Stockford nets brace as Portchester beat Heath

Lewis Stockford. Pic: Sarah Standing (132030-3374)
Lewis Stockford. Pic: Sarah Standing (132030-3374)
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Lewis Stockford scored twice and Danny Thompson also netted as AFC Portchester beat Broadbridge Heath 3-0 at Wicor Rec last night.

Portchester started brightly and Lewis Stockford went close with a well-struck shot.

The visitors responded when striker Jamie Liddell burst through but Portchester keeper Luke Hutchings reacted quickly to save.

Former Pompey man Stockford helped Portchester get back on the front foot.

He fed Simon Woods who flashed a shot just wide after Heath defender Ollie Moore closed down the angle.

On the half-hour mark, Nathan Kirby, on his Portchester debut, set up Stockford to find the corner of the net from 10 yards.

Kirby headed against the crossbar but Portchester soon made it 2-0.

Substitute Danny Thompson netted just before the interval.

Kirby deserved a goal but was denied by keeper James Fisher early in the second half.

Portchester soon added a third, though.

Liam Cresswell sped beyond the Heath defence until he was felled in the box.

Stockford stepped up to fire home his second goal from the spot.

The visitors were unable to make any dent in a strong Portchester defence who closed out a comfortable 3-0 win.

Portchester kick off their season on Friday night when they travel to Follands in the first round of the Wessex League Cup.

AFC Portchester: Hutchings, Pottage, Stone, Stockford, Maddison, Harding, Salter-Vaile, Holmes, Woods, Kirby, Bye. Subs: Audin, Cresswell, Black, Thompson, Thomas, Johnson.