Paul shows ‘em how it’s done in Hayling win

Lee Paul got Hayling's second in their 2-0 win
Lee Paul got Hayling's second in their 2-0 win
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Hayling United manager Lee Paul took off his tracksuit to help lead his side to a first premier division win of the season, beating Brading Town 2-0 at Hayling College.

Missing a couple of players, Paul decided to play himself up front alongside Lenny Burney and the gamble paid dividends.

Paul was brought down inside the area to earn a penalty which Dan Martin converted after just eight minutes.

Ten minutes into the second half, Josh Case sent a corner across the six-yard box and Paul was on hand to slot it past the Brading keeper.

‘There were some great performances out there from the players,’ said Paul.

‘We built on our good performance at Winchester in midweek and it is good to get a first win under our belts.

‘There is a lot more depth to the squad than last season and I am aiming for us to finish at least in mid-table.

‘The thought of another relegation battle hasn’t entered my head.’

Annoyed Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford slammed his players after they slipped to a first defeat of the season, losing 3-2 at Alton Town.

‘It was obvious some of them had been out celebrating all weekend and were worse for wear,’ said Rutherford.

‘In the first half we had no shape, desire, no enthusiasm and lacked a will to win.

‘We improved a bit in the second half but it was three points chucked away.

‘After making such a good start to the season I expected different from the players and I am very disappointed.’

A disastrous first half saw Alton race into a three-goal lead and although Danny Boyle reduced the arrears with goals either side of the break, the visitors failed to get anything from the game.

Horndean manager Dave Carter regarded it as two points dropped as his side were held to a 0-0 draw by Fareham Town at Five Heads Park.

‘We battered them but failed to convert a host of chances,’ said Carter.

‘On another day we could have won by three or four.’

Aaron Fennemore went closest to a deciding goal in the second half when his 30-yard shot crashed back off the crossbar.

In division one, Petersfield drew 1-1 with Whitchurch United at Love Lane.