AMESBURY Town secured their second league win of the season with a solid 2-1 win at home to Fareham Town on Saturday.

Both sides kicked off the game with attack in mind and the first chance soon arrived. Fareham’s Miles Gibson was presented with an open opportunity to score, however the winger didn’t capitalise, and drove his shot over the top of the home side’s goal.

The miss would prove costly, as almost immediately the hosts went one up. After some deft touches on the right flank, Amesbury midfielder Cameron Roach furthered his account for the season with a well placed shot from the edge of the area. Initial goal celebrations were shortly muted with an offside flag raised by one the assistant officials. However, after a quick conversation on the side-lines, referee Tony Smith allowed the goal to stand.

The home side then doubled their lead in the 22nd minute, with Roach again being the danger man. This time the distance to goal was a little shorter, with the Amesbury number 7 knocking it in from the six yard box following a low cross that weaved its way across the Fareham area.

The Blues then had chances to put the game to bed, however Fareham closed the gap before half time. With a foul on Leigh Shadbolt in the home half, the resulting free kick, taken by George Root, was lofted into the Amesbury penalty area. Taking advantage of a knockdown from Graham Lindsey, Callum Laycock smashed the ball past Amesbury keeper Paddy Creese.

The second half proved a more mundane affair with neither side being able to add to the tally of goals. Both Creese and his opposite number Adam Puckett kept the score competitive, and with that Amesbury held on for a deserved win and all the points.

The Blues overcame Andover New Street on Tuesday night in the Salisbury Hospital Cup, coming out 4-0 winners at home.

Amesbury’s next game is away to Alton in the FA Vase, followed by a local derby game against Bemerton Heath Harlequins.