Cup exit is new season-low for Teversal

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NCEL Teversal’s season hit a new low as they were dumped out of the Notts FA Senior Cup with a 3-2 second round defeat at giant-killing Beeston.

Nothing should be taken away from Beeston’s efforts in seeing off a shocking Teversal with a workmanlike performance that has left questions being asked from all quarters about Teversal.

Played on a park pitch not really suitable for the county’s senior cup competition, that was no excuse for a performance from the Tevie Boys that wasn’t even acceptable for Sunday morning football.

The hosts had the worst possible start when they lost their captain Lee Carter through injury to be replaced by Kirsten Cowlishaw.

But the visitors were not showing anything to worry Beeston with both Adam Taylor and Mark Harrison looking a threat every time they went forward, which was far too often as pass after pass from lacklustre Teversal went astray.

The first pattern of play from Teversal that showed anything like what they can do saw the ball worked across to Paul Staniforth for the skipper to whip a quality cross into the far post where Atkins looked poised to finish. But substitute Cowlishaw’s attempted diving headed interception could only be diverted into the bottom corner of the net on 15 minutes to give the visitors the lead.

However, Parity was regained only two minutes later when home keeper Danny Brown’s long punt went through to his opposite number Sheppard, but the Teversal keeper slipped when easily gathering the ball, dropping it into the path of Adam Taylor to roll the ball home to make it 1-1.

The hosts were now on top of the game with Starbuck getting the better of Gregory to create the space to allow the striker the opportunity to unleash a fierce strike that went marginally wide of the Teversal goal with Sheppard well beaten.

Gary Atkins had the last effort of note in the first period for the visitors, managing to get in behind the home defence to produce a strike that produce an equally impressive save from Brown in the home goal.

Teversal came out in the second half with a little more purpose but there was more activity collecting the balls from out of the soakaway pond behind the goal than in the penalty area.

Beeston simply soaked up the minor threats offered by their visitors to take the lead with their first foray of the second period on 57 minutes.

Again it was another gift when Taylor again seized on Sheppard’s hesitance to round the keeper to again pass the ball into the empty net.

Now the visitors had to show true grit and determination to save the tie, and they managed to get back on level terms on 69 minutes when a Danny Tighe free kick dropped in the penalty area with a number of ricochets before Gary Armstrong managed to squeeze the ball into the net.

You would have thought that this get out of jail goal would have been the inspiration to win the game for the Tevie Boys, but that was not the case and the nonplus response was punished.

Three minutes later the visitors’ embarrassment and exit from the competition was confirmed when Taylor lined a free kick up some 25 yards from goal, wall set up, and the wide man strolled up to roll the ball sideways to Mark Harrison who wasn’t even closed down as he unleashed an effort that saw Sheppard remain motionless as the ball smashed into the back of the net for Beeston to regain the lead.

The remaining 18 minutes saw the hosts defend properly and the passionless Teversal fail to create one effort of note.

Beeston totally deserved the right to progress to face Rainworth Miners Welfare in the next round in the first week in December.

For Teversal there will be lots of questions about attitude and commitment raised along with some soul searching to ensure that the effort and performances meet the demands that senior football requires, as for this game it didn’t reach the level you would expect for Sunday morning football.

On Saturday Teversal face a difficult trip to Yorkshire Amateurs.

BEESTON: Danny Brown, Kieran McElhone (Luke Peters 88), Patrick Shiggins, Lee Carter (Kirsten Cowlishaw 4), John Walton, Matt Blaze, Adam Taylor, Tony Murray (Patrich Walsh 75), James Starbuck, Anthony Peach, Mark Harrison. Subs not used: Brandon Eley, Liam Raby.

TEVERSAL: Dale Sheppard, Keiran Coupe, Paul Staniforth (Blake Vincent 58), Jason Gregory, Kyle Hempsall, Brett Watson, Gary Armstrong (Dean Short 75), Ashley Kitchen (Danny Tighe 69), Richard Guest, Gary Atkins, Jacob Tittley. Subs not used: Jamie Hudson, Josh Turton.

REFEREE: Saul Shapiro of Nottinghamshire.