Fareham kill off Cheltenham

Josh Godfrey. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs 143315-11
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Fareham coach Ben Barnes was pleased with the way his side killed off the opposition in their 5-2 win over Cheltenham.

They remain fourth in National League conference west with 18 points – four points clear of their opponents on Sunday.

Australian Daniel Sampey was the top scorer on the day with a hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by Josh Godfrey and James Seager.

Barnes said: ‘I’m very pleased with the win. Cheltenham are a good side.

‘The first goal was a very good team goal finished off by Josh Godfrey.

‘It was everything I asked of them.

‘It was 2-1 at half-time but it was very close and they had some good chances.

‘We didn’t keep things going in the away game against Cheltenham earlier in the season, so getting the third goal was always going to be important.

‘At 3-1 and then 4-1, it really killed the game off.

‘We definitely went away from them in the second half.’

Barnes was impressed with the team’s performance but singled out a few individuals for praise.

‘Sampey’s been threatening to score more goals for us in the last couple of weeks,’ he said.

‘Even before the first goal, he had a fantastic chance to score.

‘He was getting into the right positions and produced some really cool finishing.

‘There was some really great play overall. Alex Boxall had a good game in midfield and led the team well.

‘Josh Godfrey was very strong in the forward line and John Price had a good game.’

Godfrey put Fareham ahead inside five minutes with a clinical reverse-stick shot.

However, Cheltenham equalised three minutes later through Tom Cole’s penalty corner.

They regained the lead after 21 minutes when a long aerial ball by skipper Alex Boxall was completely misread and Sampey pounced to make it 2-1.

Sampey netted the third goal before Ben Hibberd added to the tally shortly after the hour mark after Boxall had dispossessed Cole in the centre of the field.

Cole netted Cheltenham’s second of the game but Boxall got his third assist of the match by setting up Sampey for his hat-trick goal in the latter stages.

Fareham begin their indoor campaign on Thursday night in the semi-finals of the Hampshire qualifiers, when they will play either Basingstoke, United Services 
Portsmouth or Trojans at King Edwards School.

The winner of the qualifiers will represent the county in the south qualification stage next year.

Fareham seconds drew 2-2 with London Wayfarers in South League Hampshire/ Surrey division one.

Meanwhile, the club’s under-14s have qualified for the South regional stage of the national championship after convincing 3-0 wins over Trojans and Guernsey.

A penalty stroke from Zak Way and further goals from Neil West and Joe Ellul-Turner gave Fareham the win over Trojans.

In their second game of the day against Guernsey, Way again put Fareham into the lead.

Zack Capper was rewarded with two goals to extend the lead to 3-0 in the second half.

Fareham Ladies were defeated 5-2 away to Wimbledon in South Clubs’ Women’s League division three B at the weekend.