Perfect comeback for Harding in Horndean cup win

Nathan Kirby. Picture: Sarah Standing
Nathan Kirby. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Horndean goalkeeper Derek Harding celebrated his return to senior action with a clean sheet in a 5-0 Hampshire Senior Cup win over Romsey Town.

Harding broke his leg against Hayling United two years ago and it has been a long road back.

The Wessex League first division visitors were no match for the premier division hosts, who earned themselves a mouthwatering local derby against AFC Portchester at Five Heads Park in the next round.

‘It was a job well done,’ said manager Dave Carter.

‘We made nine changes from our FA Cup win at Cinderford but all the lads who came in did well.’

Goals from Glyn Cooper and Nathan Kirby put Horndean in charge at the break and minutes after the restart, Lewis Stockford added a third with a cracking 25-yard drive.

Further goals from Adam Turner and Mark Smith confirmed Horndean’s superiority.

Two goals in the opening 10 minutes set Moneyfields on their way to a comfortable 3-1 win at first division East Cowes Vics.

‘Once we got in front with two early goals it was game over,’ said Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford.

Young Alfie Rutherford set Steve Hutchings up for the opener before Bobby Scott scored with a deflected shot.

Scott then instigated a second Hutchings goal at the start of the second half.

‘It was a nice game to have ahead of our FA Vase tie at the weekend and we just wanted to keep our little run going,’ said boss Rutherford.

Fareham Town suffered a shock 4-2 reverse at first division Fleet Spurs.

The damage was done either side of half-time with the hosts netting three times in a 10-minute spell.

To make matters worse, the Reds had to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men after having their goalkeeper sent off.

The visitors scored through a 43rd-minute own goal and an 83rd-minute goal from Jordan Neal.

Elsewhere, Bognor were 2-1 winners over VCD Athletic in the Ryman Premier Division.

AFC Portchester travel to Fawley tonight, hoping to secure three points in the Wessex League premier division.