It’s a nightmare for sleepy Humbugs

Jack Salter-Vaile in action for Hayling Island against Hamble at Hayling Island. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111113-4)
Jack Salter-Vaile in action for Hayling Island against Hamble at Hayling Island. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111113-4)
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HAYLING United look set for relegation to Wessex League division one after five first-half goals saw them crash to a 5-0 home defeat to Hamble ASSC.

Goals from Jamie Barron, Ashley Jarvis (2), Jamie Musselwhite, and James Rodden sealed all three points for the away side.

The Humbugs are now without a win in six games and remain at the foot of the league with just 22 points.

Manager Lee Paul claimed his side still asleep in the first half of the clash.

He said: ‘We just weren’t awake.

‘Hamble are a good side but we gave them too much time on the ball, which led to us conceding early on.’

These sides last met in the reverse fixture in late November.

Hamble’s Musselwhite also scored in that game and he earned the praise of the Hayling boss.

Paul added: ‘Jamie (Musselwhite) is a very good player and we know how big a threat he can be.

‘It’s just a shame that we couldn’t have kept him a little more quiet.’

Despite the Hayling boss reverting to a 4-3-3 formation in the second half, the change produced little substance to help their ailing fortunes.

He said: ‘I was pleased with the reaction I got in the second half from the lads.

‘Although we didn’t score, we were creating chances.

‘It’s been a rough season for us but I was pleased with the pride and passion we showed in the second half and I hope the lads can take that into their next game.’

The Humbugs host Newport (IOW) in the League on Saturday.