Plymouth Parkway 0-0 Street
Street remain in the hat
Street put in a gutsy away performance in the FA Cup this afternoon in a game that somehow ended goalless but both teams will be pleased to be in the hat for the next round when the draw is made on Monday.
It was a nervy start to the game with both sides taking time to find there feet and it took 20 minutes for the first chance when Tom Punchard made a smart stop down to his right following a stinging drive from the edge of the box. The hosts probably should of been 1-0 up moments later but put the chance high and wide from 12 yards out with only Punchard to beat. Just before half time Steve Murray had two opportunities to open the scoring, the first with a lob that he couldn't quite find the right connection with and then curled a brillaint effort agonisingly wide.
After half time the Cobblers started dominating possession for long periods but it was Plymouth Parkway who had the next opportunity against the run of play but again failed to test Punchard as a shot from the corner of the box sailed over. On 62 minutes a jinking run by Murray seen him cut inside his marker but his left footed effort saw the keeper make a smart save with his outstretched leg. On the hour mark Matt Hurley shot straight at the keep from distance and shortly after Josh Bennet sliced his effort wide after latching onto a Jamie Short flick on.
Plymouth Parkway then had a sustained spell of pressure and Street had to be at their best defensively with Ross McErlain and captain Ben Amghar again impressing at the heart of the Street back line. Amghar had to be at his very best with a last ditch tackle following a defensive error and the hosts then nearly opened the scoring with towering header from a corner but it went inches over the bar. Manager Rich Fey freshened up his forward line introducing Ed butcher, Phil Ormrod and Harry Foster which nearly paid dividends as Street came within a whisker of snatching a late winner as they piled on the pressure in the closing stages.
Firstly Butcher led a fast counter attack and slipped in Murray who couldn't quite slide it under the keeper who had come quickly off his line then Butcher again fired off target after another quick break. Foster was then denied with a last ditch tackle when he seemed odds on to score and Ormrod headed over as Street had to settle for a draw and a replay on Tuesday evening at The Tannery Ground.
Man of the match Ben Amghar congratulated by manager Rich Fey