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Jam Boys move on in Hants Senior Cup thanks to Curtis
Eastleigh 0 Whitchurch United 1, Hants Senior Cup 2, A second winning goal in three days from full-back Curtis Angell gave Whitchurch United a place in the third round of the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night but boss Jim Macey described his side’s performance as “awful”.
Conference South Eastleigh fielded a side with just four players with first team experience and Macey added: “We made them look good in the second half as some of my players just did not look up for it and at half-time the body language was not good.”
His reaction surprised some who saw a superb defensive display with centre half Adam Pearson head and shoulders above everyone else in more ways than one but what was a promising first half hour where the Jam Boys’ passing and movement threatened to take the game away from Eastleigh slowly turned on its head and in the end they just held on.
Macey packed his bench with strikers possibly with the home side’s fitness levels uppermost in his thinking and after Isaac Sedu had just delayed too long from a stunning Pa Touray pass, Luke Walker was left free to bear down on keeper Jack Dovey but his finish lacked conviction and was saved.
Shane Lock ran all night and his first touch did not look out of place in that environment and after he and Sedu again had gone close in the first 20 minutes the home side began to get into the game and Will Evans adopted a shoot on sight policy which almost worked at the third attempt with Tom Hindmarsh’s handling equal to his strike.
Just as the half was drawing to a close James Tennant slung in a corner and when Pearson nodded it back across goal Angell was lurking on the back post to put his side ahead.
Macey introduced Jason Graham for the second half in place of Chris Smalley but at the other end Eastleigh’s Sam Wilson blazed over from three yards as he failed to add to the FA Cup goal he bagged against Mangotsfield United on Saturday.
Eastleigh played with far more pace and dominated the midfield and captain Chris Dillon glanced a header just wide as they seemed destined to get back on terms but the Whitchurch back line was tight all night and despite the dominance they created few chances.
Substitutes Harrison Weeks and James Jennings both shot wide but Eastleigh ran out of ideas and Whitchurch hung on for the victory which extends their interest in the cups still further.
Macey found time to single out young striker Lock and substitute Ashley Ledger for praise but admitted playing two games a week is taking its toll.
“They have got to prepare for the fact that at this level of football they will be playing twice a week and if they don’t want to or can’t then I will have to look at it again.
“On that surface and in that stadium they should be desperate to perform.”
Whitchurch may well be without Pearson for Saturday's game at home to Brockenhurst, who limped off late in the game with an ankle injury, the start of a run of three home games in the Wessex League.