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New Inn hit back
NEW Inn bounced back from their defeat by Welly Old Boys the previous week with a narrow 1-0 win over one of their other Basingstoke and District Premier Division title challengers, Basingstoke Royals.
The winner came as early as the 20-minute mark from Gordon Birch’s far post header.
Although Royals had a good share of the second-half play, with Nick Willcock and Dean Ridgers off target with chances, only a great save by their goalkeeper Richard Munday stopped New Inn getting a second.
Soldiers Return gave AFC Aldermaston’s first team a tough game in the Basingstoke Senior Cup on Wednesday evening when a goal in the 90th minute saw them lose 3-2.
On Saturday, they suffered a 5-0 defeat at Hook – and there was another blow as they lost Stuart Graham to a broken leg after a harmless-looking challenge 15 minutes into the game. Hook players wish him a speedy recovery.
Soon after, the home side were awarded a penalty scored by John Lancashire, and they made it three by the break through Andy Parker and leading scorer Andy Haig.
Phil Jarrett pulled off some fine saves but further goals from James Westwood and Tim Hearson completed the score.
Popley had a player sent off after 20 minutes but still managed a 3-3 draw against visitors Sherborne St John.
Popley trailed after Matt Livingstone scored, but goals from Nick Cox, Stewart Austen and Lorne Howard looked to have secured maximum points.
However, on 70 minutes Steve Price scored and then St John equalised a minute from time through Ibrahim Waheed.
Sherfield were reduced to 10 men at Old Basing Rangers after Ross Campbell threw the ball at an opponent after just 10 minutes and was sent off. Old Basing took control and led 3-0 at the break – two goals for Reese Chapman and the other from Lewis Hamilton.
Chapman then missed a penalty, but Hamilton went on to score four in all, and there were two goals for Tom Cox, a penalty by Richard Spiers and the final goal from Alex Lipscombe to make it 10-0.