Rams on course for title... Reds’ survival chances dented

Andy Todd. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Andy Todd. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Matt Tubbs played well against Sutton. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Petersfield Town remain on course for the Wessex League premier division title after a convincing 5-0 win over Brockenhurst at Love Lane.

Victory ensured the league’s form club maintained their six-point lead at the summit.

‘It was one of our better performances on a very heavy pitch,’ said the Rams manager Ian Saunders.

‘For 20 minutes it was nip and tuck but once we went ahead we grew in stature.

‘After that we were the only side ever going to win it.’

Andy Todd scored twice with Ashley Howes, Danny Thompson and Robbie Tambling also getting on the scoresheet.

Fareham Town’s survival chances suffered a blow with a 1-0 defeat at Verwood Town.

‘We put in another good performance but failed to put our chances away,’ said boss Matt Parr.

‘There is still all to play for and we are improving all the time.’

The home side grabbed their winning goal 20 minutes from the end and the Reds couldn’t find a way back.

AFC Portchester stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games with a comprehensive 6-2 win at Bournemouth Poppies.

‘We keep challenging the players to keep this run going,’ said Royals manager Graham Rix.

‘If we can win all our games in hand there is no reason why we can’t achieve a top six finish.’

The Royals outclassed the struggling Poppies after Andy Rinamhota gave them an early lead.

Goals from Sean Thurgood, Craig Hardy, Joe Noakes (2) and Simon Stone saw the Royals cruise home.

A terrific late strike from Jake Raine got Moneyfields back to winning ways with a 1-0 success over Folland Sports at Dover Road.

‘It wasn’t a pretty game but we needed the win,’ said Moneys boss Miles Rutherford.

‘The pitch was very heavy and that didn’t help.’

Manager Dave Carter praised Horndean’s hard work in their 3-2 home win over Andover Town.

‘We put in a big shift on a mudbath,’ said Carter.

Goals from Gary Austin, a Robbie Pitman and Nathan Paxton earned the hosts a deserved win.