Merstham boys give Mead a cup hangover

Merstham boys give Mead a cup hangover

‘Arguably the biggest game the club has ever played in.’

Thamesmead Town were certainly not underselling their FA Cup 3rd Qualifying tie at Ryman Premier League Merstham. Sadly, however, on the day, only the home side turned up, putting in a stylish and professional performance to triumph 5-1 and move on to a home 4th

The Mead Army. There were more of them, honesty- and they were a very decent bunch.
The Mead Army. There were more of them, honesty- and they were a very decent bunch.

Qualifying Round tie against National League South Ebbsfleet United. 188 supporters were royally entertained as Merstham cruised into a four goal half time lead whilst the Mead managerial team railed against perceived refereeing injustices, and by the time Thamesmead did begin to get to grips with the game it was as good as over. Henriques, Vidal, Hector and Campbell scored the goals.

The Merstham Rowdies. Actually they weren't all that rowdy, but the chap on the extreme right (of the picture, not the political spectrum) would keep hammering the advertising board in front of him.
The Merstham Rowdies. Actually they weren’t all that rowdy, but the chap on the extreme right (of the picture, not the political spectrum) would keep hammering the advertising board in front of him.

A much better second half ended in a draw, with Thamesmead pulling a goal back with nine minutes to go, through Paul Vines. Sadly for Town, however, Merstham went immediately back up the other end and restored their four goal cushion, with Tutu Henriques adding his second of the afternoon.

The Fourth Qualifying Round tie will be played at Moatside on 15th October, 3PM kick off.

 

And indeed they did...
And indeed they did…

 

The sun shone (mostly, apart from when it was raining...)
The sun shone (mostly, apart from when it was raining…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Imogen the Toddler' didn't seem to take a seat...
‘Imogen the Toddler’ didn’t seem to take a seat…
The Non League game in one image- the elderly, the young, babes in arms and a Non League dog!
The Non League game in one image- the elderly, the young, babes in arms and a Non League dog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some clubs have a 'Popular Terrace.' At Merstham, this wasn't it.
Some clubs have a ‘Popular Terrace.’ At Merstham, this wasn’t it.

 

Don't all leave at once...!
Don’t all leave at once…!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in case you weren't sure where you were (in case, somehow, you'd got this far by mistake).
Just in case you weren’t sure where you were (in case, somehow, you’d got this far by mistake).
One of Thamesmead's many kick off's...
One of Thamesmead’s many kick off’s…

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