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End to end Vase thriller sees West through – just!

Well, where do you start in a game that had everything?

An enthralling game ended with West Auckland scoring a 97th minute winner to progress to the last 32 of the FA Vase at the expense of Whitley Bay.

It was a thrilling end to a thrilling match – West 3-1 down before mounting a sensational come back. Whitley Bay could have been out of sight before then with chances cleared off the line whilst they headed over from yards out seconds after Aaran Wearmouth’s late, late winner.

In a game that had 7 goals, there could have been more with West denied by a string of sensational saves by Tom Flynn and, when he was beaten, Anthony Bell’s penalty struck the inside of the post before bouncing across goal and out.

It was a shame that one side had to go out after such entertainment but whilst Bay players were laid heartbroken on the turf, West’s celebrated a win that seemed unlikely with two thirds of the match played.

West’s progression was also just reward for the tremendous efforts of various Club volunteers who cleared snow off the pitch to get the game on. And the bumper crowd that attended saw a match that will live long in the memory.

Full report to follow.

We would like to wish Whitley Bay defender Ross Wilkinson a full and speedy recovery after he suffered severe concussion and soft tissue damage around his eye socket.

Team: McHugh, Morris, Richardson (Cobain 90′), Wade (McKeown 52′), Galpin, Parker, Mitchell, Bell (Doninger 46′), Fisher, Wood, Wearmouth

Subs Not Used: Purewal, Connor

Goals: Fisher (53′), Richardson (66′, 74′), Wearmouth (97′)

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