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Downton 0 Whitchurch United 3.
Whitchurch recovered from their disappointing FA Cup exit on Tuesday and the battling draw with Folland Sports on Saturday to post an excellent win at Downton on Monday afternoon.
Again it was a tale of penalties although this time United scored from both although the first was all but kept out by the superb Charlie Aldridge and the second was parried only for Jason Graham to knock in the rebound.
It topped a fine performance from the Jam Boys which manager Jim Macey described as “just what we deserved”, adding “We learned from our mistakes on Saturday and again made chances but this time we took some. We attacked the ball more today and it was only their keeper who kept the score down.”
Whitchurch had a strong bench and with four games in nine days they were always going to be a factor and in the end that proved to be the case.
Within two minutes Luke Walker had brought the first of any number of fine saves out of Aldridge with a 30 yard drive then after good work from Isaac Sedu, Ashley Ledger’s scissors kick was not far away. Sedu’s pace and control posed Downton problems all afternoon and when he again got free on the bye line his cut back was scrambled away.
Adam Pearson thought he had given his side the lead on the half hour when he tapped home after Aldridge had parried a Walker free-kick but the offside flag was up to add to the frustration as Whitchurch dominated but without creating too many chances.
Ledger brought another save out of Aldridge after Sedu had weaved his way to the edge of the area but half-time arrived without a goal.
With the first move of the second half Pearson’s header was nodded off the line and moments later Curtis Angell was also denied by Aldridge. As Whitchurch piled on the pressure it seemed only a matter of time and after Scott Hassell’s header was kept out, Sedu went on another run and his pace was too much and he was brought down for a penalty on the hour.
Walker’s shot went in off Aldridge’s legs for a much needed and well deserved lead.
Aldridge tipped over a Walker free-kick which was his last action as Macey introduced Shane Lock and Graham and the latter almost scored after James Tennant’s long crossfield ball fell kindly to him but again Aldridge was in the way.
Whitchurch always looked likely to score again and Graham’s pace on the right was too much for the home defence and his cross was knocked in on the far post by Lock and they were all but home and dry.
Minutes from time Sedu once again tortured the home defence and rolled back for Graham to crash in a shot which Matt Palmer could only punch over the bar and once referee Knight had shown the red card Graham’s spot-kick was kept out by Aldridge but fell comfortably for him to knock in the rebound.
Macey added: “We had some quality on the bench today and Locky gave us a performance after showing patience in recent times and Jason will just get better and stronger.
“Ashley Ledger had a good game and we have to look forward now to Blackfield and Langley.”
The reigning champions visit Longmeadow on Saturday before Whitchurch make the short trip to Winchester City on Tuesday.
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