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MATCH REPORT | Redcar Athletic 2-1 Whickham FC: Whickham crash out of the FA Vase courtesy of two late penalties

Whickham FC were knocked out of the FA Vase in the second round qualifying by Second division side – Redcar Athletic – after two penalties in quick succession sink the Lang Jacks.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes thanks to in-form striker Zak Atkinson rounding the goalkeeper before netting and seeming in control until the second half where the Lang Jacks crumbled, conceding to penalties in the 78th and 82nd minute.

The Glebemen made a few changes going into this cup fixture after an injury to Alex Francis in the victory away to Consett AFC: Ross Peareth replaced Francis in the starting lineup along with Jack Errington returning to the first XI – replacing Dale Burrell who dropped to the bench and a return for Jack Robson, who started as a substitute alongside new signing Lewis McNall.

In the early stages both sides struggled to keep the ball not helped by the windy conditions but both teams had half-chances early on – Conor Newton rolling his effort from outside the area into the goalkeepers arms before Isaac Walker came close for the hosts two minutes later – bending his shot just wide of the far post.

The away side took the lead on the 11th minute after great work by Conor Newton in midfield, jinking past a few defenders before feeding Atkinson who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped the ball home.

There were chances few and far between before the end of the first half with the hosts coming close on two occasions before the break: the first was an in-swinging free-kick shortly after Whickham’s opener which floated just wide of the post before Newton slid in to stop Adam Preston breaking through on goal in the 23rd minute.

Ross Peareth was forced to leave the pitch after being injured from several tackled within the first 40 minutes which saw the experienced midfielder replaced by Declan Bisset.

Injury problems seemed to continue for the away side as Kieran Galbraith hobbled off temporarily just after the second half began but luckily he was able to run it off.

Shortly after Atkinson crashed an effort off the post before Tom Scothern hammered the ball straight at the goalkeeper in the 53rd minute.

A minute later Walker got in behind the Lang Jacks defence but he fired his effort over the top.

Jack Robson made his first appearance since Whickham’s victory against Ryhope CW, coming on for Tom Scothern after 74 minutes.

Four minutes later the home side got their first penalty after Jack Errington caught the back of a leg inside the visitors area which was converted by Preston – too powerful for Regan Ward to keep out.

Preston scored an identical penalty minutes later to turn the game on its head as Tomas Howard slid in and misjudged his challenge bringing down a Redcar forward allowing the home side to take a deserved lead.

Mark Convery’s side huffed and puffed for an equaliser but his team could not find a way through even with a fair claim for a penalty of their own after an apparent handball inside the Redcar box.

Whickham FC’s next fixture comes against Shildon in th league on Tuesday, October 15.

Three things we learned:

  1. Football is a game of 90 minutes and after a decent first half, the Lang Jacks allowed Redcar back into the game by not pressing up to the Redcar players.
  2. Getting that second goal is essential when you’re dominating the game because a game of football can change in the blink of an eye if once the other team realise they’re still in it.
  3. Football can also be a very cruel game as you can be up a height one moment then down in the dumps the next like beating Consett then getting knocked out of the cup in the space of nearly five minutes so it is best to move on from these defeats, learn from the losses but move onto the next game of football.

Ben Robinson spoke to Whickham’s man of the match; Conor Newton after the defeat:




Willington AFC 0-4 Whickham FC: FA Vase First Qualifying Round | Post-match Reaction + Match Report

Whickham FC advanced comfortably into the next round of the FA Vase after goals from Conor Newton, Scott Robson (2) and Scott McCarthy in a match dominated by the visitors.

After dominating the majority of possession early on, Whickham finally broke through a resilient Willington defence five minutes before the break when Scott Robson helped on a powerful pass into the path of Conor Newton who lashed the ball home from inside the area.

It only took the visitors three minutes after half-time to double their lead when substitute Scott McCarthy slipped Scott Robson through on goal who calmly placed the ball past the incoming goalkeeper.

Scott Robson helped himself to a second goal on the hour mark with a superb strike after winning the ball back from a Willington defender before composing himself to fire his shot into the top right stanchion of the net.

Four minutes later Willington nearly pulled one back from a Lewis Martin free-kick which seemed to be heading into the top corner but Regan Ward managed to dive across his goal and tip the effort wide of the post.

The game was well and truly wrapped up by a Scott McCarthy header in the 69th minute after some slick passing by the Lang Jacks lead to Lee McAndrew floating a cross into the path of McCarthy who headed home from six-yards out.

Whickham will face Redcar AFC in the next round of the FA Vase on the 10th of October.

After the victory Ben Robinson spoke to voted man of the match Conor Newton:


FA Vase | That FA Vase win 40 years ago…

This weekend we face Willington away in the First Qualifying round of the FA Vase and with the 40th anniversary of our FA Vase victory coming up, we thought we’d take you back to the day of the final and reminisce on the last time the FA Vase was brought back up to Whickham.

This season will mark the 40th anniversary of Whickham FC’s last ever FA Vase win, so we decided to look reflect on one of the proudest days in the Whickham community.

After scraping to defeat Windsor & Eton in the semi-finals, The Lang Jacks set off on the long trip down to the Old Wembley to play Wilenhall FC with around 5,000 Whickham supporters also heading to London to cheer the lads on.

Whickham FC supporter Graham Laidler recalls his memories from the trip down to the final:

“I was 11 and got the specifically chartered train to London.. it seemed to stop every five minutes and took an age to get there. It was chucking it down on Wembley way as we went in”.

The rain would seemingly capture the mood of the 5,000 travelling supporters as Whickham fell 2-0 behind after 10 minutes.

Alan Scott pulled a goal back for the North Eastern side before Ronnie Williamson scored the equaliser to send the match to extra time before Billy Cawthra completed a dramatic comeback when he broke away before seeing his shot deflect into the net and send the fans into utter elation.

This cup victory was the last honour to be won by a North Eastern side at the Old Wembley.

So the heroes from that day returned home with the trophy, expecting few people to turn up and celebrate the cup win but to their surprise hundreds upon hundreds turned up to enjoy the occasion.

Graham also spoke about the parade saying that he remembers that “The Glebe club was rammed and the doors were locked.. people were passing flags through the letterbox to get autographs”.