Portchester grind out Vase win but Horndean knocked out

Portchester's Jamie Musselwhite scored in the FA Vase. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143214-5)
Portchester's Jamie Musselwhite scored in the FA Vase. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143214-5)
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AFC Portchester manager Graham Rix admitted it wasn’t all plain sailing in their 3-1 FA Vase win over United Services at Burnaby Road.

The Royals were made to work hard by their Wessex first division hosts.

‘We knew that we had been in a game and Services made it very tough for us,’ said Rix.

‘After making a dream start we failed to stamp our authority on the game.

‘We were sloppy throughout and that allowed them to stay in the game.

‘The main thing though is that we are in the draw for the next round.’

Jamie Musselwhite put the Royals ahead in the third minute but Michael Dark hit back for the Services with a 30th-minute equaliser.

Substitute Luke Sweeney restored the visitors lead on the stroke of half-time 
before a late own goal sealed the tie.

Sailor’s boss Bob Brady praised the application of his underdogs.

‘We acquitted ourselves well against premier division opponents,’ said Brady.

‘Our heads didn’t drop after conceding an early goal and we kept our shape and discipline.’

Manager Dave Carter blamed missed chances as Horndean were dumped out of the FA Vase 1-0 by Ascot United at Five Heads Park.

A 75th-minute goal against the run of play proved enough to dash the home side’s Vase hopes.

‘We dominated the game but just couldn’t put the ball in the net,’said Carter.

‘Unfortunately we switched off for one second at the back and that is all it takes.

‘A direct ball over the top caught us out and it was a poor goal to concede.

‘We were not clinical enough in the final third though and that is what cost us.’