Rix admits to a lucky escape for Portchester

Graham Rix. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Graham Rix. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Ollie Pearce scored for Bognor in their match today. Picture: Tommy McMillan

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AFC Portchester boss Graham Rix admitted his side got lucky after their Wessex League premier division game match with Lymington Town was abandoned at half-time.

The Royals were poor in the opening 45 minutes and trailed 2-0 against the New Forest visitors.

But the referee felt heavy rain left the pitch unplayable.

It proved a boost for Portchester, while the visitors were not happy.

Rix said: ‘Lymington, understandably, are gutted but in football sometimes things go for you and sometimes they don’t.

‘We weren’t very good and Lymington deserved their lead.

‘In the first half we were shocking.

‘We were a yard off the pace, players were lashing at things and I was very disappointed with it.

‘The abandonment worked in our favour but I think the referee made the right decision.

‘Basically we were not at the races and got away with it.

‘It was touch and go before the game and the deluge we had during half-time made it worse.’

Warren Kenna and James Davis got the goals for the visitors before the match was abandoned.

Rix was not happy with the way his team defended.

He said: ‘We gave away poor goals.

‘At any level you cannot afford to switch off like we did and we paid the price.

‘We play Lymington again in the league at their place on Tuesday night.

‘It is vital we learn our lessons and make this let-off count.’

Fareham Town slipped to a 2-0 defeat against fellow strugglers Andover Town at Cams Alders.

Moneyfields and Horndean had their games at Verwood and Folland Sports respectively postponed because of waterloogged pitches.

In division one, United Services moved to within a point of leaders Tadley Calleva with a 7-1 demolition job at Fleet Spurs.