Royals dreams dashed but determined Deans keep up run

Horndean striker Gary Austin   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Horndean striker Gary Austin Picture: Allan Hutchings
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AFC Portchester’s FA Cup dreams were dashed by a narrow 1-0 defeat at Brockenhurst in the second qualifying round.

A 31st-minute goal proved enough to send the Badgers into the next round at the expense of the Royals.

Director of football Jamie Steeves admitted it was hugely disappointing.

‘We were all gutted coming back on the coach,’ said Steeves.

‘We started slowly and didn’t perform on the day, yet still had enough chances to go through.’

Horndean came from behind to preserve their unbeaten record in the Wessex League premier division with a 2-1 victory over Verwood Town at Five Heads Park.

Just two seconds remained when Gary Austin smashed in the winning goal following a long throw-in from Lee Tigwell.

The New Forest visitors took an early lead and the hosts had to wait until seven minutes from the end before levelling the scores.

Robbie Tambling was brought down inside the area and Dan Woodward converted the penalty.

‘Sometimes you have to win ugly,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter.

‘We didn’t play well and, though the three points were deserved, we were fortunate to get them so late.’

Moneyfields crashed to a 4-1 defeat against Team Solent at Dover Road.

Manager Miles Rutherford blames his sides current poor form on their crippling injury list.

‘There is no point in beating ourselves up over it but we are going through a bit of a downer,’ said Rutherford.

‘We are missing a lot of key players and others are performing poorly.

‘At the moment we are no better than a mid-table side.’

The visitors stretched into a three-goal lead early in the second half before Connor Bailey hit back for the Copnor club.

Though the goal gave the hosts a lift, the visitors doused their hopes with a fourth goal 10 minutes later.

Fareham Town manager Steve Stone praised his depleted outfit after they battled to a 1-1 draw at Lymington Town.

‘We had 12 players missing,’ said Stone.

‘Two were suspended, two were injured, one had a new baby to deal with and the rest had more pressing social events to attend.

‘Under the circumstances it is an impressive point for us after a tenacious display.’

The Reds fell behind on the stroke of half-time but a terrific second-half strike from Bradey Norton earned them a share of the spoils.