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Tired Whitchurch go down in Vase
Hallen 2 Whitchurch United 0.
Whitchurch duly exited the FA Vase yesterday as they failed to beat Western League side Hallen for the third time in four weeks, having lost after a replay in the FA Cup.
It was a disappointing display from the side which made the league sit up and take notice last Tuesday when they beat league leaders Winchester City on their own patch but in truth that performance took more out of them than they could handle and they were rarely in the game.
United had also handed an advantage to Hallen before the game as they had disappointingly offered to play to a conclusion rather than have a replay at Longmeadow and the home side were safe in the knowledge that they would not have to travel to Whitchurch.
Missing the suspended Pa Touray and Chris Smalley, boss Jim Macey crafted in Ali Brown and Alex Dockree and young Shane Lock was first to show when his long range drive was collected by home keeper Sam Burgess then Tom Collett, who once scored a handful in one game for Taunton Town at the Portway Stadium, wasted a chance after a mazy run.
It mattered little as after Dockree’s effort had been headed off the line Hallen broke and the impressive Aysa Corrick walked through the defence and his roll back was easy meat for Collett to open the scoring after 12 minutes.
Collett and Ashley Bennett both missed either side of the half hour mark and as the rain began to fall United were happy just to go in at the break only one down.
Corrick again posed problems soon after the restart but he was just denied at the death before a rare attack from Whitchurch involving the quiet Isaac Sedu led to Luke Walker bringing a fine save out of Burgess.
Lock’s flicked effort from a free-kick was again kept out by Burgess and a Walker effort was well wide but despite the chances Hallen looked comfortable, even after Sedu and Scott Hassell had got forward to test the goal.
Just past the hour the game was effectively over as a quick break caught the defence up field and Bennett escaped and was brought down in the box by Brown and Collett tucked away the spot-kick.
Collett had a chance to claim his hat-trick but Tom Hindmarsh saved in what was the final meaningful action.
Macey and assistant manager John Routledge were both naturally disappointed with the outcome and Routledge said after: “Our work rate was poor and it was a poor performance and you have to make your luck at this level.
“It was really disappointing to be out of both the cups now but Tuesday took it out of them and we missed Pa and Smalley as our passing was astray.”
Macey saw the problem in a wider view and said” “We are just not consistent which is frustrating as we are good enough to have beaten Hallen in both cups.”
Whitchurch now lick their wounds as they gear up for another away day on Tuesday when they go to Hythe and Dibden in the Hampshire Senior Cup with Conference South side Eastleigh awaiting the victors.