West Auckland Town FC's Wembley dream over as Chertsey run out winners in FA Vase quarter final
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
FA Vase quarter final
West Auckland Town... 0
Chertsey Town............ 2
SURREY raiders Chertsey Town ended West's interest in this year's FA Vase in front of a crowd of 738.
Two goals in the first 26 minutes secured the visitors' passage through to the semi-finals and the victory was well deserved.
The first came on ten minutes from a long cross field ball which found dale Dale Binns on the left. He held off the challenge from Denver Morris and kept his composure to slot the ball past the advancing Shane Bland.
If that was a blow, then disaster followed when the ball broke to Chertsey centre half Quincey Rowe to the right of the penalty area and he blasted home to double the lead.
It could have been even worse for West but a combination of a fine save from Bland and the post stopped Chertsey adding a third.
Rowe and his fellow centre half Michael Peacock dealt with everything West threw at them and it was hard to think of a clear cut chance for the home side during the first 45 minutes.
After the break, Chertsey were happy to soak up the pressure and look to hit West on the counter-attack.
West enjoyed the majority off possession but lacked a cutting edge. The introduction of Arran Wearmouth and Adam Burnicle added to West's attacking options, but still chances came at a premium.
Burnicle had the best of them, but his snap shot was well saved by keeper Nick Jupp.
There were claims for a penalty when Amar Purewal went down under a challenge but the ref was right to wave these away.
As West pressed, it was Chertsey who looked more likely to score, squandering a couple of late chances as they broke up field.
After four minutes of added on time, the ref blew and West's dreams of another visit to Wembley were over.