After last week’s postponement of the same match, things were pretty much again uncertain again on Saturday morning after Friday night’s deluge of rain causing the Green Lane pitch at Bovingdon being a no-no due to flooding.
However, the Bovingdon management had the foresight to hire the fantastic 4G pitch at Parmiters School in Garston, for the potential purpose of a friendly if the Aubrey cup failed to take place.
Rumours were flying through the airwaves as texts were being sent here, there and everywhere to see if the Cup tie was on, or off, or off and then on again!!
Finally, the game was on, though Sun and their fans may have finally wished otherwise come the end of the 90 minutes!
Although Bovingdon showed their pace from the kick off, it was Sun Sports who had the first of decent opportunities when Josh Connolly dispossessed a Bovingdon midfielder, and sliding the ball square to George Hobson, who saw Bovvy keeper, Tom Blackman, off his line and went for the spectacular by shooting from the half way line, but the ball went wide of the target.
After seven minutes and a deep Bovingdon cross looked keeper-bound but Lewis Pritchard took his chance to nip in behind the Sun defence and poke the ball past Luke Furlong to see the Premier League leaders go one up early on.
But the Sun were not disheartened, after all, they have gone been behind a few times this season and shown the resilience to come back and win matches.
They closed down, hassled and pressured the Bovingdon players every time one of the Greens took possession, making it uncomfortable for them to settle with the ball, but just how long could the Sun players keep up the pace?
Centre back Joe Horwood limped off soon after the goal was scored with what looked like a groin injury that he sustained in the pre match warm up, but the Sun continued to try to get back into the game, with Andy Brennan breaking clear in the box but shooting at the Bovingdon keeper.
Brenners was soon in again with another chance down the left side when he was through on goal with only Blackman to beat but the keeper won the dual for the second time in just a few minutes.
The resulting corner was an in-swinger which both Calum O’Connor and Gary Wallace went up for, the latter heading the goal downward only for it to hit the base of the post and bounce into Blackman’s grateful arms.
Bovingdon tried to increase their lead with a shot by Connor Deadman that beat Furlong but smacked off the post.
30 minutes into the game and right back Paolo Deritis had to go off injured, so with two substitutions in the first half an hour made, it was looking decidedly difficult that the Sun would be able to keep the score down to one goal, especially as both substitutions were for defenders, but they held out until half time with the score 1-0 to Bovingdon, and the Sun pretty much still in the game after a hard fought first forty five.
Into the second half and the fellas in yella were still fighting to get back into the game, an early goal would level things up and give the Sun some much needed confidence in the tie.
Andy Brennan, George Hobson and Dom David were scrapping away in midfield, but as time wore on, spaces in midfield were beginning to appear which Bovingdon were gracious to take advantage of and, the more Sun pressed for a hopeful equaliser, the more Bovingdon could break on the counter and they went close a couple of times but had no one in the right place at the right time to put the ball away.
After 62 minutes Bovingdon went 2-0 up when a ball was chipped in to the penalty area, leaving an unmarked Jack Maynard to smash the ball into the net from around 12 yards.
From there you could see the hope from Sun players faces drain away, and soon after a cheeky back-heel by Ed Canham from a free kick made it 3-0 and game over.
A searching long ball found an unmarked and possibly offside Courtney Massay alone in the box who slotted the ball home and after a brief consultation with the assistant referee, the ref awarded the goal to make it four-nil while any remaining Sun fans were looking at their watches and wondering what was on the telly that night!
But the Sun are nothing but stubborn, and still they tried to reduce the deficit even though such a comeback would have been as hard believed as a Roy of the Rovers story.
But Andy Brennan found himself in the box with space to turn and shoot but his shot was deflected and bounced kindly into Tom Blackman’s yet again.
Youngster Josh Connolly also had time to try and get on the scoresheet but his attempt was also deflected, looped over the keeper, hit the post, and bounced out to Jack Robertson whose stab at goal was brilliantly blocked by Blackman.
Sun’s Luke Furlong was called into action one last time making a great save from Luis Fernandes but Will Summerfield added further insult to injury by knocking in a fifth to complete the rout.
So the Sun are out of the cup and the Green Army march on.
We wish Bovingdon the very best for the semi final and if they don’t complete the double this season I will eat my Sun hat.
As the old adage goes, the Sun can now concentrate on the league and can now fix all their attention to gaining promotion, where three of the four teams at the top will be fighting it out for the two promotion spots.