Results Saturday March 2nd + John Gorman’s round up

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

Back seven days and the week started with a Premier Division fixture at Test Park and a home win and three points for Team Solent against Portland on Monday. Forward seven days and exactly the same scenario as the Students this time defeated Bemerton Heath by two goals to nil to climb to twelfth place in the table, both goals came from Silvano Obeng and the result means the visitors remain in the bottom two.

The now customary miscellany of matches on Tuesday with the nine games being spread over seven Competitions. The four semi-finalists in the Sydenhams League Cup are now known after Hamworthy United’s best of five goal win over Division One US Portsmouth at the County Ground, the Hammers now join Baffins Milton Rovers, Portland and Horndean in the last four. Three matches in the Premier Division with the three teams chasing Sholing at the top of the table all involved. Portland returned to winning ways with a three goal victory at Brockenhurst to remain in fourth place whilst Bournemouth’s impressive League season continued with a two nil win at Horndean which leaves the two sides level on points with Horndean enjoying the better goal difference. In Division One Andover Town moved off the bottom with a four one win at Alton, a fifth loss in a row for the home side and a good performance by the visitors. Again Andover chose not to report the scorers but it is understood that George Higgins scored two.

Sholing suffered a second Cup defeat in four days as a Paul Coventry goal gave Alresford victory in the Southampton Senior Cup semi-final at Stoneham and a place in the Final for perhaps the first time in their history. There was also a semi Final in the Portsmouth Senior Cup with Southern League Moneyfields proving too strong for AFC Portchester and going through to the Final with a four nil victory. A late evening at the McEnhill Stadium in the Salisbury Hospitals Cup. Salisbury and Shaftesbury were level at one apiece after ninety minutes and both sides added a further goal in extra time. The penalty shoot-out eventually ended eight seven in Salisbury’s favour. Less excitement in the Isle of Wight Gold Cup at Beatrice Avenue where a lone Joe Butcher goal gave East Cowes Vics victory over Island League side Northwood St Johns.

When you are struggling things tend not to go your way. Totton & Eling claimed a very creditable point last weekend but then returned to the bottom of the table following Andover Town’s win on Tuesday. Twenty four hours later the Millers scored four at home – two for Jake Gould – only for visitors Laverstock & Ford to score five with two goals from Adam Bourner. In the other game on the evening Andover New Street moved in to the last four of the Andover Open Cup with a three goal win over Hampshire Premier League side South Wonston Swifts.

Saturday, cold and windy, and results in both Divisions largely going as expected. It was League business as usual for Sholing following two Cup defeats as they won three one at AFC Portchester to maintain their twelve point lead at the top of the Premier Division. Horndean remain in second place on goal difference, a Jack Maloney penalty condemning visitors Bashley to their fifth loss in their last six outings, whilst Bournemouth, having won at Horndean in midweek, claimed three more points with a best of five goal win at Alresford, Dom Falco scoring twice. Portland look to have lost their way of late with their two one defeat at home at the hands of Hamble Club being their fourth loss in the last six.

George Hallahan returned from injury and scored a hat trick in the space of six minutes in Tadley’s four one defeat of Lymington and three points for Fareham with a two one win at Test Park over Team Solent. At the bottom Christchurch secured a point in a goalless draw at Brockenhurst but having played more games than most are perhaps looking over their shoulders at the Clubs below them. Cowes Sports recorded their third win in four with a single goal defeat of Shaftesbury at Westwood Park and it was a similar effort from Andover New Street as they scored the only goal of the game against Hamworthy United. The “losers” at the lower end of the table were Bemerton Heath who lost at home to a solitary goal from Baffins Milton Rovers and remain in the bottom two with New Street.

Something of a shortage of goals in the Premier Division but that was certainly not the case in Division One with over forty goals in the nine matches. The top of the table clash at Clayfields between Hythe & Dibden and leaders Amesbury finished four goals apiece with both sides in front at various stages of the afternoon. A highly entertaining ninety minutes with Sam Woodward scoring twice for the home side and Jordon Matthews matching that for the visitors. Third place Romsey had already beaten Andover Town convincingly on three occasions to date this season but were made to fight for the points this time at the Portway, a single goal from Jack Odam eventually separating the teams and maintaining his side’s third place in the table. AFC Stoneham lost ground on the day, losing by the odd goal in five at US Portsmouth, but still have games in hand on the three sides above them.

Connor Kelly scored twice in Newport’s three nil win at Petersfield, a welcome result for the island side after five straight defeats, while fellow islanders East Cowes Vics shared the points in a one all draw with Verwood. Alton went down to their sixth defeat in a row – three two at Ringwood – but three points for Fawley at Downton in a game dominated by penalties. Mark Lilley scored a hat trick of spot kicks in Fawley’s five goals and the home side’s consolation goal also came from the Spot. Laverstock & Ford and Totton & Eling met for the second time in five days and again it was the Wiltshire side who took the points after winning by three goals to two. Finally plaudits for New Milton who after nine games without a win hit the jackpot with a six nil defeat of Folland Sports, Jake Carswell leading the way with two goals. Amesbury remain three points clear at the top and have another “six pointer” next Saturday when they travel to Romsey.

So a day when little changed with regard to the big picture, some good attendances – some not reported – and a full complement of matches completed as we move in to March.