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Fawzi's injury in Hants Cup defeat adds to Poppies' misery
7:36pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Non league football
EMBATTLED boss Ken Vaughan reckons his charges look more like victims of war than footballers as his list of casualties grows even longer at Bournemouth Poppies.
Vaughan saw Fawzi Saadi come off after 20 minutes before he was forced to withdraw his son and goalkeeper Kenny from action in Tuesday’s 2-0 Hampshire Senior Cup defeat to Totton & Eling.
The Poppies chief listed no fewer than six players – Jamie Kay, Martin Warren, Max Crow, Connor Phillips, Richard Jackson and recent recruit Jamie Bray – as injured with Jake Rowley, Ricky Lane and Wayne Crutcher also unavailable.
And just when the tale of woe looked like it couldn’t get any worse, Saadi suffered a recurrence of a persistent injury while Vaughan Jnr limped off with a groin strain.
“The more I talk about it the worse it sounds,” said Vaughan. “So many of the lads are on crutches or have their arms in slings it looks like they have just come back from a war!
“To be fair, both teams were in the same position. There were two depleted sides out there but a bit of bad marking allowed them to get their noses in front and, with us having no strikers fit at the moment, it was an uphill struggle from there.”
Poppies: Vaughan (Lillington h-t), Ayrton, Cooper, Austin, Burgis, Saadi (Turner, 20), Burt, Corby, Andrews, Robinson, Hales.
- Boss Simon Browne bemoaned the performance of referee Paul Knight as Hamworthy United slipped to a 2-0 Wessex League Cup defeat at Bemerton.
Late goals from Dan Young and Jack Slade settled the contest but Browne felt the second goal shouldn’t have stood.
Browne said: “Slade had his studs up and clattered into Andy Knights (Hamworthy keeper). It was not a malicious challenge but it was dangerous play. The referee said there wasn’t a great deal of contact and allowed the goal which knocked the game on the head.
“Paul is one of the better referees at our level but I thought he had a poor game. Our defeat wasn’t solely down to him but the refereeing performance contributed to our downfall.”
Hammers: Knights, Ayling (Martin, 85), Saunders (Chudy, 65), Biles, Horlock, Tayler, Sturgess, Hester, Claremont, Allen (Lanahan, 35), Pekun. Unused subs: McIntosh, Wood.
- Elsewhere, substitute Carl Foster grabbed a goal and an assist as Christchurch fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Tadley Calleva in the Hampshire Senior Cup.
Priory: Frampton, Doe, Bernard, Walker, Blackburn, Cullen, Smith, Fairbrother (Hoey, 80), Saul, Purdy, Burden (Foster, 75). Unused subs: Homan, Speers, Legg.