Four-some Campbell fires Devils

Drew Campbell. Picture: Dave Chapman
Drew Campbell. Picture: Dave Chapman
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Solent Devils recorded their first win in four games with an emphatic 10-2 home victory over Oxford City Stars in National League south division one on Sunday.

Drew Campbell led the way with four goals as the rampant hosts got back on track at the Gosport Arena.

He was joined on the scoresheet by Ryan McFarlane, Alex Cole, Ralf Circenis, Jamie Fitzpatrick, George Norcliffe and Joshua Abbott.

Devils manager Paul Fitzpatrick was delighted with the result, particularly given the current financial crisis at the club.

He said: ‘We knew Oxford have some good players and they gave us a tough opening period.

‘We had lost a few games, so recording a big victory like that was an excellent response.

‘Drew Campbell is an older head in the team but he rolled back the years and scored some terrific goals.

‘The fans have been fantastic and the players gave them a great show.’

The Devils are next in action on Saturday, December 20 at Wightlink Raiders before a trip to Oxford City Stars.

Team boss Fitzpatrick added: ‘We beat the Raiders earlier this season thanks to a late goal, so we will go over there really believing we can get another victory.’

The Devils and Stars fought hard for early control of the match on Sunday.

But it was the home side who drew first blood, finding the net through Campbell after 15 minutes.

He struck again seconds after the interval.

Oxford managed a reply minutes later before being swept away with two swift goals from McFarlane and Cole.

Having taken a 4-2 lead 
into the break, Solent came out strongly in the third period and killed the game off with some incisivie attacking play.

Campbell scored twice more and Circenis, who also grabbed three assists in an impressive display, netted once.

Oxford hit back but the Gosport Arena club were not to be denied as they hit double figures through Fitzpatrick, Norcliffe and Abbott as the game entered its final minutes.