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Sedu strike gives Whitchurch stunning win at league leaders
Winchester City 0 Whitchurch United 1.
A stunning Isaac Sedu goal seven minutes before the break brought Whitchurch United arguably one of their finest wins in recent years against a side on the up and looking good for honours this season. Manager Jim Macey could only stand and watch four days earlier as reigning champions Blackfield and Langley snatched a last gasp fluked winner at Longmeadow but on Tuesday a superb defensive display was the bedrock to a victory which was as welcome as it was unexpected. “This must be one of my best results as manager of Whitchurch United” he said after, adding “I am on cloud nine, especially after Saturday’s game. “Sometimes I get it wrong but we made a few changes and we deserved it.” Mindful of the home side’s attacking qualities where they had racked up 20 goals in seven games, Macey went for pace in his side and he was rewarded with a display which stunned the 119 crowd at the Denplan Stadium. It could have been much different had Russell Cook given City the lead from five yards out inside ten minutes but the Jam Boys survived and Pa Touray tried one his trademark efforts from the half-way line moments later and was not far away. Scott Sanderson’s pace on the flank was causing problems but full-back Tom Pemberton had an immense game and as Whitchurch began to grow in confidence Luke Walker linked with Sedu who himself was giving the home defence, led by Andover bred former England Youth international Leigh Mills, no end of dilemmas. Walker was wide with a long range effort then Liam Green wasted a free-kick just inches outside the penalty area before Sedu struck. Cutting in from the right touch line he cut across before his drive flew in off the far post giving Ross Casey no chance. Another Andover boy, Chris Flood then had another free-kick saved by Tom Hindmarsh before at the other end Walker’s long free-kick almost set up Chris Smalley but he couldn’t get enough on the header. The hard working Shane Lock then had a drive saved as the game continued to flow but with Whitchurch forced to drop deep home boss Graham Kemp threw on former Lion Nic Turpin on the hour. Whitchurch continued to use the counter attack to great effect and from a good spell a corner was sliced over his own bar by Matt Scott then Adam Pearson’s header from the second corner was wide. Winchester still looked dangerous and the league leaders went agonisingly close when Flood’s header clipped the bar but once Scott’s shot was scuffed wide from close range City threw keeper Casey forward for one last effort but United escaped and with the home goal untended Sedu raced away but he and Walker couldn’t find the net with what was the last kick. Macey said: Our workrate was fantastic and everyone played their part. Shane Lock ran all night and their ex-pros in the defence never settled. “Isaac (Sedu) is on fire at the moment and has added goals to his game now and Tom Pemberton, Curtis Angell and Luke Walker, who played deeper were all superb. Macey has Pa Touray and Chris Smalley suspended for Saturday’s game but welcomes back Ali Brown as Whitchurch once again make the long trip to Bristol to take on Western League Hallen, who beat them in the FA Cup after a replay two weeks ago before meeting Hythe and Dibden on Tuesday away in the Hants Senior Cup.