Saturday 2nd December 2017
Buildbase F.A. Vase 3rd Round
Highgate United 1 v 2 Coleshill Town
Gate: Josh Hawker.
Colemen: Dean Rathbone 2.
Opposition Player of the Match: Dean Rathbone (Coleshill)
Highgate: Bradley Catlow, Dwayne Courtney (George Curry), Nathan Puliciano, Trevor Edwards, Scott Turner, Aaron Brown, James Wilcox (Scott Rickards), Josh Hawker, Marco Addagio, Connor Mooney (Danico Johnson), Lei Brown. Subs not used Richard Bryan, Brad Hayward.
Coleshill: Paul Hathaway, Jorna Moulton, Joe Cole, Rob Evans, Tom Fishwick, Danny Tymon, Ryan Edmunds, Joe Halsall, Reece Leek (Luke Edwards), Dean Rathbone, Gio Dainty. Subs not used Chris Gibson GK, James Medford, Anton Astley.
THE NON-LEAGUE PAPER WROTE
Dean Is At The Double For Colemen
Dean Rathbone's double proved enough for last season's semi finalists Coleshill in a muck-and-bullets derby at league rivals Highgate. A muddy, fragile pitch allied with well-matched sides made for an attritional but engaging contest that seemed destined to end in stalemate for most of the afternoon. The match gradually opened up as it went along, but chances were few and far between and when they did arrive, both sets of players squandered good positions or picked the wrong option. Rathbone finally broke the deadlock with 13 minutes remaining, latching on to a Ryan Edmunds ball into the left side of the box before stepping inside his marker and coolly slotting under advancing keeper Brad Catlow. Highgate, who had arguably held the edge during what had proceeded, piled on the pressure and when lei Brown was felled by Joe Halsall during a scramble at a corner, Josh Hawker stroked low to Paul Hathaway's right from the penalty spot. Extra-Time would have been a fair outcome but the Colemen had other ideas with Jorna Moulton spreading to Edmunds on the right to cut in and draw out Catlow before centring for Rathbone who could not miss the open net with a minute to go. Five minutes were added with Rob Evans sliding in to deny Marco Addagio, the Midlands League Premier Division's top goal scorer, a free hit to level from six yards. And in what proved to be the last push, ex Kidderminster Harriers striker Scott Rickards pulled the trigger only for his shot in a packed penalty area to cannon off Catlow who had joined the last-ditch pursuit of a second equaliser. In the end, the most controversial incident of the afternoon paled into insignificance. The assistant referee flagged for a foul in the box when Edmunds got tangled with Highgate left back Nathan Pulisciano after five minutes. Man in the middle David Hunt pointed to the spot before correctly changing his mind after lengthy consultation with his colleague.
STAR MAN: Josh Hawker (Highgate United)
Nothing in the Sunday Mercury
A little known fact was kept quite before the game but Coleshill had never beaten Highgate in a cup match, until now! Another broken record that joins the long list that the club has achieved over the last few seasons!
United are our oldest rivals, we have played them 85 times since the first meeting back in 1975, and yes there have only ever been Five other cup matches in that time but Town had never managed to get through the "Gate".
The tie was expected to be tough, a battle, and it was. Not much football played on a mud-bath of a pitch, Coleshill took a battering but stood up to the task magnificently. A flag from the Linesman and a point to the spot from the Referee in the first half was unbelievably changed to a corner, that being the highlight of the first half.
The onslaught continued in the second half but on 77 minutes Dean Rathbone broke away with a Ryan Edmunds through ball and bent the ball round the keeper for the opening goal. It was backs to the wall stuff and with five minutes to go Highgate were awarded a penalty when Ryan Edmunds, in an attempt to clear from a corner, felled Lei Brown and Josh Hawker converted.
Extra time and a possible replay was looming when Jorna Moulton released Ryan Edmunds who made strides to the bye line and crossed to Dean Rathbone who calmly slotted home the winner. Brilliant!
You know you're doing well when you are still in the Vase at the turn of the year, 4th round January 6th. Prior to 2013 Town had never reached this stage of the competition before but have now progressed to the 4th round four times in five years.
A VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
A Match Report taken from the Highgate web site
http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/highgateu ... /0-3918453
GATE FALL AT FOURTH VASE HURDLE
By Neville Sawyer
A last minute goal saw Highgate dumped out of the Vase after Josh Hawker's late penalty looked to be sending the game into extra time.
A highly entertaining Vase clash ended with Coleshill in the hat for the Fifth Round draw, the only pity being that there had to be a loser at the end of an evenly fought local derby encounter decided late on by a clinical Dean Rathbone brace, the winner coming just minutes from the final whistle and sixty seconds after a Josh Hawker penalty had put the teams back on level terms. The three goals had all been scored in the final twelve minutes of an exciting contest which despite being end to end had up to that point failed to produce many clear cut chances, defences on top throughout with very little given away and neither keeper having been seriously tested. Gate's defeat was the third in different cup competitions in the space of just ten days, Ashley Puilsciano's team left to solely concentrate on the league, and on the evidence of this display and those recently against Bromsgrove Sporting and Worcester City having a big say as to which sides make what might this season be two promotion spots. With a full squad available joint bosses Puilisciano and Craig Woodley had selection decisions to make ahead of Gate's first ever Vase Fourth Round match, Lei and Aaron Brown returning to the starting eleven, James Wilcock given preference over Scott Rickards with the latter struggling to get over recent knocks. A strong bench included Richard Bryan, recent signing Danico Johnson and George Curry. Table topping Coleshill, one of last season's semi-finalists, provided the toughest of opposition for a Highgate side whose recent form overall has been erratic to say the least, a heavy rain soaked pitch not helping either, the visitors starting brightly with Trevor Edwards twice making headed clearances in the middle of the park and Aaron Brown getting across to sweep up from Joe Halsall down the right hand side. Wilcock was seeing a lot of the ball on Highgate's right but unable to deliver a purposeful cross beyond the first man on the edge of the box, the first moment both of note and mystery coming after just five minutes. Ryan Edmunds had run in towards the box, Nathan Pulisciano behind his man got in what might at best be described as a rash challenge, the referee's assistant raising his flag for a penalty, his boss pointing to the spot, but with Coleshill players consulting each other as to who would take the kick so a quick discussion and catch up between the two men in black resulted in the decision being overturned and a corner awarded! A let off for a Highgate side which immediately went on the offensive, Marco Adaggio sneaking the ball off former Coppice favourite Joe Cole, directing a cross over the face of goal with the stretching Lei Brown unable to get a final touch, Hawker then setting up Wilcock for a shot deflected low into keeper Paul Hathaway's hands. Rathbone tested Brad Catlow with a thirty yard free kick, albeit harmlessly, but what little attacking play there was coming at the other end, Aaron Brown well wide with a header off a Hawker free kick and Edwards' optimistic thirty yard volley more of a threat to the corner flag than Hathaway's goal. Not much to choose between the sides during the opening twenty minutes, plenty of promise but so far nothing delivered, Aaron Brown close with a thirty yard free kick just inches the wrong side of the upright, Lei Brown then curling a Wilcock' pass into Hathaway's hands. A good spell from the hosts, Hathaway punching out Duane Courtney's long throw but only out to the full back whose return volley failed to trouble the custodian. Scott Turner headed out a Rathbone free kick but so far Town had not been a threat and when Rathbone was given space on the end of a Rob Evans' free kick the resulting shot was carelessly high. Evans was then back in his own half with a firm tackle to deny Adaggio a clear break on goal having been set up by Lei Brown, Cole then in ahead of Wilcock to intercept Aaron Brown's cross field pass which if missed could so easily have seen the wide midfield man through on goal. The half finished with Gate enjoying a good spell and Hathaway tipping Hawker's in-swinging corner on to the roof of the net, but neither side having so far created enough to break the deadlock.
H-T Highgate United 0 v 0 Coleshill Town
Coleshill began the second half in a far more determined fashion, keeping possession for longer periods than throughout the first half, Rathbone's elusive cross sent flashing over the face of goal but with no white and blue shirt tempted by the opportunity. Aaron Brown defended well to halt an Edmunds' run into the box, Gate gradually getting back into the game, Hawker's effort blocked, Evans defending his post to clear Mooney's low cross, Lei Brown then getting a touch on an Adaggio attempt only to turn the ball behind. It was Coleshill's turn to enjoy the better of play for a short while but still with little threat, and if anything Gate were proving the more creative but failing to make the most of a series of half chances. Adaggio did have the ball in the roof of the net but the whistle had already blown for a Lei Brown foul on the keeper, Brown himself then despatching an angled drive into Hathaway's body. Catlow's first meaningful save kept out an effort from Halsall held at the second attempt, Edwards getting his body in the way of Evans' ten yard volley. Play continued end to end, Hawker curling a twenty yarder over the bar and when Hathaway fumbled a Rickards' corner Curry struck the loose ball into the grateful keeper's hands. Then in 78th minute and totally out of the blue the visitors were to forge ahead, a quickly taken throw leading to Rathbone breaking down his left hand side cutting in and beating Catlow with a low angled drive. Gate responded with Adaggio having the ball in the net only for the whistle to have blown for an offside and with five minutes remaining Gate were to be thrown a lifeline, Lei Brown going down in the box under a head high boot, Hawker calmly tucking away the resulting penalty. Just four minutes later came what was to prove the winner, Gate caught out by Edmunds' strong run down the right flank a perfectly delivered cross fired in by Rathbone at close range. Late Gate pressure in search of a second equaliser was to prove unsuccessful, the advancing Catlow nearest to a goal with a deft flick off the left boot wide of the right hand upright, Gate perhaps unlucky not to have taken the game to a replay and Coleshill left knowing they are unlikely to face a tougher encounter however far their Vase journey takes them.
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