Results – Saturday April 13th + John Gorman’s review

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

With a handful of games on Tuesday – four to be precise – and Sholing showed again why they are top of the League. Faced with a trip to Bournemouth, who themselves have enjoyed a successful season and were in third place in the table, the leaders scored four before the break and finished up with a six two victory to their credit. Dan Mason, Lee Wort and Jake Hoole all scored twice with the first goal of the six being their one hundredth scored in the League for the season. Goals too at Five Heads Park where Horndean scored five before the break against near neighbours Fareham with the final score being six one. Sean McMonagle claimed a hat trick and Harry Jackson scored twice as the Deans found their shooting boots again. Only two goals in the third game in the Premier Division and they were shared between Shaftesbury and Hamworthy United. Derick Hayford gave the home side an early lead before Luke Stone’s penalty gave Hamworthy a point that took them above Portland in to fourth place. The Division One fixture between Totton and Eling and AFC Stoneham was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch – the Millers seem to suffer more than most in wet weather – leaving both sides a little adrift as regards completing their fixtures. The final game on the evening saw Amesbury exit the Salisbury Hospitals Cup at the semi-final stage with Salisbury proving too strong and winning by three goals to nil.

One game on Wednesday with Baffins Milton Rovers winning four one at Andover New Street with two goals each for Callum Dart and Tyler Moret and a Shane Lock penalty in reply.

The weekly preview for Saturday started with the position at the top of the First Division which has become a little clearer after all the four teams involved were in action on Saturday. Amesbury, with only one point from their previous two games, re-discovered the winning habit with Danny Finnigan scoring twice in a three nil victory over East Cowes Vics that was not as clear cut as the score suggests. Hythe & Dibden also found the winning touch with an impressive best of five goals victory at Downton. Cain Prentice, Sam Woodward and Mig Dark scored the Hythe goals with Tom Moseley adding two more to his growing tally for Downton. Romsey Town also recorded an impressive victory winning three one at fifth place US Portsmouth – goals from Harry Draycott, James Clifton and Indi Elezi – but AFC Stoneham were held to a goalless draw at Petersfield who can be obdurate opponents at times. With a maximum of 36 games to play the position now, with the maximum points available in square brackets, is: Amesbury Town Played 35 84 Points [87] Hythe & Dibden Played 35 80 Points [83] AFC Stoneham Played 33 77 Points [86] Romsey Town Played 35 78 Points [81] Amesbury are now assured of finishing in the top two and Stoneham have matters in their own hands.

Elsewhere in the Division Fawley AFC notched their fifth win in seven with a two one victory at Laverstock & Ford, Alton won for the second successive Saturday with three different scorers in their three one defeat of Verwood and Whitchurch scored twice without reply against Follands, the latter’s eighth loss in nine games. One of the Whitchurch goals came from Ryan Long who has been a shrewd signing for the North Hampshire Club. At the bottom Andover Town finished their season with a three one defeat at Newport and somewhat bizarrely will finish in the bottom two in Division One twelve months after finishing second in the Premier Division. New Milton moved out of the bottom two with a three one win over bottom Club Totton & Eling with two of the goals coming from Claudio Carvalho.

The Premier Division is already settled as regards top and bottom but there are still places to play for behind Champions Sholing who defeated Tadley three nil with Dan Mason and Lee Wort featuring on the score sheet for the umpteenth time. Horndean and Bournemouth remain in second and third spots after a goalless draw at Victoria Park but Portland regained the fourth place they lost in midweek courtesy of victory over Fareham, their first win in five. Hamworthy United’s brief sojourn in fourth place was ended by a two one defeat at Bashley with Dan Munday claiming one of the home goals.

Old rivals Baffins Milton Rovers and Hamble Club failed to score a goal between them, though the visitors missed a late penalty, and Alresford’s topsy turvy season continued with a two one home defeat at the hands of Christchurch. The Dorset side were in the relegation area at Christmas but a strong finish to the season – this was their fourth win in five – saw them to safety long before yesterday’s finish to their campaign. Another side to complete their fixtures was Brockenhurst with an early James Thomson goal giving them victory over Shaftesbury while near neighbours Lymington won by the odd goal in three at Cowes – Manager John McKie on target again for the Islanders.

The two Clubs already resigned to relegation, Bemerton Heath and Andover New Street both lost again with the former going down three one at home to AFC Portchester – three different scorers for the winners – whilst New Street’s goals against column moved in to three figures after a four two defeat at Team Solent. Like Christchurch Team Solent were very much at the wrong end of the table coming in to the New Year but have climbed to mid table helped in no uncertain terms by goals from Hisham Kasimu, the striker scored his third hat trick in the last four Saturdays and has now scored 69 goals in 67 appearances for the Students and is second only to Jesse Waller Lassen in the Club’s all-time scoring charts. Proof again that a proven goalscorer is worth his weight in gold!

One week to go and a word of recognition to the Fixture Secretary for his hard work in getting the season finished on time and thanks to all Clubs for their efforts in cooperating with same.