Reds miss clinical tough against Laverstock

Lee Wood saves Fareham after a fumble from the keeper
Lee Wood saves Fareham after a fumble from the keeper
AFC Portchester cruised to victory. Picture: Neil Marshall

Frustration for Fareham... Royals cruise through

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Fareham Town had to settle for a point as they fought out a 0-0 Wessex League premier division draw against Laverstock & Ford at Cams Alders.

Assistant-manager Mickey Cripps, in charge for a month in manager Matt Parr’s absence due to work, felt his side looked weary following a hectic run of games.

‘We lacked a bit of quality, particularly in the final third, and I though a bit of tiredness crept into our game,’ said Cripps.

‘In the first half we were sluggish but, to their credit, our opponents were very workmanlike and had willing runners.

‘In the second half we were better and asserted ourselves more, pinning them back.

‘Unfortunately, we still lacked a cutting edge.

Substitute Sean Dark went closest to winning it for the Reds seven minutes from time with a shot from outside the area that smashed against the inside of the post and rebounded across the face of goal.

n Fareham are in action again tonight as they entertain Totton & Eling in the Russell-Cotes Cup at Cams Alders (7.45pm).

n Hayling United’s defensive woes returned as they crashed to a 5-2 defeat against title-chasing Bemerton Heath Harlequins at their College Ground.

The Humbugs have conceded 106 goals in 33 game and remain a point adrift of Brockenhurst at the foot of the league.

n Moneyfields home game against Lymington Town tomorrow night has been postponed because they play a Portsmouth Senior Cup semi-final derby clash against Fareham at Cams Alders on Thursday night.