Improvement expected despite win in Guildford

Jamie Rawlins. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
Jamie Rawlins. ''Picture: Sarah Standing
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Coach Ben Barnes insists Fareham have a lot to work on despite a comprehensive 4-1 win away to Guildford.

Goals from Luke Cornish, James Seager and captain Alex Boxall gave the visitors a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time, and they continued where they left off in the second period.

Seager slotted home his second of the game early on to cap off an excellent performance.

The win moves Fareham back up to third place in the National League conference west table.

Barnes was pleased with the win but feels his side can still improve.

Barnes said: ‘The team did what they had to do on the pitch to earn this valuable three points, especially the forwards.

‘I was disappointed that we sat back in the second half and did not retain possession very well and gave too many penalty corners away as a consequence.

‘Against a team with a better penalty corner routine they would have made us pay.

‘There is still a lot for us to work on, though, to progress.’

Fareham got off to a flying start when 17-year-old Luke Cornish coolly went round Guildford goalkeeper Simon Mason to put them 1-0 up.

Then, after four minutes, Mason parried the ball straight to Seager, who made it 2-0.

The visitors continued to dominate and extended their lead after 33 minutes when Chris Davey was impeded by Mason.

Boxall stepped up to convert the resulting penalty stroke.

To add to Guildford’s misery, Mohammed Rahman missed a penalty stroke in the dying minutes of the first half.

The game was put to bed within four minutes of the restart, when a penalty corner from Jamie Rawlins was deflected in at close range for Seager’s second of the match.

Guildford came back into the game, though, and won a series of penalty corners – one of which was converted by Tom Herring on 55 minutes.

However, Fareham also wasted three glorious opportunities to further extend the lead.