Baffins ease into quarter-finals of the cup

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Baffins comfortably reached the quarter-finals of the Hampshire FA Intermediate Cup with a fine 3-0 win over a Lyndhurst side who are unbeaten in the Hampshire League this season.

Baffins were awarded an early free-kick 20 yards from goal.

But Shane Cornish’s low effort was blocked by the wall.

Another free-kick from a similar distance on the left-hand side of the box was fired through the wall by Brandon Bowman, but it provided an easy save for the Lyndhurst keeper to make.

Baffins were quicker to the ball in all areas and were dominating the early exchanges.

A neat flick from Ollie Watts set up Chaz Gardner who fired over the bar from a good position.

Lyndhurst had shown little up front but came close to taking the lead after 15 minutes.

Luke Pothercary headed on a free-kick and Kev Cutter was inches away from connecting at the far post.

But Baffins were deservedly ahead midway through the half.

Bowman delivered a corner from the left, Watts met the ball at the near post and his effort squeezed past the defender on the line.

It was 2-0 five minutes later.

Lyndhurst gave away yet another free-kick.

This time Bowman hit the ball low from the left flank, Watts headed it back into the danger area and central defender Michael Mallory rose unchallenged to head home.

It should have been 3-0 just before the break.

Gardner raced clear after a Lyndhurst attack broke down but he screwed his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

The visitors looked for a way back into the match after the break, and only a superb full-length save from Baffins keeper Carl Rogers prevented Andy Longland reducing the arrears.

That proved important as Baffins scored a third goal straight afterwards.

Dean Harris forced the ball into the path of Gardner, who made no mistake with a shot inside the far post.

A lovely flowing move from Baffins ended with Cornish lifting his shot just over the bar.

And at the other end, another fine save from Rogers denied Anthony Rowse.

Lyndhurst keeper Simon Parker did well to keep out Gardner’s effort as Baffins pushed forward for more goals.

But the home side had done enough to move into the last eight of the competition.