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Brockenhurst FC mark 400th-game milestone for manager Patrick McManus with FA Vase win over Brimscombe & Thrupp

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FA Vase Second Round

Brockenhurst FC 4
Brimscombe & Thrupp FC 1

BROCKENHURST marked manager Patrick McManus' 400th game in charge with a resounding win over Gloucestershire-based Brimscombe & Thrupp.

Both sides play at the same level in the English football pyramid and sit second in their respective leagues. The win, which came thanks to a penalty save from James Mayo and goals from Christie Ward, Kieran O'Donnell and Mitchell Speechley-Price, books the Badgers a spot in the next round of the FA Vase.

Brockenhurst manager Patrick McManus is honoured for his 400 matches in charge (photo: Les Chase)
Brockenhurst manager Patrick McManus is honoured for his 400 matches in charge (photo: Les Chase)

The game had its first goal within three minutes when Ward, having turned 18 the previous day, scored a remarkable hooked overhead kick from the edge of the area that found the top right-hand corner.

The Badgers looked the most likely to score next, and so it proved to be when Seung-Woo Yang floated a delightful ball into O'Donnell at the far post. The silky midfielder showed bravery to meet the ball with a dipping header past Gavin Jones.

The visitors made a rare visit to the edge of the Brockenhurst box before earning a free-kick, which was saved well by keeper Mayo, who showed good agility to get up and keep out the follow-up.

The referee then punished Brimscombe & Thrupp's Jonty Welch with a yellow card for theatrically throwing himself to the ground after Yang brushed past the midfielder, before Kyle Pitts received his marching orders after dragging his studs down the leg of Brockenhurst captain Jack Smith.

Brockenhurst's Connor Ings on the ball (photo: Les Chase)
Brockenhurst's Connor Ings on the ball (photo: Les Chase)

Five minutes after the restart, a brilliant looping cross from Lyle Simpson found the head of O'Donnell, who scored his second headed goal of the match.

Brimscombe & Thrupp then looked to have found a way into the game with a penalty after Patrick Wilson slid in and took the man and the ball. However, after some gamesmanship from Mayo which caused a delay and some pushing, the keeper saved Ollie Pitt's poor penalty.

With 71 minutes played, Ronan Moore's attempted goal-line clearance turned the ball into the back of the met to narrow the scores to 3-1.

However, Mitchell Speechley-Price settled the match in the 83rd minute after a clever touch into space allowed him to stroke the ball into the net.

Brockenhurst: J. Mayo, C. Ings, P. Wilson, R. Moore, J. Smith,S. Yang, K. O'Donnell, A. Haynes, S. Obeng, C. Ward, L. Simpson. Subs: M. Taylor, M. Sheedy, T. Colmer, M. Speechley-Price, J. Chamberlain.

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