Portchester start cup defence with with at Romsey
AFC PORTCHESTER made a successful start in their bid to retain the Wessex League Cup with a 1-0 win at Romsey Town last night.
The premier division side had to wait until the stroke of half-time before making the decisive breakthrough against their division one hosts.
Dan Simmons picked out Dale Mason with a good through ball.
When the goalkeeper blocked Mason's shot Brandon Miller was on hand to slot in the rebound.
The visitors missed a number of chances in the second half but comfortably held onto their lead.
A first-half double from Alfie Lis setÂ HorndeanÂ on their way to a 3-1 victory overÂ Amesbury Town at Five Heads Park.
Lis gave the hosts a dream start with a goal after just four minutes.
Amesbury levelledÂ midway through the first period but Michael Birmingham's DeansÂ restored their lead five minutes later.
Louis Castles made an explosive burst down the wing and crossed for Lis to score with a half-volley.
Substitute Will Codling sealed the win with a strike from long-rangeÂ in the final minute.
Horndean host Hamble Club in the next round.
Petersfield TownÂ held their nerve to beatÂ premier division out Christchurch 5-4 on penalties at Love Lane.
Harry Giles struck in the 33rd minute to give the Rams a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The home side were unlucky not to extend their lead when they hit the woodwork seven minutes into the second period.
Christchurch made the most of that let off and bagged aÂ 62nd-minute equaliser.
Baffins Milton RoversÂ won 2-1 at Ringwood Town to earn an away tie at Fawley in the next round.
Fareham TownÂ visitÂ Folland Sports for the second time in a week in the Wessex League Cup tonight (7.45pm).
The Reds are aiming to repeat their 4-2 success in the Hampshire Senior Cup meeting.