Portchester cruise to victory

Jamie Musselwhite scored twice. Pic: Keith Woodland
Jamie Musselwhite scored twice. Pic: Keith Woodland
Ryan Pennery netted for Moneyfields. Picture: Neil Marshall (171026-11)

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AFC Portchester eased to a 2-0 victory against Bournemouth Poppies last night at Wicor Rec.

Nathan Kirby and Jamie Musselwhite scored in the first half as the home side cruised to a comfortable Wessex League premier division win.

The home side made all the early running and took a deserved 11th-minute lead.

Louie Castles beat his full-back and delivered a fine cross into the box.

Musselwhite latched onto the ball and laid it back for Kirby to score with a low 12-yard drive.

Danny Thompson went close to extending the lead, with a far-post shot that bounced narrowly past the post

The inevitable second goal arrived on 26 minutes, thanks to a poor Bournemouth mistake.

Dan Audin floated in a harmless cross and the Poppies keeper allowed it to slip through his hands, leaving Musselwhite with a simple tap in.

Bournemouth improved at the start of the second half but the best chance fell to Musselwhite who headed over at the other end.

Gary Moody sent a 30-yard drive whistling past the upright as the home side continued to miss chances.

Portchester remained in total charge, though.

Only a combination of dogged defence and poor finishing stopped the home side scoring more goals.

AFC Portchester: Hutchings, Maddison, Stone, Pottage, Audin, Moody, Thompson, Bye, Musselwhite, Kirby, Castles. Subs: Settle, Webb, Stockford, Crosswell, Fancy.