Parr’s Fareham impress in defeat to Bournemouth side

Mark Cotton scored for Fareham
Mark Cotton scored for Fareham
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Fareham Town performed well but went down 3-1 at the hands of Bournemouth Poppies.

After trailing 2-0 at half-time the Reds hit back through a 68th minute Mark Cotton strike but conceded a third goal at the death as they pressed forward, chasing an equaliser.

‘We have got four games in the next seven days which will test the stamina of the squad to the limit,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.

‘Though we ended up losing against Bournemouth, strangely enough we put in a good performance.

‘We dominated the first half only to get caught by two sucker-punch goals.

‘Once we pulled a goal back I was convinced that we could go on and win the game, only to get caught again right at the end.

‘I couldn’t fault the effort from my players.

‘Bournemouth are third in our league so to dominate them for so long is a good sign for the future.’

Moneyfields had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Winchester City at Dover Road, after a late goal denied them victory.

In a game of few chances, Danny Horrell struck a 25th minute opener, sidefooting home from 10 yards following a scramble in the Winchester goalmouth.

The home side hung on to their lead until the 80th minute, when the visitors struck to level despite a last-ditch effort on the line from Rob Evans.

‘It was disappointing not to come away with all three points after leading for so long,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

‘We put in an improved workmanlike performance with all the players making a good contribution.’

Hayling United’s misery continued as they suffered a 6-0 hiding at Newport IOW, leaving the Humbugs facing almost certain relegation.

Newport substitute Charlie Smeeton netted a quick-fire hat-trick.