10 - 1
Saturday August 7, 2021
The Bulls’ line up showed just one change following the defeat at Beckenham with Kieran Lester replacing Fraser Barlow. Barlow dropped to the bench alongside three others who started there last week. Daryl Wilson, replacing the isolating Jake Prince, was also amongst the substitutes, as were James Carr and Jonny Willows. The F.A. Cup allows seven nominated substitutes instead of the five permissible in league games. However, whilst all five can be used in the league, only three of the seven can be brought on in the F.A. Cup as Horsham Y.M.C.A. found to their cost.
Horsham Y.M.C.A. play in the Premier Division of the Southern Combination, a notch above Billingshurst whom the Bulls met in the F.A. Vase last season. However, they were lying 22nd of 23 teams with just one win to their name, when last season was curtailed. They had also started their league programme last Saturday, losing at home to Eastbourne Town 0-2 in front 90 spectators at their Gorings Mead home. Now they were performing in front of at least ten times that number.
This was the Bulls’ debut in the competition and the sell-out crowd only wanted to see one winner. The afternoon began with a minute’s applause in remembrance of James Keating, a popular local ‘keeper who had played for Jersey Scottish, Rozel Rovers and Trinity. Only 47, he had succumbed recently as the third wave of the pandemic hit locally. The applause over, the heavens opened as Y.M.C.A. kicked off attacking the Robin Hood end.
With the drenching barely over Horsham had to make an early change when Charlie Maguire injured an ankle. It was down the right, where Maguire had been defending, that James Queree then threaded a pass through to Sol Solomon. His low cross was slightly behind Lorne Bickley but the striker still managed to sweep it in to the net from ten yards to open the Bulls’ account on the day, with his first goal for the club.
Solomon’s shot on the turn from 20 yards whistled just over the bar before a fine diagonal cross-field ball was lobbed back first time across the goalkeeper and in to the left corner by Jonny Le Quesne. However, assistant Imran Khan correctly ruled him offside, although the yard or two he had gained made no difference to the end product.
If that was unfortunate, the reverse was true two minutes later when Horsham skipper, Charlie Cooke, went to clear from just outside his box. Bickley stuck out a blocking leg and the ball cannoned back over Cooke, his ‘keeper George Hyde, and in off the underside of the bar.
Another break down the left by Solomon set up Jay Giles for a low cross. Bickley stepped over it leaving Kieran Lester to apply the coup de grace from close in to make it 3-0.
In an attempt to halt the regular incursions down both flanks Horsham then used both their other two permitted substitutes. However, within two minutes a corner from the left was allowed to go unchallenged across the face of the Horsham goal. Bickley just beat Luke Campbell to the touch needed to finish it off and in so doing became only the second Bull, behind Solomon, to score a hat trick from open play.
The first half action was still far from over as a Euan Van der Vliet clearance became more of an up and under. One of the recent substitutes, Jack Ryder, nodded it back towards goal and Luke Donaldson set himself well to score arguably the goal of the day with a powerful volley in to the top left corner. Ironically after two matches Van der Vliet has yet to make a meaningful save as he has had little chance with either of those he has conceded.
In added time Ruben Mendes-Pestana was put clear down the left channel. Perhaps he had too long to think about it as he blasted it over when still 20 yards out. The interval arrived after 48 minutes 45 seconds with the score a “healthy” 4-1.
The Bulls remained comfortable if not so dangerous after the interval. A quickly taken free kick by Mendes-Pestana went only just over before Lester spurned two good chances. Set up by the recently introduced substitute, Luca Margaroli, he headed wide before rattling the bar after Solomon put him in.
The afternoon worsened for Horsham two minutes later when Hyde handled a loose ball just outside his box. Although no Bull was close to the ball the near side assistant, Khan, came on, presumably to advise the referee that he considered it a “denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity”. Therefore Hyde had to take the “long walk” and Lewis Reeves took over in goal.
The Bulls lined three up to take the resultant free kick 18 yards out and it was a Giles left footed curler in to the bottom left corner that gave Reeves no chance and increased the lead to 5-1. James Carr was then brought on for Lester and almost immediately Reeves scuffed a clearance to Solomon eight yards out which was returned first time with just enough on it to beat the covering defender.
Adam Trotter then turned and beat a tackle on the left side of centre before making it 7-1 with a crisp cross shot after which Solomon nearly scored his second when he rattled the cross bar from a free kick on the left sideline 30 yards out. At this juncture with, 7 minutes remaining, Jack Reeves limped off and with no replacement possible Horsham were down to 9 fit men.
Bulls showed no mercy and Solomon jinked down to the right byline before setting up Margaroli ten yards out to make it 8-1. Lewis Reeves, having conceded four goals in the dozen minutes he had been between “the sticks”, decided he had had enough of picking the ball out of the back of the net and so Ryder took over and became Horsham’s third custodian of the day.
Ryder fared no better. Close inter play between Bickley and Solomon set up the latter for the ninth. Carr put in Bickley for what looked like his fourth before Khan chalked it off for a marginal offside. Solomon made it double figures with Bickley jumping over his shot and with no flag raised this time Solomon had his second Bulls’ hat trick.
The referee was more merciful with Bulls now scoring a goal every third minute. He only added 45 seconds to end the misery of the gallant Y.M.C.A. who took the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” with good grace and made no complaints of how matters had gone the Bulls’ way.
Bulls therefore figure amongst the last 555 in the competition and travel to Newhaven in a fortnight when they will hope to become one of the last 400.
Contacting Phil Annets of “FACupFactfile” he confirmed that only ten debutants had made a better start in the 150 years of the competition. Most of these were in the early years of the Cup, with only two since World War I, and the last being in 1945 by Bulls’ league rivals Walton & Hersham. Five of the ten clubs listed below went on to become Football League clubs. Phil’s new book “F.A.Cup 150” is a must.
16-0 New Crusaders d. Woking (Q1) 1905-06
14-0 Exeter City d. Weymouth (Q1) 1908-09
12-0 Ardwick (now Manchester City) d. Liverpool Stanley (Q1) 1890-91
11-0 Huddersfield Town d. Heckmondwike (PR) 1909-10
11-0 Bentley Colliery d. Bridlington Albion (EP) 1912-13
11-0 Royal Arsenal (now Arsenal) d. Lyndhurst (Q1) 1889-90
11-0 Walton & Hersham d. Epsom Town (Q1) 1945-46
10-0 Portsmouth d. Ryde (Q1) 1899-00
10-0 West Hampstead d. Hampstead (Q1) 1899-00
10-0 Gilfach d Cross Keys (EP) 1921-22
So a very impressive debut watched by 975 enraptured spectators. This tally was second only to the 1,334 at the reformed former Football League club, Macclesfield.
It was also over twice the next highest of 469 for the West Cornwall derby when Mousehole entertained Helston Athletic at Trungle Parc.
Jersey Bulls (4) 10; Horsham Y.M.C.A. (1) 1
(Lorne Bickley (3) 17, 29 & 39, Kieran Lester 36, Jay Giles 74, Sol Solomon (3) 76, 87 & 90, Adam Trotter 78, Luca Margaroli 84; Luke Donaldson 42)
Attendance – 975 (all ticket, limited by pandemic restrictions) to equal the record set by the opening Bulls’ friendly v Stevenage two years ago)
Programme – 28 pages (A5, full colour) £2
Jersey Bulls – Euan Van der Vliet, Jonny Le Quesne, Jay Giles, James Queree (c), Luke Campbell, Kamen Nafkha, Kieran Lester, Adam Trotter, Lorne Bickley, Ruben Mendes-Pestana, Sol Solomon
Substitutes – Jack Griffin (not used), Daryl Wilson (not used), Luca Margaroli (for Mendes-Pestana 60), Fraser Barlow (not used), Joe Kilshaw (for Nafkha 60), James Carr (for Lester 75), Jonny Willows (GK, not used)
Gary Freeman (Manager), Kevan Nelson (Assistant), Jason Carpenter (Coach), Dan Seviour (Coach), Richard Hebert (GK Coach), Ciaran Pack (Physio.)
Red/White/White; GK All Yellow
Horsham Y.M.C.A. – George Hyde, Reece Batchelor, Charlie Maguire, Charlie Cooke (c), Oscar Cutter, Jack Reeves, Toby Funnell, Martin Begg, Luke Donaldson, Adrian Todd, Will Read
Substitutes – Jack Ryder (for Batchelor 37), Dan Lombardo (not used), Ollie Gill (not used), Olly Wilson (for Funnell 37), Lewis Reeves (for Maguire 10)
Dean Carden (Manager), Ryan King (Assistant Manager), Lee Maguire (Coach), Paul Brown (Physio.)
All Blue; GK Purple/Black/Purple
Referee – Luke Chapman (Horley) has been refereeing for 18 years, albeit with a gap of 6 years in the middle of that period.
Assistants – Imran Khan (Camberley) the namesake of the Pakistani Prime Minister is a Lance Bombardier in the Royal Artillery now based at Larkhill, Wiltshire. He qualified as a referee 7 years ago but has converted to largely being a Specialist Assistant Referee for the past two seasons. Mike Spence (Littlehampton) Born and raised in Belfast he qualified as a referee 12 years ago.
Dismissal – George Hyde (Horsham Y.M.C.A. GK) 72 – a straight red for “D.O.G.S.O.” (denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity) Caution – Oscar Cutter (Horsham Y.M.C.A.) 80 – foul on Carr
Corners – Jersey Bulls (4) 7; Horsham Y.M.C.A. (0) 0
Player of the Match Award (sponsors) – Lorne Bickley (Jersey Bulls)
Player of the Match Award (local paper, unofficial) – Sol Solomon (Jersey Bulls)