Results – Saturday March 9th + John Gorman’s round up

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

Sadly after a couple of trouble free weeks the weather interfered on Tuesday with heavy rain in the South of the County causing the postponement of League fixtures at Horndean and Totton & Eling together with the Russell-Cotes tie at Christchurch. There were two fine, indeed one exceptional, Cup performances on the evening, but first the five Premier Division matches that were played.

With leaders Sholing engaged on Cup duty their three nearest challengers had a chance to reduce the points gap but without success. Horndean were denied by the weather after their local Derby with Fareham was called off, but both Bournemouth and Portland were beaten on their travels. Bournemouth made the long trip to Tadley and lost three two with George Hallahan claiming two for the home side and River Smith, inevitably, on the scoresheet for the visitors. Portland were beaten four two in an incident filled match in the rain at Lymington where Mike Gosney and Steve Flynn shared the home side’s goals and there were three red cards over the course of the evening. AFC Portchester gained their first win in eleven matches by beating Hamble Club two one – Joel Jackson and Mike Turvey with the all-important goals – and there was an important win for Bemerton as they strive to pull away from the bottom of the table with four different scorers in their win over Hamworthy United. The biggest attendance of the evening, and an impressive one given the weather, was at Bashley where one hundred and sixty spectators saw a last minute goal from Jesse Gould give the home side all three points against Brockenhurst.

The Division One fixture between Newport and Alton was postponed as the latter were unable to raise a side and the League will decide in due course as to whether it is rescheduled. On to the two Cup Ties and a superb performance by AFC Stoneham in the semi-final of the Southampton Senior Cup at Hamble Club as they came from behind three times and then scored in the last minute to defeat Southern League Winchester City by four goals to three. Two goals for Zach Glasspool against a Club with which he enjoyed success and now a St Marys Final against Alresford Town with whom he enjoyed possibly greater success. There was also semi-final joy for Sholing in the Russell-Cotes Cup as they came from behind to defeat Southern League Fleet Town by three goals to two at Calthorpe Park. Dan Mason notched one of the goals, his fiftieth of the season in all Competitions.

Two games scheduled for Wednesday but the weather won again meaning that Baffins Milton Rovers’ trip to Andover New Street in the Premier Division and the Isle of Wight Gold Cup tie between Cowes Sports and Pan Sports were postponed. These were closely followed by the postponement of Thursday’s Hampshire Senior Cup Tie between Sholing and AFC Bournemouth to complete a fairly miserable midweek.

Thankfully Saturday saw only one postponement with the Baffins/Shaftesbury clash falling foul of the weather and it was a good day for the sides topping the two Divisions with both not only winning but consolidating their positions. In the Premier Division it was goalless between Cowes Sports and Sholing at the break but two second half goals from Alex Sawyer gave the visitors the points and a ninth straight win. Of their three main rivals only Portland were successful, winning two nil at Alresford in a game with a fair share of yellow cards while Horndean and Bournemouth were defeated. The former went down four three at the currently high scoring Lymington and have now won only one of their last five games – two goals apiece for Steve Flynn and Tim Stephenson – while Bournemouth lost for the second time in five days, this time three two at Hamble Club for whom Owen Fee scored twice. 

Hamworthy United marked their first game under new management with a three one victory at Portchester while Brockenhurst made it four games without a win as Team Solent, led by a Silvano Obeng hat trick, won four one at the Meadens Arena. A Lucas Murrain penalty, the only goal of the game, earned Christchurch three very valuable points against Tadley but no joy for Bemerton who lost by the odd goal in three at Bashley in front of the highest Premier Division attendance of the day, bottom Club Andover New Street gained a point in a goalless draw with Fareham but overall the positions at both ends of the table remained largely unchanged.

In Division One Amesbury faced the second of their promotion rivals on away soil in as many weeks and having gained a point at Hythe & Dibden seven days previously they this time took all three points against Romsey in a game described as a superb advert for both Clubs and the League and played out in front of an attendance of 190- a record for the hosts this season and some small consolation for them. No goals in the opening half but three goals in relatively quick succession after the break saw the visitors home with a late consolation goal Romsey’s only entry on the score sheet. With Hythe & Dibden not in action AFC Stoneham moved three points closer with a four nil win over Alton with four different players contributing the goals. Alton are suffering a bad patch at present with this their seventh loss in a row.

Liam Callaghan scored twice for US Portsmouth in their three all draw with Ringwood and there was a similar result at Longmeadow between Whitchurch and Downton with Tom Hogan and TJ Moseley both scoring twice for their respective sides. Goals at Newport too where the home side scored four without reply – two for Connor Kelly- against Follands who have now only won once in their last nine. Also on the Island it was a second successive home draw for East Cowes Vics, this time sharing four goals with Laverstock & Ford, while at the bottom New Milton and Petersfield failed to muster a goal between them and Andover Town went down one nil to a very late goal at Verwood. So as previously stated no real change in the promotion and relegation stakes with Sholing still well clear in the Premier Division and Amesbury having a six point lead in Division One. Thanks for all the attendances being reported – over 1200 people watched the League games yesterday -but we could still do with ALL clubs reporting their scorers please.

What will the coming week bring?