Hayling fall foul of Fawley

Hayling's Lenny Burney
Hayling's Lenny Burney
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Hayling United suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Fawley in the Wessex League premier division last night.

Lenny Burney was on the mark for the Humbugs as he scored from the penalty spot.

But his strike was nothing more than a consolation goal for the visitors after the home side raced into a 3-0 lead.

From the start, Hayling – who were without boss Lee Paul due to work commitments – set their stall out well, with Gary Luss bursting through to fire in a shot which Fawley keeper John Page saved.

More pressure followed from the visitors, before Fawley picked up the pace of the game to take the lead on 10 minutes.

A speculative effort from Aaron Blaxall caught the swirling wind and lifted over the head of keeper Lloyd Patilla and into the Hayling net.

Patilla composed himself after the breakthrough strike, and his alertness kept his side in contention on 15 minutes when he bravely raced off his line to deny Dan Mockridge.

The keeper was called into action once again when Mockridge found himself in space.

But when that move broke down, Hayling broke quickly and Burney was inches away from getting his side back on level terms with a header that sailed just wide.

Suddenly, Hayling took over in every area of play and began to put together several quality moves.

However, Burney volleyed wide with the goal at his mercy, before missing the target again when put through with just the keeper to beat.

Just before the interval, and with Hayling deserving an equaliser, Martin made space for himself to fire in a shot that Page did well to turn aside.

Hayling came out all fired up for the start of the second half, but any thoughts they had of getting something from the game ended with two quick-fire goals from the hosts through Mockridge and Blaxall.

To their credit, Hayling never gave up, with Burney’s spot-kick on 75 minutes their reward.

n Godalming – the team The News is now following in our Road To Wembley feature, will play Bodmin Town in the next round of the competition after their 4-1 replay victory over Yate Town last night.