Vase le­gends kept at Bay as Lang Jacks win

Sunday Sun - - Football - Mark Carruthers

Ac­tion from Whick­ham’s FA Vase vic­tory over Whit­ley Bay WHICK­HAM came out on top in the bat­tle of the for­mer FA Vase win­ners as they sneaked past Whit­ley Bay with a 2-1 win at the Glebe.

The 1981 win­ners pro­gressed into the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive season as an own goal from Bay de­fender Luke Tay­lor proved the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides.

A lively open­ing to the game saw both sides cre­ate chances in the first five min­utes.

It was the vis­i­tors that tried their luck first, as Peter Glen-Raven­hill snubbed the chance to pass to an un­marked Jack Foalle, be­fore chip­ping into the arms of Whick­ham keeper Joe Clay­ton.

The Lang Jacks hit straight back with a chance of their own as for­mer Vase win­ner Andrew Bul­ford raced in be­hind the Whit­ley de­fence, but dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Those two chances of­fered false hope that the first half would be laden with goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

There was plenty of en­deav­our shown by both sides, but lit­tle in the way of ac­tion in ei­ther at­tack­ing third un­til mid­way through the half when in-form Bay striker Jack Foalle sent a spec­u­la­tive vol­ley just over the cross­bar from 20 yards.

That op­por­tu­nity sig­nalled the start of sus­tained pres­sure from the vis­i­tors and Foalle was at the heart of the ac­tion as he wasted two chances in quick suc­ces­sion ei­ther side of the half-hour mark.

But his per­sis­tence fi­nally paid off as the for­mer Bedling­ton Ter­ri­ers

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