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Welly Old Boys shock league favourites New Inn
WELLY Old Boys shook Basingstoke and District Premier Division favourites New Inn, as James McIntosh scored twice in a 5-3 victory.
The writing was on the wall early on for New Inn as Nick Jupp missed an early penalty.
Welly took advantage by building a 3-1 lead, with goals from McIntosh, Carl Jones and Dale Bristow.
New Inn pulled two, back, but Welly netted a fourth from Taylor Watts’ free-kick and then McIntosh made it 5-2, before New Inn scored a third.
Promoted Popley managed a 2-2 draw against Soldiers Return, after leading 2-0 at the break thanks to Lorne Howard’s brace.
It was Soldiers’ new signing Lewis Bugg who got them back in the game on the hour and their deserved equaliser came from Johnny Irvine’s fine solo effect.
Hook took the lead at Basingstoke Royals on the hour, when Aaron King put away a Jon Noakes corner.
The visitors then lost James Westwood, sent off for two yellow cards, the second for kicking the ball away.
Royals stepped up the pressure and Dave Lee levelled after a slick pass from Craig Barkerm who is back from Hartley Wintney.
Nick Willcock then grabbed the winner with 10 minutes left as he converted Lee’s cross.
The ugly face of football raised its head at the Old Basing Recreation Ground, where the match between Old Basing Rangers and Sherborne St John had to be abandoned after 85 minutes due to the misconduct of the players and a spectator.
Rangers played with 10 men for 20 minutes until their goalkeeper turned up and they trailed 3-1 at half-time and conceded another before the break.
Things went from bad to worst as they had Carlos Gonzales and Reece Chapman sent off and by then Sherborne led 5-3 after Joe Harris scored a hat-trick and there were singles for Rob Mooney and Steve Price.
Rangers’ opening goal came from Tim Cox and there were two for Lewis Holloway.