Referee Rohan Chotai conducts the coin toss

County Cups Return!

Jim Taylor
Our roving photographer Chris Benn and reporter Jim Taylor got back out and about in Middlesex

11 April, 2021 at LPOSSA

The Middlesex FA Adult Cup programme got under way, after the Covid 19 shutdown with two first round Sunday Junior Trophy games. MFA photographer, Chris Benn chose to feature St Nicholas v Harrow Hive played at the well appointed LPOSSA ground in Harrow.

Action in the Harrow Hive goalmouth

He chose well. The first half of a very entertaining game was evenly contested and at the interval the score was 1-1. Joel Sinclair put St Nicholas ahead in the 21st minute with a spectacular drive from outside the penalty area into the roof of the net. Safwan Ahmed equalised for Harrow Hive, 4 minutes before the interval, with a low shot. Seconds before the break Ryan Phillips almost restored the home team’s lead, when his free kick hit the crossbar.

Punched clear

Mark Stafford scored from wide on the right in the 49th minute to put St Nicholas 2-1 ahead. However, 4 minutes later, Nikil Bharrat beat the offside trap and took the ball around St Nicholas custodian, Geoff O;Sullivan, to equalize again. St Nicholas then killed the tie off with 3 goals (scored by Adam Bear, Mark Stafford and Joel Sinclair) between the 67th and 71st minutes.

Joel Sinclair's shot beats keeper Thomas Bower for the first St Nicholas goal

Final Score 5-2.

The other match in this round resulted in a 2-1 home win for West London Warriors against Richmond Saints Reserves.

Our official photographer Chris Benn, as ever, has provided some fantastic imagery from the game. If using these photos please give credit.

Chris has selected 10 highlight images which can be found here.

Readers wishing to view the full gallery of images can find these here.

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