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No FA Cup glory this year for Whitchurch United
Whitchurch United 0 Hallen 2.
FA Cup extra-prelim Rd Rep.
Whitchurch United waved goodbye to an FA Cup preliminary round tie at struggling Bournemouth Poppies, along with a winner’s cheque for £1,500 on Tuesday night when a glut of missed first half chances let in a relieved Western League Hallen to eventually claim a strightforward win.
It was a bitter pill for the home supporters among the decent crowd at Longmeadow who had seen their side dominate for half an hour without finding the net before, almost inevitably going behind to a free-kick for a foul just outside their own penalty area.
The Jamboys should have been out of sight by then as Hallen keeper Sam Burgess presented the ball straight to Curtis Angell who could not finish from inside the area then Isaac Sedu, Pa Touray and Luke Walker all squandered good chances within the opening 20 minutes.
It took Hallen that long to set up a decent attack when Tom Hindmarsh’s double save kept out Tom Collett then he denied Ashley Bennett but Whitchurch came back and were camped in the visitors’ half as Angell’s glancing header from Sedu’s cross shot was just wide.
Hallen sensed they had ridden the storm and ventured forward and Ben Bement’s free-kick was somehow kept out by Hindmarsh but Aysa Corrick was first to the rebound.
Hallen regrouped and after the break took control and with Whitchurch’s body language suggesting all was not well the whole momentum swung towards the Bristol side and after Corrick’s pace and skill had led to him crashing a shot against the bar on the hour Bament’s cross shot from 25 yards with 15 minutes to go wrapped it up.
United boss Jim Macey was naturally disappointed and again flagged up the missed chances: “We are playing midfielders up front as I haven’t risked playing the youngsters up to now but I may well freshen the side up for Saturday and Monday.”
“We will have Jason Graham in the squad and once he is match fit he will score goals. At this level we can’t afford to waste chances. “ I don;t think Hallen were better than us and I told the boys they ahve the chance to prove it when we go there again on September 7 for the FA Vase tie.”