Results 12/01/19 & John Gorman’s round up

Sydenhams (Wessex) League Cup 2nd Round
AFC Stoneham  1-4  Hamworthy United
Premier Division
Andover New Street  0-5  Team Solent
Baffins Milton Rovers 2 2  Alresford Town
Bashley  1-0  Christchurch
Bemerton Heath Harlequins  0-5  Fareham Town
Cowes Sports 1-3  Bournemouth
Horndean  6-0  AFC Portchester
Lymington Town  0-5  Sholing
Shaftesbury  0-1  Brockenhurst
Tadley Calleva  2-2  Portland United
Division One
Amesbury Town  5-2  Andover Town
Hythe & Dibden  4-0  Alton
Laverstock & Ford  0-3  Petersfield Town
New Milton Town  1-1  Downton
Newport IoW  1-1  Verwood Town
Ringwood Town  2-1  Whitchurch United
Romsey Town  1-0  Fawley AFC
Totton & Eling  0-4  East Cowes Vics
U.S. Portsmouth  4-3  Folland Sports

There were three Russell Cotes Cup Quarter Finals on Tuesday together with one fixture in the Hampshire Senior Cup. In the Russell Cotes Cup AFC Stoneham made the short trip to Premier Division leaders Sholing and went down to a single Lee Wort goal after a battling performance. Another Division One side, Petersfield, produced a similar performance in holding Christchurch to a two all draw at Hurn Bridge before going out six five on penalties. In the third tie a Mike Gosney goal was not enough for Lymington against Southern League Fleet Town at the Sports Ground with the visitors winning by two goals to one. In the Hampshire Senior Cup tie Horndean had to give best to AFC Bournemouth, losing three one at Five Heads Park with Alfie Lis notching the home side’s goal.

A chilly Saturday but happily a full programme with the leading sides in both Divisions continuing to put points on the board and opening a gap at the top end of the table. In the Premier Division Sholing scored five away from home for the second time this season with Dan Mason claiming three of the goals at Lymington, but second place Portland stuttered slightly with a two all draw at Tadley. It is never easy to get points at Barlows Park and four regulars on the score sheet – Brett Denham and George Hallahan for the home side and Jamie Symes and Jamie Beasley for the visitors.

The surprise result in the Division was perhaps at Horndean, not a surprise in that the home side took the points but in the score line – six nil against AFC Portchester. A hat trick for Sean McGonagle and two for Alfie Lis in what surely must be one of the heaviest defeats in Portchester’s Sydenhams League history. Baffins and Alresford enjoyed a hard fought two all draw in Portsmouth and a lone goal from Cameron Beard gave Bashley victory over Christchurch. An attendance in excess of two hundred and fifth place in the table made it a happy day for the New Forest Club.

Fareham found form with a vengeance scoring five without reply at Bemerton with a Simon Woods hat trick leading the way, but with the exception of Team Solent the other sides at the bottom end of the table all lost. Shaftesbury’s current poor run continued with a one nil defeat at home by Brockenhurst -James Thomson’s goal giving The Badgers their first win in six – and Cowes also went down at home, three one to Bournemouth with River Smith, twice, and Steve Flynn almost inevitably the scorers. In the clash between the bottom two as at the start of the day it all went badly wrong for Andover New Street. They lost their goalkeeper to a “last man” challenge in the opening minutes and were reduced to nine men just before the break when the game was still scoreless. With no replacement keeper on the bench and a two man deficit the second half was all one way with Team Solent running out five nil winners, two goals for Silvano Obeng, and climbing to sixteenth place in the table.

Before moving on to Division One there was one League Cup tie involving a side from each Division with Hamworthy United putting last week’s FA Vase defeat behind them with a four one win at AFC Stoneham.

With Stoneham not in League action the remaining three Clubs at the top of the table all won to widen the gap between the top four and the remainder of the Division. Amesbury took over top spot with a five two win over Andover Town- a hat trick for Tom Plant – and Hythe & Dibden made it ten wins in the last twelve matches with Julian Stahler scoring a hat trick for the winners. Fourth place Romsey attracted another three figure crowd that saw a Jack Odam penalty give them victory over Fawley while US Portsmouth, still trying to make up ground on the leaders, beat Follands four three with Liam Callaghan and James Franklyn sharing the goals but Newport lost ground after being held to a one all draw at home by Verwood.

Good away wins for both Petersfield and East Cowes Vics with the former scoring three without reply at Laverstock & Ford- and Vics recording their best result of the season, Joe Butcher scoring twice in their four nil win at Totton & Eling who, like Andover, are now looking a little adrift at the bottom of the table. New Milton gained a useful point in a one all draw with Downton while Ringwood made it four wins in a row with a best of three goal victory over Whitchurch taking them into mid table. So no change with Sholing ten points clear at the top of the Premier Division and a highly interesting four way tussle developing at the top of Division One

Finally the usual request for attendances and scorers from ALL Clubs please. (John Gorman)