Abbey Rangers F.C. U23s

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Mike Bidmead Suburban League Challenge Cup

Jersey Bulls U23s

Tuesday November 29, 2022, 7:30 pm

Addlestone Moor

Mike Bidmead Suburban League Challenge Cup

Match Report

Jersey Bulls, finalists to Aldershot Town U19s last season, travelled to Chertsey based Abbey Rangers. Abbey Rangers were established as an U16 boys club in 1976, named after the nearby Benedictine Abbey, the initial burial place of Henry VI.

Their development side are currently mid-table in the Suburban League Premier Division whilst their men’s team compete in the Combined Counties Premier Division South along with the Bulls.

Jersey made a number of changes to the previous round at Marlow when the first team were also in action on the same night. Amongst those coming in to the team were John Lloyd who had been at Brook House and scored the equaliser there. Also in with him were skipper Joe Kilshaw, now recovered from injury, and Robert Martins-Figueira for his first match this season.

Fergus Boyle made his U23 debut as did new registration Elias Sami-Youssef, a former youth player with Cardiff City, who has since played for Forest Green Rovers, Royal Wootton Bassett Town (on loan), Chippenham Town, Merthyr Town, Redditch United, Melksham Town, Taunton Town and Merthyr Town again. Despite all those clubs he is still only 22 and his registration was delayed because Jersey had to obtain “international clearance” for him as his last club is Welsh.

Kushal Frankson was also making his first Jersey appearance of the season and was on the bench along with Luke Coutanche and Leandro Vieira. Missing from the squad that played at Marlow were the suspended Miguel Carvalho plus Josh Coutanche, Jay Dos Santos, Darryl Mvalo and Paddy O’Toole.

On another damp autumnal evening the hosts kicked off attacking the clubhouse end to the south of their Addlestone Moor stadium.

Jersey dominated the early stages and eventually broke through when Robert Martins-Figueira seized on some sloppy defensive play enabling Sammy Henia-Kamau to cut in from the left and give Jersey the lead. Harry Scott doubled that on the half hour by finishing off a long ball forward from Charlie Brennan.

However, before half-time a Martins-Figueira midfield pass was intercepted and played forward to striker Luke Dunn. Sammy Sutcliffe dived in with a tackle that was deemed illegal and a penalty was awarded which Oli Woolgar struck firmly to Pierce Roche’s right.

After the interval Abbey Rangers forced three corners in the first fifteen minutes and drew a couple of good saves from Roche. Jersey weathered that storm and some fearsome tackling which saw four cautions for the home team and nine minutes added to make up for the injuries they had inflicted upon the Jersey players.
Abbey Rangers U23 1 (Oli Woolgar pen 41)
Jersey Bulls U23 2 (Sammy Henia-Kamau 15, Harry Scott 30)

Attendance – 30

Programme – none

Abbey Rangers – Reilly Penfold, Louis McGrane, Noah Murphy, Andy Pearson, James Louison (c), Jessi Allen, Asher Reid, Oscar House, Luke Dunn, Oli Woolgar, Sam Wells
Substitutes – 12. Javaughny Waugh (for Pearson 72), 13. Brian Chimbina (for Wells 46), 14. Tobias Sims (for Allen 87), 15. Bailey Tanner (for House 46), only four substitutes

Tony “T.J.” Barbato (Manager), Luke Stone (Assistant), “Jason” (Physio.)

Dark Grey & White Stripes (White backs)/Black/Black; GK Light Green/Black/Light Green

Jersey Bulls – Pierce Roche, John Lloyd, Fergus Boyle, Joe Kilshaw (c), Sammy Sutcliffe, Charlie Brennan, Max Rivers, Robert Martins-Figueira, Sammy Henia-Kamau, Elias-Sami Youssef, Harry Scott
Substitutes – 12. Kushal Frankson (for Scott 86), 14. Luke Coutanche (not used), 15. Leandro Vieira (for Martins-Figueira 86), only three substitutes

Red/White/Red; GK: All Green

Paul Renton (Manager), Kevan Nelson (Assistant & Physio.)

Abbey Rangers U23 (4-4-2 R to L) 1; 3-4-5-2; 2-5-6-3; 11-6-8-7; 9-10
Jersey Bulls U23 (4-1-4-1 R to L) 1; 2-5-6-3; 4; 7-10-8-11; 9

Referee – Thomas Murray (Sutton) twice on the line at Springfield last season, against Raynes Park Vale and Knaphill

Assistants – David Osborn (Farnham) on the dug-out side

Alan Hodge (Shirley, Croydon) on the far side

Cautions – Asher Reid (AR) 45+3, James Louison (AR) 72, Brian Chimbina (AR) 90+3, Oli Woolgar (AR) 90+8

Sin Bins – Bailey Tanner (AR) 77, Sammy Sutcliffe (JB) 90

Corners – Abbey Rangers U23 (2) 5: Jersey Bulls U23 (4) 5

Player of the Match Award – Joe Kilshaw