Bridport 1 - 0 St Austell
FA Cup Replay
Wednesday 9th August 2017A stunning 25 yard strike from Ed Butcher ten minutes before half-time gave Bridport a home tie with Street in the next round of the FA Cup after a pulsating replay at St Marys Field on Wednesday night writes Kerry Miller.
However, that goal doesn’t tell the full story of a match which the visitors were forced to play for 80 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of Liam Eddy for a foul followed by a head butt, which gave referee Stephen Graham little option.
Remarkably, it was Eddy’s first game back after suspension but Bridport struggled to take advantage of the extra man as the sending off seemed to even the proceedings.
The SW Peninsula League side began well with Eddy lobbing wide within 30 seconds then at the other end Mark Salter linked well with Butcher whose shot was saved by visiting keeper Jason Chapman. Eddy was given too much room moments later but was inches wide but that was his final positive action as his late tackle produced a melee, where he was dismissed, although Leigh Bailey appeared more than a little fortunate to escape with just a booking for his involvement.
Fortunately for the match and the crowd, it settled straight away and after Chris Reski was just wide for St Austell Andy Martin responded in kind for the Bees with a shot over the bar from distance.
The Cornishmen showed no signs of crumbling as they matched Bridport who went closest when Salter nodded a corner wide on the half hour before Butcher’s strike. Martin rolled a free-kick sideways to Butcher whose sweet strike flew past Chapman with ten minutes left of the half.
After the break the impressive Kameron Andrews was close with a flick from another free-kick before another tackle produced a flashpoint where Braeden Symes was cautioned but Will Tinsley was just as fortunate to stay on for shoving over Symes.
Again the incident passed and Butcher had a shot blocked before he went off on the hour to be replaced by Leighton Thomas, who looked very lively from the off.
Salter, Cameron Vere and Andrews then linked well for Richard Hebditch to force a scrambled save from Chapman but St Austell were still right in the tie and Reski was denied by Jason Hutchings who was faultless all night in the home goal. The sides traded chances towards the end with Salter and Martin Giles going close and after a final frantic five minutes Bridport clung on and prepare to entertain Street on Saturday week.