Results November 3rd & John Gorman’s round up

F.A. Vase 2nd Round
Almondsbury  1-2  Hamble Club
Baffins Milton Rovers  3-2  Bournemouth
Bodmin Town  1-0  Alresford Town (a.e.t)
Brockenhurst  0-4  Bradford Town
Chertsey Town  2-0  Horndean
Hamworthy United 3-1  Falmouth Town (a.e.t)
Newport IoW  0-2  Cribbs
Sholing 5-1  Malmesbury Victoria
Premier Division
AFC Portchester  2-0  Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Bashley  7-1  Cowes Sports
Christchurch  1-2  Team Solent
Lymington Town  4-1  Tadley Calleva
Portland United  2-2  Andover New Street
Shaftesbury  5-2  Fareham Town
Division One
Alton  3-2  Totton & Eling
Fawley AFC  1-1  Hythe & Dibden
Folland Sports  5-0  East Cowes Vics
Ringwood Town 2-1  Andover Town
Romsey Town  3-2  Laverstock & Ford
U.S. Portsmouth  4-0  New Milton Town
Verwood Town  1-1  AFC Stoneham
Whitchurch United  0-0 Petersfield Town

A rare Monday evening game, inevitably at Team Solent, with the hosts going down to a single Byron Mason goal as Sholing continued their unbeaten start to the season.

Tuesday – a relatively full Premier Division programme twenty four hours later with some local derbies for good measure. In one of the latter Horndean won impressively at AFC Portchester – four two with a double from Alfie Lis – and not too far away in geographical terms Baffins Milton Rovers defeated Fareham three one. It was a case of the “sixes” at Bashley where Ryan McKechnie scored twice in Portland’s six two victory, the second successive game in which Portland have scored six and Bashley have conceded the same number. There were welcome points for Bemerton and Christchurch with the Wiltshire side drawing one all at home to Alresford and Christchurch sharing six goals at high scoring Bournemouth.

Hamble Club crossed the Solent and returned with three points after scoring three times at Cowes Sports without reply and Shaftesbury ensured Hamworthy’s up and down start to the season continued with a three one success at the County Ground. The New Forest derby saw Lymington’s losing run increase as Brockenhurst scored twice at the Sports Ground with their hosts goalless on the evening and there was a good win for Andover New Street – four two in a very enjoyable game at Tadley. One game in Division One where Romsey, who scored nine on Saturday, added five more to their tally at Totton & Eling. Jack Odam scored three whilst in cricketing parlance the Millers did not trouble the scorers.

Finally on Wednesday two Cup matches with Hythe & Dibden defeating Hampshire Premier League Upham three nil in the Southampton Senior Cup and in something of a goal fest at Horndean, where United Services Portsmouth defeated the home side’s reserves six four in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

The weekend started on Friday when, at a chilly Bonnymead Park, Amesbury moved level on points with Hythe & Dibden at the top of Division One with a two nil win over Downton in front of a three figure attendance.

So to Saturday and the Second round of the FA Vase and a less than fifty per cent success rate as far as the League was concerned with four victories and five defeats in the nine games, albeit one of the victories was in the one all-Wessex tie. This saw a comeback by Baffins Milton Rovers from two nil down to defeat Bournemouth three two and move in to Round Three. Hamble Club, who had a successful run in the Competition last season, won by the odd goal in three at Almondsbury while Sholing defeated Malmesbury Victoria five one at the Universal Stadium, a win every bit as easy as the score suggests. The fourth success was a much closer and hard fought affair with Hamworthy United being forced in to extra time before defeating Falmouth at the County Ground. The scores were level at one apiece after ninety minutes before goals in the additional thirty minutes from Dan Cann and Nathan Walker sent the Hammers through and made it a no doubt long ride home for their opponents.

Horndean, perhaps given the hardest task by the Draw, went down two nil at Combined Counties League leaders Chertsey Town while Newport, rather disappointingly, lost two nil at home to Western League Cribbs. Alresford suffered extra time heartbreak as Bodmin scored the only goal of the game late in the additional half hour; while Brockenhurst lost four nil at home to Bradford Town, a scoreline that did flatter the visitors – one goal came in stoppage time – but delighted their vociferous band of supporters.

In the Premier Division AFC Portchester bounced back to winning ways and regained third place in the table with a two goal defeat of Bemerton Heath. These are sad times for the Wiltshire Club, long time stalwarts of the Premier Division, who now find themselves occupying bottom place in the table, Bashley, after two heavy defeats, returned convincingly to form in scoring seven and conceding just one against Cowes Sports, a fourth consecutive loss for the visitors. Dan Munday led the way with three goals. Lymington ended a long run of losses in emphatic manner beating Tadley Calleva four one with two goals from the evergreen Mike Gosney – Tadley have now not won in five – and Shaftesbury defeated Fareham five two at Cockrams with two goals apiece for Nick Hewlett and Greg Peel. And success for two teams in the lower reaches of the table. Team Solent won by the odd goal in three at Christchurch whilst Andover New Street gained a hard earned and valuable point in a two all draw at Portland who had scored six in each of their last two matches.

In Division One following Amesbury’s win on Friday night both leaders Hythe & Dibden and AFC Stoneham dropped points on the road. It needed a last minute goal from Robbie Pittman to salvage a point for Hythe at near neighbours Fawley AFC while Stoneham shared two goals and the points at Verwood thereby maintaining their unbeaten record. Romsey, very much the form team at the moment, made it four wins in a row with a three two defeat of Laverstock & Ford before a healthy attendance of 123. The Wiltshire side lost five four last week – they can score goals but too often concede more. Lewis Beal scored twice as US Portsmouth condemned New Milton to another defeat – four nil – and Alton beat Totton & Eling by the odd goal in five at Anstey. No goals between Whitchurch and Petersfield at Longmeadow though one imagines the visitors will be the happier with the point but as in the Premier Division success on the day for two sides near the bottom. Jamie Mansell scored a hat trick in Follands five nil win over East Cowes Vics – the visitors away form at odds with their home performances again- and in the battle of the bottom
two Ringwood’s two one victory over Andover town was just their second win of the season and the two sides swapped places in the League.

Finally (another) apology. I keep this updated so to speak through the week and complete same around seven o’clock on Sunday morning. When I started this morning I promptly “lost” all that was already done, it may still be in my machine somewhere but it is beyond my capabilities to find same, So the midweek section had to be re-done from memory which is why it has less content than usual. If anyone with brains would like to take this over please apply to the newsletter editor !!