Results & John Gorman’s round up – November 17th

Premier Division
AFC Portchester  3-1  Shaftesbury
Bashley  1-1  Horndean
Bemerton Heath Harlequins  2-1  Cowes Sports
Bournemouth  2-1  Lymington Town
Brockenhurst  2-0  Alresford Town
Christchurch  1-4  Hamworthy United
Fareham Town  2-2  Andover New Street
Portland United  2-1  Team Solent
Sholing  3-1  Baffins Milton Rovers
Tadley Calleva 2-1  Hamble Club
Division One
Amesbury Town  7-0  Folland Sports
Andover Town  0-2  Alton
Downton  2-0  New Milton Town
East Cowes Vics  2-3  Romsey Town
Newport IoW 0-4  AFC Stoneham
Petersfield Town  2-0  Ringwood Town
Totton & Eling 1-3  Fawley AFC
Verwood Town  3-3  Laverstock & Ford
Whitchurch United  2-2  U.S. Portsmouth

Thankfully the weather had improved from the weekend and on Tuesday the usual midweek miscellany of matches in numerous Competitions went ahead with the exception of the Wiltshire Senior Cup tie between Laverstock & Ford and Malmesbury Victoria which did fall foul of a waterlogged pitch. Two games in the Premier Division at Bashley and Portland that both attracted three figure attendances with the latter moving in to third place of the table after beating Hamworthy United three nil with two goals from Jamie Beasley. At Bashley a one all draw kept Hamble Club in fourth place as they continue to enjoy a successful season thus far.

Six ties completed in the Russell-Cotes Cup and one not played (where Gosport Borough having withdrawn from the competition enabled AFC Stoneham to advance without a ball being kicked), and one or two perhaps surprise results. Fareham’s current run of poor form continued with a two one loss at home to Hampshire Premier League leaders Paulsgrove and AFC Portchester, with Mick Catlin holding the managerial reins after the departure of Ian Saunders, lost two nil at Petersfield, a result that should increase the home side’s morale after a recent run of defeats.

Lymington continued their current goalscoring spree with seven against Andover New Street – two each for Tim Stephenson and Luke Ansell – while Christchurch went one better in beating Alton eight two at Anstey. A hat trick for Shaun Prentice and two for Max Wilcock and some very well made and taken goals among the eight. Romsey went down one nil at Southern League Fleet Town and leaving the best to last Sholing beat AFC Totton one nil with a Jake Hoole goal in front of an attendance that topped the two hundred mark. In the Southampton Senior Cup a good win for Hythe & Dibden – three two at Brockenhurst – while Alresford scored six without reply against Southampton Senior League side, but Wiltshire based, Alderbury.

Two games, one in Division One and one in the Russell-Cotes Cup, completed the midweek action on Wednesday, AFC Stoneham maintained their unbeaten record and climbed in to third place in the table with a two one victory over Whitchurch on a very foggy evening in that part of Southampton. The home side led at the break, Whitchurch had their goalkeeper dismissed before equalising in the closing minutes only for Stoneham to emerge from the fog with the winner. Fawley AFC meanwhile reproduced last season’s Cup form by taking the lead and then holding Southern League Moneyfields to a one all draw after ninety minutes before exiting the Russell-Cotes Cup nine eight on penalties.

Happily all fixtures completed on a chilly Saturday and whist every effort is made to make this slightly different each week – with limited success sadly – three words or phrases occur with total regularity – “Sholing win”, “Dan Mason” and “Lee Wort”. And so is the case this time as the Boatmen notched up win number thirteen by beating Baffins Milton Rovers three one with Dan Mason scoring twice after a Lee Wort goal. Portland moved in to second place, their highest League position since their Championship season, with Jamie Symes scoring both goals in the two one defeat of Team Solent, a result that leaves the latter rooted in bottom spot. Horndean drop to third place after a one all draw at Bashley, a late goal from Dan Munday rescuing a point for the home side in front of the largest attendance of the day, and AFC Portchester marked Manager Mick Catlin’s first League match in charge with a three one defeat of Shaftesbury.

The game between Bournemouth and Lymington, both sides very much in the goals of late, ended in a best of three win for the Poppies, whilst Alresford went down to two Jude Nwachukwu goals at Brockenhurst. Tadley claimed their first win in seven and ended Hamble Club’s recent run with a two one victory at Barlows Park but Christchurch failed to build on their goal scoring feats of midweek going down four one at home to Hamworthy United. Luke Stone scored twice against his former Club and Mickey Finch maintained his scoring form following his move from Bournemouth. At the lower end of the table Andover New Street came back from conceding two goals in the first eleven minutes at Fareham to share the points courtesy of a Callum Sweeney double and Bemerton Heath climbed off the bottom of the table as goals from Jordon Matthews and Scott Hassall gave them victory over a Cowes Sports side who are sliding rapidly down the table. All that means that Sholing are now ten points clear at the top whilst Bemerton, New Street and Team Solent occupy the bottom three places.

In Division One Hythe & Dibden had to sit the day out and watch the teams around them at the top of the table have a generally successful day. Amesbury were the biggest scorers of the day with seven against a Follands side who struggle away from home and have now conceded in excess of fifty goals in the League. Luke Greenway led the way with a hat trick and the Wiltshire side are now five points clear but AFC Stoneham, now in second place, have two games in hand. Stoneham, with two goals from Sergio Caballero, pulled off an impressive four nil win at the improving Newport in front of a three figure attendance but US Portsmouth perhaps dropped two points in a three all draw at Whitchurch – a very good result for the home side.

Romsey needed a last ditch winner to take the points at East Cowes Vics – two goals for Dan Fox – and Mark Lilley rolled back the years to a certain extent with all three goals in Fawley’s win at Totton and Eling. Verwood and Laverstock & Ford shared four goals at Potterne Park – two penalties for the home side’s Charlie Gajic – but the bottom three all lost. New Milton went down two nil at Downton, Ringwood lost by the same score at Petersfield, the home side’s first win in nine, and Andover Town also conceded two without reply at home to Alton for whom Matt Bunyan scored both goals.

Things are beginning to take shape at the top and bottom of both Divisions but there is still a long way – and winter – to go.