Baffins Milton Rovers U23s ‘absolutely loving’ life in the Mid-Solent Adult League

Omar Jarju continued his record of scoring in every Mid-Solent League game this season - but Baffins Milton Rovers U23s dropped their first points in a see-saw encounter.

By Simon Carter
Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 10:10 am
Kevin Shipp
Kevin Shipp

After winning their opening three Division 2 matches, following a step up from the Mid-Solent U18 division, Baffins were held 3-3 by Stubbington at Furze Lane.

Kyle Hartt put Baffins into an early lead with Jarju levelling before half-time after Stubbington had netted twice in quick succession.

Stubbington retook the lead after the interval but striker Tyler Smith ensured the points were shared.

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‘We could have nicked it late on, but on reflection a draw was probably a fair result,’ said Baffins joint-boss Steve Dellar.

‘The second half especially was end to end, both teams had a lot of chances.

‘Stubbington are a young side as well, they’re slightly older - 19, 20, 21 - whereas our team are 16-20.

‘We were put in Division 1 because we’re a lot younger than other teams, and we’re using it purely for player development.

‘We’re absolutely loving it - every game is an education. The older sides are a bit more physical, but the standard of football is really good.

‘We just want to try and continue our good run - to finish in the top two is the aim now.’

Carberry, last season’s MSL Division 2 champions, remain top despite seeing their 100 per cent record ended by Segensworth.

Joshua Bath, Jordan Jones and Jason Price scored in a 3-0 win that took Segensworth joint-top, but second on goal difference.

Blake Woolmer led Horndean United’s 12-3 hammering of rock bottom Fratton Trades with a hat-trick.

Josh MacDonald, Steve Mitchell and Jack Thompson all bagged braces with Harry Bevan, Stuart Rees and Evan Cummings completing the round dozen.

Nine of Horndean’s goals, against a Fratton side still searching for their first point after five games, came in the second half.

Jamie Povey hit a hat-trick as Diamond Under-21s drew 3-3 with Burrfields Reserves.