First Team Lose To Melksham
Wantage Exit Vase
Wantage crashed out of the FA Vase on Saturday with their Wiltshire visitors winning 4-1 with two goals in each half.
Melksham are going well in the Toolstation Western League and with a brand new ground have aspirations of promotion to the Southern League. And they certainly showed on Saturday that they are a strong and powerful unit that will take some containing.
Melksham took the lead in the second minute, Paul Alder blocked Jake Brown’s shot at the expense of a corner which was delivered by Ben Thomson and headed home by Warren Maidment to put Wantage on the back-foot.
Jim Glover then tested bob Brown in the Melksham goal from a Mark Threlfall corner on six minutes, but their task became that much harder when Melksham grabbed a second a minute later. Thomson was again the provider, crossing for Jake Brown to out-jump the Wantage defence and head past Cutis Meare.
Wantage rallied and steadied the ship, and managed to give themselves a life-line two minutes before the interval when Steve Robertson finished from inside the 18 yard area. It should have given the home side the boost they needed, and with playing down the slope in the second half it was looking positive.
But Melksham pulled the rug from under Wantage when a solo effort from Jake Brown restored the two-goal advantage in the 58th minute.
Wantage upped the pressure and had a couple of efforts blocked, and hit the cross-bar twice inside a couple of minutes, but couldn’t find the net, before Jake Brown finished off his hat-trick on 83 minutes to give the final score a slightly flattering look.
Wantage have started slowly for the last few games; it’s a habit they need to get out of as today it proved to be impossible to turn it around.
Next up is the Floodlit Cup tie at Brackley Saints on Wednesday, before we host Wootton Bassett on Saturday.
Wantage: Curtis Meare, Dan Comer (Ryan Markham 79), Paul Alder, Mark Threlfall, Chris Jackson, Bradley Cox, Nick Thorne (Ben Willoughby 70), Jim Glover, Steve Robertson, Jack Dunmall, Mark Flanagan. Subs n/u: Jack Heap, Joe Wood, Jack Powell.