Saturday 24th August 2019
The Emirates FA Cup - Preliminary Round
Coleshill Town 0 v 3 Whitchurch Alport FC
Scorers: Alex Hughes, Dylan Bath, Joe Cuff.
Supporters Club Man Of The Match: Joe Cole.
Coleshill: Brandon Ganley, Joe Cole, Josh Webb, Matt Jackson, Rudy Misambo, Keenen Meakin-Richards, Liam Molesworth, Joe Smith, Sean Brain, Luke Rowe, Gio Dainty. Subs: Kieran Dawes, Sam Tye, Kyle Hayden, Max Brogan, Amarvir Sandu, George Washbourne.
Whitchurch: Parton, Minshall, Lee Pickerill, Griffiths, Luke Goddard, Darren Campion, Steve Jones, Dylan Bath, Alex Hughes, Jud Ellis, Arron Johns. Subs Joe Cuff, Robinson, Porter, Dan Skelton, Wash.
By Craig Hamilton
The first action saw Coleshill miss a chance as a cross flashes across the 6 yard box, then Whitchurch had a free kick which was missed at the far post. Good play by Coleshill saw Luke Rowe shoot from the edge of the box but Parton saved easily. Then Ganley in the Coleshill goal saved a Hughes free kick from 25 yards. On 27 minutes Whitchurch took the lead as Hughes controlled the ball with his arm, which is missed by the officials, and he volleyed home. Coleshill won the ball in midfield and Liam Molesworth played in Sean Brain but his shot was blocked and the half ended Coleshill 0-1 Whitchurch.
Coleshill went on the attack straight from the kick off but can’t break down the Whitchurch defence. Then a very contentious issue as a long ball by Whitchurch was met just outside the box by home keeper Brandon Ganley and the referee judges it to be handball and a red card. Whitchurch fail to score from the resulting free kick. Coleshill try to gain advantage but Sean Brain again shoots wide. Whitchurch then kill the game off on 70 minutes as a cross from the left was met by Bath to score. Coleshill have another chance as Kyle Hayden played in Amirvir Sandu who cuts inside but his shot is saved. In the last five minutes Whitchurch score a third as Cuff rounds the defender and scores inside the near post. 3-0 to Whitchurch.
Star Player Bath - Whitchurch.
THE WHITCHURCH HERALD WROTE
Whitchurch Alport make history with inspired FA Cup win at Coleshill
By Barrie White
Whitchurch Alport ripped up the form book by winning easily at Coleshill Town on Saturday.
The home side were clear favourites to progress and although Alport’s victory was hardly the biggest shock ever in the FA Cup, it will still have raised a few eyebrows in non-league circles.
The home side were rocked early as Alport dominated throughout this tie, winning by an unflattering scoreline.
Once Alex Hughes gave the Reds an advantage after a first half drinks break, Whitchurch never looked back and were in cruise control from that moment. Steve Jones weaved his magic down the left hand side and it looked like the defender had got lucky. But Alport’s top scorer chested the ball down and blasted it high into the net. After that, the Reds sat back a little, but far from inviting on their higher league opponent, they simply soaked everything up and frustrated Coleshill who all of a sudden knew they were in for a difficult afternoon. When the goalkeeper was sent off for handball outside the area it led to an outfield player taking the gloves and Alport went for the jugular.
With 20 minutes to go and Alport still holding a slender advantage, they doubled their lead with a fine team goal. Lee Pickerill started the move and when Jud Ellis pulled the ball back tight to the line, there was Dylan Bath to knock the ball into an empty net from just a few yards out.
As if that was not bad enough for the tiring hosts, they then had to contend with Joe Cuff for the last 15 minutes and he is like a whippet when his legs are fresh. True to form, the former Stafford Rangers man made it three with a fine finish after yet another Coleshill defender was left for dead.
The home side trooped off ruing the fact that they had gone out of the cup, but even if they had been on top of their game that might not have been good enough. Whitchurch Alport just keep getting better and better and who knows how far they can go in the world’s most famous competition?
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