Cup dreams live on for Portchester

Simon Woods is congratulated as he nets a double in AFC Portchester's triumph over Horndean. Picture: Mick Young (132488-07)
Simon Woods is congratulated as he nets a double in AFC Portchester's triumph over Horndean. Picture: Mick Young (132488-07)
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Michael Birmingham was left to rue a missed opportunity as Moneyfields were knocked out of the FA Cup by Bashley on Saturday.

The Dover Road outfit went down 2-0 against the Southern League premier division outfit – as Fareham Town also exited the competition against higher-level opposition.

However, AFC Portchester are in the draw for the next round – which takes place at 1pm today – after a 5-0 demolition of Horndean at Five Heads Park.

Louie Castles began the rout before Jamie Musselwhite and Simon Woods both netted braces to sink their Wessex League premier division rivals.

But their was no such celebration for Moneys as a Charlie Knight double ended their dreams at Bashley.

First-team coach Birmingham, who was deputising for holidaying boss Miles Rutherford, said: ‘Neither myself or Graeme (Gee) were pleased with that performance. It was a missed opportunity.

‘Yes, they are two divisions above us and we were missing a few regulars but on recent form we felt they were there for the taking.

‘When we got the ball down, we played well and caused them problems.

‘Perhaps the occasion got to the lads because I don’t think we did that more than four or five times.

‘Instead we kept launching the ball forward and playing to their strengths.

‘Bashley’s centre halves must have gone home with headaches.’

Fareham, meanwhile, put in a brave performance before going down 1-0 to Southern League Weymouth.

Stuart Yetton grabbed the winner four minutes after half-time in front of a crowd of more than 300 – the biggest for a decade at Cams Alders.

‘We competed well all over the park,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.

‘If we play like that every week in the league there is no reason we can’t be a top-three side.’

Bognor, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Frome Town.

A late Jon Marzetti own goal cancelled out Ben Godfrey’s effort meaning a replay on Wednesday night at Nyewood Lane.