Fenham marched into the next round of the cup with a deserved victory by the odd goal in five, at Great Park, this afternoon. Goals came from the unlikely sources of Craig Gilbert, Liam Morrissey and Dan Arkle.
The home side were back to full strength, with Mark Harrison back to skipper the side, along side Tunesi and Skelton in defence. Arkle also made his return to partner Morrissey in the centre of the midfield, with Ryan Carr and Cliff Lyall back in tandem to lead the line.
Dynamo looked to start early and duly took the lead after 10 minutes, when, following a loose ball in the box, Gilbert was on hand to smash home from close range. For the next 20 minutes it looked certain that Fenham would double their lead, but after a quick corner, Bohemians found themselves level.
A quick corner routine caught the Fenham side napping, and with what seemed to be a cross, the Gosforth skipper found the back post, with nothing that Corby could do to stop it. If the first had a hint of luck about it, the second was more assured, as once more a quick corner was powered home and from a position of relative comfort, the Dynamo found themselves going in a goal down at the break.
After plenty of positive words at half time, Fenham were back looking like the side that had started the game and it was the quick thinking of Morrissey that got them back on level terms. The away side had changed keepers at the interval; sensing the new, smaller keeper might not be fully warmed up, the Dynamo central midfield man beat his man in the centre circle, before taking on an early shot that the keeper had no chance with. To make it look even better, the ball kissed the bar on it’s way in. A sweet strike and one that Morrissey’s performance rightly deserved.
Sensing they were the favourites to push on and get a winner, Carr looked lively throughout and won numerous corners to pile the pressure on the visitors. And it was from one of those set pieces that found the on-rushing Arkle to head home the winner at the near post.
It was no more than Fenham deserved and although Gosforth had a decent shout for a penalty late on, Carr and substitute Chris Rowell were both adjudged offside in very controversial fashion, when clean through on goal. Although Corby pulled off a few good saves, the result never looked in too much danger.
For his tireless endeavours up front, Carr was named man of the match.