Results w/c April 16th + John Gorman’s round up

Tuesday April 16th 2019
Premier Division
Baffins Milton Rovers  3-1  Hamworthy United
Sholing  3-0  Portland United
Division One
Totton & Eling  2-2  Alton
Southampton Senior Cup Final
Alresford Town  3-0  AFC Stoneham
Andover Open Cup Semi Final
Andover Town  0-1  Andover New Street

Saturday April 20th 2019
Premier Division
Baffins Milton Rovers  2-0  Andover New Street
Fareham Town  2-1  Bournemouth
Hamble Club  1-0  Team Solent
Hamworthy United  2-3  Sholing
Horndean  6-1  Cowes Sports
Lymington Town  1-1  Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Portland United  2-1  Bashley
Shaftesbury  6-2  Alresford Town
Tadley Calleva  3-1  AFC Portchester
Division One
AFC Stoneham  4-0  Ringwood Town
East Cowes Vics  1-4  Downton
Fawley AFC  1-2  Alton
Folland Sports  1-7  Hythe & Dibden
Laverstock & Ford  3-2  U.S. Portsmouth
New Milton Town  0-2  Newport IoW
Petersfield Town 1 -3  Romsey Town
Totton & Eling  2-0  Whitchurch United
Verwood Town  1-0  Amesbury Town

Just five games this midweek and all played on Tuesday. Congratulations to Alresford who, possibly at the first attempt, claimed the Southampton Senior Cup by defeating AFC Stoneham three nil at St Marys. Goals from Steve Hall, Lerone Plummer and Luke Rae gave the Premier Division side the Trophy and put some gloss on what has, by their standards, been a slightly indifferent season. All credit to Stoneham for reaching the Final and they still have every chance of clinching promotion to cap a successful campaign.

In the Premier Division there were home wins for both Sholing and Baffins Milton Rovers. The former beat Portland three nil – goals from Dan Miller, Dan Mason and Brad Targett – while Jason Parish scored twice in Baffins’ three one defeat of Hamworthy United. The final game saw Andover New Street reach their second Cup Final of the season with a single goal victory at near neighbours Andover Town in the Andover Open Cup, a Shane Lock goal in the first half deciding matters.

A lovely sunny Saturday but still the final top two places in Division One remain unclear. Amesbury, already guaranteed one of the two spots, missed their chance of taking the title when a lone Charlie Gajic goal condemned them to defeat at Verwood. Meanwhile the three remaining Clubs in contention all won. Hythe & Dibden scored seven at Follands – two for Julian Stahler and five other scorers – while Romsey were also on the road, winning three one at Petersfield with two goals from Zac Mouland. Not to be outdone AFC Stoneham had their two goal man too with an Edu Jimenez brace helping them to a four nil win over Ringwood. Only Stoneham have yet to finish their programme and such is their goal difference three points from the remaining two fixtures will see them in to the top two and four pints will give them the title.

US Portsmouth remain comfortably in fifth place despite a three two loss at Laverstock & Ford, for whom Adam Bourner scored twice, and Downton complete the top six after winning four one at East Cowes Vics, the home side actually scored first but the visitors took charge with TJ Moseley scoring twice. Alton confirmed their late return to form with a best of three goal win at Fawley and in the meeting of the “New’s” Newport won two nil at New Milton. Totton & Eling, like Stoneham, still have two games to play – in one they play each other – and the Millers need one win to take them off the foot of the table.

Sholing took their tally of Premier Division victories to 33 from 37 games with a three two win at Hamworthy with two more goals for Dan Mason. The striker has so far scored 64 goals in all competitions this season with his partner in crime Lee Wort adding 50 to the overall total. Horndean, already assured of second place, finished in style with a six one defeat of Cowes Sports after the Islanders had scored first. Harry Jackson and Alfie Lis both scored two for the Fiveheads Park side. Bournemouth finished third, despite going down by the odd goal in three at Fareham – their goal courtesy of River Smith – and Portland, after a slightly rocky second half to the season, confirmed themselves in fourth place with a two one win over Bashley.

Alresford, the “Kings of Inconsistency” finished their campaign on a low with a six two defeat at Shaftesbury. Derick Hayford scored the day’s only hat trick for the winners in what was almost certainly their highest victory since reaching the top level. A Prince McLean goal gave Hamble Club the spoils against Team Solent and Baffins Milton Rovers defeated Andover New Street for the second time in ten days but as usual declined to report their scorers in the two nil victory. Relegated Bemerton Heath ended with a point at Lymington – another goal for Micky Finch – and Tadley finished a highly satisfactory first season in the Premier Division with a three one win over AFC Portchester with Alex Fragata scoring twice.

Mention of and congratulations to last season’s Champions, Blackfield and Langley, who have won the Southern League South Division at the first time of asking – a highly creditable achievement. But on the home front it is Sholing who take the plaudits- very much the Team of the Season in the League. This is the last round up of the season and my sincere thanks to Mike Robins for the information and for correcting the (numerous) errors and thanks to all those Clubs who cooperated so willingly. Enjoy the Summer, as it’s not too long before we all start again.