The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 3rd May 2012
....Tuesday’s spirited fight back.
Late strikes from wel--travelled substitute Mark Bellingham saw off Uxbridge for a 2-1 win at the Oval in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central single leg semi-final.
Despite being delighted by the victory, manager Farmer says he wants one more win in Monday’s final against either Slough Town or Beaconsfield, who meet tonight.
He said: “This season has meant a lot to me. I love the journey and I don’t want it to end.
“We’ve put together a fantastic group that’s unique.
“I’m obviously happy we won. It’s one where we’ve done great, but we won’t get carried away.
“We won’t get ahead of ourselves. The lads deserve the plaudits but we’ve done nothing yet.
“I couldn’t tell you who was in the final last year, that’s as much interest as I took at the time. We’ll train twice before Monday and it’s business as usual.
“That’s not me being a kill joy. It’s being professional.
“You can’t carry passengers or you’ll get beat. Everyone was great against Uxbridge and now we move onto Monday.
“I’ll watch the other semi and we’ll be ready. I’m not fussed who wins. It would be nice if it were at home but I believe in us to beat anyone.
“We’ve got a good chance. The belief is there. We won five games in a row to start the season and we want to win five games in a row to end the season.”
The Greenbacks started terribly as Chris Tullin gave away a clear penalty which Michael Murray put away. However, they recovered well and dominated the rest of the game.
But it took until the 79th minute when 36-year-old Bellingham brought them level with a soft strike that went through Uxbridge keeper Matthew Ellston-Bull’s legs.
Bellingham got the winner with 4 minutes to go as Farmer insisted he never doubted a goal would come.
“We started poorly and gave away a sloppy penalty, which we addressed at half-time. I always knew at some point we could get into our groove.
“We can pass the ball well but we didn’t in the first half. I asked the players at the break why we’d gone against our philosophy.
“We got it back in the second half and played very well. Uxbridge sat deep and that was perfect as it invited us on.
“I knew we would score, it was a matter of when. If you look at Mark Bellingham, he was a play-off signing and he’s serving his purpose.
“I’m made up for him and all the lads,” he said.