UK time is: 13:47:46
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Middlesbrough 4 - Hastings 1

Riverside

Sat 5th Jan 3pm

Attendance: 12,579

Boro ease into fourth round

Middlesbrough avoided any serious embarrassment with a routine 4-1 victory over Ryman Premier League side Hastings United in their FA Cup third round meeting at the Riverside.

Merouane Zemmama scored twice for the injury-hit hosts alongside Andy Halliday and Ishmael Miller, who also missed a penalty. Bradley Goldberg claimed the visitors a fine consolation from distance.

Boro as expected pressed early and Miller headed over a Luke Williams corner while Kevin Thomson had a 20-yard shot deflected behind.

And when Miller was brought down inside the area by Matt Whitehead on sixteen minutes they had the perfect chance to settle any lingering anxieties - until Hastings' on loan goalkeeper Liam O'Brien promptly fell to his right to meet Miller's penalty.

But five minutes later the recalled Zemmama curled into the top corner from 25-yards to earn them the lead.

Adam Reach next tried his luck for the hosts and Jamie Crellin saw an attempt diverted behind at the expense of a corner at the other end. Boro keeper Jason Steele was then forced into action from a deflected shot while Zemmama drove wide in reply and Miller was denied by O'Brien.

Two minutes into he second-half the home side doubled their advantage when Halliday poked in Luke Williams' corner at close-range.

Halliday went close to another as O'Brien saved from eight-yards, but Hastings continued their plucky approach with skipper Lee Carey forcing Steele to turn his shot against an upright.

His opposite number O'Brien - who only arrived on loan from Barnet on Friday - was at the centre of things again when next thwarting Zemmama from the edge of the area.

But the Moroccan midfielder added his second of the contest courtesy of a deflected strike from similar distance, although Goldberg swiftly flashed in a tremendous 25-yard effort to reduce the deficit.

Zemmama curled another free-kick wide as he went for his personal hat-trick before Miller's low shot finally completed the scoring with five minutes remaining.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby (Haroun 73), R. Williams, Bailey, Halliday, Reach, Zemmama (Morris 82), Thomson, Smallwood, L. Williams (Jones 61), Miller

subs (unused): Leutwiler, Burgess, Jutkiewicz, McDonald

Goals: Zemmama (22, 68), Halliday (47), Miller (85)

Hastings United: O'Brien, Cox (Manning 72), Whitehead, Ray, Jirbandi, Dixon (Okijie 76), Vickers (Ellis 51), Carey, Crellin, Camara, Goldburg

subs (unused): Howard, Daly, Richardson, Abbot

Goals: Goldburg (69)

Ref: Salisbury

Att: 12,579

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Vital Boro Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 5 2013

Time: 10:41PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Norwich 15 7 5 3 11 26
4. Wolves 14 7 5 2 6 26
5. Bournemouth 14 7 3 4 14 24
6. Middlesbrough 14 7 3 4 7 24
7. Forest 14 5 7 2 7 22
8. Blackburn 14 6 4 4 1 22
9. Charlton 14 5 7 2 1 22

Breaking League News

Key man watch: Rudy Gestede
Reading : 01/11/2014 13:20:00
RUFC likeley to face January transfer embargo
Rotherham : 01/11/2014 12:44:00
Brentford vs Derby Match Preview
Brentford : 01/11/2014 12:13:00
Big Game Preview - Latics v Fulham
Wigan : 01/11/2014 10:42:00
RUFC - Smallwood Looking Forward To Game
Rotherham : 01/11/2014 10:10:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aitor Karanka is the right appointment?
Suggested By:  Vital Boro
Yes 79%
No 21%