Horndean eye fourth win in a row – and league leaders

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Horndean travel to Brockenhurst tonight looking to secure a fourth successive Wessex League premier division victory (7.45pm).

They have the added incentive of knowing a win will put them level on points with league leaders Salisbury.

The visitors are expected to include new arrival, winger Will Essai, who signed from Petersfield Town earlier in the week.

Manager Craig Pearce has used his coaching experience with the Pompey in the Community (PitC) scheme to bolster his squad.

A number of players who have been with him before with PitC under-19’s squad have hitched back up with him at Five Heads Park.

They include Newport IOW’s leading goalscorer Josh Maloney, who made his debut in the 5-3 win at Cowes Sports.

Maloney didn’t score but played a leading part in creating the opportunities.

Central midfield player Ryan Thomas is another player who has worked with Pearce in the past.

‘No-one would have believed three or four months ago that Horndean would be at the top of the league,’ said Deans media man Joe Albertella.

‘We may not have had the toughest run of games recently but they still had to be won.

‘At the moment we are taking things as they come and whatever happens it looks like being a positive season for us.

‘If we finish in the top 10, it will be our best ever season.

‘Brockenhurst have had a mixture of good and poor results but they are sure to give us a tough test.

‘In recent years we have done alright against them but it has never been clear-cut or easy.’

Meanwhile, goals in each half from Nathan Paxton and Conor Bailey sealed a 2-0 Russell Cotes Cup win for Moneyfields at Ringwood Town last night.

The visitors were rarely in trouble and manager Dave Carter felt they could have won by a bigger margin.

‘We passed the ball well got into the right areas and should have scored a few more,’ he said.

‘I can’t complain too much though because it is our third clean sheet on the bounce and our eighth win in nine games.’