Parr delights as Fareham smash another six

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Matt Parr was quick to praise his Fareham Town troops after they thrashed Downton 6-0 in the Wessex League premier division.

Graham Lindsey netted a hat-trick, while Gary Austin scored his fourth goal in as many games for the Reds.

Man-of-the-match Liam Bradbury – son of Hawks boss Lee – and Ashley Tattershall were also on the mark in what Parr described as a display of the ‘highest quality’.

It was the second time in a week Fareham had hammered six goals, after blitzing Waterlooville Social in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

Parr reckons the confidence his men took from that display was evident against Downton.

And the Cams Alders manager now reckons his team can give neighbours Gosport Borough a headache in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Privett Park tomorrow night.

‘The way the lads have bonded together is why we are quite capable of beating anyone at this level and I’m sure they will give Borough a run for their money,’ said Parr.

‘Downton looked quite dangerous at the start.

‘But once we settled down and tightened up defensively, then I couldn’t see them troubling us.

‘What pleased me more than anything was keeping a clean sheet and not being content to sit back on our lead.

‘It could have been seven or eight at the final whistle.’

Parr’s assessment was shared by the fans who remained after the final whistle to applaud their heroes off the pitch.

Austin gave the Reds the lead and goal-machine Lindsey doubled the advantage after having a strike ruled out for offside.

Early in the second half, Lindsey increased Fareham’s stranglehold when he headed in a far-post cross from Matt Jones – before Bradbury tucked in the fourth.

The Reds continued to rip into the Wiltshire outfit and Lindsey competed his hat-trick before Tattershall, who ran himself ragged, thundered home number six from an acute angle.

‘These lads know what we expect of them,’ said Parr.

‘I did have to tell them to sort themselves out defensively early on.

‘But what is pleasing is the fact they listened and did something about it.

‘The rest speaks for itself and it was a team display of the highest quality – and I told them so at the final whistle.’

FAREHAM TOWN: Bunton, Martin, Tigwell, Murphy, Jones, Lewis, Austin, Wheeler, Lindsey, Tattershall, Bradbury. Subs: Boud, Knight, Cripps, Cotton, Doswell