Fog fails to cloud over Milroy’s treble treat

Horndean hero Alex Milroy. Picture: Dave Haines
Horndean hero Alex Milroy. Picture: Dave Haines
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Horndean saw off Petersfield – and then the fog – as an Alex Milroy hat-trick helped them to a 4-1 victory last night.

The Wessex League division one clash was abandoned on 75 minutes.

But the result was allowed to stand by the referee because the majority of the match had been played.

The Deans took a while to settle but, on 15 minutes, Milroy wasted a glorious opportunity for the hosts when he blazed wildly over from the penalty spot after Nathan Paxton was taken down in the area.

But the disappointment turned to joy moments later as Deans striker Torr Spicer took full advantage of an error by Petersfield keeper Andrew Stass to blast his side into the lead.

Milroy made up for his penalty gaffe by doubling the advantage on the half-hour mark with an outrageous effort from wide along the touchline which flew into the roof of the net.

He then scored another long-range cracker from a similar distance on the stroke of half-time to make it 3-0.

As the second half opened, Milroy got on the end of a poor clearance from Petersfield’s Dan Thomas to go clear and complete his hat-trick.

Sloppy Horndean defending let in Petersfield striker Mike Newman to pull a goal back.

But it proved only a consolation as the fog clouded over and the match was abandoned, although Horndean still collected the points.

Elsewhere, Bognor eased into top spot in Ryman League division one south with a 3-1 win at Chipstead.

A Michael Birmingham penalty and goals from James Crane and Jason Prior secured their eighth win in nine league games.