Fixtures/results +John Gorman’s round up to Friday January 4th

Friday December 28th 2018
Division One
Folland Sports  1-0  Downton

Saturday December 29th 2018
Premier Division
AFC Portchester  1-2  Alresford Town
Bemerton Heath Harlequins  4-0  Andover New Street
Bournemouth  1-1  Team Solent
Brockenhurst  3-2  Lymington Town
Cowes Sports  1-3  Baffins Milton Rovers
Fareham Town  2-1  Bashley
Hamble Club  0-1  Horndean
Hamworthy United  0-3  Portland United
Shaftesbury  3-1  Tadley Calleva
Sholing  3-0  Christchurch
Division One
East Cowes Vics  0-2  Newport IoW
Fawley AFC  2-1  Totton & Eling
Laverstock & Ford  1-1  New Milton Town
Petersfield Town  1-3  U.S. Portsmouth
Verwood Town  1-2  Ringwood Town

Thursday January 3rd 2019
Bournemouth Senior Cup Final
Bournemouth  1-0   Hythe & Dibden
at Christchurch F.C.

Friday January 4th 2019
Premier Division
Alresford Town  P-P   Hamble Club (frozen pitch)

The weekly roundup is just that this week – the weekend with no football played in midweek and one does wonder if the League and Clubs miss out by not playing on Boxing Day. The Western League is the same level as ourselves and they had a virtually full Programme on the 26th. In the Premier Division there were three attendances in excess of 100, one over 200 whilst Westbury had a gate of 445. In Division One five games attracted in excess of 100, three over 200 and the highest was 323. Surely food for thought in these days when all are looking for income.

The weekend started with a Division One fixture on Friday evening in which a second half penalty from Callum Oliver was the only goal of the game and gave Follands victory over Downton and three points that took them to eleventh place in the table, the highest they have been all season. They have now taken ten points from the last twelve, a just reward for all those working so hard at the Club.

So to Saturday and thankfully again all the scheduled matches were played with no interference from the weather but they made little to no difference to the top of the tables in either Division, In the Premier Division all the top sides won to maintain the status quo whilst in Division One the top four sides were without a game. Sholing reached the New Year with the loss of just two points following their three nil victory over Christchurch with Dan Mason scoring twice. The striker has now netted 36 goals in 32 matches to date this season – a remarkable strike rate. Second place Portland continued their own winning run as two late goals helped them to a three nil win at Hamworthy and a lone Harry Jackson goal gave Horndean victory at Hamble Club.

AFC Portchester went down two one at home to Alresford, the latter’s third win in three games, whilst Baffins Milton Rovers returned across the Solent with three points from their visit to Cowes and with three different names on the scoresheet. Brockenhurst took the points in the local derby with Lymington by the odd goal in five with the lead changing hands three times in the course of the ninety minutes while Fareham claimed their first win in four with a two one defeat of Bashley, ending a recent run of victories by the visitors.

At the lower end of the table two of the League’s top marksmen, Steve Flynn and Hisham Kasimu, were on target for Bournemouth and Team Solent respectively in their one all draw – a useful point for the Students – and a very welcome win for Shaftesbury as they ended a run of six defeats with a three one win over Tadley helped by two goals from Ben Wood. But no joy for Andover New Street who went down four nil at Bemerton and are now beginning to be cast adrift at the bottom. Jordan Matthews scored three for the home side making it ten in eleven games since moving across from Amesbury and memory, and memory alone, suggests this was his third hat trick.

As stated earlier the top four sides in Division One were not in action and United Services Portsmouth, in fifth place and with games in hand on all four, took advantage and reduced the gap between themselves and those above them after making the short trip up the A3 and defeating Petersfield by three goals to nil. Newport journeyed to East Cowes Vics for a League match for the first time in thirty years and returned home with a two goal victory in a game that attracted an attendance in excess of two hundred and fifty. Liam Triggs and Mark Taylor scored the all-important goals.

Totton & Eling saw their winless run stretch to eight matches after going down two one at Fawley despite taking the lead, while New Milton collected another useful point in a one all draw at Laverstock & Ford. Lastly three valuable points for Ringwood as they claimed only their third win of the season with a best of three victory at Verwood. Grateful for all the attendances being reported yesterday and it was good to see that a number of games were well supported.

In the Premier Division Portchester, Cowes, Fareham, Hamworthy and Sholing reported crowds in excess of one hundred whilst the Brockenhurst/Lymington clash had over two hundred. In Division One the attendance at Vics has been mentioned while Verwood also enjoyed a three figure gate. Happy New Year to all.