but with Magpies now full of confidence, they made a game of it and for every few attacks we mounted, they mounted one of their own.
We did start to spread the ball out wide and put some good crosses into the box, but did very little with it when it was there.
The highlight of the half had to be a very neat through ball from TJ, splitting the Magpies defence, which Romeo ran onto and finished clinically for what turned out to be the winning goal for us, 3 – 2 to Edgware.
At the end of the day, it was a close game that we came out on top of, we just have to remind ourselves that this was a team playing 4 divisions below us !
whilst difficult to pick a man-of-the-match, today we awarded it to Romeo who did make a nuisance of himself on several occasions and finished very cooly for our winning goal.