Results – April 6th + John Gorman’s round up

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

Matches in both Divisions on Tuesday but no real changes to the League Tables from the results of same. In the Premier Division the top two, Sholing and Horndean, fought out a goalless draw at Fiveheads Park, meaning of course that the points difference between them remains the same, but third place Bournemouth did widen the gap between themselves and Portland. In something of a local derby the Poppies defeated Hamworthy five one at Victoria Park with two goals apiece for Fawzi Saadi and River Smith, while Portland went down two one at home to Lymington, their fourth consecutive defeat. Shaftesbury produced an impressive performance to win three one at Baffins Milton Rovers – two goals for Ben Wood –but no scorer or attendance from the hosts and an equally fine performance from Hamble Club saw them win two nil at Alresford.

In Division One two of the promotion chasing sides were in action with Amesbury maintaining their lead with a point in a goalless draw at Downton while Hythe & Dibden moved back in to second place with a three nil victory at Newport. The third game saw Andover Town move three points further away from bottom place with probably their best victory of the season, a five nil defeat of near neighbours Whitchurch. Shaquille Gwengwe scored a hat trick, including two penalties, while Whitchurch did not help their cause by being reduced to ten men immediately after the break. Lastly the strength of feeling for the Gold Cup on the Island was shown again by Cowes Sports attracting the highest attendance of the evening for their two one quarter final win over Island side Pan Sports with Jimmy Wykes scoring both goals.

One game in Division One on Wednesday with a useful point gained by Totton & Eling in a one all draw at US Portsmouth.

Before looking at the weekend, late news from our colleagues in the Hampshire Premier League- Lyndhurst are promoted to the Senior Division, together with whoever ends higher in the Southampton League between Chamberlayne Athletic or Bishops Waltham Dynamos. Relegated will be the team finishing second bottom and Athletico Romsey who have expressed a preference to return to Southampton League. New for Division One will be Andover New Street Swifts – playing at Andover New Street and Denmead – moving from Sunday football and will play at Hampshire FA’s 3G pitch at Front Lawn Havant. All to be ratified at their AGM on 9th June.

Back to ourselves, Saturday and we start at the lower end of the Premier Division where the bottom two places were decided, although not the bottom spot. Andover New Street went down five nil at home to Alresford – Luke Rae with two – and Bemerton lost by the odd goal in three at Hamble Club. Given those results Cowes Sports’ point in a three all draw with AFC Portchester, for whom Stuart McConnachie scored twice, was enough to ensure their safety. New Street have stuck to their principles and will be better for the experience but a sad day for Bemerton, for so long a fixture in the Premier Division and who are also losing long serving Secretary Andy Hardwick at the end of the season- we wish him well.

At the top Sholing received the Premier Division title from League Chairman Ian Hoare and then moved remorselessly on with a six two win over Brockenhurst – a hat trick for Dan Mason and two for Lee Wort – though the visitors will perhaps take heart from their reserves scoring eight in the Wyvern League on the same afternoon. Horndean and Bournemouth both won to stay in second and third places but another defeat for Portland. The “Deans” beat Shaftesbury three nil – three different scorers – while Bournemouth won two one at Baffins helped by the obligatory goal from River Smith. No scorer or attendance from the hosts yet again.

A lone Brad Cherrett goal consigned Portland to defeat at Christchurch and Hamworthy now share fourth place after Luke Stone scored four in their five one victory over Team Solent who themselves scored five last week with this their first loss in seven. Bashley and Lymington shared four goals with Dan Munday scoring both for the home side and Luke Ansell matching that for the visitors while lastly Tadley, who have equipped themselves the better of the three promoted Clubs, won three one at Fareham.

The Division One promotion race still bubbles along though AFC Stoneham perhaps now hold pole position by virtue of their two games in hand. Leaders Amesbury lost one nil at Alton, the home side’s first win in eleven and the leaders first loss in ten, but Hythe & Dibden are suffering a blip and were held to a one all draw by Ringwood. The aforementioned Stoneham beat New Milton five two with Matt Bainbridge scoring twice and Zac Mouland was another two goal man as Romsey stayed in contention with a best of five win over Whitchurch. US Portsmouth look destined for fifth place after going down two nil at home to Fawley while Downton, who tend to draw more games than most, scored the only goal of the game against Newport, the Islanders sixth loss in a row.

Laverstock won three two at Follands helped by a double from Chae Sykes and Andover moved out of the bottom two with a one all draw against East Cowes Vics, Shaquille Gwengwe was on the mark again for Andover whilst this was Vics fifth draw in six matches making them rivals for Downton in the draw stakes. Finally, despite picking up a point in a goalless draw at Verwood, Totton & Eling remain in bottom spot. Some questions answered, some remain as time begins to run out.