Results +John Gorman’s round up – December 8th

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

The football week started on Monday with Team Solent becoming the second side to reach the last eight of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a three nil win over Alresford. After a difficult start to the season the Students (or Sparks) have found their form of late while Alresford are fast becoming something akin to Jekyll and Hyde in terms of performances and results.

On Tuesday there were six games scheduled across four Competitions and four were actually played. The FA Vase replay at Hamworthy was nowhere near as close as the previous Saturday’s encounter with the home side four goals ahead at the break and just a consolation goal for Hamble Club in the second half. The Hammers now face a trip to Devon to meet Willand in the next round. One fixture in Division One and a convincing four goal win for AFC Stoneham over fourth place Romsey Town, two goals for Sergio Caballero, which moves them in to joint second place in the table with Hythe & Dibden, two points adrift of the leaders Amesbury.

A surprise in the Hampshire Senior Cup with Blackfield & Langley, runners up last year and currently topping the Southern League Division One South, going down two one at home to Bournemouth. River Smith, with one of the goals, is proving a very smart acquisition for the Poppies. Fareham’s Hants Senior Cup tie with US Portsmouth fell foul of the weather and Shaftesbury exited the Dorset Senior Cup at the hands of Southern League Wimborne Town, going down three one on their own pitch. The other game in the same Competition, between Bridport and Verwood, was shown as postponed but since the Sydenhams League Club could not raise a side on the evening Bridport have been awarded the tie and will progress to the next round. One game on Wednesday and almost inevitably the Hampshire Senior Cup Tie between Horndean and AFC Bournemouth was postponed because of the weather.

To the relief no doubt of all Saturday was not so bad as expected and despite the weather, best described as wet, there were only two postponements – many fewer than most would probably have predicted. The match between two of last week’s Vase winners, Baffins Milton Rovers and Hamworthy United, fell victim of a waterlogged pitch in mid-morning and more of the second postponement later. In the Premier Division victories for the top three sides meant the positions at the top of the table remained unchanged. Sholing are still seven points clear and with their one hundred per cent record intact after beating Fareham five one – a hat trick for Lee Wort – while second placed Portland United also scored five at home to Christchurch with two goals apiece for Jamie Beasley and Jamie Symes. Horndean remain third after a three one win on the Island at Cowes.

The highest crowd of the day was predictably at Brockenhurst for the clash with Bashley with the visitors winning by four goals to two and nobody on either side scoring more than once. Alresford scored twice without reply against Shaftesbury, a fifth loss in a row for the Dorset side, and at the lower end of the table there was another good win for Bemerton Heath as Lymington were beaten five nil at Western Way. Jordon Matthews scored his second hat trick in as many weeks and that is ten points from the last twelve for the Salisbury side. Nathan Lynch claimed two as Hamble Club beat Team Solent three one at Test Park and Andover New Street remain in bottom place in the table after Bournemouth scored the only goal of the game at Victoria Park.

In Division One the game between Hythe & Dibden and Totton & Eling was abandoned after an injury to the visitors Ryan Lomax and a longish wait for an ambulance. All good wishes to the player for a full and speedy recovery and thanks to all concerned for dealing with matters in such sympathetic fashion. With Hythe not in essence playing the other results leave the promotion position at the top of the table looking like a four horse race though it is still perhaps early days to make such an assumption. Leaders Amesbury continued their long winning run with a five two victory over Petersfield – two goals for Jordan Matthews – and Eduardo Jiminez scored twice in AFC Stoneham’s four two win at Whitchurch. Romsey are the last of the leading four after a seven goal win over bottom Club Andover Town with two goals for Zac Mouland. The two Clubs have now met three times this season and Romsey have scored seventeen goals in those three outings.

US Portsmouth have games in hand but lost ground after going down three one at New Milton, a second win in a row for the home Club after a long losing run. Downton continued their recent goalscoring form with a four nil defeat of East Cowes Vics and Follands also scored four without reply against Newport to make it a bad day for the island Clubs overall. At a still saddened Potterne Park Verwood Town went down seven one to Alton – a hat trick for Matt Bunyan and two for Steve Black – and Fawley increased Ringwood’s woes with a three one win on the Waterside.

Overall it was a good day for goals with thirty four in the Premier Division and forty four in Division One which equates to nearly five games a game overall. Back to the second postponement which saw the game between AFC Portchester and Tadley postponed almost as the teams prepared to kick off. For a second week running – their game last week was also postponed under contentious circumstances – Tadley were put to considerable inconvenience and expense while Portchester similarly yesterday “lost” all their hospitality expenditure and no doubt some good will. The Fixtures Secretary has more work, Tadley will have to travel south on a Tuesday evening and Portchester expended a lot of hard work and effort for nothing.

The weather has a lot to answer for. Our thanks to the Club Officials everywhere who worked so hard to get pitches playable and to the players and match officials who saw the games through. It could be drier next week.