Results & John Gorman’s Round up 08/09/18

F.A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round
AFC Stoneham  0-7  Cirencester Town
Lymington Town  2-2  Lydney Town
Margate  3-2  Horndean
Shaftesbury  0-1  Poole Town
Sholing  0-0  Hamworthy United
Taunton Town  7-1  Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Sydenhams (Wessex) League Cup 1st Round
Laverstock & Ford  3-4  U.S. Portsmouth
Sydenhams (Wessex) League Cup 2nd Round
East Cowes Vics  1-4  Alton
Premier Division
AFC Portchester  8-1  Andover New Street
Alresford Town  0-0  Fareham Town
Bashley  2-0  Baffins Milton Rovers
Bournemouth  1-1  Hamble Club
Cowes Sports  0-3  Portland United
Tadley Calleva  1-1  Christchurch
Division One
Amesbury Town  1-0  Verwood Town
Andover Town  0-2  Newport IoW
Downton  4-2  Whitchurch United
Fawley AFC  1-1  Petersfield Town
Hythe & Dibden  3-1  Folland Sports
New Milton Town  3-1  Romsey Town
Ringwood Town  4-1  Totton & Eling

Sometimes football has to take a back seat and such was the case on Monday when, in a very short space of time, we learnt of the passing of both John Ward and Ian Drinkwater writes John Gorman. John was a major figure in Hampshire Football and beyond and did a lot for the Wessex League in its infancy and was always a staunch supporter of the League. Ian was Downton Football Club through and through from playing to being very much involved in the running of the Club for many years and his work, and above all his cheery demeanour, will be sadly missed. The League’s sincere condolences have been passed to the families of both.

Football was back on Tuesday with Bemerton Heath deservedly taking the headlines. Having obtained a goalless draw at Thatcham in the FA Cup they welcomed the FA Vase winners to Western Way, took a three goal lead before halftime and overcame a fightback from their higher level opponents to win three two and earn themselves a trip to Taunton in the next round. One Premier Division fixture and Christchurch are taking their time to adapt to their promotion, going down four nil at home to Brockenhurst, their third consecutive defeat, with James Thomson scoring a hat trick for the visitors.

Another hat trick man on the night was AFC Stoneham’s Joe Sutherden in their five nil win over Petersfield that maintains their one hundred per cent League record. Elsewhere in Division One New Milton scored the only goal of an enjoyable game to take the points at Totton & Eling but Follands are still seeking their first point after losing by the odd goal in three at home to US Portsmouth. Andover Town are in the same position after losing four three at Laverstock and Ford with Tommy Campbell Smith scoring two for the home side and Josh Bertie matching that for Andover who were three one down, came back to three all and then lost out in the last ten minutes. Andover have scored seven goals in their last two matches – and lost them both! In the Hampshire Senior Cup East Cowes Vics went down three one to the Navy representative side at Burnaby Road whilst a single goal was enough for Shaftesbury to progress at Pewsey Vale in the Salisbury Hospitals Cup.

Just one game on Wednesday which ended Romsey’s participation in the FA Vase as they went down four two in their replay at Western League Bridport.

Saturday and the FA Cup with a draw that had not seemed very kind to our Clubs when it was made and so it transpired on the day with four of our seven Clubs going out to higher ranked opposition. We will have one side definitely in the next round, but it will be Tuesday evening before it is confirmed after the goalless draw between Sholing and Hamworthy. Lymington will also be in Monday’s draw but they too face a replay after Lydney equalised in stoppage time at the Sports Ground leaving the final score at two each. A Tuesday night trip to a lovely part of the Country on the other side of the River Seven will be a rather long and late night. Shaftesbury acquitted themselves well in only going down by a single goal at home to Poole Town and Horndean were in front at Ryman League Margate before going down by the odd goal in five with Alfie Lis and Jack Maloney netting the Deans goals. For AFC Stoneham and Bemerton it was unfortunately a step too far though both sides deserve credit for reaching this stage of the Competition. Stoneham went down seven nil to Southern League Cirencester and Bemerton lost seven one at Taunton where the home side tend to score goals for fun. And Wembley is still six months away!

In a reduced Premier Division programme the results left Sholing still topping the table with Bashley moving in to second place after a two goal win over Baffins Milton Rovers. Christchurch gained their first point in four games with a one all draw at fellow promoted side Tadley leaving the home side in third place but Cowes Sports impressive start to the season faltered with a three goal home defeat by Portland, a victory that moves the Dorset side up to fourth place. Alresford and Fareham fought out a goalless draw at Arlebury and there was another draw at Victoria Park where Bournemouth and Hamble Club finished with one goal and nine men apiece- the latter affording little credit to any. Lastly AFC Portchester finally found their shooting boots with an eight one demolition of Andover New Street that still leaves the visitors seeking their first point. Dan Simmonds scored five for the home side- the first individual five goal tally so far this season.

In Division One Verwood still top the table despite losing to a Jordan Matthews goal at Amesbury and Hythe & Dibden remain in second spot after defeating Follands three one at Clayfields. The rapidly improving New Milton are now fourth after overcoming Romsey three one and there were three points for Ringwood with a four one defeat of Totton & Eling. Fawley and Petersfield shared two goals and the points on the Waterside but Andover Town went down again and, like Follands, are still seeking their first point. Yet again the Portway side conceded an early goal with Newport going on to win by two goas to nil. Finally in the Division an emotional afternoon at Downton saw the home side beat Whitchurch four two in their first game after the sad loss of Club stalwart Ian Drinkwater.

Four Division One Clubs were involved in League Cup matches with US Portsmouth winning four three at Laverstock, helped by a Mig Dark hat trick, and East Cowes Vics, who until yesterday had been in fine form at home, going down four one to Alton at Beatrice Road with Matt Bunyan notching two for the visitors.

Back to the Vase next week!