Amesbury Town 6 Andover New Street 2.
On the face of it a 6-2 defeat at mid table Amesbury Town would indicate another thrashing for New Street but the facts do not tell the full story as Paul Reidy’s youngsters battled against all the odds to make the home side work hard for their points and their goals.
With both Matt Styles and Matt Davies missing, New Street Swifts boss Reidy was drafted in to take the side and with virtually the entire signed playing staff unavailable it was a very young squad of 11 plus Tyler Lewis on the bench which took the game to the home side and within five minutes 16 year old Charlie Waite’s pace took him away and his inch perfect cross was put away by Ashley Brown.
Predictably Kristian Greer equalised almost from the restart and by the half hour it was 3-1 as Ryan Jones and Callum Coker took advantage of slack defending but Street came back and when Waite was crudely fouled in the box Mark Keogh made it 3-2 from the spot.
It was Waite’s last real action as the head injury forced him off at the break just after Tom Plant had hooked in the fourth from close range right on the whistle.
The second half was damage limitation for Street as Greer completed his hat-trick with two more from good work from Craig Wheeler to make it 6-2 but Street continued to battle with keeper Dave Tasker making a string of saves and Nick Oliver could have scored late on when Lewis put him in but Paddy Creese kept him out just near the final whistle