Rix’s Royals on a roll

AFC Portchester attacker Alex Baldacchino   Picture: Neil Marshall
AFC Portchester attacker Alex Baldacchino Picture: Neil Marshall
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AFC Portchester stormed into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with a confident 3-0 win at Bristol Manor Farm.

Alex Baldacchino grabbed a brace with substitute Luke Sweeney completing the scoring 10 minutes from the end.

‘It was a great day for the club and we played well all over the pitch,’ said manager Graham Rix.

‘Their manager said afterwards that we had given them a football lesson.

‘Our early goal settled us down and we kept taking the game to them.’

Baldacchino curled home his first goal from inside the area after only four minutes and notched his second early in the second half.

Horndean had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Fawley in the Wessex League premier division after failing to take their chances.

Manager Dave Carter was left bemoaning his side’s poor showing in front of goal.

‘We were not good enough in the final third,’ said Carter.

‘It was one of those games where we could have been there for another four hours and not scored again.

‘Fawley parked the bus, defending deep with five at the back to make it difficult for us.’

The Oilmen took a 15th minute lead when a wind-assisted cross came back off the angle of post and bar for their striker to convert.

Gary Austin levelled in the 35th minute with a good strike from the edge of the box.

Fareham Town manager Steve Stone was proud of his ‘young side’ despite the 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Sholing Sports.

‘It was a good game and we passed the ball well,’ said Stone.

‘To pay the players we need to get people coming through the gate so we set out to play entertaining football.

‘We were unlucky not to get something from the game.

‘It all boiled down to a couple of unforced errors in the first half and apart from that there wasn’t a lot in it.’

Inconsistent Moneyfields slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against Cowes Sports at Dover Road.

Conor Bailey and Toby McCauley found the net for the Copnor club but the Yachtsmen sailed home with the three points.