Coggeshall’s FA Cup run was cut short in the preliminary round on Saturday following a dissapointing one-nil loss against Berhamsted. The team went into the game with confidence, after a noteworthy, solid performance the Sunday prior. The game was very even for a considerable time to begin with as both sides racked up numerous opportunities to go ahead within the first fifteen minutes. Most notably was an attempt made by Christian-Law which was dragged just shy of the post following a great throughball from Ross Wall. The away side’s Max Farrelly was booked as a result of a tactical foul made on Ethan Kessel as he drove down the left wing.
A header was sent into the back of the net by Berkhamsted to the delight of the travelling fans, but was promptly ruled offside by the linesman’s flag. Soon after, Kessel provided further attacking threat as he forced a fingertip save with a fantastic driven strime directed towards the bottom left corner. With five minutes left until the break, a swift counter attack from the away side saw the seedgrowers rushed into defence as a shot sent by the attacking team was deflected into Cafer’s net. The Town went into the dressing room down one-nil and needed to find the spark to bring the game back.
A half time substitution saw Jermaine Francis take the field for Harry Norman, as the home team looked to inject some further pace into it’s attack. Soon after the substitute had drawn shouts for a penalty as he appeared to be taken down in the box. Changes for both sides followed as Berkhamsted strived to maintain their lead, and a double switch for Coggeshall meant that Ash Siddick and Sam Bantick would come on in exchange for Ethan Kessel and Tyler Christian-Law.
The Seedgrowers desperately needed an equaliser to hold a chance of making it to the next round and really seemed to switch the burners on in hopes of levelling the scoreline. A great number of chances followed, but were not meant to be as the Seedgrowers were left dissapointed at full time following a hard fought fixture.