Road to Wembley 17/18: Extra-Preliminary Round Replays

Wadham Lodge 1-3 Framlingham Town


You could be forgiven for thinking this is an FA Cup 1st round report given the November like weather we witnessed on the day.

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As soon as I knew the FA Cup EP round replay between Wadham and Framlingham was at Aveley FC’s brand new ground, I was always going to attend.

After battling through a fluvial A12, I arrived at the ground with about half an hour spare, once my Sat Nav had worked out where we were. The torrential rain would have caused many a non-league match to be postponed some time ago but fortunately, or unfortunately however you look at it, Aveley FC have an all-weather 4g pitch.

I strolled through the main club entrance with not a turnstile in site. Some guy in a luminous orange jacket ushered me and another lost couple to the bar where there was a gaggle of people, most of whom appeared to be connected to both clubs in some way.

The game was delayed until almost 8o’clock for some unknown reason.


Wadham started brightly and on 2′ their number 8 shoots well wide. Framlingham then respond in the same minute with a free kick into the area however no one is there to divert the ball goalwards.

On 4′ the ball goes out of play and out of the ground (this will become a regular occurrence). However, from the resulting throw in, Framlingham get the ball into the box and the ball falls loosely to Simon Poacher with a poachers finish (sorry). Framlingham Town’s first ever goal in the FA Cup in their 130 year history!

Wadham Lodge 0-1 Framlingham Town.

On 8′ Framlingham have another free kick from just inside the Wadham half, this time there is a little too much pace on the ball and it goes behind for a goal kick. Framlingham confidence is growing.

On 11′ Wadham have a free kick. The ball is whizzed into the box by their No. 3 but no one is there to get on the end of it and it’s an easy save for the keeper.

At this point Wadham appear better in possession but Framlingham look dangerous on the counter attack.

On 24′ Wadhams left winger No. 7 is threatening on the counter, just as he was in the first game on Saturday. Framlingham regain possession and a mazy run by John Kerridge ends up in a shot that hits the right hand post. Wadham need to calm down.

On 28′ The ball goes out of the ground for the 2nd time. Wadham gain a free kick shortly after 25 yards out. This could be an omen. The free kick is taken by No. 11 and thumped towards the top left hand corner. The keeper is adjudged to have got a hand on it and it goes out for a corner. Corner taken and cleared by the first defender.

Looking around the ground, it is clear that Aveley FC is a prime example of the greenbelt in action, you can hear the roar of the M25 but all you can see is rows of lushious deciduous trees.

The game is becoming scrappy with a few silly fouls, probably not helped by the conditions. The referee is also getting some stick from the Framlingham fans for some pretty shocking decisions.

On 41′ it looks as though Framlingham are just trying to see the game out until half time with all 11 players in their own half. It’s at this point where 2 Wadham players decide to fall to the floor with cramp. One of which is No. 11 who also drops to the ground for a 2nd time a minute later.

On 45′ Framlingham have a chance to make it 2-0, Danny Smith shoots from the edge of the area and it goes just wide.


Framlingham restart the second half brightly with a quick burst down the wing and Jake Taylor smashes the ball at the Wadham keeper, forcing him into an outstanding save.

Wadham click into gear and on 49′ the Wadham no. 11 creates space but shoots wide following a bit of pinball between attacker and defender.

Wadham look to have run out of ideas and on 51′, a speculative shot from their No. 8 from 40 yards sails over the bar.

At this point I notice a plane fly overhead, perhaps from London City Airport?

On 56′ Framlingham have a corner after a good spell of pressure, the ball is whizzed into the box and there is the Poacher and the near post for a 3 yard header!
Wadham Lodge 0-2 Framlingham Town

On 61′ Wadham resurface, a corner into the box goes over everyone and straight out of play on the other side. Terrible. Goal kick.

Framlingham put the game beyond all doubt on 67′ a fantastic solo run from Jake Taylor ends in a clever chip over the goalkeeper.

Wadham Lodge 0-3 Framlingham Town

Alex Ling recieves a yellow card for Framlingham on 70′

On 72′ Jake Taylor is clean through again. This time he is rugby tackled by the Wadham No. 5, Yellow Card. A clever free kick is laid off to Danny Smith who shoots just wide from the edge of the area.

Framlingham look happy now to just see the game out. A solid performance by them but Wadham have been particularly poor.

84′ Booking for Josh Sprague of Framlingham.

On 86′ Wadham gain a free kick which is wide right. Taken by no. 10 and hit straight into the wall, a high cross into the area is cleared. Game over.

However, on 88′ Wadham do gain a consolation. The ball is bundled into the net. Apologies but I didn’t get the scorer but at this stage it’s barely mathematical.

Wadham Lodge 1-3 Framlingham Town
Framlingham restart and create a chance straight from the kick off. A scuffed shot is spilled by the keeper and the ball trickles wide. Could have gone anywhere.


Wadham Lodge 1-3 Framlingham Town

Framlingham were up for the cup and thoroughly deserved their victory on a miserable evening. Wadham look as though they will be OK in their league this year but they need to start clicking as a unit.

Framlingham will now be at home to Mildenhall Town, also a Suffolk side, on what it likely to be Saturday 19th August for a place in the First Qualifying Round

Our thanks to Olly Ward, embarking on his first Road to Wembley. Follow him here and check out his website.

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