One day more, another day, another destiny. A midweek trip to Tooting to watch this Quarter-Final clash in front of less than 100 people would have normally appealed. However, a trip to watch the outstanding Les Misérables was always going to win so the QF tie was missed.
Tooting’s victory over Thamesmead in the previous round saw them face Southern Counties East League side Cray Valley Paper Mills. Slap bang in midtable and 12 points behind leaders Ashford United suggested that The Terrors should comfortably make the next round. It seemed that way too on 4 minutes when Zenio Aiken-Simon fired into the roof of the net. However, having already beaten Barkingside and Welling United (who both play in leagues above them), Paper Mills came back strong and after creating many chances Laurent Hamici finally equalised for the Paper Mills on 79 minutes. No more goals came and so it was penalties, which someone has to miss and that was Tooting’s Zenio Aitken-Simon to send the mighty Cray Valley (PM) into the Semi-Finals.
Cray Valley (PM) now await the winners of the AFC Wimbledon/Cray Wanderers vs Bromley QF. Brilliantly, this Semi-Final has been scheduled to take place on 5th March when I’m in Poland. So it’s another tie that I’m likely to miss unless it’s moved. It’s going well…
ROAD TO THE LONDON SENIOR CUP 2013/2014:
QUARTER-FINAL: Tooting & Mitcham United 1-1 Cray Valley (PM) [Cray Valley win 7-6 on penalties] (Imperial Fields, Att: 96)