Another cup setback as Sodbury crash out of the FA Vase
Manager less Chipping Sodbury Town FC’s poor start to the season continued at the Ridings with a performance that did little to impress the applicants for the vacant position who were watching.
Facing Combined Counties Premier Division side Abbey Rangers the Sods were hoping to consign their recent FA Cup defeat to ancient history however their visitors had different ideas and enjoyed a reasonably comfortable away win in the Buildbase FA Vase second round qualifying tie.
It started brightly enough for Sodbury who were ahead after just 16 minutes following an even opening period in which both sides tested each other’s defence without any real threat on goal.
The goal came when Sodbury’s first corner was sent long to the back post. The visitors failed to clear and Steve Fitzpatrick hammered home a low shot from inside the penalty area.
Just four minutes later Sodbury nearly added to their lead when a Rangers defender misjudged a header back to his keeper but the ball went harmlessly out for a corner.
The home side were on top for the first quarter of the game but could not sustain their momentum and it was Rangers that began to grow into the game and apply pressure.
On 27 minutes the visitors were level when Alex Hendrie finished off a patient build up with a close range header. The Rangers winger outpaced Sodbury’s Tom Fry and his cross to the far post was headed back across the area for Hendrie to give the home keeper no chance.
Sam Burgess deputising for Jack Dando in the Sods goal had a moment to forget on 77 minutes when he gifted Rangers their second following a mix up. He misjudged a through ball played over the top and found himself in no mans land. Bradley Sweeney chipped Burgess from just outside the area to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Just four minutes later the tie was sewn up when Rangers added a third. A superb low cross was met by Danny Hartlebury with a powerful header from close range.