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Hartley Wintney in FA Cup action
8:00am Saturday 25th August 2012 in Football
MORE FA Cup glory is on the minds of Hartley Wintney as they travel to Hellenic Premier side Wantage on Saturday.
Hartley warmed up for the tie in the best possible fashion with their first-win in their Combined Counties League premier campaign as they beat local rivals Ash United 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Having trailed to an early goal, Christopher Dean scored twice including a penalty to give the home side the lead at half-time. After the break Ash equalised, but Alex Allen scored the winner three minutes from time. Last Saturday, Dean scored twice from the penalty spot as Hartley lost 6-2 to visiting Molesey.
On Monday Hartley are back in league action at home to Hanworth Villa, which has a morning kick off of 11.30am Meanwhile, Whitchurch suffered another cup exit as they were knocked out of the Wessex League Cup at Petersfield on Saturday.
Petersfield took the lead from the penalty spot after defender Luke Birdcutt was penalised for handball when in fact goalkeeper Tom Hindmarsh punched the ball clear.
The home side made it 2-0 and then Whitchurch had Jordan Seward sent-off.
Despite being reduced to 10 men the visitors levelled the game at 2-2 thanks to a brace from George Dallarda.
However, their hopes of a second round tie were dashed when Petersfield were awarded a disputed free-kick, which led to the winner.
Whitchurch’s Joe Harris had a chance to equalise, but failed to get his shot away.
After the game Whitchurch manager Jim Macey said: “I don’t like to slate referees but he has cost us the game which was very disappointing.” Tonight (8pm) ’Church entertain London Brazillian side Fire United in a friendly.
Whitchurch’s Wessex League rivals Tadley Calleva thumped in seven second-half goals on their way to a 7-2 pre-season victory at Four Marks last Saturday.
The visitors trailed 1-0 at half-time, but hit back as Jason Graham grabbed a hat-trick and there were single goals from Brett Denham, Ed Hall, James Tennant and Ricky Waknell.
New signing Mario Nurse also made his debut in the game and will be an excellent addition to the team’s midfield.
On Tuesday night, they lost 2-0 to Lambourn Sports but manager Danny Dolan remains upbeat ahead of their first competitive game of the season on Monday (kick-off 7.45pm) at Wessex premier side Totton and Eling in a the League Cup second round.
Dolan said: “We go there with nothing to lose and we will certain go there looking to give it a go. I hope we can turn in another performance like we did against Four Marks.”