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Graham Rix's Wessex League club march on in the FA Cup
5:49pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Sport
A place in today’s FA Cup second qualifying round draw – and £3,000, writes Mike Vimpany.
While Portchester were celebrating only their second season in the competition by thumping SWL rivals Horndean 5-0, Fareham Town bowed out 1-0 to Weymouth.
Graham Rix’s Portchester had already knocked out Team Solent 3-1 and Godalming Town 1-0 before putting five goals past Horndean in a tie which saw a player from each sides sent off.
Portchester, now £3,000 better off and ready to mix it with the likes of Eastleigh, Gosport Borough and Havant & Waterlooville in today’s draw, were already a goal up through Louie Castles before team-mate Craig Hardy and Lenny Burney were red carded in an off-the-ball incident.
The visitors doubled their lead on the hour through substitute Simon Woods and went on to score three more goals in the last ten minutes.
Stewart Yetton helped Truro City beat AFC Totton in the 2007 Wembley FA Vase final.
He surfaced again at Cams Alders with a header four minutes after the break which gave the Terras a 1-0 win over plucky Fareham Town in a tie which never reached any great heights.
Yetton stole in to plant Scott Walker’s left-side cross wide of the despairing Luke Douglas for the only goal of a game Weymouth ought to have won by a wider margin.
Both Yetton, who hit the far upright soon after scoring the winner, and substitute Mark Ford fluffed chances as Weymouth made hard work of beating the Sydenhams League side, who could not be criticised for their efforts.
“We’ve come away with our heads held high,” said Fareham manager Matt Parr.
“If I’ve any criticism it was our lack of quality in the last third, but for long periods of the game we were Weymouth’s equals in midfield and generally speaking I thought we defended well.
“Once we fell behind, we didn’t push them back as hard as we might have as we seemed afraid to concede a second goal, but we pressed hard at the end.”
Fareham pinned Weymouth back in the closing stages and were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out five minutes into stoppage time.
But substitute Lee Tigwell, whose delivery was continually poor, slammed the last-gasp set piece into the wall.
Weymouth supporters probably comprised two-thirds of Fareham’s 323 crowd.
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