John Gorman’s Weekly Preview

The weekend starts on Friday with a Division One fixture at Totton and Eling which will be included in the First Division section below and there are just Sydenhams League matches to consider this week, apart from one Cup tie, and some interesting meetings with regard to the League tables.

Premier Division leaders Sholing will defend their one hundred per cent record at home to Bashley, who have been amongst the goals at both ends of the field of late, while second place Horndean, who have lost just once in their last eight matches, travel to a rejuvenated Alresford who have found both their form and goals, and are unbeaten in their last five fixtures. Third place AFC Portchester, who are suffering something of a blip having lost three of their last four, will not find it easy at Hamble Club who will be looking to build on four successive victories. Two sides not enjoying the best of results at present, Cowes Sports and Tadley Calleva, meet at Westwood Park whilst Lymington and Fareham, level on points, will both be looking for the upper hand at Cams Alders. Brockenhurst travel to Hamworthy United on the back of two straight wins with the home side still seeking form and consistency while a quirk of the fixtures pits the bottom four in the table against one another. Andover New Street with seven points from their last twelve host Christchurch with four points from a similar number of games, while bottom placed Bemerton Heath travel to Team Solent, one place above them in the table. Wins for any of the four will be more than welcome.

With respect to the top two sides in the table the match of the day in Division One is at AFC Stoneham where Romsey are the visitors. The home side occupy fourth place, still unbeaten and with games in hand, while Romsey, one place above them, have won five of their last six and won them well in terms of goals scored. On the subject of goals scored both Clubs have already passed the fifty mark in the league. Leaders Hythe and Dibden, whose winning run was bought to an end at Fawley last week, will be looking to get back on track when bottom side Andover Town visit Clayfields, while second placed Amesbury with five straight wins behind them have a “banana skin” game at New Milton who must be due a win soon. The aforementioned Friday night game at Totton and Eling sees the visit of fifth place US Portsmouth who have won five of their last six whilst their hosts have slipped to sixteenth place in the table after four straight defeats. Verwood, still on the fringe of the promotion race, welcome Petersfield to Potterne Park with the visitors finding things sometimes difficult away from home while another Club who fit that description, East Cowes Vics, make the long haul to Laverstock and Ford with the Wiltshire side having lost their last four. The other Island side in the division, Newport, are also on the road with a visit to Whitchurch. The home side have not won in three whilst the Islanders, who many predicted would go straight back up again following their relegation last season, are not at present fulfilling those predictions. Finally Follands, with their best win for some time last week, travel to Downton, who have not won in seven and Ringwood, whose victory last week took them off the bottom of the table face a possibly difficult afternoon at Alton, something of a daunting prospect at times on their own ground.

The single Cup tie is in the 3rd Round of the Southampton Senior Cup with Hampshire Premier League Sway, who gave Lymington a fright in the Bournemouth Senior Cup in midweek, hosting Fawley AFC.

There is one fixture not mentioned in the above. The Premier Division meeting between Baffins Milton Rovers and Portland has been POSTPONED following the sudden passing last weekend of Andy Hillman, the Baffins physio. The League’s sympathies and condolences go to his family and all at the football Club.