Maine Road FC 3 Squires Gate 0
By Jeffrey Newman | Saturday 11th August 2012
A comfortable win from Maine Road sees them progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Maine Road dominated the game against fellow NWCFL side Squires Gate thanks to goals from Tom Bailey and Captain Neil Chappell.
Road started extremely well and controlled the tempo of the first half pining back Gate for long periods but with a slow pace to the game neither side looked like opening the other up easliy. It was however the home side who had the early chances with Tom Bentham starting his first game of the season seeing early chances drop to him as a cross from the lively Martin Hill found him 6 yards out but he could not connect with the ball.
It was strike partner Tom Bailey who opened the scoring just before the interval as a pass from Rob Brocklehurst found Bailey on the edge of the box and his low drive caught the defence and keeper of guard and nestled perfectly in the bottom left hand corner.
Just before half time Alex Jay suffered a nasty tackle on the right hand side but it was his fall that caused the most concern as he landed awkwardky on his hip and had to be replaced at half time by Andy Thorpe
The second half saw Squires Gate improved dramatically but were limited to passing moves 30 yards from Greg Halls net but after a 20 minute good spell a killer goals for Gate saw the Maine Road Captain Neil Chappell seal the tie with an impressive finish on 65 minutes.
As the away side looked to change the try and keep the tie alive it was that man Chappell who ended all hope as Kevin McGrath slipped a pass to Chappell inside the box and a strong finish into the roof of the net earned him his 2nd.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhVY2yJ6 ... ature=plcp