Redbridge 2 Coggeshall Town 2 (Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round)
Report by Adam Silver. Photo by Philip Lindhurst @themotormen
Two in form sides locked horns as Redbridge hosted Thurlow Nunn side Coggeshall Town in the 2nd Round qualifying of the FA Vase but 120 minutes of football failed to separate the sides and they will have to do it all again on Tuesday evening in a replay.
With Pop superstar Olly Murs in attendance his Coggeshall side started the stronger of the two teams and they had the first opportunity of the match in way of a Conor Hubble free kick but his kick went well wide before Josce Syrett found Jamie Shaw in space but he was unable to test Lewis Greene in the Redbridge goal.
The away side were having the better of the early stages with the lively Nnamdi Nwachuku in particular looking dangerous for the away side and flashed an effort across goal before the Motormen were able to clear to safety.
The home side’s first chance fell to Lindisipho Mtyanda as he got on the end of a Patrick Duggan free kick but headed wide before Coggeshall went close after good work by Danny Scott found Jack Curtis but he blasted over from a good position.
It was a tight affair and both sides were cancelling each other out although Redbridge really should have taken the lead right on half time. Skipper Eljay Worrell floated in a free kick finding the head of Brian Moses from yards out but his headed effort forced a great reaction save from James Bransgrove to keep the scores level at the break.
Into the 2nd period and George Cocklin tried his luck for the away side from distance before a poor clearance by Redbridge sub and ex Coggeshall player Liam Thomas was seized upon by Nwachuku but his shot was well held by Greene.
The Motormen then came forward with Moses as he disposed a defender and ran goal wards before he was brought down just outside the box, Duggan stepped up with the resulting free kick which sailed just over the bar.
Moses again was in the thick of the action and had three further opportunities , one a headed from a long throw followed by a shot wide when he should of perhaps made the pass to players who were better positioned before the best chance of all which saw his shot go just inches over the bar.
The missed opportunities were costly as shortly after Coggeshall took the lead after two substitutes combined well with Aaron Cosgrove crossing from the right finding Dan McCullock who saw his deft flick squeeze past Greene into the net.
Redbridge however were soon lever as their sub Carlos Espirto-Santos found Joshua Hutchinson who turned the ball home and that’s how the score remained until full time which signalled a further 30 minutes of football to be played.
Extra time saw both sides start to tire and chances were at a minimum but it was the away who yet again took the lead when the same two players who made the first goal caused the damage once more as McCullock was in the right position to fire home.
As Coggeshall tried to defend and preserve their lead they were breached in the final minutes as good work by Hutchinson out wide saw him cut the ball back into the path of Duggan who never broke his stride and was able to fire home through a crowd to draw Redbridge level.
They now will now travel up the A12 on Tuesday evening for the replay which by then both sides will know who awaits them in the next round.