Results + John Gorman’s round up – November 24th

Premier Division
AFC Portchester  3-1  Lymington Town
Alresford Town  2-0  Andover New Street
Baffins Milton Rovers  3-0  Bashley
Bemerton Heath Harlequins 1-1  Hamble Club
Bournemouth  3-0  Cowes Sports
Fareham Town  2-2  Christchurch
Portland United  4-0  Brockenhurst
Sholing  1-0  Horndean
Tadley Calleva  2-1  Shaftesbury
Team Solent  4-1  Hamworthy United
Division One
Alton  1-2  Hythe & Dibden
Amesbury Town  4-0  Totton & Eling
New Milton Town  1-2  AFC Stoneham
Newport IoW  3-5  Downton
Ringwood Town  3-1  Folland Sports
Romsey Town  3-1  Petersfield Town
U.S. Portsmouth  3-2  East Cowes Vics
Verwood Town  P-P  Andover Town 
Whitchurch United  3-2  Fawley AFC

We’ll start with more sad news, this time from Verwood Town- and on behalf of the League, thoughts and sincere condolences to friends and family after the truly sad news from Potterne Park yesterday morning.

This week started on Monday which usually means Team Solent and such was the case with the Students (or Sparks) claiming their second win in three games by beating Alresford two nil with Luke Mitchell scoring both goals. The win takes them off the bottom of the table and in to eighteenth place.

Five Premier Division matches on Tuesday plus the usual miscellany of Cup fixtures and both Portland and Horndean won to maintain their pursuit of Sholing at the top of the table. Portland recorded their sixth victory in their last eight matches with two Steve Walker goals helping them to a three nil win at Shaftesbury while Horndean also had a two goal man, Zach Glasspool, in their four one win over Tadley at Five Heads Park. Hamworthy United, who have rather stuttered form wise to date, followed up their four goals on Saturday with six against Bournemouth who scored twice in reply. Luke Stone notched a hat trick to add to his two at the weekend and the Dorset side moved up to seventh place in the table. Two more two goal men at Lymington as Mike Gosney and Jake King shared the goals in their four one win over Bashley – a three figure attendance – but neighbours Brockenhurst were beaten two one at home by Fareham Town. 

In the Hampshire Senior Cup a Dan Miller goal saw Sholing progress to the next round at the expense of the Royal Navy at Burnaby Road and there was a good result for AFC Stoneham in the Southampton Senior Cup with two Sergio Caballero penalties giving them a two one victory at Premier Division Hamble Club. Laverstock & Ford proved too strong for Malmesbury Victoria in the Wiltshire Senior Cup at Church Road, winning five one with two goals for both Chas Sykes and Russell Jones, and there were three quarter final ties in the Portsmouth Senior Cup. Harry Potter scored twice for US Portsmouth as they held Havant & Waterlooville to two all after ninety minutes at West Leigh Park before the home side went through four three on penalties and in a very local derby Moneyfields scored the only goal of the game against Baffins Milton Rovers. The third tie saw AFC Portchester defeat Hampshire Premier League side Hayling United by two goals to nil.

Three games on Wednesday two of which affected the top and bottom of the two Divisions. Andover New Street gained a priceless three points with a two nil win over Bemerton Heath in the Premier Division that sent their Wiltshire neighbours to the bottom of the table but no such fortune for Andover Town. They were beaten five nil at Hythe & Dibden, though the game was a lot closer than the score suggests, with Sam Woodward scoring twice for the home side who on the evening passed the fifty goal mark in the League. In the remaining game Whitchurch defeated Wiltshire League side Ludgershall Sports five two in the Andover Open Cup with Nathan Gray scoring four.

The largest attendance on Saturday, on a day when no doubt due to the weather and the rapid approach of Christmas attendances were down on the norm, was not surprisingly at Sholing for the clash with Horndean. Those present saw a late Jake Hoole goal, the only one of the match, give the home side the points and maintain their one hundred per cent record. Second place Portland claimed their fourth win in a row with a four goal defeat of Brockenhurst, mainly courtesy of a Jamie Symes hat trick, whist AFC Portchester kept in the hunt with a three one win over Lymington. River Smith scored twice for Bournemouth in a three nil win over Cowes, a result that leaves the Island side sixteenth in the table.

Baffins Milton Rovers beat Bashley three nil – five games since the last Foresters win – while Tadley defeated Shaftesbury two one with goals from new signings Luke Neller and George Hallahan, the latter on his return to the Club. This was the Dorset side’s fourth loss in a row. At the lower end of the table a point for Christchurch in a two all draw at Fareham and also for Bemerton Heath who shared two goals with Hamble Club. The best result however was at Test Park where Team Solent beat a lately rejuvenated Hamworthy United four one, the hosts having four different scorers. Finally in the Division Andover New Street made life difficult for themselves at Alresford by playing for an hour with ten men and went down two nil.

In Division One the leading five sides all won to preserve the status quo at the top of the table. Amesbury beat Totton and Eling four nil, two goals for Luke Greenway, and Hythe & Dibden gained an impressive two one win at Alton. AFC Stoneham maintained their unbeaten record with a win by the odd goal in three at New Milton and Romsey, with two goals from Liam Magee, beat Petersfield. Those results leave both Totton & Eling and New Milton in the bottom three. Fifth place US Portsmouth claimed a late winner to beat East Cowes Vics three two – not the first time Vics have lost at the death so to speak but a better performance than their last two away trips.

A lot of goals at St Georges Park where Downton won five three to make it a bad day overall in terms of results for the Island sides with TJ Moseley and Matt Steer both scoring twice for the visitors. Elsewhere Whitchurch beat Fawley AFC three two at Longmeadow and Follands, after scoring first, went down three one at Ringwood Town. Lastly in Division One the game at Verwood was postponed for the saddest of reasons and the League’s sympathies and condolences are extended to all.

Overall no real changes as regards the tables, Sholing still lead the Premier Division by seven points while Amesbury, Hythe and Dibden and AFC Stoneham lead the way in Division One and no real changes at the lower reaches either. On to next week. To finish a request if we may. The idea is to make the round up as all-embracing as possible but we cannot include the goal scorers if we are not told – and we were short of some in the Premier Division this week.