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Midweek results: Brockenhurst FC's match against Shaftesbury abandoned as Hythe & Dibden fire 13 past Hamble United in Southampton Senior Cup

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IT was a mixed bag for the local sides in the mid-week fixtures, with title-chasing Brockenhurst's match abandoned after 20 minutes, Hythe & Dibden winning 13-0 in the cup, and Christchurch slipping to their first loss in seven games.

Brockenhurst took the lead against Shaftesbury after just five minutes, but with heavy fog reducing visibility to such an extent that spectators could not see the other side of the pitch, referee Tom Copping abandoning the match after 20 minutes.

Minutes after the start, hosts Shaftesbury conceded a spot-kick when left-back Brad Hill's sliding tackle got more man than ball.

Hythe's Cain Prentice goes for the ball (photo: Les Chase)
Hythe's Cain Prentice goes for the ball (photo: Les Chase)

Brockenhurst's Joe Chamberlain calmly slotted it inside the right-hand post, with Jordan Brooks diving the wrong way.

With Brockenhurst looking in the mood for further goals, the fog came to Shaftesbury's rescue after eight minutes. Following a brief halt in proceedings to see if the fog would clear, referee Copping ended the match.

Hythe & Dibden spectacularly returned to winning ways with a resounding 13-0 victory over Hamble United, with recent new signing Sam Woodward scoring six.

The lopsided Southampton Senior Cup second round victory is only the Boatmen's third triumph of the campaign.

Former Portsmouth academy and Blackfield & Langley player Woodward was the player of the match, firing six goals. The others came from Cain Prentice (2), Jo Tessem, Luca Prentice, Filippos Terzidis, Kyle Joryeff, and Sam Boon.

Christchurch's remarkable reversal of form, which has seen them go six unbeaten and escape the relegation zone, finally ended with a 3-2 defeat to Alton.

The result sets up a mouth-watering relegation scrap in next week's fixture against Bournemouth Poppies, who sit third from bottom, six points and a place lower than Christchurch in the final relegation spot.

Christchurch's Eder Batista during the 3-2 defeat to Alton (photo: @JustinParryPho1)
Christchurch's Eder Batista during the 3-2 defeat to Alton (photo: @JustinParryPho1)

Callum Brooks' men started the match well and won an early spot-kick with less than 60 seconds played. Then, player-of-the-match Eder Batista showed his lethal streak by dispatching past Ed Lang.

Five minutes after the restart, Alton levelled when Oli Graham curled a free-kick inside the far post to make it 1-1.

Brazilian Batista restored the Christchurch lead after an intelligent turn on the edge of the six-yard box before smashing the ball home.

Unfortunately for the hosts, struggling with 10 players after a sin-binning, Alton scored twice through Matt Graham and Liam Knight to take a 3-2 lead.

Christchurch aggressively went looking for an equaliser, but Alton held on for all three points.

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