Brockenhurst FC progress in Southampton Senior Cup after win over Ringwood Town FC
Southampton Senior Cup second round
Brockenhurst FC 5
Ringwood Town FC 1
BROCKENHURST were at their sizzling best last night (Thursday) to win this New Forest derby and progress to the next round of the Southampton Senior Cup at the expense of Ringwood Town.
Despite scoring the game's best goal, Ringwood Town were second best throughout the contest, with Brockenhurst winning easily thanks to an own goal and strikes from Mitch Speechley-Price, Jo Chamberlain and Silvano Obeng.
Ringwood's Charlie Hitchings' spectacular strike offered small consolation.
There was an added level of cheer for the Badgers, with two excellent debuts for development players Lewis Rickman and Ollie Hicks, an assured performance from U18 player Toby Colmer, and young Ben Dukes earning the player-of-the-match award.
With just 14 minutes played, a poor challenge by Joe Petty left referee Krasimir Petrov with no choice but to award a spot-kick, Speechley-Price making no mistake from 12 yards.
Ringwood's task was made all the more improbable, much to keeper Sam Reilly's chagrin, when his defender headed into the net while under no pressure whatsoever to make it 2-0.
Badgers top-scorer Obeng entered the field with Speechley-Price making way during the break.
With 10 minutes of the second 45 minutes played, Jo Chamberlain slotted the game's second penalty before Lyle Simpson nearly made it 4-0 when he rattled the woodwork.
The fourth soon came, with Obeng nodding home to punish a lapse in the defence's marking.
A jaw-dropping shot arrived in the 74th minute when Hitchings pulled one back for the visitors with a sensational volley. Despite Conor Ings' best efforts, perfectly placed on the post, the ball flew into the top corner.
However, Obeng ensured the Badgers had the final say when he spotted the keeper off his line, lobbing him from 35 yards.
After sealing the win, Brockenhurst will now host either Bemerton Heath or Folland Sports in the third round.
Brockenhurst: J. Mayo, C. Ings, P. Wilson, R. Moore, J. Chamberlain, C. Ward, B. Dukes, T. Colmer, M. Speechley-Price, M. Sheedy, L. Simpson. Subs: M. Bryant, L. Rickman, L. Colmer, O. Hicks, S. Obeng.
Ringwood Town: S. Reilly, B. Smith, C. Hitchings, J. Petty, J. Barton, C. Horton, H. Fay, M. Cole, R. Hamm, B. Harris, H. Smith. Subs: S. Brown, K. Dilnott, E. Demeric, J. Knight.