Harry’s in a hurry as Rovers eye up Wembley

Great Wakering Rovers v Falmouth Town – Isuzu FA Vase Quarter Final – Burroughs Park – Report

Great Wakering Rovers 2-0 Falmouth Town

Harry Talbot’s second-half brace ensured Great Wakering Rovers a thrilling 2-0 victory over Falmouth Town and secured the villagers an Isuzu FA Vase semi-final berth for the first time in their 105-year history.

Green & White Army – Rovers fans celebrate with the players at full-time (Courtesy of Nicky Hayes)

Indeed, the sense of occasion wasn’t lost on the locals with almost 700 cramping into Burrough Park for the biggest match in more than a century.

The home side edged an otherwise scrappy opening period, with hero Tablot forcing Falmouth keeper, Morgan Coxhead into an important stop in the opening minutes.

Soon after, the visiting stopper produced a brilliant save to keep out Jake Gordon’s thundering volley. Falmouth had their moments, with Tom Annear twice close with headed attempts.

A brilliant save from Falmouth Town keeper Morgan Coxhead from Jake Gordon of Great Wakering Rovers

But after the restart, Rovers stepped up the tempo and forged ahead midway through the half. Annear missed his kick after the tricky Gordon had drilled in from the right, and Talbot was on hand to fire the hosts ahead and send the home support delirious in the process.

Harry Talbot scores Great Wakering Rovers’ opening goal during their 2-0 Isuzu FA Vase win over Falmouth Town

With their tales up, Rovers went for the jugular and they doubled their advantage ten minutes from time when Tabolt held his nerve to score from the penalty spot after substitute Max Gnandi had been felled.

Harry Talbot nets his and Great Wakering Rovers second goal from the penalty spot

Rovers supporters streamed onto the pitch at full-time to celebrate a historic moment with their heroes. They are joined in the last four by Essex Senior League rivals, Romford, Lincoln United and Worcester City.

Great Wakering Rovers: Luis Shamshoum, Kingdom Dawson, Jack Nolde, Thomas Barton, Harrison Topliss, Perry Dunn, Harry Talbot, Charlie Kendall, Callum Boylan, Ben Search, Jack Gordon

Great Wakering Rovers substitutes: Danny Crossington, Oliver Jenkins, Caiden Imbert-Thomas, Billy Johnson, Max Gnandi, Beau McDonald, Joe Burges

Falmouth Town: Morgan Coxhead, Jacob Grange, Bradley Leivers, Andrea Calleja-Stayne, Tom Annear, James Ward, Luke Brabyn, Jared Sims, Jordan Annear, Cameron Hutchinson, Oliver Walker

Falmouth Town substitutes: Jack Webber, Kian Thomas, Tom Fisher, Alex Wharton, Conner McArthy, Ryan Barnes

Referee: Morgan Conn

Assistants: Joanne Horwood and Nathan Briggs

Fourth Official: Joshua Evans

Attendance: 694


Brian Jeeves

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