In recent seasons, Whitchurch has not got too many chances in the FA Cup, so winning a game at Almondsbury is not one of the top things on their to do list. This was a very new and exciting experience for this club.
The match started in humid sunshine and was played even though there was tons of traffic on the M5 just 30 yards from the goal. Matt Semple, the home keeper stopped two fantastic efforts from Josh Harfield and Jamie Mansell. What happened after that was that Nick Rugman beat Brad Snelling easily to take the hosts up by one goal.
This lead only lasted a few minutes though, as Scott Hassell equalized from a corner. The visiting defense couldn’t deal with Simon Mcllroy, and tried to score, but was inches wide of the post. There were a couple of missed chances for the home team which they would soon start to regret. Ryan Lambert was able to stop Phillips with a good challenge before Whitchurch was able to take the lead once more halfway through the first half. Harfield made absolutely no mistake and scored.
The second half started off with a goal and it was the home team again with Rugman getting on the score sheet. The visitors hit the post and the side netting, and even appealed for a penalty, but with no luck. Whitchurch then bolstered their defense and managed to maintain a one-goal lead until the final whistle. Now they have also managed to get a place for themselves in the next round.
Next up, Whitchurch faces tough competition at Chippenham Park where they have a Western League match as well as a Southern League one in the same week. So they may just be playing here on Friday and Sunday back to back.