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Weary Whitchurch gift Horndean the points
Horndean 4 Whitchurch Utd 2.
A leg weary Whitchurch went down to a frustrating defeat at a blustery Horndean on Tuesday night after twice taking the lead.
Manager Jim Macey could see the effects that playing twice a week in the higher division since the start had taken and his reaction after the game was to the point: “We won’t be training on Thursday.”
In the end the squad simply ran out of steam and two defensive howlers in the last five minutes gifted the points to the home side.
The Jam Boys should have taken an early lead when an errant back pass let them in but somehow Luke Walker, Pa Touray and James Tennant all missed with the goal gaping and the home side escaped.
Dan Martin hit the post for Horndean soon after in what was an entertaining but error strewn match but on 20 minutes Touray’s inch perfect pass found Isaac Sedu in space and his finish from a tight angle was superb.
It took a huge deflection to wrong foot Dean Mahoney on 37 minutes to put Horndean level with Tommy Woodward credited with the goal but within a minute of the restart a quick break let Luke Walker in and he netted at the second attempt.
Horndean replied immediately as a loose header found Gerald Joseph and his shot went in past unsighted Mahoney.
James Tennant’s long run and shot brought a fine save out of Chris Clarke before at the other end Mahoney denied Woodward but as the game went on United tired visibly and despite the introduction of Jason Graham and Shane Lock up front it was always likely to be a mistake which won it.
With five minutes left United gave away a sloppy free-kick just outside the area and Dan Hayes curled it in.
Right on time another error presented Len Burney with a simple roll in and United returned empty handed.
Tomorrow they entertain leaders Sholing before Cowes Sports visit Longmeadow on Tuesday night in the Wessex League Cup.