Willows fall at first FA Cup hurdle

SNUFFED OUT: Ollie Hughes cannot find a way through for Walsham-le-Willows against Tower Hamlets on Saturday
SNUFFED OUT: Ollie Hughes cannot find a way through for Walsham-le-Willows against Tower Hamlets on Saturday

FA CUP EXTRA

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Tower Hamlets 1

Walsham-le-Willows fell at the first hurdle of this year’s FA Cup competition, going down to defeat to Essex Senior League side Tower Hamlets at Summer Road.

The hosts had the first chance of the tie, but Nathan Clarke could not capitalise, dragging his shot wide of the post.

Shortly after, the visitors should have opened the scoring, but Luke With spurned a golden opportunity, shooting wide of the mark when clean through on goal.

After 30 minutes, Andrew Wood tested Jason Willis with a shot on the turn, before Ollie Hughes had a goal disallowed for offside.

After the interval, Duncan McAnally was called into action after 60 minutes, turning a shot from Stephen Demetriou around the post, before 15 minutes later Hamlets struck the decisive blow.

With was given too much time and space on the edge of the area and he duly capatalised, finding the bottom corner with a perfectly-placed shot.

Walsham pressed hard for an equaliser, but the closest they went was when Tom Agricole hit the post and Clarke’s follow-up came back off the bar as the visitors held on to progress.

n The Willows return to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division action when they visit Brightlingsea Regent tomorrow (3pm) before travelling to Woodbridge Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).