End of the FA Youth Cup road for the young Robins
11:12am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
Down and out: Robins' keeper Ben Dudzinski contemplates life out of the FA Youth Cup after conceding Woking's third goal SP71484
By James Barrett
Carshalton Youth boss Ian Hazel was proud of his team despite the disappointment of going out of the FA Youth Cup in the first round proper.
The Robins had led 1-0 at half-time in the tie against Woking through a Tommy Bradford effort, but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat.
Hazel said: “The lads were very despondent at the end of the game after doing so well in the cup competition to this point.
“We were one up at the break so it is difficult to take, but they’ll learn from it and I’m proud of them.”
He added: “It was difficult conditions and we knew they’d be physically strong but we nullified them well in the first half and all the football was from us.
“I felt we needed to be a little braver in the second half and get the ball down but, once they equalised, the momentum was with them.”
The game was played in wet and windy conditions which did not make it easy for both sides to play attractive football.
Bradford put the home side into the lead on seven minutes after he bravely latched onto a goal kick that bounced over the Woking defence to head home past the advancing keeper from 20 yards.
Woking’s leveller came from the penalty spot on 55 minutes when Nathan Antwi’s strike was just too powerful for Robins keeper Ben Dudzinski to keep out.
The visitors took the lead four minutes later when Jordy Ndjeka squeezed the ball home in off the bar following a knocked back corner.
Carshalton pinned the visitors back in their half for the last 10 minutes but could not make the pressure count, with Woking hitting the third via a counter attack from Craig Manderson after the ball ricocheted off a Robins defender to put him clean through and not offside.
Hazel said: “We had one good chance just before their third when Bradford and Kingsley Aikhionbare almost latched onto a cross from the right, but it wasn’t to be.”