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Narrow win for North Warnborough
ONLY one game survived in the Basingstoke and District Saturday League programme after overnight heavy rain on Friday – that was the Division One game between North Warnborough and FC Burghclere.
After the pitch at Bridge Street was forked, it held up well with both clubs reporting the good condition considering the weather.
Home manager Humphrey Simms was pleased to get the game played as his side won 1-0 and the three points take them back to top spot in the table.
The first chance of the game fell to North Warnborough after 10 minutes when a mix-up at the back by the Burghclere pair Ross Lamony and Joe Lawrence allowed Stacey Harris to break through one-on-one, but his shot was easily saved by goalkeeper Paul O’Hagan.
After 20 minutes the home side were handed a penalty after Jack Fisher broke through. His shot appeared to hit Chris Miller in the chest, but the referee decided it was handball – a decision which was hotly contested.
However, North Warnborough’s Aaron King made no mistake from the spot to give his side the lead.
After the break, Burghclere had a couple of chances as Nathan Rivers scuffed his shot wide when well placed and a mistake by goalkeeper Tony Foster gave Trevor Ford a great opportunity, but he recovered to tip his shot round the post.
Stuart Bauser had a chance to add a second for the leaders, but O’Hagan dealt with his effort.
After the game Warnborough boss Simms was full of praise for his centre back Nathan Kill who, on his birthday, was in top form – as he has been all season.