When news happens, text BAZ and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Phillips at the double for four goal Stockbridge
7:55am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
Tadley Calleva 1
Stockbridge ran out 4-1 winners at Tadley after a very physical contest.
They took the lead after only seven minutes when a shot from the left by Stuart Findlay was pushed out by Darren Maulder in the home goal and Dean Higgins headed in the rebound at the far post.
Five minutes later Dave Egerton had a shot charged down by the home defence. Tadley’s real chances in the first half were few but on 25 minutes Grant Powell brought a save from Dan Chapman in the Robin’s goal. Just after the half hour the home keeper did well to keep out a fierce effort by Higgins and soon after Liam Hall shot over from an Egerton corner.
Josh Harfield was then brought down just outside the box and from the ensuing free-kick Egerton saw his effort blocked by the home defence. The home side had one more chance before the break but former Lion Mario Nurse shot wide.
Three minutes into the second half Tadley’s Ashley Roberts was sent off after an incident in the goalmouth but to their credit ten man Tadley took the game to Stockbridge and Scott Kinge chipped the Robin’s keeper to level the score.
Stockbridge then made their first change bringing on Ben Thompson for Josh Harfield and on the hour Maulder did well to keep a Findlay effort out with his legs.
Stockbridge then made their second change with Mike Barker coming on for Findlay and soon after Gavin Burgess made way for James Hobbs and Tadley then had to make a substitution when Kinge was carried off with a nasty shoulder injury.
Stockbridge then took total control as Daryl Phillips was just wide on 75 minutes and then a good ball from the right by Barker found Thompson who drove home to make it 2-1.
Barker was then unlucky to see his drive strike the woodwork but a cross from the left by Higgins was met by Phillips who made no mistake to make the score 3-1.
Phillips then headed home another Higgins cross to make it 4-1 and put the game beyond the home team.
Joint boss Terry Chapman was delighted to welcome back the heart of his side with son Dan, Liam Hall, Dean Higgins and Dave Egerton all returning for what was not a game for the faint hearted.
“We more than held our own physically as we have players who have been at a higher level and know all about games like this,” he said.
“Dan was getting some ridiculous abuse behind the goal and the young referee was also taking it on the pitch.”
The first half was scrappy but Higgins put his body on the line for the first goal.”
Josh Harfield was unstoppable on the left and his pace led to the sending off which Chapman said: “Led to them upping their game for 15 minutes but once Thompson went on he made the difference as he found the space with his passes and Phillips’s two goals clinched the game.”
Stockbridge lay fourth in the new table, the highest they have been for five seasons.
Tomorrow Stockbridge are home to Amesbury at 3pm and they welcome back to the squad Ali Badock and Matt Freemantle.