Fareham in trouble... Petersfield closer to success... Deans draw

Gary Austin. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Gary Austin. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Fareham Town slipped into deeper relegation trouble with a 2-0 Wessex League premier division defeat at Newport IW.

The loss leaves the Reds four points behind Christchurch with just four games left.

There was some crowd trouble at the game and Reds manager Matt Parr is hoping it won’t be repeated.

‘The referee informed me there had been a spot of bother at half-time,’ he said.

‘I am not sure who they were but they certainly weren’t individuals usually associated with our club.

‘The last thing we want in our situation is any distractions like this.’

Unstoppable Petersfield Town edged closer to the title with a confident 3-0 win at Verwood Town.

The Rams extended their lead to seven points ahead of Winchester City with four games left to play.

Goals from Alex Ward, Joe Briggs and Jamie Ford took Ian Saunder’s side to a comfortable win.

Another win in today’s derby against Horndean at Love Lane (3pm) will leave the Rams needing just three points to clinch the title.

‘It is very much in our own hands but we still have some tough games,’ said Saunders.

Horndean got into the mood for the derby with a thrilling 4-4 draw at Folland Sports.

After conceding two early goals the Deans hit back in dramatic fashion to take a 4-2 lead at the break.

Robbie Pittman crashed in a superb free-kick before Harry Potter, Nathan Paxton and Gary Austin added further goals.

Sloppy defending in the final eight minutes saw Dave Carter’s side pegged back.

‘After an awful start we hit back and had enough chances to put the game to bed long before the end,’ said Deans boss Carter.

‘We are struggling a bit with injuries and unavailability and there is an end-of-season feel about us.’

AFC Portchester were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by lowly Bournemouth at Wicor Rec.

Moneyfields return to action following a three-week break against Newport IoW at Dover Road today (1pm).

They are without the suspended Steve Hutchings and Alfie Rutherford.

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