VARIOUS ODD Cup games played on Saturday included Hants FA ties brought forward due to venue clashes, plus League Cup matches put in to try to ensure as many teams as possible had games.

Ironically both matches in the Hants A Cup meant that the teams had played each other for two consecutive weeks.

The outcomes were very different. Malvern, who had beaten Survey 6-0 in the SFA Cup the previous week, struggled to defeat them 5-4 after extra-time Danny Ryles scoring three and Mike Donarumma two. Hythe Aztecs, who had lost 2-1 in the league against M&T B, crushed the same opponents 9-2 with trebles from Stuart Dawson and John Randall.

In the B Cup, Compton Res, travelling to Osborne Coburg on the Island, struggled to get ferry tickets due to the half term. They also had to borrow some of the Vets team to get enough bodies to fulfil the fixture with a lot of their younger players unable to get off work in time to make the crossing. In the end it was all worthwhile as Vet Lee Pomery hit four goals in a 5-1 win.

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In the Absolute Solutions Hants FA Vets Cup B Division Hythe Aztecs Vets penalties win over Nursling Vets will boost morale as the team have struggled all season in the league. Ordnance Survey received a walkover as Brendon were unable to raise a team due to the seven-day cup signing-on rule but do not anticipate further problems as a number of new players have been secured.

In the SFA Vets Cup B Division Waterside took a shock lead at top flight Old Tauntonians through Paul Masterton but Mark Van Vugt equalised and stalwart Chris Wheeler took the scholars through with an injury time winner.

There was one Junior League Plate tie which saw BTC Soton A defeat Spar-Tec Wessex 5-1 at the Sport Centre.

Senior League bottom team Romsey Town Sports finally got points in the bag with a 4-3 win against Braishfield. They were 4-1 up but had to defend as Braishfield rallied with two late on. Locksley stay top of Senior 2 after another fine win 3-0 at Northend. Two main challengers, Forest Town and Hamble Harriers, also won although Harriers found Burridge Sports a handful. Neil Bushell gave Burridge the lead after just five minutes but Andy McColm and Kristian Pell reversed the game.

Bacardi made it two wins in a row with a 4-1 defeat of Inter NU. Spartans ran amok 12-0 at Lowford to remain clear leaders.

Dead ball specialist Mark Goodhind was at it again as South Western defeated Slightly Athletic thanks to his penalty and free-kick.

Everyone knows Richie Channell who is currently plying his trade with Millers Pond - but watch out there's a new Channell about. Richie's nephew Stuart has also signed and was on the score-sheet last Saturday in their 5-0 mauling of Whitbread.

Q K Soton A recovered from 2-0 down again highflying Harrier PH to secure a valuable point from a 2-2 draw. Former Brendon starlet Louis Moody scored both goals.