Hayling close in on escape

George Gregory struck five for Moneyfields. Picture: Mick Young
George Gregory struck five for Moneyfields. Picture: Mick Young
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Hayling have called on Fareham to do them a favour as they close in on a great escape.

The Humbugs defeated Alresford Town 2-1 at the College Ground on Saturday.

It was a fourth consecutive Wessex League premier division win for Steve Poulton’s side, who just a month ago looked dead and buried.

New Milton and Brading both have a game in hand.

But with the former taking on Fareham before visiting the College Ground on the final day of the season, the Humbugs’ fate is in their own hands.

‘We just need Fareham to do us a favour and beat New Milton,’ said Poulton.

‘People had written us off but I have to hand it to my players because they have been brilliant.

‘We got a bit lucky against Alresford but we were due it.’

Alex Easton gave the Humbugs a 25th-minute lead before Alresford levelled from the penalty spot a minute before half-time.

Easton missed a spot-kick before Lenny Burney secured the three points on 75 minutes.

Veteran keeper Steve May kept a clean sheet as Horndean secured their premier division status with a 3-0 win over Fawley at Five Heads Park.

‘I didn’t have an awful lot to do and had a comfortable afternoon,’ said May.

Chamal Fenelon gave the home side a 20th-minute lead before Tom Chapman headed a second goal on the hour. Substitute Louis Bell then completed the scoring with a well-struck volley.

Fareham Town produced a rousing second half fightback to win 3-2 at second-placed Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

The home side raced into a two-goal lead before the Reds hit back on the hour through Jimmy Cuthbert.

Wayne Boud equalised from the penalty spot and Graham Lindsey won the game with a great strike.

Elsewhere, it was a case of ‘Steve Who?’ for Moneyfields.

They made light of missing top scorer Steve Hutchings by crushing Laverstock & Ford 8-0.

George Gregory made the most of his opportunity to smash five goals, while Conor Bailey and two own goals completed the rout.