Results 02/02/19 + John Gorman’s review

F.A. Vase 5th Round
Sholing  3-1  Sporting Khalsa
Premier Division
AFC Portchester  1-4  Christchurch
Division One
Fawley AFC  2-3  Whitchurch United
Ringwood Town  2-1  New Milton Town 
U.S. Portsmouth  5-1  Verwood Town 

All other games postponed

Monday evening football again but not for once at Team Solent but in Division One at US Portsmouth, where the home side “used up” one of their games in hand on the Clubs above them to good advantage by beating an inform Newport by three goals to two. Five goals and five different scorers leaving the home side still ten points behind fourth place but still with games in hand on three of the sides above them.

The late afternoon weather following a reasonable morning played havoc with the evening’s fixtures on Tuesday with only two of the eight games scheduled actually taking place. Premier Division matches at AFC Portchester, Lymington and Shaftesbury along with the Division One match at Totton & Eling went by the board as did Cup ties at Sholing and Alresford. In the two matches that were played Baffins Milton Rovers and Horndean shared two goals and the points in the Premier Division and Downton defeated Andover Town two nil in Division One.

Still with Division One and one game on Wednesday evening at a probably rather chilly Waterside with Verwood winning two nil at Fawley with goals from James Guthrie and Charlie Gajic. The win lifted the winners three places in the table overtaking their hosts in the process. The North Hants Cup Semi-final between Andover New Street and Alton fell victim to a frozen pitch.

As expected and prophesied the weather played havoc with the fixtures on Saturday with only five matches being completed and more work for the hard working Fixtures Secretary. Thankfully one of those completed was at the Universal Stadium where an attendance in excess of four hundred saw Sholing advance in to the last eight of the FA Vase with a three one win over Midland League Sporting Khalsa with two goals from Dan Mason and one from Lee Wort. A first class performance and all credit to “The Boatmen” for bringing themselves, and by association the League, in to the footballing public eye.

On the League front just one game in the Premier Division and AFC Portchester’s up and down season was in “down” mode as they went down four one at home to Christchurch. Four different
scorers for the Dorset Club and this, their third win in the last four games, takes them to twelfth place in the table. Three games in Division One with none of the four leading Clubs in action and US Portsmouth took advantage of their absence to move three points closer with a five one defeat of Verwood at Burnaby Road. Two goals apiece for Dec Seiden (one from the penalty spot) and Liam Callaghan and they are now seven points behind fourth place Romsey but eleven points ahead of sixth place and still with a couple of games in hand on some.

Fawley AFC lost for the third time in a row despite coming from two down to level the scores but a dismissal in the second half was followed by a third goal for Whitchurch which wrapped up their second win in as many games. In the last of the completed matches another victory for Ringwood, now twelfth in the table, with Lee Vint scoring both goals in their two one defeat of New Milton. So no changes at the top of either Division and just a hope for better weather to come.

Back to Sholing and five of the eight scheduled Vase ties were played yesterday with two postponed and one being hopefully played today. The four Clubs already through to the last eight with Sholing are Canterbury City and Cray Valley Paper Mills from the South East Counties League – the latter beat Baffins Milton Rovers in the last round – Northwich Victoria who ground share at Witton Albion and play in the North West Counties League and Western Premier Division leaders Willand Rovers who ended Hamworthy’s hopes last time out. The tie being played today is between Spartan South Midlands side Biggleswade and Windsor from the Hellenic League. The two postponed ties pitch Irlam- who are based around seven miles west of Old Trafford, from the North West Counties against Combined Counties League Chertsey Town and provide a North East Derby between Northern League sides Hebburn and West Auckland – and Sholing of course defeated the last named in the Final in 2014