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Isuzu UK FA Vase
Athletic Newham F.C.
Saturday December 3, 2022, 2:00 pm
Isuzu UK FA Vase
Lopes Tavares were founded as a youth team in 2015 but the following season moved into adult football and initially played in the Essex Alliance League. They moved to the Eastern Counties Division One South in 2018 and changed their name to Athletic Newham on 27th August 2020.
In their first season they finished 16th of 19, avoiding relegation by four points. The following season they were lying second with games in hand when the pandemic struck. They were again lying second in the truncated season that followed. The combined totals from those two seasons gained them promotion, like Jersey, to Step 5/Level 9 although they were transferred to the Essex Senior League. There they finished 8th in 2021-22 and this season they are in 12th place with a 5-4-4 25-20 record (at the time of the draw).
They entered the F.A. Vase for the first time in 2019-20 reaching the first round but in 2020-21 lost in the first qualifying round. Last season they beat Bexhill United and Holmesdale on penalties before defeating Pagham in the second round. They then won on penalties again at Combined Counties Abbey Rangers before demolishing Littlehampton Town 5-0. In the last 16 they were drawn to host Brockenhurst.
However, the F.A. then discovered that they had used an ineligible player against Abbey Rangers and another different ineligible player versus Littlehampton Town.
They were disqualified and Littlehampton reinstated and Littlehampton went on to reach the final at Wembley. Many felt Abbey Rangers should have played off against Littlehampton as they had given Athletic Newham a far closer match.
By virtue of reaching the last 32 last season they were exempt until the second round this season. There they beat Kennington of the Southern Counties East Premier Division 4-0 in front of a crowd of 25, the lowest of the round by some margin, but better than the 18 they attracted for another tie last season.
They debuted in the F.A. Cup last season beating Virginia Water of the Combined Counties North before losing 0-5 at Hanwell Town. This season their pitch was deemed unfit so they had to play their tie at Sheppey United. That ended in a draw so the replay was also at Sheppey and this time they lost 0-6.
Lopes Tavares initially played at the Memorial Ground in West Ham but moved to the Terence McMillan stadium in Plaistow in order to meet the ground grading requirements when they joined the Eastern Counties League. It is named after the first mayor of Newham.
At the time they shared the venue with Fire Christian United but their co-tenants are now Clapton. The ground has a capacity of 2,000 but just one small area of seating which can hold 192 and the pitch is surrounded by an Athletics track, home of the Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club.
Jersey made two changes to last Saturday’s starting team against Badshot Lea. Ben Le Rougetel and Sammy Henia-Kamau coming in for Adam Trotter and Jake Prince who were both on the bench. Jack Steel, Harrison Moon and Sammy Sutcliffe were retained there along with Pierce Roche brought in as goalkeeper cover.
It was a dull, chilly (4C) afternoon as Jersey kicked-off attacking the Town end. The hosts were caught cold early on once again as Jailson Seidi sliced through the midfield to give skipper Joel Appiah-Kubi the chance to shoot past Euan Van der Vliet from eight yards.
Jersey equalised when a long ball down the left from Jay Giles reached Jonny Le Quesne on the left corner of the box. He cut between Stephen O’Hara and Chris De Nguidsol and put in a shot that Wilkonson Boateng in the Newham goal will be disappointed to look back upon. It lacked power but Boateng failed to do more than push it into the bottom left corner.
Giles and Le Quesne put long shots over before the latter capitalised again upon the visitor’s defensive weaknesses to give Jersey the lead. Frank Tobin burst down the right and his low cross evaded Boateng and two defenders as it found its way to the far post where Le Quesne beat Richard Kone to tap the ball in from close range to put Jersey 2-1 up.
The third quarter was quiet until substitute Trotter, having only been on for four minutes, won a good tackle near the half way line and threaded a superb diagonal ball for Bickley to run on to. He put a low chip over the advancing Boateng which had too much on it for the recovering De Nguidsol to reach before it crossed the line as Jersey went 3-1 ahead.
This goal seemed to break any resistance that Newham might have had. Prince was brought on immediately after the goal for Francis Lekimamati as Jersey dominated the remainder of the game.
Another soft goal gave Le Quesne his hat-trick with quarter of an hour to go. Giles pumped a diagonal free-kick forward from thirty-five yards to him right of centre a dozen yards out. He beat two defenders to it and hooked a left footed shot towards goal. Again, it had mediocre power but found the bottom right corner as Boateng was once again found wanting. Le Quesne almost looked too embarrassed to celebrate.
Jack Steel came on for Giles before Bickley added a fifth with six minutes remaining. Henia-Kamau passed to him in the left channel and Bickley turned and set off on a trademark run. Le Quesne charged in towards the far post in case of a cross but Bickley surged on and again lifted the ball over the unfortunate Boateng.
Daniel Izekor had a retaliatory shot blocked and Newnham forced two late corners to no avail whilst at the other end Trotter shot over and substitute Prince shot just wide as the match came to a close with Jersey in command but rather flattered by their margin of victory.
The victory put Jersey into the last 32 which is only regionalised three ways instead of the previous five. Therefore, their next opponents could be from anywhere from Essex to Cornwall or any point in between.
Jersey Bulls 5 (Jonny Le Quesne 19, 32 & 76, Lorne Bickley 68 & 84)
Athletic Newham 1 (Joel Appiah-Kubi 9)
Attendance – 474
Programme – 24pp, £2
Jersey Bulls – Euan Van der Vliet, Frank Tobin (wore 12), Jay Giles, James Queree (c), Luke Campbell, Joe Kilshaw, Francis Lekimamati, Ben Le Rougetel, Lorne Bickley (wore 16), Jonny Le Quesne, Sammy Henia-Kamau
Substitutes – 14. Jake Prince (for Lekimamati 69), 15. Adam Trotter (for Kilshaw 64), 18. Jack Steel ((for Giles 80), 20. Harrison Moon (not used), 21. Pierce Roche (sub GK) (not ued), 22. Sammy Sutcliffe (not used), only six substitutes
Red/White/Red; GK Yellow
Gary Freeman (Manager), Kevan Nelson (Assistant), Dan Seviour (Coach), Richard Hebert (GK Coach)
Athletic Newham (squad numbers) – 1. Wilkonson Boateng, 2. Stephen O’Hara, 3. Louis Hidbi, 4. Christopher De Nguidsol, 7. Jeff Idemudia, 8. Jailson Sehdi, 10. Joel Appiah-Kubi (c), 14. Daniel Izekor, 15. Anderson Baro, 16. Abdul Shobowale, 17. Richard Kone
Substitutes – 6. Benjamin Bodipo (for Idemudia 75), 9. Mikhael Dager not used), 11. Babajude Sonupe (for Appiah-Kubi 90+3), 18. Jacques Leurs (not used), 19. Chris Barbosa (for Shobowale 67), only five substitutes
All Light Blue (with white side panels & sleeves to shirts); GK Orange/Black/Black
Christopher Davis-Emokpae (Manager), Timothy Tejuoso & Ray Bartlett (Assistants)
Jersey Bulls (4-1-4-1 R to L) 1; 12-4-5-3; 6; 7-10-8-11; 16
Athletic Newham (4-4-2 R to l) 1; 2-4-7-3; 17-15-8-16; 8-10
Referee – Jordan B. McRitchie (Fareham) A 23 year old Level 3 official who has worked his way up through the Hampshire and Wessex Leagues and is now in his second season with the Isthmian League
Assistants – Fernando Costache (Uxbridge) on the dug outs side. Having spent nine years as an official in his native Romania where he refereed in Leagues 1 and 2 he moved to England nine years ago. After two years with the Hellenic League he is now in his seventh season with the Combined Counties League. Luke Nerac (Jersey) on the grandstand side
Cautions – None, Sin Bin – Ben Le Rougetel 43
Corners – Jersey Bulls (4) 4; Athletic Newham (5) 8
Player of the Match Award – Jonny Le Quesne
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