John Gorman’s weekly preview

Not a Cup Competition in sight this weekend so a full League Programme which is something of a rarity at this stage of the season. The weekend starts on Friday with two games, one in each Division. In the Premier two sides who have not really got going yet so to speak, Team Solent and Brockenhurst, meet at Test Park whilst there is something of a North Hants Derby at Longmeadow where Whitchurch meet Alton for the second time in a month. The “Jamboys” won the first encounter at Anstey and have since climbed to eighth place in the table but the visitors will be encouraged by their midweek League Cup win at Bashley.
On to Saturday and the top game in the Premier Division is undoubtedly at Sholing. The “Boatmen”, having stretched Slough to the limit in their two FA Cup Ties, now face League leaders AFC Portchester who have won their last three games. Sholing in turn have a one hundred per cent record in the League so something has to give. Third place Horndean, strong at home and scoring goals, will not have an easy afternoon with Baffins Milton Rovers the visitors whilst Portland, enjoying a good start to the season, entertain Bournemouth who themselves have enjoyed good results to date. There is a Premier North Hampshire clash at Alresford where the home side, currently with only one League win to their name, host Tadley who have settled well to life at the higher level. Cowes Sports make one of their shorter journeys, to Lymington, on the back of their astonishing League Cup result in midweek whilst their opponents return to normality after the visit of Torquay seven days ago. Fareham, still no doubt dazed by their heavy defeat on Tuesday, will be looking to get back on track when Hamble Club, who have yet to find their goalscoring form this season, come to Cams Alders. At the bottom end of the table Bemerton, still with just one point travel to Hamworthy for what will be a difficult afternoon for the home Club following the sad loss of their goalkeeping coach, while Christchurch who found their shooting boots in midweek, albeit against lower opposition, face Bashley, who have lost their last two, at Hurn Bridge. The final game sees Andover New Street, at present on a run of away matches which probably has not helped their position overall,l still looking for their first point when they travel to Shaftesbury having been defeated in the two previous meetings between the Clubs this season.
Two games top the list in Division One. Amesbury, who suffered their first defeat in midweek, welcome Hythe and Dibden to Bonymead with the visitors sitting in third place in the table, while AFC Stoneham take their one hundred per cent record to Romsey Town who give little away in their own surroundings. US Portsmouth, beaten at home last week, have a tough looking encounter at Newport with the Islanders having won three games out of five so far while Verwood, who have slipped slightly after a good start, go to Totton and Eling who re-discovered winning ways last Saturday. Two Clubs still trying to kick start their season, Downton and Ringwood, meet at Wick Lane while Laverstock and Ford, probably looking for some consistency, travel to New Milton who have won four and lost five to date. At the bottom of the table Follands host a resurgent Petersfield at Hamble with the visitors having won their last two and scored eight goals in the process whist bottom placed Andover Town welcome Fawley AFC to the Portway. There is a feeling within the Club that results have not matched performances as far as Andover are concerned though conceding an average of four goals a game perhaps tells its own story – but things surely have to change for the better at some stage.
Hopefully unlike last week the sun will shine on all.