Fareham complete the Great Escape

Fareham Town hero Ashley Tattersall   Picture: Malcolm Wells
Fareham Town hero Ashley Tattersall Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Ashley Tattersall was Fareham Town’s hero as the Reds completed the Great Escape by clinching the win they needed at Andover (1-0) to guarantee their Wessex League premier division status.

Even when his team recently slumped to the bottom of the table with just three games left, Town boss Matt Parr defiantly insisted his team could stay up.

The Reds repaid his faith with home wins over Hamworthy United (6-1) and Newport IOW (2-1) to lift themselves out of the drop zone.

And this afternoon, Town duly finished the job to complete a remarkable turnaround.

The game’s first chance fell the way of the visitors, when Callum Laycock’s goalbound effort was well blocked on the line.

In an end-to-end opening, Fareham keeper Luke Douglas then had to be alert to turn Andover striker Craig Blakeman’s effort around the post.

On 19 minutes, though, the deadlock was broken by the Reds.

Tattersall was the scorer as he reacted quickest to blast home after Bradey Norton’s initial effort had been well saved.

Norton then fired over shortly after as Fareham sought to increase their advantage.

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