Hellenic League Premier Division side Brimscombe & Thrupp made the long midweek trip from Gloucestershire to the Capital to play Spartan South Midlands League side North Greenford United in the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday evening which is just 3 miles away from Wembley Stadium where the 2020 final was only recently played.
United had made trips to Tuffley Rovers, Cirencester Town and Bishops Cleeve in the past few years so as the programme stated the Football Association may think that North Greenford is a village in the Cotswolds. As it was I heard one of the Brimscombe players saying it took them just over two hours to get to Berkeley Fields for the game which amongst the hustle and bustle of the London Borough of Ealing is actually very scenic especially with Horsenden Hill Park nestling next to it.
Brimmy moved up the football pyramid from the Gloucestershire County League in 2011 and now find themselves playing in the Hellenic Premier Division where they finished in 2nd place in the 2018/19 season.
North Greenford had the first good chance of the game when Dan Clifton's free kick from outside of the box was very well saved by Nick Jones. The visitors had a few half chances and then made the break through just prior to half time when Jack Smith headed home a corner kick.
It was 0-2 when Oliver Barnes slotted home from the edge of the box after a free kick was deflected off the wall into his path.
A penalty kick was then given when it appeared that a great tackle had been made to get the ball - The majority of people who have viewed the incident on social media and those present at the game have voted and commented on it being the wrong decision. Joe Mills scored the resulting spot kick to make it 1-2.
Those who read the blog regularly will know I'm a passionate defender of the officials so we'll say what we always say in the referee had one look at it and made what he thought was the correct decision - I'd say, without doubt, it's the toughest job in football!
The home side pushed for an equaliser without really troubling Jones in the away goal making it a famous night for everyone involved with Brimscombe and Thrupp who play Cinderford Town in the next round.