Whitchurch United welcomed Verwood Town to the Longmeadow ground which had dried sufficiently from the overnight rain to make playing conditions near perfect. But it was to be a tough game with many warnings and several bookings.
Whitchurch United 2 Verwood Town 1
Scott Hassell tested Verwood’s keeper within 3 minutes following an artful tackle. Play was fast and furious and at around 12 minutes Verwood’s Nathan Selby scored to give the visitors the advantage.
As United began to liven up, play became more even with opportunities made, but without managing a finish at either end. Following a handball at 16 minutes, the penalty taken by Luke Walker seared into the net bringing the score even, remaining that way to the half time whistle.
Following what must have been some straight talking in the dressing rooms both teams came out for the second half with a determination to win. The game became a little rough with several warnings being handed out by the referee.
At around 15 minutes into the second half, a James Tennant cross found the head of Scott Hassel and there was nothing the goal keeper could do to stop the Jam Boys taking the lead.
United hung on during some more rough play with players from both sides being booked.
But by the final whistle the home side had come away with three hard won points, which moves them into 9th place in the League table.