Richardson strikes twice as Hayling win thriller

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JOE RICHARDSON scored two cracking free-kicks as Hayling United recorded a superb 3-2 win over Fawley in the Wessex League premier division last night.

The Humbugs started the match well with Aaron Kinchen and Jack Salter-Vaile going close.

But Fawley struck first on 15 minutes. Gary Luff lost possession and Steve Hall set up Justin Grandison to fire low into the net.

Alex Easton was left to applaud the efforts of Fawley keeper Dave Rhodes when his heroics denied the Hayling striker a leveller.

At the other end, home keeper Luke Hutchings performed a miracle stop of his own, before Hayling equalised on 50 minutes.

Luff’s floated free-kick teed up Salter-Vaile to net with a left-footed finish.

It got better for the Humbugs when Richardson rammed home a free-kick for 2-1.

Fawley hit back as Greg King’s long cross was met by Grandison to level.

Hayling then had Luff sent off but still snatched a dramatic late winner.

Richardson blasted home another fine free-kick to settle the contest.

Hayling: Hutchings, Black, Luff, Dempsey, Cottle, Richardson, Kinchen, Kirby, Easton, Salter-Vaile, Robinson. Subs: Turner, Poulton, Searle, Dodgson.

Fawley: Rhodes, Buckthorpe, Ley, Earl, Parnell, King, Murphy, Hall, Grandison, Lane, Vining. Subs: Prodomo, Carter, Blaxhall, Stanley.

Fareham achieved a superb 1-1 draw at premier division title favourites Blackfield & Langley.

Matt Parr’s men shrugged off their recent heavy defeats as they claimed an excellent point.

Graham Lindsey scored an equaliser for the Reds in the 57th minute.

Meanwhile, Ollie Pearce and Simon Woods netted for Bognor but they fell to a 3-2 loss at Harrow Borough in the Ryman premier last night.

AFC Portchester end their first season in the Wessex premier at Newport IOW tomorrow (3pm).

Miles Rutherford’s Moneyfields are aiming to upset Blackfield & Langley at Dover Road (3pm).

Meanwhile, Horndean are without a number of regular senior players for their derby at Hayling United (3pm).