Velocity Wessex Premier football: Brockenhurst FC beat Christchurch
Velocity Wessex Premier
Christchurch FC 0
Brockenhurst FC 3
Christchurch entered the derby contest against Brockenhurst on a three-game winning streak, but visitors Brock were the only team that looked like winning.
Badgers captain Ronan Moore opened the scoring before Mitchell Speechley-Price and Marcelo Rossi made it 3-0, lifting their side into the promotion play-off places.
The win was a welcome reprieve for the visitors, who had lost three of their last four games.
The Badgers made the brighter start of the two, with Adam Grange on the end of the game’s first proper chance. However, persistence from Church’s Rafael Santos did enough to make the attacker rush his shot, blazing over the bar.
With 16 minutes played, Speechley-Price leapt higher than Christchurch’s Jack Barton before powering an excellent header at the top left corner. Keeper Will Butler just about had it covered, but the ball deflected off the corner of the post and into the path of Moore, who hooked home the opening goal.
A minute later, the Badgers swarmed forwards before Noel McCarthy-Gardiner ran onto a through ball and played a first-time cross into the path of Speechley-Price. The industrious goal-getter allowed the ball to run across him before poking into the bottom left corner.
Christchurch did fashion some chances in the closing stages of the half, with Brockenhurst defenders scrambling cross after cross away, with one excellent near-post header needing to be nodded off the line. Still, the half ended with no further goals.
After the break, Church pushed hard for a way back into the game, with Lyle Simpson the inspiration for much of what was good about their play.
Simpson had a glorious chance to score, but he could only put his back-post header wide before Butler produced three remarkable point-blank one-on-one saves to keep his side in the game. First, denying McCarthy-Gardiner, who had run unchallenged from the halfway line, substitute Jacob James and Speechley-Price.
As the match entered added time, James left multiple Church defenders looking silly, twisting and turning his way down the wing while dodging sliding tackles before floating an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Rossi, who made no mistake to make it 3-0.
Both sides return to action in the league on Saturday at 3pm. Brockenhurst will face United Services Portsmouth away from home, while Christchurch hosts Baffins Milton Rovers.
Brockenhurst: A. Skrzyniarz, R. Drake, R. Moore, T. Crook, J. Davis, B. Channell, T. Bailey, M. Rossi, M. Speechley-Price, A. Grange, N. McCarthy-Gardiner. Subs: H. Bartram, F. Bullard, K. Scoczen, J. James, T. Wellman.
Christchurch: W. Butler, R. Santos, L. Churchill, J. Barton, F. Saadi, C. Horton, J. Smith, A. Zintany, R. Hamm, O. Miller, L. Simpson. Subs: I. Dinev, C. Churchill, J. Dove, E. Ohameje, C. White.