Deans boss delighted by five-star win

Craig Pearce felt Horndean's 5-0 win at Folland Sports was their most complete Wessex League premier division performance for some time.

Monday, 4th April 2016, 7:30 am
Craig Pearce. Picture: Paul Jacobs (160226-1)

Nathan Kirby opened the scoring before Matt Burt and substitute Albert Egboh notched doubles in the dominant display.

‘We played well and could have won by a few more,’ said Deans boss Pearce.

‘Apart from the goals, we also missed a penalty and a couple of good chances in the second half.

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‘We were in total control and took advantage of their big pitch to play our football.’

Kirby opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a near-post header from a George Callard cross.

Burt extended the lead with another header before the break and then completed his brace in the second period.

Substitute Egboh scored twice in the final half-hour.

The visitors also gave a second-half debut to Sam House, who has signed from Totton & Eling.

Horndean now face a busy week – with games at Blackfield & Langley tonight and at Verwood Town 48 hours later.

Moneyfields returned to action following a welcome rest with an excellent 3-0 win at Newport.

Gary Austin notched a double with Robbie Pitman sealing the points late on in the second half.

‘Not having a game in midweek gave us a good break after playing three times a week for the last month,’ said Moneys boss Dave Carter.

‘It meant we could show our quality rather than just trying to get through a game.

‘We kept the ball well and scored our goals at the right time.’

Fareham Town manager Steve Stone blamed tired legs for his side’s 1-1 draw against Fawley at Cams Alders.

‘We had a tough derby with AFC Portchester on Thursday night and that took its toll,’ said Stone.

‘There were plenty of tired legs out there.’

The Reds trailed to a contentious penalty at the break but a Dale Clark header in the second period earned them a share of the spoils.

AFC Portchester kept their faint promotion hopes alive by coming from behind to beat Verwood Town 3-1 at Wicor Rec.

‘We were not very good in the first half but improved after a little discussion at half-time,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘By the end we fully deserved our win.’

Steve Ramsay, Josh Warren and Joe Bye scored theRoyals second half goals.

– KEVIN RICKETTS