A stunning afternoon in the Sussex sunshine for the Mead as long standing club records were smashed and progress made in the Emirates FA Cup.
A sensational four goal haul from Alex Tenolia, two late strikes from substitute Paul Vines (who ironically replaced Alex) complimented Tom O'Connor's rounding the keeper and arguably the goal of the game when Jake McIntyre from an incredibly account angle sent a thunderbolt into the roof of the net!
The Mead started well and Alex thought he’d put the visitors in front inside the first five minutes only to be denied by the referee’s whistle, whilst at the other end, Lewis Carey produced a smart save to deny Herbert from a free kick.
Little did we know what was to follow as in the fifty minutes of playing time between the 23rd and 71st, the Mead were to strike seven times and it was on 21 minutes, the visitors took the lead as Alex jumped highest to head home a deep cross from Harvey Brand at the back post.
The lead was doubled on the half hour when McIntyre got in behind the defence after a glorious ball from Simon Glover to drill an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles.
O’Connor then made it three in 15 minutes as he got on the end of a counter attack brilliantly fashioned by Simon and Alex before Laurent Mendy played an exquisite ball that released the Mead midfielder who rounded the keeper and shot home from an acute angle.
On the stroke of half time, Dane Luchford – who was involved in most of the good things the Mead did going forward - was floored in the box after his shot had been saved and Alex coolly rolled his second of the game beyond the keepers dive to give the Mead a 4-0 interval lead.
The hat-trick was duly completed on 52 minutes as Alex rose majestically to power home a left- wing cross as the Mead threatened to score with every attack. Simon himself saw a header flash just over from a corner before Alex netted his fourth and the Mead’s sixth as he galloped onto the end of Tom’s charging run forward! He was replaced shortly afterwards by Paul Vines who joined in the scoring with his first touch from a corner before keeper Cook denied Vines a second with a great one-handed save.
The Mead were then awarded a second spot kick after Vines had been fouled following Dane’s drive cannoned off the keeper and the Mead sub picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way with the last kick of the game to seal a record win for the Mead – the first time they have won by eight goals beating the 10-3 previous record win over Sporting Bengal back in the Kent League days – and easily becoming the clubs biggest ever FA Cup win.
The draw for the next round will made on Monday lunchtime and will be played over the weekend of September 2nd and 3rd.
THE MEAD – Carey, Brand, McIntyre, Kinch, Smith (Butler), Denny, Mendy, O’Connor, Teniola (Vines), Luchford, Glover (Green)
Subs – Flack, Anidugbe, Ovenden
Updated 11:27 - 20 Aug 2017 by MIKE GREEN