Whyteleafe prepare for the FA Cup weekend with first win of the season
9:27am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Football
By Chris Layton
Whyteleafe prepared for their FA Cup opener this weekend with a first competitive win under John Fowler in the Southern Counties East.
A goal up at 10-man Beckenham Town at half-time, Leafe still relied on a late penalty winner and they had to hang on to a 2-1 result at the death.
The hosts were fastest out of the blocks, peppering the Leafe goal within the first 20 minutes.
Whyteleafe’s first good chance came on 19 minutes when Roscoe Dsane brilliantly turned his marker and fired a powerful shot inches over from the edge of the box.
Some neat footwork and passing from Bentley Graham almost opened up Beckenham’s defence four minutes later but an offside decision halted progress.
A minute later Graham again was in the thick of it, firing a central free kick just over the bar.
Whyteleafe were well on top now and some pinball in the home penalty area finished with a shot from Jenson Grant which was blocked by a timely defensive header.
Dsane had an opportunity on 37 minutes, but a brilliant interception from impressive Becks’ centre back Nathan Paul prevent a real goal-scoring opportunity.
The half ended in disaster for Beckenham and joy for Whyteleafe when Becks’ keeper Dan Teeley was sent off for a foul outside the area.
From the free-kick, captain Jason Thompson took found the back of the net.
Whyteleafe should have dominated the second half, however, Nathan Paul equalised for Beckenham.
But Whyteleafe had the last laugh when on 82 minutes, when substitute Taylor Smith was upended in the box and Thompson smashed the penalty home.
Whyteleafe host Epsom & Ewell this weekend in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup (kick off 3pm).
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