AFC Stoneham Veterans - Winners of the Hampshire FA Saturday Veterans Cup 2022

AFC Stoneham Win the Saturday Veterans Cup

John Moody
Hampshire FA Saturday Veterans Cup Final 2022 Match Report

A.F.C. Stoneham 9  Hythe and Dibden 0

The final was held at Stoneham Lane Football Complex, Eastleigh, on 23rd April 2021. A minute's silence was observed in memory of the President of the Hampshire Football Association, Robin Osborne, who had passed away recently.

The final produced a lot of goals. Unfortunately, one team dominated the game, but fortunately, the opposition fought on to the very end.

It only took Stoneham nine minutes before they opened the scoring when Dave Reading side-footed home from close range. As Stoneham pressed, Ollie Forbes put a shot over the bar and a few minutes later he forced a save from Hythe's 'keeper, Greg Livermore.

The first shot of the match from Hythe came from Alex Waterman, which was just wide.

Stoneham went two-up in the 25th minute from a close-range shot from Henry Smith. They increased their lead in the 37th minute when Lee Hewitt had a penalty saved and the rebound was hammered home by Smith. Two minutes later they scored their fourth when Forbes won the ball in midfield and slipped a pass to Dave Reading to tap over the line.

Early in the second half, Stoneham scored their fifth when, after a good build up, Kris Price had an easy finish.

In the 76th minute Reading scored from a deflected shot and in the 80th minute he scored another with the defence nowhere in sight.

Smith was back on the score sheet in the 82nd minute after a good run and shot and Stoneham scored their last goal through Lee Hewitt in the 84th minute.

The match was sponsored by Adopt South and the Man of the Match award went to Stoneham's Jez Fishlock.

The Referee was Anthony Cross and he was assisted by Rudi Burton, and Richard Lines and the Fourth Official was Michael Hurdle.


The Squads

AFC Stoneham:

Dan Chapman, Lee Hewitt, Ross Gregory, Matt Vanderman, Jez Fishlock, Mickey Harris, Steve Waite, Ross Breckenridge, Dean Smith, Ash Holland, Dave Reading, Alex Liburn, Oli Forbes, Henry Smith, Alan Skilton, Kris Price, Sam Robinson, Peter Dyde and Jaimie Platt.

Hythe and Dibden:

Greg Livermore, Jonathan Hart, Sam Austin, Tom Roche, Richard Watkins, Wayne Salmon, Jimmy Anderson, Neil Darby, Alex Waterman, Jake Voller, Dale Vaughan, Craig Batchelor, Gaz Drummond, Dean Hindson, Dan Hosey and Peter Gates.