Rangers hit Forrest Rd. hard with an impressive win
After the disappointment of their exit from the Cheshire Cup, Cranford returned to domestic cup action on Sunday at Moss Farm against division 2 team Forest Road.
With 4 changes to the side and on the small Moss Farm pitch, Cranford struggled to take control against a spirited Forest Road. Clayton opened the scoring with a brave header from 8 yards out after good work from Stimpson to make it 1-0 on 30 minutes.
Ellis went off with a hamstring injury on 40 minutes and was replaced by Steve Simcock making his return after a 9 weeks absence. Cranford created several half chances through Smart and Martyn Simcock whilst the defence of Connett, Stimpson, Birtles, Henderson and Long were solid and rarely troubled.
In the second half, Forest Road hit the bar and post three times and were unlucky not to draw level. Connett in good form, had another fine game in goal and his huge route one goal kick found Barnhill in the Forest Road penalty area. The ball bounced kindly for Barnhill who calmly volleyed home from 15 yards out to make it 2-0.
With Forest Road working hard and still in the game, Jenyons was brought on up front for Smart with 20 minutes remaining to try and secure the win and after Clayton was brought down in the area, Jenyons stepped up to score the resulting penalty award and make it 3-0. Evans came on for Clayton with 10 minutes remaining as Cranford saw out the game and achieved the victory that takes them into the Quarter Finals against Cuddington next Sunday.
Not a classic free flowing performance from Cranford and Forest Road may have felt a little unlucky not to have got something from the game.
Final Score: Forest Road 0 Cranford Rangers 3
Team: Connett, Stimpson, Henderson, Long, Birtles, Ellis (Simcock S), Rebbeck, Simcock M, Smart (Jenyons) Clayton (Evans) Barnhill.
Next Match: Sunday 30th League Cup Quarter Final Cuddington v Cranford Rangers At Norley Road, Cuddington