From the push-back the Falcons looked a little out-of-sorts, their pass accuracy proving a common stumbling block throughout the afternoon.
The Falcons dominated possession in the first 35 minutes confining Southampton mainly to their own half, but failed to make clear goal-scoring opportunities from their generous time on the ball. The Falcons defence coped comfortably with the odd Southampton insurgence, with Richard Wilsdon in the Falcons goal not called on to touch the ball throughout the entire game.
After turning round at half-time 0-0 the Falcons reshuffled to a more attacking line up for the second half and were able to press higher on the Southampton defence. The formation finally paying off when from one, of a number of short corners attempts, Bowden's strike was deflected into the air from a defenders stick. The Southampton goalie was only able to parry the shot leaving Dave White to sweep the ball reverse stick into the net. Needing another goal to give them breathing the Falcons continued to press and from another short corner a goal-line scramble was ended when Steve Griffiths flicked the ball into the roof of the net past the prone keeper to settle the tie. We had the vote for MOM and ended with a tie between Chris Billington and Colin Burrell