Portchester boss gutted by late Andover leveller

AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix. Picture: Neil Marshall
AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Graham Rix was disappointed to see a last-gasp goal pegged his AFC Portchester side back to a 2-2 draw in their Wessex League premier division clash at Andover Town.

The home side levelled three minutes into stoppage-time, with the last kick of the match.

Luke Sweeney and Gary Moody had earlier put the visitors in control.

Royals boss Rix said: ‘It is always gutting to lose points at that stage of the game.

‘We played well and deserved to win the game.

‘It looked good when we were leading with 20 minutes to go and largely controlling the game.

‘Then Andover lumped one final ball into our area and won a corner after we failed to deal with it.

‘From the corner they scored with a free header.’

Debut-making striker Geoff Dunn did well after being drafted in to cover for absent front pair Alex Baldacchino and Jason Parish.

Fareham Town produced a dramatic second-half fight-back to snatch a tremendous 3-2 win at Fawley.

The Oilmen led 2-0 at the interval but the Reds showed their never-say-die spirit after the break.

Hawks loanee Marley Ridge sparked the recovery with a spectacular 25-yard strike.

After intense pressure, Simon Woods slotted home the equaliser on 85 minutes.

And in the sixth minute of stoppage-time, Bradey Norton surged past his full-back and squared for Ash Tattersall to tap in.

Managerless Horndean slipped to their first league defeat of the season – losing 3-1 at Team Solent with Robbie Tambling netting the consolation.

Director of football Joe Albertella admitted the departure of Dave Carter to Moneyfields in midweek came as a bit of a shock.

‘We have received a few applications already,’ he added.

‘We want to make sure we get the right person and don’t want to rush into anything.

‘It might be a case of getting someone in to do the job on an interim basis.

‘The majority of our players are on board but I wouldn’t be surprised if some decided to leave.’