Saturday, 5 February 2011

Chertsey Town

6 February 2010
Chertsey Town 1  Whitley Bay 1 aet
FA Vase, 5th Round
Attendance: 614
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Fifth Round FA Vase action as Surrey-based Chertsey Town of the Combined Counties League, and emphatic 6-0 winners over Plymouth Parkway in the previous Round, welcomed the competition favourites - cup holders Whitley Bay of the Northern League.

A crowd of 617 flocked to The Curfews' Alwyn's Lane ground, boosted by a substantial and vocal traveling contingent, having made the 600 mile round trip from the North East for the match.

Chertsey made a dream start and stunned the visitors when Ollie Treacher scored from 35 yards with only four minutes played. However, the euphoria was short-lived when Richard Hodgeson equalised for The Bay four minutes later.

In an entertaining game, Whitley Bay dominated for long periods, even after being reduced to ten men, but were unable to make their superiority count. However, in extra-time Bay keeper Terry Burke kept his side in the tie as Chertsey threw everything at them in the final minutes.

With the game going to a replay the following Saturday, it was Whitley Bay who eventually moved through to the Quarter Final stage, with a 2-1 win; and on to defeat Wroxham in the Final.

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