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Loan Report: FA Cup Magic for young Keeper

Morning folks, this weekend we witnessed the magic of the FA Cup strike again as two of our young keepers progressed to within one win from the first round proper. Elsewhere, we find out how Lewis Ward got on during his Whitehawk debut as well as action from Jon Henly in the Kent Senior Cup.

Our young keepers are one step away from the first round proper
Our young keepers are one step away from the first round proper
Shaun Botterill

Lewis Ward - Whitehawk FC (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 2

This week, we start with Lewis, making his professional debut for Whitehawk in the FA Cup 3rd round qualifying stage. Whitehawk hosted Chelmsford with a place in the final qualifying stage at stake for the victors and both sides absolutely went for it. Chelmsford went two goals ahead early on but the Hawks battled to back to go ahead 3-2 before Chelmsford levelled shortly before half time. An exciting six goal first half was followed by a quieter two-goal second half, with the Hawks going ahead again to go 4-3 up. However, the drama was not over there. As Chelmsford pushed forward in search of an equaliser, one of the attackers was fouled inside the box and Lewis Ward suddenly had a penalty to save on his professional debut. Against the odds and pressure, Ward did just that, before the Chelmsford taker converted the rebound to send the tie to a replay. 4-4.

A quick turn-around saw the Hawks face up to Chelmsford again for the second time in three days as both sides aimed to make it through the third qualifying round at the second time of asking. Ward started the match as his side went 1-0 down early (again) through Joe Ward. Then, another penalty. A red card for Hawks defender Osei Sankofa and the prospect of a 2-0 deficit loomed. Could Ward save two penalties in two games?

Okay maybe not, but he did get mighty close. Anyway, Whitehawk went on to lose the game 4-1 and exit the FA Cup for another year. Ward did make a number of brilliant saves in the second half as his team mates tired though, most notably a save best left to be described by the opposition themselves:

So, despite conceding eight goals in two games, I don't think anyone could deny that Lewis had made a good start to his professional career, saving one penalty and getting very closer to another before making a number of fine saves to keep the scoreline respectable in the replay.


Jon Henly - Welling United (Vanarama Conference Prem) Appearances: 8

Henly started on the bench as his Welling side hosted Nuneaton Town. A brace from Harry Beautyman and Tyrone Marsh gave the Wings a 4-1 win in a solid performance in the league. The FA Cup draw then followed the match, as Welling drew out Maidstone United with a place in the 1st round proper at stake.

Following that great result against Nuneaton, Welling manager Jamie Day confirmed that some players from the first team who

"need minutes and some youngsters from the development squad (would play a part against Tonbridge)."

Luckily for Reading, Henly was one of five first team players who started the match. However, in a rain-sodden affair, Tonbridge Angels came out as 3-1 winners after Welling had missed a first half penalty with the game finely poised at 0-0.


Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 10

Stuart moved onto ten competitive matches for Basingstoke this season, with his latest coming in this FA cup game against Ebbsfleet United. Coming from a goal down, his side spectacularly won the game through goals from top-scorer Chris Flood and former Ebbsfleet striker Liam Enver-Marum. Stuart was said to have had a fantastic game and made some great saves when 1-0 down. His performance even earned a 'rave' review from opposition player Dean Rance

Basingstoke have drawn Harrow Borough with a place in the 1st Round Proper at stake and here's to hoping Stuart is still 'buzzing' after Saturday's game..


Royston Drenthe - Sheffield Wednesday (SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 4

No fixture this week.