Match Preview: Horndean v Baffins
Written by Ollie Cook
9 Dec 2022
Baffins travel to Five Heads Park for the latest clash with Horndean on Saturday.
The Wessex Premier Division clash - which kicks-off at 3pm - will be the second time the clubs have locked horns this year. The previous fixture was in the Emirates FA Cup back in August, and it proved to be a history-making afternoon in the PO3 sun.
A crowd of 192 watched on as Jason Parish, Kelvin Robinson and Tom Vincent all found the target as Rovers progressed to the First Round Qualifying for the first time ever.
Baffins have played 22 matches since then, and sit eight place in the Wessex Premier Division standings, 17 points behind Saturday's opponents. Horndean have only lost once so far in the league, a narrow defeat at Hythe & Dibden back in September.
Horndean welcomed fellow PO-postcode outfit Fareham Town to Five Heads on Tuesday, and won 3-1 despite a Creeksiders equaliser early in the second half. Sam Hookey opened the scoring in the first-half, before Tommy Scutt - unavailable for Saturday's clash - and Zak Willett completed the victory.
The Five Heads Park outfit are on a stunning run of form in the Wessex Premier Division, and head into Saturday's clash after four wins in a row in the league - including a 5-0 triumph at basement club Alresford Town last Saturday.
Baffins have been largely happy travellers so far this campaign, and they will aim to take inspiration from the 1-1 draw at Bemerton Heath Harlequins last month - a match the away side felt they could have won. Rovers will also be targetting back-to-back away league victories for only the second time this term, after the comfortable victory at Portland United last weekend.
You can watch Baffins take on Horndean at Five Heads Park on Saturday 10 December (3pm kick-off). Tickets are priced £7 adults and £4 concessions.