Whitchurch United are acquitting themselves well in their new season in the Wessex Premier Division. In yesterday’s match (Saturday) they took on Newport, the Isle of Wight team who are challenging for the top spot, and they severely dented the favourite’s ambitions.
Whitchurch United 1 – Newport Isle of Wight 0
A very difficult pitch
On a blustery afternoon the pitch looked good but was sticky on the surface after earlier rain and soon had players on both teams finding it difficult to avoid slipping and sliding about.
Several chances for both teams to take the lead failed to materialise and players were becoming frustrated.
Open goals missed
Newport’s Charlie Smeeton managed to miss 2 open goals, the first when Whitchurch keeper Tommy Hindmarch slipped, leaving an open goal for Smeeton – who hit the post.
The second was again after a slip by Hindmarsh and United were again fortunate when Smeeton’s shot to another open goal went wide.
By the half time whistle the lads were ready for a break from the heavy drizzle which was driving across the pitch.
Determination after the break paid off
Within a few minutes of the teams returning to the slippery ground it was obvious the Jam Boys had come out determined to win and they were soon dominating the game. With a series of good passes and much pressure at the Newport end of the field, a well-placed cross landed just right for a perfect shot by Nic Turpin which went cleanly into the back of the net.
Whitchurch are now 9th in the Wessex League Premier Division; an excellent performance following their promotion.
Whitchurch United did well against a team higher up the table and now look forward to consolidating their run of wins at this week’s matches – on Wednesday’s away game Hamworthy Utd and Saturday’s match at home against Christchurch.
Wednesday 30th October
Hamworthy Utd v Whitchurch Utd
The County Ground, Hamworthy, Poole, k.o. 7.45pm
Saturday 2nd November
Whitchurch Utd v Christchurch
Longmeadow, Whitchurch, k.o. 3.00pm