ALRESFORD Town are determined not to let title favourites Sholing have it all their own way in the fight for the Sydenhams Premier Division crown.
Co-manager Danny Robinson watched the free-scoring Magpies clinically dismantle reigning champions Blackfield & Langley 5-1 at Arlebury Park to night – and then pledged to push the Boatmen all the way.
With 124 league goals netted, Alresford – who finished runners-up to Blackfield – were easily the league’s most lethal finishers last term.
Asked if they can catch Sholing this time round, Robinson said: “I think we can.
“It’s out of our hands in that we’ve already played them twice and lost.
“But if they ever have a blip or take their eye off the ball because of the FA Vase – which I’m sure (manager) Dave Diaper won’t let happen – we want to be there waiting.”
For all their first-half chances, Alresford led Blackfield by just a single Zach Glasspool goal at the break.
But having ripped Christchurch apart 7-1 on Saturday, they quickly rediscovered their killer touch as Warren Bentley (2), Glasspool and Suhael Odeh made it 5-0 before Jack Satterley pulled a late one back for the Watersiders.
“We carried on where we left off on Saturday,” said Robinson.
“We created so many chances in the first half but only went in one up and I thought that might come back to haunt us.
“But the goals came in the second half and it feels like we’re on a parallel now with what we were doing last year.”
Winchester City still top the table after beating relegation strugglers Downton 2-0 at the Denplan City Ground.
It was deep into the second half before City made the breakthrough with a smart turn and finish from Leigh Mills.
That was quickly followed by a second from Chris Mason as Winch stretched their lead over Sholing to seven points having played nine games more.
Alresford are up to third, two points behind Sholing who have four games in hand, while Blackfield slip to fourth.