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Whitchurch United claim shock win at Winchester City
WHITCHURCH United turned the form book on its head as they ended Winchester City’s unbeaten start to their Wessex League Premier Division campaign with a 1-0 away victory on Tuesday night.
A superb solo goal from the outstanding Issac Sedu on 37 minutes won the game as he collected the ball wide on the right and, after a mazy run, drove the ball in low and off the far post.
Jubilant Whitchurch manager Jim Macey said: “This has to be my best result as Whitchurch manager. We went down there with a game plan to have pace in all areas and, full credit to all the players, it worked as we pushed and pressed them everywhere on the pitch.”
Shane Lock and Jason Graham made sure their back four were unable to play the ball out and Curtis Angell, Tom Pemberton and Luke Walker also had excellent games.
Pa Touray and Luke Walker both had chances before Sedu scored what turned out to be the winner.
As the game entered the final minutes, even the Winchester goalie was added to the attack, but that nearly proved to be their complete undoing as, from a break, Sedu raced away and Walker just missed with the final kick of the game.
This victory against the title favourites is the ideal springboard for Whitchurch’s revenge mission on Saturday as they look to avenge their FA Cup loss to Bristol side Hallen when the sides meet in the West Country in the FA Vase.
The Jam Boys were beaten after a replay in the Cup after the first game in Bristol ended 0-0.
’Church will be without suspended duo Touray and Chris Smalley, who were both sent-off in the Follard Sports game.
Macey said: “We know it is going to be tough again, but we think we know how to beat them.”
Whitchurch boss Macey was left gutted after seeing his side lose out to a late winner against reigning Wessex League Premier champions Blackfield and Langley.
Macey said: “I don’t think we deserved to win the game, but also we did not deserve to lose it. I felt we matched them so it was gutting to lose to a goal in the 91st minute, which came from a free-kick that never was one.”
In a game of few chances, Walker went close twice in the first 45 minutes, while Touray’s shot hit the post.
Whitchurch’s Tom Hindmarsh made a great double save, while Sedu was denied in a one-on-one as the game looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw, before Blackfield stole all three points from a late free-kick.
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