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Champions CI given a fright by Basingstoke Saints
BASINGSTOKE and District Sunday League Division One champions CI FC were given a scare by visiting Basingstoke Saints but began the defence of their title with a 5-2 victory.
Keith Davies gave CI an early lead but Saints bossed the game for most of the half and Matt Cuthbertson’s brace gave them a 2-1 advantage at the interval.
The visitors continued to press in the early stages of the second half but were unable to score any more goals – and CI made them pay late on.
Jon Richardson fired in two to edge the home side in front and while Saints continued to impress, late goals from Paul Adams and Liam Breslin made the points safe for CI.
Kaiser Wessex were crushed 7-0 by visiting North Warnborough. It was a very impressive team performance by the winners, who included a few new signings.
Tron built on their impressive debut to Sunday football, scoring five goals for the second week running, this time without reply from visitors Basingstoke Sports & Social.
Tron opened their account on 11 minutes as David Parry collected the ball on halfway, waltzed around two players and joyfully slotted past the advancing goalkeeper. The second goal came on 18 minutes as Charlie Palmer latched on to a Laith Aldoori through-ball.
Tron didn’t appear too fazed when they were reduced to 10 men on 22 minutes, when one of their players was shown a second yellow card, and went another goal up just four minutes before the break. Parry got on the end of a cross to the far post, making it 3-0 at half-time.
Aldoori’s strike from 18 yards into the top corner made it 4-0 and Gary Osmond fired in a low drive on 78 minutes to complete a comprehensive victory and secure top spot in the table.
Visitors Sports & Social created a few chances throughout the match but were unable to make any of them count.
In Division Two, Chineham took an early lead through Kieran Alleyne and made a good start to a tight contest against RAF Odiham Blades.
The visitors settled and, with Jonathan Stead bossing the game, they took a 2-1 lead into the break thanks to goals from Ryan Woods and Nico Barker.
Chineham fell a further goal behind and then saw a penalty saved.
This opened the floodgates for Blades, who took the tally to 7-1, with Ryan Woods, Barker, Stead’s brace and Dale Woods netting.
Chineham managed to stage a final rally, with Alleyne completing his hat-trick, but they were too far behind to catch up, eventually losing 7-3.
Eastrop Eagles beat South View 3-1, with a brace from Carl Hasler and single by Tom Kelly. Paul Garton picked up a consolation for South View.
Legend Alliance took a 3-0 lead against Hampshire Irons and while James Arnold and Jack Miller scored to reduce the deficit to 3-2, Legend extended their lead to claim a comfortable 4-2 win.
Skewers were two down at half-time before Steve Befin and Joe Collins levelled the game. However, Lamb Inn went on to win 4-2, with goals from Peter Lomax, Ashley Elwood, Ross Cook and Carlos Gonzales.
AFC Golden Lion found themselves 2-0 behind early doors, but managed to draw level with Division Three rivals Sambuca before the break.
Golden Lion went on to score twice more in the second half, with Mark Overington, Chris Waller’s pair and Ian Jones on the scoresheet. Sambuca came back though with Josh Taylor, added to braces by Jason Freathy and Gavin Phillimore, with substitute James Connoley wrapping up a 6-4 victory.
North Warnborough Two took the lead twice against visitors Team but they were pegged back on each occasion and Team won the game 4-2.
Goals from Matty Bennett, Mark Styles and Darrell Tyson gave Railway Club a 3-0 half-time lead against Whitchurch Kings – but it was a close run thing in the second period, Railway just about holding on to win 3-2. Chineham Athletic won 3-1 at FC Everest.
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