Horndean dominate... Portchester progress

Rowan Vine. Picture: Keith Woodland

Vine calling for Gosport to fight to the finish

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horndean manager Dave Carter was pleased with the way his side dominated their Russell-Cotes Cup tie against Christchurch last night.

Horndean cruised to a 6-2 victory in the first round of the competition at Five Heads Park.

The hosts were 2-1 up at half-time before running away with it in the second period.

Carter made seven 
changes from Saturday’s 
line-up, including Derek Harding in goal, Robbie Pitman, Kevin Chatfield, Louis Bell, George Davis, and Harry Potter.

But that made little difference to the performance.

‘The boys bossed it from start to finish,’ said Carter.

‘I couldn’t have asked for any more.

‘Robbie Pitman’s goal was a 30-yard free-kick and the pick of the lot.’

Lewis Stockford opened the scoring after 10 minutes but that was cancelled out 10 minutes later by Christchurch.

Gavin Spurway fired home midway through the half to give Horndean a 2-1 lead at the break.

Nathan Paxton got the first of his two goals five minutes after the restart.

Harry Potter made it 4-1 with a glancing header on the hour mark.

Paxton added a fifth with a close-range finish but Christchurch managed a second consolation to make it 5-2.

Pitman then rounded off the scoring with his well-struck free-kick.

Carter added: ‘There was some good football in and around the box.

‘Our keeper only had one save to make from a close-range header.

‘It was comfortable for us and I’m pleased with the lads.’

Defending champions AFC Portchester are through to the second round after they beat Hythe & Dibden 2-1.

Goals from Craig Hardy and Louie Castles sealed the win for Graham Rix’s side.

Fareham Town’s interest in the cup ended at the first hurdle following a 2-1 defeat to Wessex League division one outfit Cowes Sports.

Lee Tigwell was on target for Fareham.