Inspired Shortt earns Vase replay for Moneyfields

Rudi Plummer on the attack for Moneys in the FA Vase clash. Picture: Mick Young

Rudi Plummer on the attack for Moneys in the FA Vase clash. Picture: Mick Young

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Goalkeeper Matt Shortt produced an inspired performance to keep Moneyfields in the FA Vase.

Shortt made at least three outstanding saves to deny Brimscombe & Thrupp as the two teams slugged out a 0-0 draw at Dover Road.

Dan Gauntlett battles for the ball. Picture: Mick Young

Dan Gauntlett battles for the ball. Picture: Mick Young

Even extra-time failed to separate the sides, who will replay in Gloucestershire tomorrow night.

Moneyfields manager Dave Carter appreciated the bravery of his goalkeeper and defenders.

‘The wind and weather was atrocious and played a big part in the game,’ said Carter.

‘Matt (Shortt) is dual signed with Petersfield Town and has made a big difference to us.

Matt was totally secure under the high ball and also pulled off a couple of excellent saves to keep out point-blank shots

Dave Carter

‘He kept us in it when our opponents were on top with the wind behind them.

‘In the first half we played against the strong wind and Brimscombe used the conditions to curl a series of corners under our crossbar.

‘Matt was totally secure under the high ball and also pulled off a couple of excellent saves to keep out point-blank shots.

‘There were a couple of brave performances at the back for us.

‘Jack Lee had been sent home from work sick the day before but still turned out for us.

‘Fellow central-defender Tom Chapman has a groin strain and he kept going for the whole 120 minutes.’

Chances were few and far between in the first half though Moneyfields felt they could have had an early penalty.

Rudi Plummer got through one on one with the goalkeeper but seemed to have his heels clipped from behind.

Brimscombe had the first-half momentum and Shortt denied them three times.

When Shortt was beaten by an inswinging corner, Jake Raine came to his rescue with a goaline clearance.

‘When we got to half-time we felt that we had done a lot of the hard work against the elements,’ said Carter.

‘Unfortunately we failed to create enough in the second period.

‘We were forced to play too narrow because of the players we had missing because they were cup-tied.

‘It meant we were not able to field any out-and-out strikers.’

Both teams continued to cancel each other out in extra-time.

And the prospect of a replay looked likely, with Carter’s men having to be careful not to make a mistake.

‘Towards the end neither side wanted to lose it, rather than trying to go out and win the tie,’ said Carter.

‘The wind was the biggest factor.

‘You had to change your style of play to attack when you had it and defend when up against it.

‘Brimscombe may think they have the advantage going back to their place but we are far from out of it.

‘We certainly have not given it up and feel we are still in with a good chance of going through.’

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