Portchester on the up... Short straw for Matt

jppp-22-09-10 spt-ftblmattshort''Library shot of Petersfield Town manager Matt Short''
jppp-22-09-10 spt-ftblmattshort''Library shot of Petersfield Town manager Matt Short''
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Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport encouraged ahead of Redditch trip

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AFC Portchester moved closer to Wessex League premier division football with a barnstorming 5-0 home win over Whitchurch United.

Seven points from the club’s final five fixtures will net promotion to the top flight.

‘It was the best attacking team in the league against the best defensive side – and the attackers came out on top by far,’ said AFC Portchester boss Glenn Bridgman.

Zac MacGregor, Simon Woods, Dale Clark, Liam Cresswell and Kev Pottage all hit the target for the home side.

Petersfield Town chalked up a 3-0 win at Amesbury Town under caretaker manager Nigel Yates – following the resignation of Matt Short.

‘I planned to step down at the end of the season but when the club advertised for a new manager, I felt it made my position untenable,’ said Short.

‘We would have liked to have finished higher up but we have the youngest squad in the league.

‘They have lacked the mental and physical strength at times but will be better for the experience.’

Amesbury could only field 10 men and Town scored through Gary Judd, Sam Maidens and Will Essai.

Liphook United snatched a slender victory over Fleetlands in the Hampshire Premier League.

A moment of quality from striker Paul Marshall earned all three points for the league leaders at the Recreation Ground.

‘We expected a difficult game against such a determined side but dug deep to keep another important clean sheet,’ said Liphook manager Kevin Adair.

‘At times it seemed a little scrappy but the main target was to pick up the three points and everyone played their part.’

An own goal 12 minutes from time cost Locks Heath two points in a 1-1 draw with Winchester Castle.

A 50th-minute penalty had given the home side the lead.

Clanfield coasted to an easy 3-0 win at lowly Overton after being set on their way by a third-minute own goal.

The visitors had the game wrapped up by the break with further goals from Luke Pettit and Gary Firbank.

Paulsgrove lost 2-0 at Hedge End Rangers.