Infinity set new Hampshire Premier League record – but boss Wheatcroft in no mood to celebrate

Infinity have set a new Hampshire Premier League record for the longest unbeaten run.

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 3:10 pm
Infinity manager Gary Wheatcroft

Their 0-0 stalemate at Locks Heath was their 32nd game without defeat - a run stretching back to the last game of the 2018/19 season.

Since a 4-0 loss at Bush Hill, Infinity have won 25 and drawn seven - passing the 31-game unbeaten record set by Locks during their 2012/13 title-winning season.

But boss Gary Wheatcroft was in no mood for celebrations after Infinity had dropped points for the third time in eight games after previous draws with Stockbridge and Chamberlayne.

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Instead, he was furious that Infinity were denied a ‘blatant’ penalty for a first half foul on Danny Phillips and also the fact they had a late header from Ben Rolls ruled out.

The referee had given the goal, but changed his mind after a linesman flagged for offside.

‘That’s why Infinity have to get out of this league,’ said Wheatcroft.

‘We should have won - those two points we should have had could be costly.’

Infinity are back in action on Wednesday at home to Fleetlands (7.45pm).

‘We need to start winning again,’ stated Wheacroft. ‘If we play like I know we can, we should win.’

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Locks Heath must make full use of the platform they've laid down in the early stages of the Hampshire Premier League Senior Division season.

That's the verdict of assistant manager Jon Whitfield after they held leaders Infinity to a goalless draw at the weekend.

It followed on from another impressive result three days earlier when they came from 0-2 down to draw 3-3 with second-placed Paulsgrove - ending the latter’s 100 per cent start to 2020/21.

However, Whitfield admitted those great points will count for little if they fail to start kicking on as the campaign progresses.

He is now determined to see his seventh-placed side string a run of results together and move further up the table.

‘It’s onwards and upwards for us from here,' declared Whitfield.

‘It’s a good platform for us to go into the next set of fixtures and push on.

'We’ve played Paulsgrove, Bush Hill and Infinity, we’ve also played Fleetlands who are a good team - it’s a good platform going into the next set of fixtures.

‘It’s time to kick on, absolutely.

‘We’ve set ourselves a platform and now we want to get ourselves up that table.

‘We’ve shown we can perform against the top teams.'

Locks’ start has been impressive given the fact they have a virtually new squad and the run of fixtures they've faced.

Whitfield has seen good signs already.

‘We’re still learning how to play with each other,' he added.

‘They’re still learning what we want out of them and we’re still getting to know the players and what we can get out of them.

'It is early days, we’re only seven games in with a brand new team and a completely new squad.'

Locks host Overton United in the League Cup on Wednesday (7.15pm).