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FA Vase heartbreak for Whitchurch United
WHITCHURCH boss Jim Macey was left a gutted man after his side were knocked out of the FA Vase on penalties by visiting Bristol Academy on Saturday.
The sides fought out a very entertaining clash but it was the west country side who struck first after 15 minutes. Some Isaac Sedu magic had Whitchurch level soon after but the visitors regained their advantage from the penalty spot after a foul by Tom Pemberton.
Whitchurch suffered another blow early in the second half as Alex Pickering was sent-off after picking up his second yellow card – but they pulled level when George Dallarda squared for Sedu to score.
The game went to extra-time and Whitchurch grabbed the lead when Nick Jupp converted from the penalty spot after substitute Louis Macey was pushed in the box.
Bristol levelled with their second penalty of the game, Pemberton harshly penalised for the second time in the match, and with no further scoring, the game went to a penalty shoot-out, which the visitors won 4-2.
Macey said: “It was unbelievable and I am gutted. I really believe if we had kept 11 men on the pitch we would have murdered them.”
’Church returned to Wessex League Division One action on Tuesday night, drawing 0-0 away at Fleet Spurs.
Paul Coventry went closest to breaking the deadlock for Whitchurch before the break, his lob shaving the crossbar, but the draw was a fair result in the end.
Whitchurch entertain Team Solent in a top-of-the-table clash later today, with ’Church hoping for a repeat of the 2-0 victory they secured when the sides met in the FA Vase a couple of weeks ago.