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Whitchurch United win at the third time of asking
FOR newly promoted Whitchurch United it was third time lucky in the Wessex League Premier Divison as they chalked up their first win of the season, beating visiting Romsey 2-1 on Tuesday night.
However, it was not that straightforward as the home side failed to convert two first-half penalties.
This after Luke Walker had opened the scoring, only for Romsey to level.
Lee Hamilton was first to earn a spot-kick, but Walker failed to beat Brad Snelling.
Then Issac Sedu was brought down and Alex Dockree this time took the penalty, but hit the post.
However, the home side were not to be denied victory as Sedu converted Dockree’s 50-yard pass to seal the victory in the last minute.
An overjoyed manager Jim Macey said: “We are up and running now and we deserved more from the first two games, but lost them both.”
Whitchurch will now turn their attentions to the FA Cup and face a tough trip to Hallen AFC.
The Bristol side have opened their Western League Premier Division campaign with two wins and Macey is expecting a stiff test.
He said: “They are very strong going forward and are a physical outfit, which we will have to deal with.”
The boss is sweating on the fitness of his captain and centre-half Adam Pearson and also hoping Shane Lock will be fit.
If the tie ends as a draw then the replay will be at Longmeadow on Tuesday, otherwise they have a league trip to Horndean.
Manager Macey held his hands up and took the blame for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against visiting Lymington.
He said: “I blame myself as I made too many changes to keep some people happy and maybe I need to be more ruthless.”
The visitors scored twice in the first 45 minutes, the second a harsh looking penalty against Tom Pemberton for handball.
After the break, Walker and Curtis Angell both missed one-on-ones before a parried Sedu shot saw James Tennant score.
The home side could have rescued a result but Dockree headed wide late on.
Last Wednesday, Whitchurch put up a good show at promotion favourites Christ-church, but went down 3-1.
Having fallen behind to an early goal, Lock equalised on 19 minutes after good work from Sedu.
Walker thought he had given his side the lead just before half-time, but it was wiped off for offside.
Whitchurch continued to look the better side until two goals in the final 13 minutes gave Christchurch the victory.
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