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FA Vase: Seventh straight defeat piles pressure on Hamworthy boss Browne
A SEVENTH straight defeat could see heads roll at Hamworthy United as boss Simon Browne admitted his own neck could be on the chopping block.
The Hammers chief watched his visibly drained charges slump out of the FA Vase with a scrappy 2-1 defeat to Hellenic League Oxford City Nomads yesterday.
United's all too familiar defensive disarray contributed to the visitors' sixth-minute opener with Adam Lovegrove steering a looped finish beyond the hopelessly exposed Andy Knights.
In truth, Nomads could have scored more before substitute Liam Marshall drifted away from his marker at the far post to blast home Lewis Gabbidon's corner with 12 minutes to play.
Sam Pekun scrambled in a consolation in the sixth minute of added time but the game was up for the hosts with Browne braced to make changes.
The County Ground boss told the Daily Echo: “I had 10 minutes with the players at full-time and said it goes one of two ways now - either the manager goes or some of the players do and I made it clear I would not throw in the towel.
“Maybe I have to look at the personnel because they have had every opportunity. Over the past seven games, we have looked like one of the worst sides in the Wessex and it shouldn't be like that.
“I hope the club have not thought about changing manager because I have put my heart and soul into it but, if they did, there would not be a lot for me to argue over.”
Hammers: Knights, Penny, Legg, Horlock, Tayler, Sturgess (Martin, 88), Lanahan, Stacey, Pekun, Chudy (Claremont, 64), Hester. Unused subs: Saunders, Miles.
Elsewhere in the Vase, Christchurch played out a 1-1 draw at Moneyfields in a tie that went to extra-time.
Carl Foster equalised on the stroke of half-time for Priory who host the replay on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, two goals in the opening seven minutes helped Bournemouth Poppies move off the bottom of the Wessex Premier with a 3-0 victory over Romsey Town - the division's new backmarkers.
Martin Warren and Luke Ingram stunned Town with their early salvo before Warren's fifth goal in eight league matches completed his brace.
Poppies: Bray, Ayrton, Jackson, Burgis, Pearce, Saadi, Ingram, Warren, Robinson, Phillips (Hales, 66). Unused subs: Cooper, Aksakal, Turner.
In Wessex One, Ringwood won 3-0 at Andover New Street.
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