Royals and Moneys not at best in Cup wins

Steve Johnson. Picture: Dave Haines
Steve Johnson. Picture: Dave Haines
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An improved second-half performance saw AFC Portchester cruise into the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 at Bournemouth Poppies.

Two Alex Baldacchino goals either side of the break put the Royals in charge and Ash Howes added a third late on.

Portchester’s assistant manager, Steve Johnson, felt it was comfortable in the end after a mixed opening half.

‘We created a lot of chances in the opening 45 minutes and a bit of anxiety crept in when we failed to take them,’ he said.

‘The two goals either side of the break settled us down and it was easy after that.

‘Young Miles Everett went on and gave us a lot more energy.

‘The important thing is we are in the next round and have brought a bit of money into the club.’

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford felt his side made hard work of their 4-1 win at Wessex League division one Hythe & Dibden.

‘We went 2-0 up before half-time without playing well,’ he said.

‘Then we let them back into the game through poor defending and for 15 minutes at the start of the second half we were second best. We played in our comfort zone.’

Steve Hutchings scored twice, while Tom McInnes and Ryan Pennery got the others.

Horndean boss Dave Carter blamed missed chances for his side’s 3-1 exit at the hands of Sholing Sports at Five Heads Park.

‘The result and scoreline flattered them,’ he said.

‘They should have been dead and buried by half-time because we missed three sitters.

‘We then gave away a goal on the stroke of half-time which was a terrible time to concede.

‘At the start of the second half we did it again before we gave ourselves a lifeline with Nathan Kirby’s 75th-minute penalty.’

Fareham were their own worst enemies as they conceded sloppy goals in a 2-0 defeat at Brockenhurst.