Results Saturday March 16th + John Gorman’s round up

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

Monday evening football with the Universal Stadium the venue as Sholing began to tackle their small fixture backlog caused by their FA Vase run and the weather. A successful evening as well for the home side as they moved in to the last four of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a two one victory over AFC Bournemouth Under 21 side with goals from Dan Mason and a late winner from Jake Hoole. The only Sydenhams League side now left in the Competition they now face a home semi- final against the holders, Havant and Waterlooville, with the winner meeting either Basingstoke Town or Southampton FC in the final.

Not a good night on Tuesday with only the Premier Division game between Hamworthy and Tadley surviving the overnight and morning rain. The other Premier Division fixtures at Alresford, Brockenhurst and Fareham together with the Division One fixtures at AFC Stoneham, Laverstock & Ford, Totton & Eling and Newport were all postponed together with the Portland versus Horndean League Cup Tie and the Russell-Cotes tie at Christchurch. Ironically and annoyingly by four o’clock the sun was shining on a pleasant evening. In the game that was played Hamworthy strengthened their fifth place in the table with a three one win on the night. The League’s best wishes go to Tadley goalkeeper Sean O’Brien who sustained a serious hip injury in the course of the game. Higher up the Pyramid Callum Brooks, who left the Hammers last week to take the reins at Dorchester, guided his new side to a seven one at Merthyr whose goal was an own goal.

A rare Thursday game as Sholing start to catch up on their League fixtures with a visit to Baffins Milton Rovers. The home side were ahead at the break through Callum Dart but an Alex Sawyer equaliser and two goals in as many minutes from Lee Wort gave the League leaders the points and increased the gap at the top of the table to eighteen.

Thankfully all games were played on Saturday – the rain arriving in the evening – but the wind played a major part on the day as regards the quality of the football and the attendances. The latter were down on the norm though not all were reported. It was something of a significant day at the top of the Premier Division with Sholing failing to win for only the second time in the League and failing to score for the first time as they were held to a goalless draw at Bashley, predictably in front of the highest attendance of the day. Of their three closest pursuers at the top of the table only Horndean took advantage with a four one win over Alresford at Five Heads Park. Harry Jackson scored twice for the home side as Alresford went down to their fifth loss in their last six games. Bournemouth, with River Smith as ever on the scoresheet, were held to a one all draw at home by Shaftesbury – a good point for the visitors – whilst Portland suffered from discipline problems again as they went down three nil at Baffins Milton Rovers – sadly no record of the scorers [Ed- these were provided by an independent spectator!].

Hamworthy, in fifth place, shared four goals at Brockenhurst while Fareham are rapidly becoming the Premier Division’s draw specialists, the one all draw at home to Lymington being their fifth in their last seven games. There was another draw at Hamble Club where Nathan Lynch’s goal for the home Club was cancelled out by AFC Portchester’s Mike Turvey while there was little in the way of fortune for the clubs at the bottom of the table. Christchurch won for the second week running and eased their position, scoring three without reply against Andover New Street who remain in bottom place, but there was no joy for Cowes Sports who lost by the odd goal in three at Tadley. Bemerton gained a point with a one all draw at home to Team Solent and are now level on points with the Islanders with a game in hand.

The four Clubs vying for promotion from Division One were all away from home with two wins and two draws the outcome. Leaders Amesbury were held to a draw at bottom Club Totton & Eling – a hard earned and deserved point for the home side – and Stoneham were also forced to settle for a single point at Downton who recorded their fourth draw in the last five matches. Two goals apiece from Sam Woodward and Cain Prentice gave Hythe & Dibden a comfortable win at Andover Town – a respectable attendance on the day – while Romsey won two nil at Follands.

US Portsmouth won four one at Alton – the home side’s eighth successive loss – while Newport made it three wins in a row with a best of five goal defeat of Laverstock & Ford at St Georges Park. East Cowes Vics claimed an away victory at Ringwood courtesy of goals from Liam Newbold and Eli Ahmed and the Division’s current form side, Whitchurch United, made it five wins in six with three different scorers in their victory at Verwood. Finally Petersfield also scored three with Fawley only managing one in reply at Love Lane.

After all that Sholing still enjoy a sixteen point lead at the top of the Premier Division whilst Amesbury are four points clear in Division One with another round of fixtures completed. Thanks to all for getting the games played given the weather over the week but PLEASE can we have the scorers and attendances!