Boopa carries on scoring as Denmead extend unbeaten run into double figures
Denmead extended their unbeaten run into double figures with a sixth successive Hampshire Premier League victory.
Paul Goddard’s men remained a point clear of Division 1 leaders Moneyfields - albeit having played four games more - with a 1-0 victory at Michelmersh & Timsbury.
In-form Seniya Boopa struck the only goal on 39 minutes against opponents Denmead had thrashed 7-0 a few weeks earlier at Front Lawn.
Boopa had leapt off the bench the previous week to score twice against Kingsclere, and a week before that had grabbed his first goal of the season against QK Southampton.
‘To be where we are in the table, if you had offered me that back in August I’d have snapped your hand off,’ said Denmead boss Paul Goddard.
‘I wouldn’t have believed you.’
Reflecting on the latest win, he stated: ‘The pitch and the conditions weren’t the best, but we did a professional job.
‘We ground it out, got the three points, and we move on.’
Move on, in fact, to one of the biggest games in Denmead’s history.
For this Wednesday they take on Senior Division heavyweights Bush Hill in the semi-final of the Hampshire Premier League Cup at Locks Heath.
Denmead have not lost in league or cup action since a 4-3 home defeat to Fawley Reserves in the Hampshire Trophy at Front Lawn on November 2.
Leading scorer Dan Penfold was among the goals again as Moneyfields claimed their 11th win in 12 second tier games.
He fired his 24th goal of the season with Fred Penfold and Louis Jeffrey also on target in a 3-0 home victory over QK Southampton.
Lowly AFC Petersfield lost for the 15th time in 19 games - beaten 1-0 at Upham through a
Tremayne Moore goal.
Petersfield are one of the few clubs in the region who are not facing anything resembling end-of-season fixture congestion due to all the bad weather.
They only have three out of their scheduled 22 league matches left to play.
Hopes of an all-Hampshire Premier League final in this season’s Hampshire Trophy were dashed when Clanfield lost a penalty shoot-out on the Isle of Wight.
Elliot Sill took advantage of hesitation from Shanklin keeper Jack Powell to level their delayed quarter-final tie at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
But Powell was transformed from villain to shoot-out hero by saving three Clanfield penalties as his side won 3-2.
Shanklin - third in the Isle of Wight League - now host Fareham Town Reserves on Saturday, February 29, for a place in the final.
It could well be an all-Isle of Wight final as Brading Town - second in the Island league - travel to HPL side Moneyfields Reserves in the other last four tie on the same day.
Moneys play a division below Brading, who were a Wessex League side until 2012, but have knocked out higher tier clubs such as Bournemouth Manor and Colden Common en route to the semi-final.