It was a blustery day down at the Longmeadow Football ground, as home side Whitchurch United took on fellow Wessex league team Brockenhurst in the First Qualifying Round. The Jam Boys brought joy to the town as they moved another step along the long road of the FA Cup.
Whitchurch 2 – Brockenhurst 0
Both teams had come through the preliminaries with good results with only one point separating them in the Wessex League First Division.
Boosted by announcement of news sponsors of local building contractor B.Jackman Ltd, the Whitchurch first team came out full of enthusiasm for what could be a tough game.
Both teams started strongly with chances early on as just five-minutes into the game the Whitchurch had a scare as a 1-on-1 was blocked by the ‘Badgers’ keeper, but in an immediate response Ashley Childs fine header was denied at the other end. But it was not until the 35th minute that the deadlock was broken with Childs again the saviour with fine run that led to a low shot that had the new Forest keeper beaten.
After the break the visitors came out the strongest, determined to claw back from their deficit, but it was not to last. Through some good team play Whitchurch again had the ball in the back of the net through Alex Dockree, to loud cheers from the 200 plus strong crowd.
Thunder and lightning rang out, and the heavens opened making the pitch a slippery rink but the Whitchurch squad kept their cool and their well-marshalled defence saw the game through to a very satisfying result.
Such was the elation that dead on full time a lightning streak flashed across the sky in jubilation perhaps an indication that those on high were smiling on the town’s team.
It was a great afternoon for Whitchurch, and there was much celebration after.