Fareham suffer injury woe as Horndean win derby

Charlie Searle was carried off with a head injury. Picture: Dave Haines
Charlie Searle was carried off with a head injury. Picture: Dave Haines
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Fareham Town manager Steve Stone was far from happy with the treatment his side received in their 5-1 Wessex League derby defeat against Horndean at Cams Alders.

The Reds had three players carried off in the opening 45 minutes, including goalkeeper Charlie Searle with a worrying head injury.

When the home side had another player hobble out of the action before the break it left them with 10 players for the rest of the game.

And Horndean took full advantage as a Dan Hayes hat-trick and goals from Mark Smith and Robbie Tambling fired them up to second place in the table.

For Fareham, however, their concerns were with their goalkeeper, who thankfully appears to be on the mend after a major scare.

‘Charlie was carried off on a spinal board complaining that he couldn’t feel his toes,’ said Stone.

‘He was lapsing in and out of consciousness and I was really concerned for him.

‘It was a nasty-looking challenge because he was on the ground with both hands on the ball when their player slid into his head.

‘We managed to stabilise him and kept him conscious in the changing room while we were waiting for the ambulance.

‘The paramedics made sure he was okay and he is being kept under observation at home.

‘After that, I must admit I lost interest in the game.’

The home team fell behind after 14 minutes when a mis-hit cross found its way into the Fareham goal.

Defensive errors were costly as the Reds contributed to their own downfall.

Stone got his players in at the break and reshaped things for the second half.

That looked like paying off when early in the second period they pulled a goal back through a Bradey Norton penalty.

But an error by substitute goalkeeper Claud Da Costa gifted Horndean a third goal.

Another defensive mishap led to a fourth visitors goal and Fareham’s misery was compounded with a fifth goal two minutes from time.

Stone felt his team should have done better defensively.

But with huge injury list, he looks set to have to field a very young side for the crucial league match against Newport IOW this weekend.

‘All the goals were avoidable,’ said Stone.

‘We now have a massive injury problem and I am going to struggle to put a team out at the weekend.

‘There were six players injured before the game against Horndean and now we can add another four.

‘It looks like I will have to play a lot of our kids against Newport.

‘Even at this stage of the season, that game is looking like a six-pointer.

‘The whole evening was a nightmare for us.’

The win took Horndean above AFC Portchester and was a second successive success for caretaker manager Gavin Spurway.

The club have shown few ill-effects since losing manager Dave Carter to Moneyfields along with a number of players.

The latest player to leave is goalkeeper Lyall Beazley, who has signed for AFC Portchester.