Rams are rampant...impressive win for Royals

Andy Todd. Picture: Neil Marshall
Andy Todd. Picture: Neil Marshall
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Rampant Petersfield Town went level at the top of the Wessex Premier by completing an 8-0 demolition job on Bournemouth Poppies.

Three goals in the opening 10 minutes set the visitors on their way to a comprehensive success.

Ed Dryden – on his way to Premier League Stoke City for a trial this week – opened the scoring in the second minute with Benny Read and Andy Todd soon following suit.

Todd completed his hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by a Warren Hunt brace.

Ash Howes also found the net.

‘It was a decent day at the office and we didn’t look back after making a flying start,’ said Rams manager Ian Saunders.

‘We controlled the tempo and the game was over as a contest by half-time.’

AFC Portchester stormed to an impressive 4-1 win at in-form Verwood Town despite having Joe Bye sent off in the second half.

First-half goals from Bye and Luke Sweeney put the Royals in charge and they sewed up the points with goals by Jamie Musselwhite from the penalty spot and Andy Rinamhota.

‘It was a convincing win against a team who have upset some of the top sides recently,’ said Royals director of football Mick Jenkins.

‘That makes it 25 goals scored in our last six games since Christmas and we are starting to pick up some good momentum.’

A missed penalty and a 
late goal condemned relegation-battling Fareham Town to a 2-1 defeat against Brockenhurst in the New Forest.

Reds manager Matt Parr was full of praise for his team’s performance despite losing.

‘It was another excellent performance which we will take a lot of positives from,’ said Parr.

‘We can take a lot of heart from the way we played.’

Sam Kirkwood put the Reds in front with an excellent tenth minute strike but the home side equalised before the break.

Ian Humble saw his spot-kick saved 10 minutes from time and the hosts snatched a winner in the last five minutes.

League leaders Moneyfields paid the price for two calamitous defensive errors in their 2-2 draw against Christchurch at Dover Road.

Goals from Terry Dodd and Bobby Scott saw Moneys ahead 15 minutes from time but a second gift allowed the visitors a share of the spoils.

Horndean ended a barren spell with an excellent 2-1 win at Blackfield & Langley.