The second round of the FA schools cup saw Claydon from Suffolk visit Harwich.
The first half kicked off with Harwich looking a shadow of the side that beat Stanway in the first round. They quickly found themselves 3-0 down and looking like a beaten side with Claydon dominating proceedings. Changes were quickly made by the Harwich manager to allow for a change of formation in an attempt to stamp some midfield authority on the game and give the team more width. It seemed to have worked as just before half time Harwich got a goal back to send them in at half time 3-1 down.
After some tough words at half time Harwich started the second half like the side that were effective in the first round with Charlie Gueizlar and Greg Rodger finally taking control of the midfield and Keenan Brown and Elliot Fay adding some excellent width. Against the run of play and after a “sackful” of chances for Harwich, Claydon grabbed a fourth. The Harwich players didn’t panic and continued to create chance after chance quickly scoring a second. For the last twenty minutes of the second half the Harwich attack laid siege on the Claydon goal with any breaks quickly snuffed out by the Harwich defence.
After many gilt edged chances falling to Rauf Kebangu Harwich eventually scored goals 3 and 4 drawing them level. It looked then as if there would be only one winner but the Claydon goalkeeper and some poor finishing resulted in the game entering extra time. In the first half of extra time Harwich finally took the lead for the first time in the match and continued to have shots blocked, saved or hit past the post as they pressed for a goal to finish the tie With about two minutes to go Claydon had their only real change of the extra time period but Quinn Bird saved excellently in a one on one situation.
The final whistle blew on what had been a fantastic comeback from Harwich who now await the draw to find out their third round opponents. The Harwich goal scorers were Charlie Gueizlar, Adam Strange, Elliot Fay and Rauf Kebangu 2. The man of the match and gaining 4 sports personality points was Charlie Gueizlar for his excellent second half response and asserting himself on the game, 3 points to Elliot Fay for his industrious work down the left wing culminating in a well deserved goal and Jacob Parker for his tough performance at the back.