John Gorman’s Weekly Preview

With the Premier Division almost signed, sealed and settled as regards the important placings we will start, as last week, with Division One. All four of the contenders at the top of the table are in action while Amesbury are already certain of finishing in the top two a win at Verwood on Saturday would give them the chance of the Title. Hythe and Dibden and Romsey both have one game to play- at Follands and Petersfield respectively – but their future is very much in AFC Stoneham’s hands. The latter still have three games to play and should they win two of those their superior goal difference will take them in to the top two regardless of other results. Elsewhere US Portsmouth, assured of fifth place, travel to Laverstock and Ford who have won three of their last six, whilst sixth place Downton cross to East Cowes and a Vics side that has enjoyed a good season. Fawley, with five wins in their last seven and their Reserves in a Wyvern League Final, have also enjoyed the season and they host an Alton side recovering from a bad run of results. Newport, in what for them is probably a disappointing seventh place, go to New Milton while Totton and Eling will be looking for the points they need to avoid bottom spot when Whitchurch journey to Test Park. All may be a little clearer come Saturday teatime.

In the Premier Division Sholing have two games still to play and one point at Hamworthy on Saturday will see them reach the one hundred mark for the season, though the home side, still in with a chance of fourth place will have ideas of their own. Horndean, assured of second place, possibly their highest ever finish, face a rejuvenated Cowes Sports at Five Heads Park while Bournemouth, who have enjoyed an exceptional season, end their campaign with a trip to Fareham and will finish third whatever the outcome. The home side will be looking for a win after three successive defeats, Cup Finalists Portland entertain Bashley, who have won four of their last six, while Baffins entertain New Street for the second meeting between the two Clubs in as many weeks. Baffins won the first game four one and will be looking for a double. Alresford have to come down from Cloud Nine after their Southampton Senior Cup win in midweek and make the long journey to Shaftesbury – never an easy place to get points – while two Clubs who have finished in mid table, Tadley Calleva and AFC Portchester, meet at Barlows Park. The home side have acquitted themselves well in their first season at the higher level but given the standards they set themselves it has probably been a disappointing season for their visitors. Hamble Club and Team Solent, with just one point separating them in the Table, meet in a game that should have goals in it and Lymington, with three wins in their last four, finish their season with a visit from second last place Bemerton, who sadly have had a season very much to regret.

In Sport the nature of the game means there will always be winners and losers.