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Jam Boys take leaders to the wire
Whitchurch Utd 1 Sholing 2.
Whitchurch welcomed league leaders Sholing to Longmeadow for what was always going to be a hard match and in the end just failed to take a point. Chances came for both sides as Sholing’s Lee Wort was causing problems with his strength and movement and with 12 minutes gone he found his mark and the net. Despite several good breaks by Whitchurch they could not hold the ball up and their defence found themselves under pressure from a quick breaking Sholing and Tyrone Bowers punished them again on 21 minutes to put them 2-0 up, much to the enjoyment of their loud enthusiastic supporters. Whitchurch had to make changes at half-time with Alex Pickering replacing the injured Chris Smalley and the second half saw a much more positive Whitchurch as a defiant Adam Person, suffering a heavy nose bleed, was not giving the opposition any opportunities.
Whitchurch were finding more space and as the second half progressed Luke Walker and Isaac Sedu were testing the Sholing full backs. A tiring Lewis Fennemore was unable to stop Sedu legally in the box and Walker’s spot-kick hit the net to put Whitchurch back in the game.
Whitchurch introduced fresh legs with Ashley Ledger replacing hard working Jason Graham and Sholing immediately brought on Barry Mason for Alex Sawyer for the final 15 minutes which saw chances at both ends. Sadly time caught up with Whitchurch and the final score was a fair result. Boss Jim Macey was not downhearted by the result and the team's performance, saying that ‘his side had come a long way in a short time, and believes that the team's current mid table position can be improved upon’.
With Newport also winning it leaves Sholing still in second place, while Whitchurch Utd remain midtable in tenth.
Macey added: “If Sholing do not win this league I would be very surprised. “We just could not match them early, but I was really pleased with the way my players responsed and once again we have proved we can mix-up with big boys in this league.”