FOOTBALL: WHITNASH Town advanced past the first round of the Birmingham County Vase on Saturday after beating local rivals Leamington Hibs 2-1.
Both teams were forced to adapt to heavy winds which swept through the region, making ball control and passing a difficult task.
Town created the first chance on six minutes when Lewis Scott’s low cross from the left found Joseph Wright. His ball to Conor Smith was blocked.
Hibs’ No.9 saw a strike from 15-yards sail over the bar before Craig Watkin went close for Town at the other end with a header from a corner.
Whitnash had another chance to take the lead on 14 minutes when Stacey found Wright on the edge of the box, but his volley from 20 yards out went over the bar.
Hibs’ next chance came ten minutes later when Lee Scott was forced to make a last ditch tackle to prevent what could’ve been the opening goal.
Though the second also proved to be a scrappy affair, Hibs managed to take the lead on 48 minutes when their No.11 ran through Town’s defence to place his effort inside the post from a tight angle.
Danny Nelson – returning from injury – responded with a goal of his own to level the game before Nelson added a second on 69 minutes when Conor Smith’s cross found the striker unmarked in the box.
Nelson’s two goals changed the face of the game.
Though Hibs had a chance to level the game from a free kick, Whitnash remained strong at the back to win by a goal.
This Saturday sees Whitnash Town return to league action against Christ the King at home at 2:15pm.