Rix pleased as Royals get back on track

AFC Portchester celebrate after Joe Bye opens the scoring against Horndean. Picture: Paul Jacobs (160226-10)
AFC Portchester celebrate after Joe Bye opens the scoring against Horndean. Picture: Paul Jacobs (160226-10)
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AFC Portchester got back to winning ways in fine style with a 3-0 derby Wessex win over Horndean at Wicor Rec on Saturday.

Goals from Joe Bye, Steve Ramsey and Ash Howes helped the Royals stop the rot after three successive defeats.

Manager Graham Rix was delighted to see his side get their Wessex League premier division promotion bid back on track.

‘We were good and outmanouevred them all over the pitch,’ said the former Pompey boss.

‘Their goalkeeper pulled off some great saves, so it could have been more.’

Bye put AFC Portchester ahead when he slid the ball home at the end of a good move.

Ramsey then broke through and poked his shot underneath the goalkeeper.

And after the break Howes looped a header into the net for the third goal.

Horndean manager Craig Pearce admitted his team were second best on the day.

‘We only had two good spells in the game at the start of each half,’ he said.

‘After missing a good chance to go ahead, we soon found ourselves two goals behind.

‘Their third goal killed any momentum we might have had.

‘Portchester are a good team and thoroughly deserved their win on Saturday.’

Fareham Town were left ruing missed chances as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth Poppies.

Steve Stone was disappointed to come away empty-handed.

‘We had four one-on-ones with their goalkeeper and missed the target every time,’ said the Cams Alders manager.

‘I can’t fault the effort because we only had a squad of 12.

‘Despite this we were still competitive and are hanging in there.

‘We dominated the game but were punished for the only mistake we made.

‘It was just one of those days.’

Dave Carter reckons the 3-0 defeat at Bemerton Heath Harlequins was the poorest performance by Moneyfields since he took charge.

‘We were very flat and our game lacked any spark,’ said the manager.

‘Once we fell behind to a harsh penalty 10 minutes before half-time, we were left chasing the game.

‘A lot of our players are injured and we lacked any creativity.

‘We need to gear the players up.

‘We can not allow the chances of a top-10 finish to drift away.’