Report by Dan Legg
After the two teams couldn’t be separated on Saturday afternoon, AVDFC welcomed Royal Wootton Bassett Town to the Greenfleets Stadium for an FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round Replay – and what a cup tie it turned out to be.
In front of a bumper crowd, both sides created some good early chances as Bradley Pagliaroli volleyed over the crossbar for the visitors whilst Bruno Brito stung Declan Lehmann’s hands with a rasping driven effort - all in the opening five minutes. The Dynamos began to find their rhythm and were in the ascendency as AFC Dunstable loanee Terry Griffiths headed over from a Bruno Brito corner before Carl Tappin almost opened the scoring with a deflected shot from the edge of the 18-yard area.
The pressure told on 23 minutes with Brito picking out Griffiths once more with a pinpoint out swinging corner for the big centre-half to head home empathically. Mani Roper almost equalised for the visitors late into the first period, but James Weatherill was on hand to tip a flicked effort around the post. Dan Wilson was unfortunate to not give the Dynamos a safety cushion as he saw his driven shot cannon back off the post on the stroke of half time.
The second half continued at the same frantic pace as the first 45 minutes. The Dynamos were soaking up Royal Wootton Bassett pressure and utilising the pace of Keith Mupfuririrwa on the counter action. The speedster teed up Bruno Brito, but the experienced winger could only fire into the trees.
James Weatherill was worthy of his Man of the Match award with a fine string of saves throughout the evening, the best of the bunch coming from a superb reaction save from Tom Cole. With the ball travelling at a rate of knots through a sea of bodies the Aylesbury stopper tipped heroically over the crossbar.
With fifteen minutes to play the visitors ought to have been level. Danny Langford had a clear-cut opportunity to set up a grandstand finish but could only strike a low effort wide of James Weatherill’s far post with the goal at his mercy. Bassett continued to pile on the pressure, and Dynamo’s task became a lot tougher as goalscorer Griffiths was dismissed with 13 minutes left on the clock after picking up two bookings in quick succession.
Try as they might, the visitors could not break down the 10 men of AVDFC, and frustration told in injury time with Chris Jackson seeing the red mist and subsequently the red card for a reckless and late challenge on Joe Fitzgerald.
The Dynamos will now play host to North Leigh in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 24th August.
Starting XI – James Weatherill, Joe Fitzgerald, Terry Griffiths, Dan Wilson, Dan McAteer, Roy Byron, Carl Tappin, Lewis Merridan (Ryan Tappin 90’), Alfi Touceda, Bruno Brito, Keith Mupfuririwa (Abu Khan 61’)
Next Up – Wembley FC (H) – 17th August 15:00 K.O.