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New-look Hook hold well-fancied Welly Old Boys
THEY may have endured a terrible season last time around, just avoiding relegation from the Basingstoke and District Saturday League Premier Division, but Hook look a rejuvenated side in 2013-14.
This is partly due to an influx of players from North Warnborough and their 1-1 draw against fancied Welly Old Boys was a fine advert for local football.
It was goalless until the 53rd minute, when Tom Davies outpaced the Welly defence to break the deadlock, and Hook looked like taking maximum points for the second week running until Dale Bristow powered a half-cleared cross from Carl Jones past goalkeeper Greg Arthur.
At the Charles Chute Recreation Ground, James Arris came on in the second half to score a hat-trick in New Inn’s 6-2 win at Sherborne St John.
Make no mistake, this scoreline flattered New Inn and it was Sherborne who took the lead in the 47th minute through Alex Izzo after a goal-less first half.
However, Lee Chambers equalised six minutes later and this was quickly followed with easy goals from Luke Richardson and Arris.
Going 3-1 down seemed to demoralise Sherborne, who conceded a fourth, netted by Ricrad Kalwarczyk, and then a fifth as centre-back Gordon Birch came forward. James Price netted for the hosts to make it 5-2 before Arris completed the rout with his third.
Soldiers Return made it two wins out of two, beating hosts Sherfield 5-1.
The signing of Wayne Barlow has paid dividends for Soldiers Return. He opened the scoring and after Martin Ging had made it 2-0, a Barlow free-kick to the back post saw Ricky Vine make it 3-0.
Further goals from Vine and Matt Dorley had Soldiers Return five ahead before Mick Hickie managed a late goal for the home club.
Popley are off the mark after promotion, claiming a 2-2 draw against Old Basing Rangers.
Rangers felt they had two good goals ruled out for offside but they took the lead through Leigh Chapman, only for Steve Austen to pick up a poor back pass from Tom Cox and level before the break.
Popley keeper Andy Grice conceded a penalty, allowing Carlos Gonzales put Rangers ahead for a second time, but they defended too deep and Stuart Austen came up with the equaliser five minutes from time.
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