Racing Club stage an FA Vase smash and grab

Jake Brown made amends for a penalty miss with Racers' first goal.
Jake Brown made amends for a penalty miss with Racers' first goal.

Racing Club Warwick came through their FA Vase first round qualifying tie at Leicestershire-based Ashby Ivanhoe, with goals from Jake Brown and new signing Wade Malley sealing their progress.

Racing Club went into the game missing several regulars through suspension and injury and were soon on the back foot, with Conal Dowling called on to produce two fine stops to quell the early Ivanhoe onslaught.

Racers were then awarded a penalty when Junior Bennett was brought down by onrushing Ashby keeper Luke 

Brown stepped up to take the spot-kick but Hemingway redeemed himself by saving to his left.

Five minutes later Brown made up for his miss when he controlled a ball from the left and smartly fired home into the bottom corner.

Goalline clearances from full-backs Conor Nowaczyk and Niall Sweetman preserved Racing Club’s advantage as Ashby looked for a way back, with the impressive Matt Warner and Tom Reynolds resisting everything the home side threw at them.

Racing Club almost made it 2-0 in the 58th minute after a Chris Dusabe interception. However, after being fed by Brown, Bennett saw his shot cleared off the line.

It was a rare sight of goal for the visitors, however, as they spent the majority of the half pinned pack.

However, they stood firm and in the 89th minute Malley raced the length of the pitch to double their advantage and set up a second round qualifying tie at Midland Regional League side Stone Old Alleynians.

Racers entertain Atherstone tomorrow (3pm).