Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Christchurch v Baffins Milton Rovers 26/02/19

Christchurch 0 Baffins Milton Rovers 3

I hesitate to guess but I would judge Steve Leigh’s squad at Baffins to be the youngest in the Premier Division and, whilst young and skilful doesn’t give the full recipe to League honours, it sure makes an interesting watch for the neutral.

In this game they were coming off a run of matches when their last win was at the end of December, but, whilst most had been drawn, the panic button had very definitely not been pressed. They dominated an under strength Christchurch side who were particularly short in attack where both Max Willcock and Ash Pope were missing from the line up.

Baffins did not wait more than 2 minutes to make their ascendancy tell. A set piece on the right was cleared to Callum DART just outside the penalty area. He could have taken a touch to set himself but didn’t – hitting a knee high volley into the top corner for a spectacular goal. In fact Priory found it impossible to track Dart all evening as he was constantly running into pockets of space around the penalty area.

With young Robert Taw bombing down the right and Freeman Williams tricking his way down the left, it was the latter who shot over with the next chance.

After a quarter hour the home side finally came to life as both Alex Whitehouse and Lucas Murrain forced good saves out of Cameron Scott.

The second goal came on 28 minutes and was due to a large slice of luck. Williams was the supplier with a cross to Jason PARRISH whose turn and shot took a huge deflection completely wrongfooting Max Frampton in the home goal. In fact it could have been classed as an own goal but I am sure Parrish will claim it.

The best chance of the remainder of the half fell to Dart as a corner broke to him on the edge of the penalty area but his shot was too high. HT 0-2

Just 9 minutes into the second period, any hope of Priory getting back into the game were extinguished. Parrish, who had led the line well throughout, forced a good save out of Frampton at the expense of a corner. From the resulting kick, Owen HALY rose the highest and headed home from 6 yards.

Not long after, Parrish had a further chance to increase the lead from an Ashton Leigh free kick but his header went just wide.

The Christchurch defence had been creaking under pressure most of the evening and Harvey Wright received a second yellow card after tripping Parrish near the corner flag.

Substitutions came and went and Baffins were happy not to press their man advantage too hard and Billy Walker of Priory had the final chance which Scott tipped over. FT 0-3