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Witton Albion
Full time
J Foley (9')
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - The FA Trophy 18-19 Attendance 332

Albion suffer from late brake failure


Report kindly supplied by Andrew Simpson of the Mid-Cheshire Guardian series

WITTON Albion should not dwell for long on how their run in the FA Trophy has come to an end. It would make them wince.
Substitute Anthony Dwyer’s swerving strike in the third minute of added time was Leamington’s only shot on target in the entire second-half, but it was one that decided the outcome.
The Brakes could scarcely believe it. Nor could their guests, who will conclude they’ve missed a chance to reach the competition’s first round for the second time in three seasons.
It may not provide succour on the journey home, but their performance was as good as one that saw them embarrass Buxton seven days earlier. However their shooting was not.
Manager Carl Macauley admitted as much afterwards but stopped short of criticising his side. “ We’re hurting, but I’m immensely proud of how we played,” he said.
There was frustration too.
Referee Greg Rollason provided the game’s most controversial moment when, with Witton 1-0 up and threatening to double their lead, he showed a yellow card to Leamington goalkeeper Tony Breeden as a punishment for handling outside of his penalty area.
Albion felt it ought to have been red after James Foley had scampered onto Liam Goulding’s chipped pass before attempting to steer the ball past the custodian.
The irony of Breeden becoming a one-man barrier between Witton and a victory later in the afternoon was lost on nobody.
Albion, unchanged from last week despite Rob Hopley’s return to fitness, picked up where they had left off.
They took the lead in the ninth minute when Foley guided Will Jones’ cross, weighted perfectly after the striker swapped passes with Tom Owens, inside the far post.
And it was only moments later that Breeden rushed from his box to deny the midfielder a certain second goal.
Leamington steadied themselves, and Colby Bishop was clinical when converting a penalty awarded after River Humphreys wrestled Jack Edwards to the floor.
It lifted the home team, and Connor Taylor dragged a shot wide.
Fortune favoured Witton too when they failed to clear Kieran Dunbar’s corner, and they were relieved that a brief period of pinball ended without any damage.
They dominated the second-half though.
Foley’s pass carved open Leamington’s defence shortly after the restart, only for Owens to curl his shot wide of the far post.
A speculative attempt from Foley dipped too late before Breeden, after a long kick from his opposite number caught his teammates napping, produced a miraculous save to thwart Hopley.
The monologue continued, and he parried another Owens shot before using his fingertips to divert Foley’s diving header onto the crossbar.
He was less assured when Foley’s next effort, direct from a free-kick, squirmed out of his hands and past an upright.
However normal service was resumed when he touched the ball to safety after Owens, with a clear sight of goal, attempted to dribble past him rather than shooting early.
Undeserved it may have been, but there was a perverse inevitability about Leamington’s winner.
Dwyer, allowed to turn and dribble towards goal, couldn’t have placed his shot any better.

Leamington | 4-4-1-1 | Breeden (GK), English, Hood, Mace, Gudger, Dunbar (Obeng 61), Clarke, Flanagan, Taylor, Edwards, Bishop (Dwyer 83) Subs not used Lane, Bowen, Gittings Goal Bishop 31 (penalty) Booked Breeden, Hood (both handball)

Witton | 4-5-1 | Hall (GK), Gardner, Humphreys, Wardle, Devine, McKenna (Wilson 90), Owens, Goulding, Cesaire, Foley, Jones (Hopley 38) Subs not used Booth, Yates, Noone Goal Foley 9 Booked Wardle (foul)

Referee Greg Rollason Attendance 332

Many thanks to Vijay for video clips and to Keith & Karl for their photographs.

Key moments

Goal James Foley scores for Witton Albion

Videos and photos

Witton miss
Witton miss
Witton attempt 3
Witton attempt 3
Witton attempt 2
Witton attempt 2
Witton attempt
Witton attempt
Will Jones injured
Will Jones injured
Tom Owens floored
Tom Owens floored
Tom Owens floored again!
Tom Owens floored again!
Jay Foley's Attempt
Jay Foley's Attempt


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90:00 Sub On
Michael Wilson is substituted on for Witton Albion
90:00 Sub Off
Cesaire Lingouba is substituted off for Witton Albion
84:00 Yellow Card
Josh Wardle is yellow carded for Witton Albion
End of period 1
38:00 Sub On
Rob Hopley is substituted on for Witton Albion
38:00 Sub Off
Will Jones is substituted off for Witton Albion
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Foley scores for Witton Albion
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Leamington
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • James Foley Goal 9:00'
  • Will Jones Sub Off 38:00'
  • Rob Hopley Sub On 38:00'
  • Josh Wardle Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Cesaire Lingouba Sub Off 90:00'
  • Michael Wilson Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Hall, Greg Hall, Greg
Devine, Matty Devine, Matty
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Lingouba, Cesaire Lingouba, Cesaire
Wardle, Josh Wardle, Josh
Humphreys , River Humphreys , River
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Goulding, Liam Goulding, Liam
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Foley, James Foley, James


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