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Wessex round-up: Poppies boss despondent after derby drubbing
BOSS Ken Vaughan bemoaned his inability to select a settled side after bottom-of-the-table Bournemouth Poppies had crashed to a 3-0 derby defeat to Christchurch.
The Victoria Park manager readily admitted Priory had been the better team as Dan Saul (2) and Carl Foster condemned his lacklustre charges to their 10th Wessex League reverse in 11 Premier Division outings.
But Vaughan, who has fielded no fewer than 30 different players in Poppies’ league matches so far this season, said: “If we had a full squad then there wouldn’t be a problem. But there has been so little to work with and I don’t see what else we could have done under the circumstances.
“It was a very disappointing performance against Christchurch. That was as poor as we have been all season and they were much better than us in every department.
“I had to make several changes again and injuries have been a major problem but we need to be able to name a settled side if we want to turn the corner.”
Priory boss Michael Cuffie said: “We played very well and, to be honest, it could have been six or seven, but I was chuffed with the clean sheet.”
Poppies: Vaughan, Martinez, Jackson, Crow (Hales, h-t), Austin, Saadi, Ingram, Lane (Kay, 60), Warren, Robinson, Phillips (Batchelor, 83). Unused subs: Pearce, Turner.
Priory: Frampton, Doe, Cole, Walker, Blackburn, Purdy (Hiscock, 70), Smith, Fairbrother, Saul, Foster (Cullen, 56), Burden. Unused subs: Homan, Proudley, Steer.
- Goals from Sam Lanahan and Sam Pekun were not enough for Hamworthy United to end their four-match winless league run against Wessex champions Blackfield & Langley.
Lanahan handed Hammers a first-half lead but Simon Browne’s men were pegged back by goals either side of the interval.
Pekun levelled matters on 65 minutes but visiting substitute Nathan Lynch scored within minutes of entering the action to secure a 3-2 victory for the Watersiders.
Elsewhere, Verwood Town were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat to Moneyfields as Stuart Green bagged a brace for the visitors.
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