AFC Aldermaston bounce back from opening day defeat in Hampshire Premier League (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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AFC Aldermaston bounce back from opening day defeat in Hampshire Premier League
AFC ALDERMASTON wiped away the memory of defeat on the opening day of their Hampshire Premier League campaign with a superb 4-1 victory at Colden Common on Tuesday night.
The visitors came out of the blocks flying, closing down the home side, and forcing an early free-kick, from which Kai Parton-Edey’s cross was headed in by Phil Howard.
The lead was doubled after eight minutes as Jamie Porter linked up with brother Michael and his ball was driven home by Parton-Edey.
In an excellent opening 15 minutes, Aldermaston made it 3-0 as Michael Porter again was the provider and new signing Kevin Blakey scored.
The home side tried to haul themselves back into the contest after the break and on the hour scored a scrambled effort.
Manager Terry Rooney then made a couple of changes so he could saturate the midfield and it worked a treat as his side scored a fourth as Andy Barfoot, from midfield, found Parton-Edey.
Delighted Aldermaston boss Rooney said: “I was extremely pleased with performance as not many sides will go to Colden Common and win 4-1.”
Three days earlier at Paulsgrove, in their opening game of the season, the side were beaten 3-1 in a very physical game, with Michael Porter scoring their lone goal.
The tone of the match was set after just 10 minutes, when live-wire striker Dan Alliston was carried off after a nasty challenge on his ankle, which will leave him sidelined for two months.
Aldermaston boss Rooney was also not impressed that his side had a goal disallowed when Blakey ran from behind Porter to slot home.
AFC Aldermaston continue their league campaign with a visit from one of the top sides, Locks Heath, on Saturday, before a trip to Winchester Castle on Wednes-day.
Overton United also suffered on the opening day of the HPL season, going down 2-1 at Fleetlands despite having enough chances to win the game easily.
Overton boss Titch Bloomfield said: “We probably had as many chances as we will get in the next five games put together, but if you do not put the ball in the net it counts for nothing.”
In the first 45 minutes, Harry Rudge and Myles Englefield saw efforts come back off the crossbar and also had a couple of one-on-one chances saved.
Fleetlands scored from the penalty spot just before the break and added a second soon after the interval.
Overton did pull a goal back thanks to Dave Parry’s 25-yard strike, but they were unable to convert any more chances.
This weekend, they are at Clanfield and then on Tuesday night are away at Colden Common.
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