Portchester make flying start to Wessex quest

Portchester celebrate Alex Baldacchino's goal
Portchester celebrate Alex Baldacchino's goal
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AFC Portchester made a dream start to their Sydenhams Wessex Premier campaign with a 1-0 win over Sholing Sports at Wicor Rec.

Alex Baldacchino grabbed the only goal late in the game to give the Royals a deserved win.

‘This is a great win to start with and the club is buzzing,’ said Royals manager Graham Rix.

‘The manner in which we got the result was very pleasing. My back four were superb and we created lots of chances.

‘The big test is doing it week in, week out.’

Horndean produced an outstanding second half fightback to beat Blackfield & Langley 3-2 at Five Heads Park.

The home side trailed 2-0 at the break but hit back through Gary Austin and two Robbie Pitman goals to take maximum points.

Boss Dave Carter said: ‘We put in a real shift and we deserved a fantastic result.

‘Our heads were down at half-time and I demanded we showed more fight.

‘The players responded with a battling performance and showed great belief.’

Austin got Horndean back into the game early in the second half after being put through by Robbie Tambling.

Pitman grabbed his first from the penalty spot after Austin was fouled before rifling a free-kick into the top corner for the winning goal.

Fareham Town overcame a poor start to force a 2-2 draw at Hamworthy United.

The Reds trailed 1-0 at half-time but goals from Adam Fisher and Simon Woods put them in front.

A late goal saw them pegged back but caretaker-manager Shaun Coles was pleased with his players.

‘I am delighted with the way the lads acted after a nightmare start to the game,’ said Coles

‘We worked our way into it and took it to them to earn a deserved point against useful opponents.’

Moneyfields manager Miles Rutherford felt his team were second best in their 2-1 home defeat to Andover Town.

Steve Hutchings scored with a first-half penalty but the visitors grabbed two from the spot after the break to snatch the win.

‘We weren’t very good,’ said Rutherford.

‘Four or five of our players were off the pace.’