A tough away derby night, versus local rivals Laverstock saw Bemerton seal an important 3 points. On a cold and wet evening the two sides served up an attritional contest in which one goal always seemed to be enough to win the game.
The game started at a frenetic pace but with neither keeper called into any real action. The game was fairly open with both teams trying to get the ball into the oppositions final third as often as possible, although both defences were on their toes and were both comfortable. Both teams were getting joy on the flanks although all too often, the final ball was not to the required quality.
Bemerton almost opened the scoring when Jordan Matthews unleashed a fine strike from 15 yards but the home keeper made an excellent parry. The deadlock was finally broken when a fine cross from that man Matthews, was misjudged by a home defender as he put into his own net.
Half time: BHHFC 1 - 0 Laverstock & Ford
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with a very open affair of attacking football. The home team hit the top of the Harlequins cross bar when a speculative cross got held up in the wind, whilst a two handed save from Bemertons Paddy Creese (pictured) ensured his second consecutive clean sheet.
Jake Rawkins, Kane O'Keefe and Eddie Perrett all had good half chances to add a second for the visitors but all failed to really test the home stopper.
Final Score: BHHFC 1 - 0 Laverstock & Ford
The fixture itself was maybe not the prettiest of fixtures for the neutral, but it was a fair old derby game. The hosts will feel they could have got something from the game, whilst Bemerton can feel disappointed to have only notched the one goal.