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Dad's decisions prove costly but keeper Kenny finally brings up century
GOALKEEPER Kenny Vaughan Jnr celebrated his 100th start for Poppies on Saturday – but quickly blamed his dad for not making more.
The 27-year-old stopper, son of manager Ken Vaughan, brought up his century at Victoria Park as Poppies recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Moneyfields.
But despite playing second fiddle for most of his five-year stint with the Winton-based outfit, Vaughan Jnr is hoping to finally impress his old man enough to earn a regular spot in Poppies’ team and ensure the next ton comes quicker.
Asked whether having his dad in charge had aided his cause, Vaughan Jnr told the Daily Echo: “It completely and utterly goes against me!
“People think it guarantees you a game but nothing could be further from the truth. I have spoken to a lot of people who think I would have got more games elsewhere and my dad would probably agree.
“I know a few other lads who have played under their dads and we all say how much easier it is to get dropped because you can hardly hold a grudge for too long.
“Even when I came in and played a blinder I always knew I would be dropped for the next game because of the calibre of goalkeepers we have had at the club and in many ways I am pleased to have played as much as I have.
“It’s not a huge amount of games but I have been behind the likes of Jason Harvell and Nic Jones who have gone on to play Southern League football as well as Max Frampton.
“This was always meant to be my season to nail down the number one shirt. I have had a few injuries but I feel in pretty good shape ahead of the second half of the season.”
Two goals in four second-half minutes from Luke Ingram and Scott Costello saw Poppies bounce back and extend to five points their cushion over the Wessex Premier drop zone.
Elsewhere, goals from Ben Osborne, Lee Diaper and Russell Cook sealed 10-man Hamworthy United’s 3-2 success over struggling Fawley. Hammers midfielder Karl Yelland was dismissed for a second yellow card on 50 minutes with United 2-1 up.
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