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First Team (Men) - Match centre

Wantage Town Football Club
Brackley Town Saints
N Thorne (89')
Full time
 (46')
Sat 10 Aug 15:00 - Cup Attendance 111

Thone In The Side Deflates Brackley

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Late Goal Salvages Draw

Wantage started the new season with a new management team, and nearly a whole new team on the pitch with only three players from last season starting the game.

After weathering a storm, both from mother nature and the visitors, another player from last season Nick Thorne, on as a substitute, grabbed a late goal to keep Wantage in the cup and earn a replay on Wednesday.

With the strong blustery wind blowing towards the clubhouse, Wantage played the first half in the same direction but were unable to master the conditions or their opponents to create any chance of note.

A few of the team were making their debuts at the higher level, and it took a while to adjust to the faster pace with a few mistimed tackles resulting in little fluidity to the game.

Brackley were causing problems going forward and nearly took the lead on the half hour when Stott headed goalwards, but McCready made a cracking save to push it away around his left hand post to see the sides change ends level still.

But the visitors went ahead inside the first minute of the second half and Knight broke down the right and crossed for Ball to fire into the roof of the net.

Wantage were in danger of being over-run as Brackley continued to make progress down the flanks, but a combination of poor finishing and some fine keeping by McCready kept the game alive for Wantage.

Just before the hour Wantage introduced Markham and Thorne, two of last season’s championship winning side, and started to look more threatening. But it wasn’t until the final ten minutes or so that they were able to exert any sustained pressure.

And it was starting to look like an early exit for Wantage, until Thorne levelled it in the final minute. A clever free-kick routine set Thorne away on the left of the penalty area, and he jinked his way past one defender before sliding the ball past Crowther and into the far corner of the net and earn a replay.

Wantage Town: Charlie McCready, Ty Lee (Shemar Pettet 83), James Webster, James McCarthy (Ryan Markham 58), Chris Jackson (C), Brad Cox, Joe Hartley, Jozef Fullerton, Tom Stanley (Nick Thorne 58), Jack Buchanan, Jack Dunmall. Subs n/u: Ryan Elliott, Cavan Smith

Brackley Town Saints: Matthew Crowther, Lewis Middleton, Lewis Gabbidon, Dean March, Ollie Goddard (C), Dan Middleton, George Ball, Jordan Godfrey (Ethan Dowse 85), Ryan Knight, James Hammond, Alex Stott (Sam Sherratt 80). Sub n/u: James Thompson

Referee: Matther Fletcher
Assistants: Julian Davis & Curtis Emery

Key moments

46:00
Goal Goal for Brackley Town Saints
89:00
Goal Nick Thorne scores for Wantage Town Football Club

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Nick Thorne is yellow carded for Wantage Town Football Club
89:00 Goal 1 - 1
Nick Thorne scores for Wantage Town Football Club
83:00 Sub On
Shemar Pettet is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
83:00 Sub Off
Ty Lee is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
76:00 Yellow Card
Brad Cox is yellow carded for Wantage Town Football Club
58:05 Sub On
Nick Thorne is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
58:05 Sub Off
Tom Stanley is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
58:00 Sub On
Ryan Markham is substituted on for Wantage Town Football Club
58:00 Sub Off
James McCarthy is substituted off for Wantage Town Football Club
46:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Brackley Town Saints
End of period 1
27:00 Yellow Card
Ty Lee is yellow carded for Wantage Town Football Club
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wantage Town Football Club
  • Brackley Town Saints
  • 0
  • Ty Lee Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Goal 46:00'
  • Ryan Markham Sub On 58:00'
  • James McCarthy Sub Off 58:00'
  • Nick Thorne Sub On 58:05'
  • Tom Stanley Sub Off 58:05'
  • Brad Cox Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Shemar Pettet Sub On 83:00'
  • Ty Lee Sub Off 83:00'
  • Nick Thorne Goal 89:00'
  • Nick Thorne Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

McCready, Charlie McCready, Charlie
Lee, Ty Lee, Ty
Jackson , Chris Jackson , Chris
Dunmall, Jack Dunmall, Jack
Cox, Brad Cox, Brad
Webster , James Webster , James
Hartley, Joe Hartley, Joe
Fullerton, Jozef Fullerton, Jozef
Stanley, Tom Stanley, Tom
Buchanan, Jack Buchanan, Jack
McCarthy, James McCarthy, James

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