ANDOVER New Street lost 5-0 to visitors Team Solent on Saturday, playing with just nine men for most of the game, writes TIM BATES.

The defeat came at a time when the home side were in need of a win to lift their spirits, after a disappointing loss the previous week.

Yet the afternoon started badly for New Street. After 10 minutes, goalkeeper George Baxter caught both ball and player and was shown the red card.

With their goalkeeper sent off, attacking midfielder, Callum Sweeney donned the number one shirt.

The home side were then faced with yet another hurdle.

Defender Matt Scott, committed a foul whilst clearing the ball from danger.

He, too, was shown the red card by the referee.

They were now down to nine men. Yet somehow the score remained 0-0 until half time.

With 20 minutes left of the second half, Team Solent opened the scoring.

However, after this they took full advantage of the two extra men and added four more goals to complete a 5-0 scoreline.

Manager John Smith, said after the game: “I’m very very disappointed today. The two red cards in the first half killed the game. We actually played really well with nine men. The boy’s got really tired in the second half which is when the goals started.”

Their next Wessex League Premier Division game sees them facing Hamble Club, away from home.