Hartley Wintney, Whitchurch United and Tadley Calleva gear up for FA Vase ties (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Hartley Wintney, Whitchurch United and Tadley Calleva gear up for FA Vase ties
TADLEY Calleva, Whitchurch and Hartley Wintney all go in search of FA Vase glory in the first qualifying round this weekend.
Hartley entertain Shrivenham, while Tadley travel to New Milton and Whitchurch face a trip to Team Solent.
Hartley will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after a terrible weekend that saw them lose 4-1 at Wantage in the FA Cup before being beaten at home in the Combined Counties League premier division by Hanworth Villa 7-2, as Chris Dean and Duada Fofanah scored on Monday morning.
Wessex League division one side Tadley will hope for better luck against some more premier opposition after losing 4-1 at Totton and Eling in the Wessex League Cup on Monday evening.
The visitors cause was not helped when James Tennant was sent-off for swearing after 25 minutes as they trailed 1-0.
After Totton added a second, Ricky Waknell pulled a goal back and then former Saint Jo Tessem came on for the final 20 minutes as the home side scored twice more.
Despite the defeat, manager Danny Dolan remained upbeat and said: “This was our first competive game of the season and for them it was their fifth. I cannot fault the attitude and work rate of my players, but they were out on their feet at the end having to play 65 minutes with 10 men after what I felt was a harsh dismissal.”
Tadley travel to New Milton minus unavailable striker Brett Denham and Dolan added: “We have nothing to lose again and will go there looking to get a result.”
Tadley’s Wessex League rivals Whitchurch face fellow division one outfit Team Solent, who manager Jim Macey watched beat Laverstock and Ford on penalties in a League Cup tie on Saturday.
Macey said: “They are a young side and in Leo Churns, the league’s leading scorer last season, they have a player we need to keep tabs on.”
Whitchurch will go to the south coast minus Joe Harris, who suffered rib injuries during 1-1 draw with visiting London-based Brazilian team Fire United last Thursday.
Pa Touray gave the home side the lead with his own piece of Brazilian magic from a free-kick before the visitors equalised before the break.
Macey said: “It was a good work out against a side full of tricks and skill. Except for Joe Harris we should be at full strength for the trip to Team Solent and after losing 3-2 to Fareham at the same stage last year it would be nice to get a win this time.”