Formby 3 Chelmsford 3
English Hockey Cup Round FourFormby 3 Chelmsford 3 (Chelmsford win 3-2 on penalty strokes)Chelmsford enjoyed an element of good fortune as they made their way into the last 16 of the cup at the expense of division two south side Formby.
English Hockey Cup Round Four
Formby 3 Chelmsford 3 (Chelmsford win 3-2 on penalty strokes)
Chelmsford enjoyed an element of good fortune as they made their way into the last 16 of the cup at the expense of division two south side Formby.
Chelmsford enjoyed the majority of the first half possession and were worthy of their one goal lead at half time courtesy of an Olly Cooper strike midway through the half. However, shortly after the interval a lapse in concentration gave Formby the prospect of causing an upset as they forced three goals in four minutes through Davis Seddon, Chris Roxburgh and Andrew Lockhart.
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To their credit, Chelmsford showed that they can win games through sheer resilience and fight in contrast to the flowing, attacking hockey they have demonstrated in recent weeks. Dan Emery was the hero as he struck twice in the last seven minutes to send the game into extra time.
With chances at a premium in the additional period, the game inevitably drifted to a penalty shootout. Despite goals from Adam Hunter and Luke Mepham, misses by Alec Collins, Elliot Seleska and Olly Cooper left the scores tied at 2-2 after five strokes each. It was then left to Mepham to despatch his second penalty, before Adrian Kimber made a low save to put Chelmsford through and spare their blushes.
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In the next round, Chelmsford will travel to Polo Farm on 10 December to take on Canterbury, who currently lie second bottom of the Premier League.