Rammy’s FA Cup campaign falls at first hurdle.
A third minute penalty for Buxton gave Rammy the worst possible start in the first qualifying round of this year’s FA Cup. The much-changed Rams’ lineup created some excellent chances during the first half, including a debateably offside Lee Gaskell goal, and an excellent 20th minute strike that made it honours-even at the break.
The second half saw The Bucks much more composed and enjoying the lion’s share of possession before they inevitably took the lead and the win just short of the hour mark. Grant Shenton in the Rammy goal got his hands to a weak Bradley Barraclough shot, but failed to control the ball which slipped through his fingers to creep inside the near post.
A disappointing result from a team which was always going to be up against it, missing quality players such as Melford Knight, Lee Pugh, Charlie Russell and Max Harrop. Manager Jon Robinson dusted off his boots and put in a great shift up front, showing some of the quality of old alongside long-term strike partner Lee Gaskell, with Assistant Manager Phil Edghill yet again doing a sterling job as a make-shift centre-half. No-one can fault the commitment of this fantastic squad of players, but Lady Luck is most definitely blowing on someone else’s dice at the moment.