Deans go out at home on a high note

Nathan Paxton came off the bench to seal victory for Horndean Pic: Mick Young
Nathan Paxton came off the bench to seal victory for Horndean Pic: Mick Young
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Horndean finished their home campaign on a high note with a 2-0 Wessex League premier win over Alton Town at Five Heads Park.

Dan Hayes put the Deans ahead with a 25th-minute penalty after Aaron Fennemore was pulled down in the area.

Second-half substitute Nathan Paxton sealed the win in the 65th minute with a curling shot.

‘It is nice to finish at home with a win and it was well deserved,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘We worked our socks off and were never really in any danger.

‘It would be nice to finish our season with another win at Hayling on Saturday.’

Hayling United felt hard-done by as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Christchurch.

The home side led after only six minutes but their second goal came from a disputed 25th-minute penalty.

‘We were mystified why the penalty was given because nobody appealed,’ said Humbugs boss Steve Poulton.

Jack Salter-Vaile headed in a Mike Turvey corner to make it 2-1 but there was more controversy as Hayling were denied what they felt was a stone-wall spot-kick, before the hosts hit a crucial third.

There were heavy home defeats for both Fareham and AFC Portchester.

The Reds suffered a 5-1 loss to GE Hamble at Cams Alders, while Portchester went down 4-1 to Blackfield & Langley.