AFC Portchester stretched their unbeaten run to 10 Wessex League premier division games – and 12 in all competitions – with an emphatic 8-0 win over shell-shocked Folland Sports at Wicor Rec last night.
Skipper Jack Salter-Vaile grabbed four goals as the visitors were put to the sword in a devastating seven-goal second-half showing.
The impressive victory moves Graham Rix’s in-form Royals side up to fourth in the table.
Further goals from Andy Rinamhota, Luke Sweeney, Harry Wedlake and Jamie Musselwhite completed the rout.
‘It was the best 45 minutes football I have seen us play,’ said director of football Mick Jenkins.
‘In the second half we were totally dominant and they couldn’t live with us.
‘We totally outplayed and outclassed them with our energy, pace and power.
‘Some of the goals were wonderfully crafted and executed.
‘That extends our unbeaten run to 12 games stretching since before Christmas.’
A bad-tempered first half was marred by an injury to home striker Alex Baldacchino who was stretchered off after a poor challenge.
Meanwhile, Miles Rutherford was happy to take points over performance as Moneyfields returned to winning ways with a ‘comfortable’ 2-0 victory at home to Verwood Town.
The Dover Road side closed the gap on league leaders Petersfield to three points as George Way and Alfie Rutherford banished the memory of Moneys’ 4-0 humiliation at fellow title contenders Winchester City on Saturday.
Rutherford said: ‘Getting back to winning ways was the most important thing.
‘It wasn’t a great game but I am not worried about performance levels at the moment, it’s just about picking up whatever points we can.
‘The aim is still to try to win as many games as we can from now until the end of the season and finish as high as we can.
‘But the league is now Petersfield’s to lose, as everyone knows.’
Horndean take on Sholing Sports in the Russell-Cotes Cup tonight (7.45pm).