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Late Brock goal denies Whitchurch
Whitchurch United 1 Brockenhurst 1.
A late equaliser from Brockenhurst’s Carlo Tate denied Whitchurch a victory yesterday as Longmeadow after new signing Nic Turpin had announced his arrival with a goal early in the second half.
A depleted Whitchurch were forced to move things around due to player injuries and suspension however they always looking the more pressing of the two sides in the first half.
Luke Walker drove forward from midfield only to see his shot go over the bar then Turpin watched his efforts go the same way. Brockenhurst’s Warren Kenna influential in the middle of the park and was picking his passes to find a Mark Barker and William Tickle, whose pace was challenging the’ Church back line.
Isaac Sedu’s pace was a real problem for the ‘Brock back line and unable to hold him Lee Clark was forced to obstruct him and Walker’s 25-yard curving free-kick was saved just before the break.
Brockenhurst were finding Sedu a real nuisance and eventully Ben Penfold was cautioned for a foul on him and Pa Touray’s free- kick picks out Turpin whose powerful header gives Scott O’Rourke no chance.
Determined Brockenhurst push for an equaliser forcing Whitchurch to defend and Walker moved out to the left with Shane Lock, who was feeling his hamstring tighten, making way for Scott Hassell. It looked as though the Jam Boys had done enough but three minutes from time Kenna whipped in a free-kick to find Tate’s head and the points were shared.
With manager Jim Macey away on holiday John Rutledge took the side and commented after:
“Despite not being at full strength and having to move players round we played well all over the pitch.
“Luke Walker worked hard with Pa Touray in the centre and earned man of the match and Nic Turpin showed his strength and ability holding the ball up and he looked dangerous around the box.
“ I thought we defended well and to be honest the only way Brockenhurst were going to score was with a set piece. We are hoping that no midweek fixture will allow our physio to work on players and have them ready for the Verwood game on Saturday.