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Midweek Wessex League fixtures: Brockenhurst vs Fareham, New Milton vs Ringwood, Bashley vs AFC Stoneham, Hythe & Dibden vs Hamworthy United, Totton & Eling vs Andover New Street

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SIX local sides featured in midweek Wessex League football, with Brockenhurst keeping their title hopes alive and New Milton Town beating local rivals Ringwood.

On the other side of the coin, Bashley, Hythe & Dibden, and Totton & Eling all suffered defeats.

Brockenhurst kept pace with league leaders Horndean with a five-goal showing away from home against Fareham Town.

Brockenhurst's Seung-Woo Yang scored in the second-half (photo: Les Chase)
Brockenhurst's Seung-Woo Yang scored in the second-half (photo: Les Chase)

Christie Ward tucked home the opening goal for the Badgers after just six minutes when Dane Rigby spilt Silvano Obeng’s long-range strike that was too hot to handle.

The second came from the penalty spot, with Silvano Obeng blasting past the keeper after Ward was bundled over in the box.

Fareham then pulled one back through a penalty after keeper James Mayo caught a player while recovering from a poor pass in the 25th minute. The Badgers took a three-goal lead into the break when Alex Haynes turned home a loose ball after good work from Kieran O’Donnell.

In the second half, Patrick McManus’ side pulled away with two unanswered goals from Seung-Woo Yang and Matthew Sheedy to keep the gap to the top at three points.

New Milton inflicted a fourth consecutive defeat on local rivals Ringwood with a comprehensive four-goal home win that probably flattered the losers.

Paul Turner’s men looked likely to score with nearly every attack, and the opening goal did not take long to arrive when Tyler Rudd bravely headed home Freddie Horlock’s deep cross in the seventh minute, despite the keeper’s best efforts.

Rudd then added his second 10 minutes before the break with a tidy finish past helpless keeper Sam Reilly after a neat turn.

New Milton continued to create chances, but the third did not come until the 80th minute when the usually prolific Chris Long refound his goal-scoring groove to break a five-game drought after a great run and finish.

New Milton's Tyler Rudd heads home the opening goal (photo: Les Chase)
New Milton's Tyler Rudd heads home the opening goal (photo: Les Chase)

With a minute left, Charlie Turner completed the scoring with a thunderous drive past the keeper.

Bashley’s nine-game unbeaten run ended with a 4-1 defeat to AFC Stoneham, leaving the two sides locked together on 40 points. Despite dominating significant portions of possession for much of the first half, the visitors were three goals behind at the break.

The opening goal came from the penalty spot off the boot of Jim Orvis after seven minutes, with keeper Sammy Thompson earning a yellow for his efforts.

Duarte Martins and Cade Dyer then scored before Brad Morris pulled one back in the 58th minute. However, Ryan Penny quashed any hopes of a comeback with his side’s fourth goal.

Bottom-placed Hythe & Dibden can hold their heads high despite losing 2-1, after giving third-placed Hamworthy United a nervy finish.

The hosts took a two-goal lead into the break after Matt Neale broke the deadlock, and Cam Munn showed great skill before scoring.

However, Hythe pulled one back with Sam Woodward scoring in his first match for the club since signing from Blackfield & Langley to set up a nail-biting finish.

Unfortunately for The Boatmen, The Hammers, who have not lost a league game all season, held on for all three points.

Relegation-threatened Totton & Eling suffered a miserable night away to Andover New Street, languishing to an 8-1 loss.

The Millers remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference, but the heavy defeat cuts their advantage to a single goal.

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