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AFC Portchester 1 Fareham Town 1 (match abandoned at half time)

This Russell Cotes Cup tie was abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch.

Throughout the first half the rain lashed down at the Crest Finance Stadium and the referee decided at the interval that conditions were too bad to continue the game.

The decision to call a halt to proceedings was a shame as the first 45 minutes had provided plenty of entertainment, with the ball still running true across the surface.

Portchester took the lead on 15 minutes when Steve Ramsey picked the ball up in midfield and spotted keeper Declan McCarthy off his line. He unleashed a shot from 30 yards out which flew over the stranded keeper and bounced into the net.

Home joy was shortlived, however, as Fareham drew level again just four minutes later. Luke Slade was sent racing clear behind the home defence and he crossed the ball in from the left.

Portchester failed to deal with the ball and as it bounced around in the six yards box, Josh Benfield was on hand to tuck the ball home from close range.

On 22 minutes Slade was sent clear of the home defence again and his shot from 20 yards out only just cleared the crossbar.

Four minutes later Rob Evans caught a Fareham player in possession on the edge of the box before passing the ball inside to Ramsey. However, his rising shot found the gloves of McCarthy.

On the half hour mark, good passing from Ramsey and Adam Cripps allowed Evans to find some space to shoot but he fired the ball straight at McCarthy.

Five minutes later a corner from the right was cleared to Benfield on the edge of the box. His shot bounced off keeper Brad Snelling and the ball fell to Will Harris but he put the ball wide from close range.

On 38 minutes Benfield beat the home defence to take the ball inside the penalty area. He hit a low shot from the edge of the six yard box which flew past Snelling but also past the far post.

Two minutes later Portchester were inches away from regaining the lead. The ball was crossed into the box following a throw in on the right and Brodie Spencer volleyed the ball against the post.

MATCH STATS

GOAL: Steve Ramsey (15 mins)

LINE-UP: Brad Snelling, Rob Evans, Liam Bush, Jack Barker, Callum Chugg, Ellis Martin, Jordan Brooks, Steve Ramsey, Adam Cripps, Bradey Norton, Brodie Spencer.

UNUSED SUBS: Stuart McConnachie, Olly Searle, Josh Nicklin, Daniel Robey, George Kirk.

     

AFC Portchester
The Crest Finance Stadium
Wicor Recreation Ground
Cranleigh Road
Fareham
Hants
PO16 9DP
U.K.

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