John Gorman’s Weekly Preview

The eyes of those interested in the final destination of the Premier Division Title this season will, even at this early stage, be focused on the Universal Stadium this Saturday when Sholing put their one hundred per cent record to the test against third place Horndean. At present eight points separate the two Clubs and Sholing have a game in hand with a third of the League fixtures completed. The side “in between” the two, Portland, – one point ahead of Horndean – have won six of their last seven matches and welcome the rather inconsistent Brockenhurst to the Grove. Fourth place AFC Portchester entertain Lymington Town, who have found their shooting boots of late, while Bournemouth, who complete the top five, will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat in midweek when Cowes Sports, in need of points, visit Victoria Park. Hamworthy United have scored ten goals in their last two games and climbed to seventh place in the table and they now journey to Test Park where Team Solent gained a welcome win in midweek. Baffins Milton Rovers, beaten by Sholing last Saturday, are at home to Bashley who are another side who could wear the “inconsistent” label and Fareham will be seeking to add to their midweek win when Christchurch, still too low in the table for their liking, travel to Cams Alders. Both Tadley and Shaftesbury suffered midweek defeats and now meet at Barlows Park which just leaves two sides at the bottom end of the table and who played each other on Wednesday evening. The result of same was Andover New Street defeating Bemerton Heath two nil to leave the losers in bottom place. On Saturday New Street travel to Alresford, who have lost their last three, whilst Bemerton host a Hamble Club side no doubt still smarting from their slightly surprising Southampton Senior Cup defeat in midweek.

Division One leaders Amesbury Town are at home to Totton and Eling while Hythe and Dibden, who both moved in to second place and topped the fifty goal mark for the season in their midweek win, travel to Alton – never an easy place to gain points. AFC Stoneham, still unbeaten, head west to New Milton who are badly in need of both points and breaking a long losing run and fourth place Romsey Town entertain Petersfield who ended their own losing run last Saturday. The last of the top five, US Portsmouth, welcome East Cowes Vics to Burnaby Road with the visitors having struggled on their travels of late. Fellow Islanders Newport host Downton with just one point separating the two Clubs in the table and there is a similar difference between Whitchurch and Fawley AFC who meet in North Hampshire. Two sides in need both of points and a win, Ringwood Town and Follands, cross swords in the Forest and not too far away Verwood, in sixth place, will welcome Andover Town who played much better in midweek at Hythe and Dibden than the final score suggested.

Some interesting games at both ends of both Divisions.