John Gorman’s Weekly Preview

Just a League Programme to contemplate again, though that will not be the case next week, with the Premier Division first in line as usual. Sholing made it six wins out of six in midweek – they have scored twenty five goals in the process – and entertain a Shaftesbury side who lost for the first time in four games on Tuesday. Second place Horndean could face a difficult afternoon with a trip to Cams Alders and Fareham for a local derby whilst AFC Portchester, demoted from top spot last Saturday, are also on the road with a trip to Hamworthy. The Dorset side are probably in a false position in the League through having played fewer matches than most and will be looking to make up ground. Tadley, perhaps the “surprise” side so far in the manner in which they have adapted to life at the higher level, make the long haul to Portland with the home side still no doubt smarting from their heavy defeat last time out. Lymington, unbeaten in the League to date, have quietly climbed in to fifth place and entertain an Alresford side who found their shooting boots in midweek for the first time this season and two sides who have yet to really get going, Brockenhurst and Baffins Milton Rovers, meet in the Forest. Bournemouth, with their striking partnership of Steve Flynn and Mickey Finch doing their best to better Messrs. Mason and Wort at Sholing, travel to Bemerton who gained their first win in midweek whilst two sides looking for improvement in form and results, Cowes and Christchurch, meet on the Island. At the lower end of the table two clubs still seeking their first win do at least have home advantage. Team Solent will welcome Bashley , with the visitors hopefully recovered from their midweek problems, and New Street, whose fortunes have to change at some stage, host Hamble Club at Foxcotte with the latter slowly regaining their goalscoring touch.

Division One leaders Amesbury, after enduring a difficult run of fixtures, travel to Whitchurch whose good home form was rather dented by a recent four nil loss to Alton while AFC Stoneham, who lost their one hundred per cent record last week, host a rejuvenated Totton and Eling. The Millers have gained maximum points in their last three matches without conceding a goal and with Stoneham already having twenty nine league goals to their credit a good game is in prospect. Hythe and Dibden, whose midweek win took them in to second place in the table though they have played more games than most, travel to New Milton and US Portsmouth, with just one loss to date, will welcome Petersfield down the A3 to Burnaby Road. There is an all-Wiltshire Clash at Laverstock where Downton are the visitors with both Clubs enjoying good form and Romsey will be looking to add to last week’s good showing when Newport, who have played fewer games than those around them in the table, come calling. Alton, with two good wins behind them, host East Cowes Vics with the latter enjoying a better season but perhaps wishing to turn draws in to victories. Lastly two games that largely relate to the bottom of the table with Follands heading for the Waterside and Fawley while Ringwood, with just one win to their name and a five nil defeat last time out, will welcome near neighbours Verwood Town, currently in fifth place in the table.

How much will Saturday change things.