Fareham leave it late

James Roden, second left, netted the winner for Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122968-5)
James Roden, second left, netted the winner for Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122968-5)
AFC Portchester cruised to victory. Picture: Neil Marshall

Frustration for Fareham... Royals cruise through

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Fareham Town’s FA Cup adventure has seen them conquer Southern League side Wimborne Town – and now Christchurch.

A late goal from striker James Roden earned them a 2-1 victory along with the £3,000 prize money and a slot in the lunchtime draw today.

While manager Matt Parr is not unduly concerned who his Reds side meet in the second qualifying round in a fortnight, he would prefer a home tie.

Had the Dorset visitors made more of there first-half chances they would have travelled home victorious.

But their wastage in front of goal spared Fareham who eased into the lead on 50 minutes through Danny Thompson.

Even then Christchurch, at their creative best, lacked the killer instinct and several times were fortunate not to find themselves further behind as both Fareham’s Bryn McKie and Thompson cut through.

Just when it seemed Fareham were coasting to victory, though, a moment of hesitation in defence allowed Christchurch’s Sam Griffin to send a low cross-shot into a packed six-yard area and the ball ended up in the net.

The crowd of 150 expected a replay at Christchurch’s Hurn Corner but up popped Roden to stick out a leg and toe-end the ball into the net for the winner.

Fareham’s Louis Martin wasn’t among the players cheered off, having collapsed earlier in the match with breathing problems. After being attended by a paramedic, Martin was found to have a rib injury and went hospital.

‘We all wish Louis well and hope he will recover quickly and be back in the fold,’ said Parr.

‘As a side, I thought we were far below our best in the first half but during the interval I told the lads to keep cool and things would change in their favour as the match wore on.

‘It was a real cup tie in every sense. We have taken on and beaten a competitive side.’

Fareham: Douglas, Shrimpton, Martin, Burt, Jones, Lewis, Boud, Hibberd, Roden, Thompson, McKie. Subs: Smith, Lindsey, Cuthbert, Kirby, Doswell, Vickers, Redman