Results Saturday Jan. 26th + John Gorman’s round up

Premier Division

Andover New Street 1-0 Tadley Calleva
Baffins Milton Rovers 1-1 AFC Portchester
Bournemouth 5-1 Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Cowes Sports 1-0 Brockenhurst
Fareham Town 0-4 Sholing
Hamble Club 3-0 Bashley
Hamworthy United 2-0 Alresford Town
Lymington Town 1-0 Shaftesbury
Portland United 2-3 Horndean
Team Solent 2-0 Christchurch

Division One

Alton 2-6 Romsey Town
Amesbury Town 4-2 AFC Stoneham
East Cowes Vics 1-1 Folland Sports
Hythe & Dibden 2-2 U.S. Portsmouth
New Milton Town 2-5 Andover Town
Newport IoW 1-0 Fawley AFC
Ringwood Town 2-1 Petersfield Town
Totton & Eling 3-4 Downton
Whitchurch United 2-0 Laverstock& Ford

A rare Monday start to the week with Team Solent and AFC Portchester sharing the points with a two all draw at Test Park. Solent were two up inside sixteen minutes – the first goal coming after just thirty seconds – but two second half goals levelled matters and both sides moved up one place in the table on goal difference.

Nine Premier Division fixtures scheduled for Tuesday to complete a full midweek Programme for the Division but the days weather mixture of frost, sunshine and rain caused the games at Lymington and Tadley to be postponed. No problems at Sholing where the League leaders marched on with a three nil win over near neighbours Hamble Club, two goals coming late in the game and Dan Mason adding another to his season’s tally. With second place Portland one of the sides not in action Horndean narrowed the gap between them by three points with a four one victory at Andover New Street, two goals for Mark Smith, but no joy for fourth place Bournemouth as Bashley won their sixth game in their last seven with a four one success at Victoria Park with four different names on the scoresheet.

Hamworthy continued to put their Vase loss behind them with a three two defeat of Baffins Milton Rovers at the County Ground and the three remaining games all had a bearing on the positions at the bottom of the table. Cowes Sports went down two one at Brockenhurst, the winner coming in the last minute, to remain in nineteenth place but better news for followers of Christchurch and Shaftesbury who both claimed valuable points on the night. Christchurch made it ten points from the last fifteen with a three nil defeat of Fareham – the Creeksiders have conceded a lot of goals of late – and two goals from Greg Peel gave Shaftesbury the spoils against Bemerton. This moved the Rockies four places up the table while Christchurch are now in thirteenth spot but Bemerton drop in to the bottom three.

Saturday was not a good day for watching football in terms of the weather but a full programme ensued with some interesting, surprising and perhaps important results. However neither the weather or indeed anything else can seemingly stop Sholing as they took their tally of League goals to over seventy for the season with a four nil victory at Fareham. The “old firm” of Dan Mason (2) and Lee Wort contributed three of the goals that keep the Boatmen fifteen points clear at the top of the Premier Division.

If it is going to be windy anywhere it will probably be at Portland and such was the case as the home side’s long unbeaten run was halted by Horndean with a best of five goal victory that meant the sides changed places in second and third position in the table. Ash Howes scored twice for the visitors; we also hear that three of the goals overall came direct from corners. This was only Portland’s third defeat of the season and took Horndean’s winning run to six. Fourth placed Bournemouth defeated Bemerton five one – two goals apiece for Steve Flynn and Dom Falco – and the Wiltshire side, after a brief recent revival, are now very much in the relegation zone following this fourth straight defeat.

In Portsmouth Baffins Milton Rovers and AFC Portchester shared two goals and the points but Bashley’s recent run of six wins in eight was ended at Hamble Club where they went down three nil. Hamworthy United made it five wins out of six with a two nil defeat of Alresford to climb in to fifth place and Team Solent secured a similar scoreline against Christchurch at Test Park. A Gareth Bricknell goal gave Cowes Sports three valuable points and revenge for their midweek loss at Brockenhurst but Shaftesbury conceded the only goal of the game at Lymington to remain very much in the lower reaches of the table. Joy however for bottom placed Andover New Street as a second half penalty from Callum Sweeney gave them victory over Tadley and their first win in nine matches.

It was all change again at the top of Division One with Amesbury regaining the number one position after beating AFC Stoneham four two at Bonnymead Park with Jordan Matthews scoring twice in what was Stoneham’s first defeat of the season in the League, Hythe & Dibden came from behind to draw two all with US Portsmouth with Mig Dark scoring against his old side whilst fourth placed Romsey ensured they stayed in the hunt with an emphatic six two victory at Alton helped by a hat trick from Liam Magee. Romsey were three up in twenty five minutes and though the home side pulled it back to three two that was as close as they got.

A lone goal from Jordan Browne gave the improving Newport victory over Fawley and lifted them in to sixth place and a very late Lee Vint goal saw Ringwood take all three points against Petersfield with a best of three victory. There was another late goal at East Cowes where the home side’s Jimmi Burton ensured a one all draw and denied Follands a rare away victory.

At the lower end of the table Whitchurch ignored the Potato Festival taking place at the next door school to record a two nil win over Laverstock a& Ford, their first win in seven but no such joy for Totton & Eling as despite scoring three they went down to Downton who scored four courtesy of a TJ Moseley hat trick and an own goal. And finally plaudits to Andover Town as they recorded certainly their best victory of the season with a five two success at New Milton. There was a hat trick for Shaquille Gwengwe and two for Josh Bertie but to put this in to perspective they had only scored twenty four goals in the previous twenty one matches, and they are now just one point behind Totton & Eling though both Clubs still look a little marooned at the bottom. At the top the leading four are covered by just four points though Stoneham have games in hand, as do US Portsmouth in fifth place.

Thanks for all the attendances yesterday, five over one hundred on a far from pleasant day, but we DO need advice of the scorers and basically it is the same Clubs week by week that do not readily provide the information which stops this round up from being as informative as we would wish.