Match report - Velocity Cup round one

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

It was a night to forget as we crashed out the League Cup, writes James Barrett-Sterling.


Michael Dixon getting away from his man (picture: Chris Bushe)

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There was a debut for Charlie Morris, whom had joined from Sutton United over the weekend, while Michael Aziaya, Peter Adeniyi and Courtney Swaby came in. Ex-Robins Jordan Clarke and Mu Maan were in the visitors' line-up.


Kick-off

Both sets of fans were in fine voice as the match began and Maan almost gave Casuals an early lead, but his first-time hit from 20 yards bent wide of Billy Bishop's right-hand post.


A couple of tasty challenges flew in - which, in hindsight, set the tone for the game a bit later - as both sides tried to get on the front foot. Antonio was booked for pulling back a galloping Raheem Sterling-Parker on 14 minutes, but Paris Hamilton-Downes headed the free kick delivery straight at goalkeeper Mo Maan.


The returning Clarke didn't endear himself to his old supporters on 21 minutes as he burst into our box and promptly received a yellow card for a blatant dive under no contact from the covering Dudley.


We won another free kick on 24 minutes and Cheadle stepped up - his firm shot hit the wall and Sterling-Parker and Jerson dos Santos kept the ball alive until a clearence found Aziaya. He dinked a lovely ball over the top for Adeniyi to cushion back into the path of Dudley, but the centre back's eventual effort lacked the power to seriously test Maan.


Aziaya was at it again on 27 minutes as he won possession deep inside Casuals territory before slipping in Sterling-Parker, but the striker was on the stretch and he couldn't generate enough power to beat the keeper.