Deans make most of home advantage in Vase replay

Horndean striker Gary Austin   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Horndean striker Gary Austin Picture: Allan Hutchings
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Good show on the road as Hawks impress to beat Wealdstone

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Horndean made full use of home advantage to cruise through their FA Vase replay 3-0 against Winterbourne United at Five Heads Park tonight.

The two sides had fought out a 4-4 draw in the first game on the Western League side’s 3G pitch at the weekend.

This time, though, Horndean made sure they took the opportunity to make the most of their own sloping grass pitch thanks to goals from Ian Humble, Dan Hayes and Gary Austin.

The Deans will now face another Western League Premier outfit, Longwell Green Sports in the next round at the beginning of next month.

Home boss Dave Carter paid tribute to the approach of his players.

‘We put in an excellent shift and it was a completely different game on grass,’ said Carter.

‘After scoring early we bossed the game and they didn’t get a sniff on our goal in the second half.

‘Defensively we were very solid and the clean sheet was particularly pleasing.

‘Confidence in the camp is high and this builds on our good start to the Wessex Premier campaign.

‘We are at home again in the next round and this is a competition we feel we can do well in.’

The hosts started well and took a grip on their FA Vase replay with two first-half goals.

On 14 minutes, Louie Martin fed Humble with an excellent ball down the flank.

Humble broke into the area and fired a terrific shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.

The Western League visitors hit back and the home side had a let off when the post came to their rescue.

After the visitors went close again, Hayes extended the home side’s lead 10 minutes before half-time.

A corner from Dan Woodward fell perfectly for Hayes who crashed the ball home from 12 yards.

And the Deans sealed their passage into the next round with a third goal just before the hour mark.

Nathan Kirby found Gary Austin with a quick free-kick and the striker worked space to turn and fire his shot into the bottom corner.

It was Austin’s seventh goal in as many games.