Cup still in sights after Whitham’s goal seals it

WOODhouse United battled their opponents VASA FC and the weather to make it through to the quarter final.

The wind and driving rain played havoc with play and turned it into a scrappy game.

It made life difficult for both teams and the first half remained scoreless after Craig Vest pulled off two good saves in the Woodhouse goal.

The game was switched to Firgrove in Rochdale after Woodhouse’s pitch became swamped.

Early in the second half it was much the same until Woodhouse made the breakthrough after 15 minutes.

The ball went wide to Callum Hallahan, who crossed for Joe Whitham to gather near the byeline and slot it home from a tight angle.

From then Woodhouse saw out the game comfortably to set up a quarter final at home to either Cardinal Villa, from Division One, where champions Woodhouse will play next season, or Boundary Park, who they beat at home but lost to away this season.

Manager Simon Randles said: “It’s been a good season and it would be nice to extend it by two further games and put the icing on the cake.”

He also added congratulations to Mathew Town, Darren Preece and Callum Hallahan, who have all been chosen in the second division team of the year.

Town has also been selected as part of the inter-league squad to play Oldham at the end of the season.