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FA Cup hoodoo continues for Walsham-le-Willows after Peterborough Northern Star defeat

Walsham-le-Willows’ miserable run in the Emirates FA Cup continued on Saturday with a 2-1 home loss against Peterborough Northern Star – but Trevor Newman accepted they got no more than they deserved for a failure to take their chances.

After conceding inside the first three minutes, summer signing Craig Jennings bundled home in the 13th minute for his first Willows goal, only for a second strike from the visitors, shortly after the interval, to end up sending them out at the first hurdle for the eighth season in succession.

Having had a Craig Nurse penalty saved, an Ian Miller header ruled out for offside, a late goalbound effort from Jennings tipped away and seeing Cameron Nicholls’ strike bounce back off the post in stoppage time, it was another hard luck story for Walsham, following on from their opening day loss at Thetford Town.

FOOTBALL: Walsham-le-Willows v Peterborough Northern Star...Jed Wigley ... (15088654)
FOOTBALL: Walsham-le-Willows v Peterborough Northern Star...Jed Wigley ... (15088654)

But manager Newman refused to play up to that as they missed out on the £2,250 prize money for the extra preliminary round winners, saying: “If you don’t score then you don’t deserve to win. They scored two goals and fair play to them.

“I wasn’t that impressed with them. But it was no different to last week at Thetford; we had enough chances to win the game or get something out of the game.

“We can’t keep saying we’re playing well. We’re playing some good footbal, but the idea is to get it in the back of the net.

“If you don’t score goals, then you aren’t going to win matches.”

His team now have to wait until Wednesday for the daunting trip to last season’s Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division runners-up Woodbridge Town (7.45pm), to look to shake off a frustrating start to the season.

And there will be one clear message from their manager as they are sent out of the dressing room.

“What we haven’t done in the last two games is get in front,” he said.

“Every time we are chasing the game. To be fair to them they stuck bodies in the way second half, a bit like Thetford did.

“They had three shots. We have had nearly 20 attempts on goal, and they haven’t all gone on target by any means. Percentage-wise that isn’t very good.”

It was groundhog day within three minutes on Saturday as striker Craig Smith was able to get off a fine shot on the turn from the edge of the box that beat Steve Fenner.

Walsham quickly got level when Jennings forced in Peters’ low free kick at the near post, but the rest of the match saw Walsham dominance fail to materialise into further goals.

Walsham: Fenner, Warren (Hammond 81’), Peters (c), Miller, Clarke, Sim (Phillips 67’), Clark, Collins, Jennings, Nurse, Wigley (Nicholls) . Sub not used: Whitby. Att: 56. Express Man of The Match: Sam Peters. Provided good width and set up the goal.

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