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Newbury Forest cut down by Clacton

PUBLISHED: 10:04 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:04 05 October 2015

Action from Newbury Forest's first-ever FA Vase tie against FC Clacton (pic: Ken Mears)

Action from Newbury Forest's first-ever FA Vase tie against FC Clacton (pic: Ken Mears)

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FA Vase: Newbury Forest 0 FC Clacton 7

A Newbury Forest player tries to block an FC Clacton rival (pic: Ken Mears)A Newbury Forest player tries to block an FC Clacton rival (pic: Ken Mears)

Forest’s historic debut in the FA Vase ended in a heavy defeat at Oakside.

The Essex Olympian League club were playing their first-ever tie in the competition, but were put to the sword by a Thurlow Nunn Premier League outfit from two levels higher in the non-league pyramid.

Clacton were on top from the start and had a Ben Parkin header from a corner cleared off the line, before another effort was nodded wide.

But then, out of nothing, Forest were inches away from breaking the deadlock when a long-range strike from Bradley Gates came back off the crossbar.

Newbury Forest attack against FC Clacton (pic: Ken Mears)Newbury Forest attack against FC Clacton (pic: Ken Mears)

The visitors had another let-off after conceding possession in their own box, but then saw Parkin fire wide at the other end after being played through.

Forest’s Martin Benneh whistled a shot just wide of the post, but Parkin lobbed another chance over Michael Bowditch but just past the post before the Seasiders finally got their noses in front on 33 minutes.

It was the first move of any real quality and saw Billy Wales and Karl Andrade combine on the left, before Parkin dummied the cross at the near post and Kevin Coyle converted from close range.

It was almost 2-0 as Chris Ribchester smashed a great chance over, but Forest sent a header over before Coyle’s snapshot was well saved by Bowditch, who also kept out a free kick before the break.

A Newbury Forest player shields the ball from an FC Clacton rival (pic: Ken Mears)A Newbury Forest player shields the ball from an FC Clacton rival (pic: Ken Mears)

Any hopes Forest might have had of a second-half comeback were soon extinguished as Clacton scored twice in quick succession through Ben Parkin, who lobbed a stranded Bowditch on 47 minutes, and Blake Panrucker, who fired home from Andrade’s cross six minutes later, although the home side wasted a great chance inbetween times, with Gavin Toussaint stabbing wide from a corner with the goal gaping.

Panrucker sent a tame header at Bowditch, while Forest’s Gates saw his free kick turned behind by a diving Fowler before Clacton got their fourth goal on 72 minutes as Coyle’s corner was headed in by Adam Daniels.

The same pair combined again six minutes later as Coyle’s inswinging delivery was missed by Bowditch and Daniels had the simple task of nodding home his second goal.

It was 6-0 on 80 minutes as Clacton substitute Parris Newland sent a ball over the Forest defence for Coyle to prod past Bowditch for his second goal of the tie.

And Forest’s misery was compounded three minutes from time when Andrade tucked the ball home, after he and Coyle had seen earlier efforts blocked.

Bowditch parried another Coyle effort late on, while Gates rattled the Clacton crossbar again in stoppage time with another long-range effort as Forest were denied a deserved consolation.

Forest: Bowditch, Lane, Lewis, Gates, Kpiki, Burton, Benneh (Harris 58), Carter (Byam 58), Reynolds-Blanche, Toussaint, Connolly. Unused subs: Egembah, Wallis, Adomakoh.


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