Two easy for table-toppers Deans

Nathan Kirby was on target for Horndean tonight   Picture: Sarah Standing
Nathan Kirby was on target for Horndean tonight Picture: Sarah Standing
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Horndean maintained top-spot in the Wessex League premier division with a confident 2-0 win over Alresford Town at Five Heads Park tonight.

Delighted manager Dave Carter felt his team could have won by a bigger margin.

‘In the second half we missed five or six good chances to bury them out of sight,’ said Carter.

‘But it is another three points, another clean sheet and we are still top of the league so I can’t complain too much.

‘This is the sort of game we would have lost last season.

‘It is another game where we have been in control from start to finish.’

Alresford made a lively start and home goalkeeper Lyall Beazley had to be alert to save a 20-yard shot in the opening minutes.

That was virtually the only threat from the visitors, though, with the home side dominating the rest of the half.

And the in-form hosts took a deserved lead on 13 minutes following a good ball over the top from Louie Martin.

Deans front man Nathan Paxton squared the ball across the six-yard box for Robbie Tambling to scramble home from close-range.

Tambling then forced another save from the keeper with a header after Martin and Paxton combined again to set him up.

But the home side lost Nick Tayler on the half-hour with a broken nose sustained in an aerial challenge.

Horndean carried on where they left off at the start of the second half with Tambling and Nathan Kirby going close.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute, with Grant Young red-carded for a reckless tackle on Tambling.

Ten minutes later, the Deans tightened their grip with a second goal.

Dan Ayres made a 60-yard burst upfield and picked out Kirby who turned and slotted home a left-foot strike.

The home side comfortably saw the game out in the final stages, with Martin clipping the top of the crossbar in the closing minutes.

Moneyfields’ Wessex League premier division trip across the Solent was postponed because Newport IOW’s St Georges Park pitch was waterlogged.

AFC Portchester defend their unbeaten start to the season at Whitchurch United tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, in the Ryman League premier division, a second-half goal condemned Bognor to a 1-0 defeat at Met Police.