Deans celebrate Cup triumph in style

AFC Portchester's Gary Moody in action against Folland Sports. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142539-6)
AFC Portchester's Gary Moody in action against Folland Sports. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142539-6)
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Horndean celebrated their 2-1 FA Cup triumph at Southern League Cinderford Town with a night out in Cardiff.

‘We had planned the night out in advance but it was all the more enjoyable after winning,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘The win was well deserved and brings close to £2,000 into the club coffers.

‘For a little club like ours that goes a long way.

‘Every one of the players put a terrific shift in after we made a good start for a change.’

The visitors took the lead in the first five minutes through a Nathan Kirby diving header.

Carter’s team proved solid in defence before breaking out to extend their lead on 65 minutes through Gary Austin.

A late goal from the hosts left them with a nervous final four minutes but they held out.

A depleted AFC Portchester proved no match for Folland Sports, who cruised through with a 4-1 win at Wicor Rec.

‘It is really disappointing because the game was as good as over by half-time,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘The goals we gave away were very poor.

‘It doesn’t help when you have up to eight senior players missing through injury and suspension.’

All the Royals could manage was a last-minute consolation thanks to Elliot Ward’s penalty.

Fareham Town boss Matt Parr pledged to ring the changes after his side’s 3-0 home defeat to Longwell Green.

‘I intend to bring two or three new faces in and allow a few players to leave,’ he said.

‘We have been hit badly by injuries and lack of player availability this month.

‘I need to bring players with a bit more heart and desire in.’