Results + John Gormans Round up – November 10th

Premier Division
Alresford Town  1-2  Horndean
Andover New Street  0-3  Christchurch
Baffins Milton Rovers  P-P  Portland United
Cowes Sports  1-1  Tadley Calleva
Hamble Club  A-A  AFC Portchester
Hamworthy United  3-0  Brockenhurst
Lymington Town  6-0  Fareham Town
Shaftesbury  2-3  Bournemouth
Sholing  3-1  Bashley
Team Solent  P-P  Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Division One
AFC Stoneham  P-P  Romsey Town
Alton  2-0  Ringwood Town
Downton  6-1  Folland Sports
Hythe & Dibden  P-P  Andover Town
Laverstock & Ford  7-0  East Cowes Vics
New Milton Town  0-2  Amesbury Town
Verwood Town  5-2  Petersfield Town
Whitchurch United  0-1  Newport IoW
Southampton Senior Cup 3rd Round
Sway  4-2  Fawley AFC

The usual miscellany of Competitions on Tuesday but three Premier Division fixtures take precedence. The Sholing juggernaut rolled on as they registered their eleventh straight win with a four two defeat of Bournemouth in a thoroughly entertaining match writes John Gorman. Inevitably Dan Mason and Lee Wort were among the goal scorers with the former claiming two and Wort one. One of Bournemouth’s goals was scored by River Smith on his debut after signing from Hamworthy to boost an already potent Poppies strike force.

Alresford climbed to eighth in the table with a four three victory over AFC Portchester – four different scorers for the home side – but Bemerton remain in last place in the table after going down two nil at home to Brockenhurst, the Forest side’s second win in a row after a run of defeats. The four semi finalists in the Bournemouth Senior cup are now established after the completion of the two remaining quarter final ties, both of which went to penalty shoot outs. Lymington and Hampshire Premier League, Sway, drew two apiece at the Sports Ground, Mike Gosney scoring twice, before the Sydenhams side went through with a long time servant of Lymington, Darren Ritchie, scoring one of the Sway goals. Hythe & Dibden scored in the last ten minutes to force a draw at Christchurch and not for the first time this season won via penalties with keeper Ellis Grant making something of a name for himself with the number of spot kicks saved. The semi finals will see Bournemouth host Lymington and Hamworthy United travel to Hythe.

Three games in the Dorset Senior cup with Shaftesbury continuing their recent form with a three nil victory over Western League Sherborne Town while Verwood pulled of a very good two one win at Hamworthy courtesy of two James Guthrie goals. The third tie saw Portland score in the fourth minute at Poole Town before losing seven one in a game in which AFC Bournemouth loanee Jake Scrimshaw made his debut for Poole and scored the first six goals in a seven one victory. Bashley beat Colden Common Reserves four one in the Southampton Senior Cup but the Aldershot Senior Cup tie between Camberley Town and Alton was postponed because of floodlight problems at Krooner Park.

Postponement was the word again on Friday when the weekend got off to a bad start with the Totton & Eling v United Services Portsmouth game called off by the match referee because of “pitch conditions”.

Sadly it was the same again on Saturday as heavy rain at lunchtime, especially in the Southampton area, saw the late postponement of the fixtures at Team Solent in the Premier Division, together with AFC Stoneham and Hythe & Dibden in Division One. The game between Hamble Club and AFC Portchester was started but succumbed to the weather well before half time.

Still seven games played in the Premier Division and Sholing continued their non-stop winning ways with a three one victory over Bashley – a different name leading the scoring for once with two goals from Bradley Targett – after the visitors had initially taken the lead. Alresford’s recent run of victories ended with a two one home defeat by Horndean, the latter thereby retaining their second spot in the table, and it has not taken River Smith very long to find his shooting boots at Bournemouth. The newly signed striker claimed all three goals in the Poppies three two win at Shaftesbury.

Hamworthy scored all their goals in the second half in a three nil win over Brockenhurst and given their recent results both Cowes Sports and Tadley will probably be happy with the point gained in the one all draw at Westwood Park. Lymington have found form again with something of a vengeance and there were five different names on the scoresheet in their six nil win over Fareham, Jake King the only player to score twice. The Creeksiders have now not won in five and have dropped to seventeenth place in the table. With the clash between the bottom two, Team Solent and Bemerton Heath, falling foul of the weather it was a more than useful three points for Christchurch at Andover New Street, James King notching two in their three goal victory. But no changes of note at either end of the table.

In Division One, with AFC Stoneham, Romsey and Hythe & Dibden all out of action, Amesbury moved to the top of the table with a two goal win at New Milton whose losing streak continues. Verwood defeated Petersfield five two at Potterne Park – a hat trick for Ollie Davies and two for James Guthrie – which makes it just one point from the last seven games for the visitors and Matt Bunyan scored both goals in Alton’s win over Ringwood Town. Just one goal at Whitchurch which gave Newport the points in a game where they played the second forty five minutes with a “makeshift” goalkeeper following an injury to Gary Streeter.

The remaining two games saw thirteen goals scored, all by the home sides. Follands, who won five nil last week, found the other side of the coin in going down six nil at Downton – two goals apiece for TJ Moseley and Matt Steer – whilst on the opposite side of Salisbury Laverstock & Ford went one better in scoring seven against East Cowes Vics. Hat tricks for Chae Sykes and Russell Jones and difficult times for Vics who conceded five seven days earlier. As with the Premier Division no real changes at either end of the table with Amesbury perhaps the only “winners” on the day. One game in the Southampton Senior Cup and not a good one for Fawley AFC as they exited the Competition four two at Hampshire Premier League Sway. Thanks to all Clubs for commemorating Remembrance Day.