Results + John Gorman’s round up – Saturday October 20th

Premier Division

AFC Portchester  2-1  Brockenhurst
Bashley  2-1  Shaftesbury
Bemerton Heath Harlequins  2-1  Christchurch
Bournemouth  4-1  Tadley Calleva
Cowes Sports  0-3  Alresford Town
Hamble Club  4-0  Fareham Town
Hamworthy United  1-2  Andover New Street
Horndean  1-2  Portland United
Sholing  2-0  Lymington Town
Team Solent  0-2  Baffins Milton Rovers
Division One

Amesbury Town  3-1  Alton
Downton  0-3  Verwood Town
Fawley AFC  1-0  Laverstock & Ford
Folland Sports  2-3  Andover Town
New Milton Town  A-A  Newport IoW
Petersfield Town  2-3  East Cowes Vics
Ringwood Town  0-9  AFC Stoneham
U.S. Portsmouth  2-6  Hythe & Dibden
Whitchurch United  0-2  Romsey Town

We start this week with an explanation and an apology. This Round Up is put together each week late on Saturday night and early on Sunday morning with the intention of getting it to the Newsletter Editor by 9.30. Given my limited knowledge, English and typing skills this is not always achieved but it also means that information can be omitted because of being unaware of same. Such was the case last week when Ethan Taylor scored all four goals for Team Solent at Lymington, a feat that went unreported in the round up because I did not know it had occurred. Apologies to all especially Ethan.

No League matches at all this midweek but two League Cup ties on Tuesday. Lymington shook off their post-FA Cup blues with a five one victory over Alresford – a hat trick for Jake King – and Horndean won by the odd goal in three at the normally high scoring Bournemouth.

The Russell- Cotes Cup First Round occupied a large proportion of the night’s fixtures with eight ties, only three of which involved Sydenhams League Clubs in direct opposition. AFC Portchester defeated First Division New Milton four one and Romsey scored six without reply against the holders, Andover Town, with three goals for Jack Odam. The result means that in the two meetings between the two Clubs this season Romsey have scored eleven goals. Bemerton played their third successive Cup Tie in three separate Competitions and lost on
penalties to Christchurch after a goalless draw at Western Way. Two defeats in the three ties for the Wiltshire Club and only one goal scored.

AFC Stoneham , runners up in the Competition last season, entertained Eversley & California from the Combined Counties League and progressed to the next round with a comfortable three nil victory. The remaining four ties all involved Hampshire Premier League Clubs with varying results. Paulsgrove won two one at Follands and Infinity held Alton to a two all draw at Anstey before going out on penalties with Matt Bunyan scoring both the Alton goals. Petersfield came from behind to score an 85th minute winner against near neighbours Liphook United but another disastrous result for QK Southampton. They suffered the misfortune of being drawn at Sholing in both this competition and the Southampton Senior Cup and after losing eight nil in the latter they conceded eleven this time round. Lee Wort scored five on the night meaning he was responsible for nine of the nineteen goals overall.

Laverstock & Ford defeated Downton two one at Wick Lane in the Wiltshire Senior Cup but Amesbury’s game at Malmesbury Vics was postponed with the home Club and the Wiltshire FA giving vastly differing reasons for the postponement! Finally Baffins scored seven against AFC Petersfield in the Portsmouth Senior Cup with a hat trick from Tommy Tierney.

Three ties on Wednesday completed the opening Round of the Russell-Cotes Cup with two on the Waterside. Rory Wood scored twice for Fawley in a two all draw with Totton & Eling but the visitors went through on penalties and Hythe & Dibden acquitted themselves well in going down two one to Southern League Moneyfields. Lastly Andover New Street defeated Hamble Club by the odd goal in three with Nathan Lynch’s superb stoppage time goal coming too late for the visitors.

And a rare game on a Thursday with Fareham progressing in the Portsmouth Senior Cup at the expense of US Portsmouth Reserves. The scores were level at four all, a hat trick for Fareham’s Simon Woods, after ninety minutes before the Wessex League side converted five penalties to their opponents four.

A sunny Saturday with the results meaning little change at the top of either Division but some interesting scores at the lower end of the tables. Firstly all good wishes to Newport’s George Holmes who sustained a serious knee injury at New Milton and the delay in awaiting an ambulance caused the game to be abandoned. Hopefully recovery will be complete and swift.

In the Premier Division Sholing maintained their one hundred per cent record and position at the top of the table with a two goal defeat of Lymington, whose League form has suffered since their FA Cup exploits, but the second and third places changed hands. Horndean lost for the first time in six games, two one at home to the rapidly improving Portland, thus allowing AFC Portchester to leapfrog in to second place after their fifth win in the last six matches, a two one defeat of Brockenhurst. Baffins Milton Rovers are fourth with Jason Parish scoring both goals in their two nil success at Team Solent and Bournemouth are fifth after inflicting Tadley’s heaviest defeat of the season. The Poppies won four one with another hat trick – his fifth of the season and second in a row – from Steve Flynn.

A good win for Alresford on the Island with Luke Rae scoring twice in their three nil win at Cowes and Bashley returned to home form with a best of three goal victory over Shaftesbury in front of the best attendance of the day. A convincing win for Hamble Club, four nil over Fareham with Marlon Mason scoring twice, and a second win of the season for Bemerton, having played for ninety minutes in the Russell Cotes Cup in midweek without managing a goal between them, the Western Way side and Christchurch went through another ninety minutes in search of League points with a two one victory the outcome courtesy of two goals from Jack Slade. Last but by no means least a very good win for Andover New Street that takes them off the foot of the table. After what was probably their first ever League visit to Hamworthy United they returned home with a two one victory to their credit with Luke Neller and Shane Lock on the scoresheet.

It is very much a case of as you were at the top of Division One with the three leading Clubs all recording emphatic victories. Hythe & Dibden secured an impressive six two win at US Portsmouth – a second home loss for the hosts in as many weeks -with Cain Prentice scoring twice and Amesbury scored all their goals in the opening half on their way to a three one defeat of Alton. AFC Stoneham, still with games in hand, headed down the A31 and worsened Ringwood’s plight at the bottom end of the table by scoring nine times without any reply from their hosts. A hat trick for Joe Sutherden and two for Matt Bainbridge. Both Hythe and Stoneham have already passed the forty goal mark in the League at this relatively early stage of the season. Romsey are fourth after a two goal victory at Whitchurch and have lost only one of their last seven matches while Verwood won three nil at Downton to keep themselves in the upper reaches of the table.

Fawley AFC gained three points for the second consecutive Saturday, a lone Ollie Bradley goal enough to beat Laverstock and Ford who have slightly lost their way, while East Cowes Vics marked Secretary Darren Dyer’s “retirement” from the role with a best of five win at Petersfield, a welcome win for the Vics and a fifth defeat in a row for the Love Lane side. Thankfully Darren is remaining with the Club and, by association, the League. With the New Milton game being abandoned that just leaves the basement battle between Follands and Andover Town which went the way of the visitors, a stoppage time goal giving them a three two victory, only their second of the campaign. They still remain in bottom place but are now in touch with the Clubs immediately above them. All in all not a bad day for those who follow the Sydenhams League in the environs of Andover.