Results w/c April 22nd + John Gorman’s round up

Monday April 22nd 2019
Premier Division
Portland United  0-3  Sholing
Division One
AFC Stoneham  3-0  U.S. Portsmouth
Newport IoW  v  Alton – home walkover

Tuesday April 23rd 2019
Isle of Wight Gold Cup Semi Final
Cowes Sports  1-1  Whitecroft & Barton Sports (1-3 on pens)

Wednesday April 24th 2019
Andover Open Cup Final
Andover New Street Swifts  P-P  Andover New Street POSTPONED
Salisbury Hospital Cup Final
Bemerton Heath Harlequins  P-P  Salisbury POSTPONED

Thursday April 25th 2019
Division One
Totton & Eling  3-3  AFC Stoneham (AFC Stoneham are champions)

Saturday April 27th 2019
Isle of Wight Gold Cup Final
Whitecroft & Barton Sports  1-6  Newport IoW

Two games played on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday with the Premier Division completed for the season with Sholing’s three nil win at Portland courtesy of goals from Alex Sawyer, Brad Targett and an own goal. Sholing finished no fewer than thirty one points clear at the top of the Division with just one defeat all season – certainly worthy Champions. In Division One AFC Stoneham assured a top two finish because of their superior goal difference after a three nil home win over US Portsmouth with Edu Jimenez, Zach Glasspool and Jo Sutherden on the scoresheet. One point from their final game will give them the title. Sadly the other game scheduled on the day was not played as for the second time Alton failed to fulfil their fixture at Newport for what would have been the home Club’s last ever game at St Georges Park in front of an undoubted three figure attendance. One would hope that the Alton players commitment to their Club and to the League would now be some concern to them whilst Newport have probably suffered financially through no fault of their own.

One game on the Island on Tuesday and a surprise result as Island League side Whitecroft and Barton reached the Final of the Isle of Wight Gold Cup at the expense of Sydenhams Premier Cowes Sports. The score was one all at ninety minutes – another goal for John McKie for Cowes – but the Island League side proved more proficient in the penalty shoot-out, winning three one, to face Newport in Saturday’s Final. The Round Up becomes even shorter with the postponement of both of Wednesday’s scheduled fixtures. The Salisbury Hospitals Cup Final between Salisbury and Bemerton Heath was postponed because of the Whites’ involvement in the Play-offs in their League. We are also sorry to hear of the passing away of Bryn West, Bemerton Club Member – and we offer our condolences to all concerned; whilst the Andover Open Cup Final has been delayed because of possible player ineligibility problems in the second semi-final. No rearranged dates are known at present.

The Sydenhams League season finished on Thursday with the final fixture in Division One and as is so often the case in sport it bought joy to one and despair to the other as regards those involved. A three all draw between Totton & Eling and AFC Stoneham, with an attendance approaching 300, meant that the latter, who were three nil up at one stage, took the Division One title on goal difference from Amesbury, whilst the Millers finished one point adrift of Andover Town at the bottom of the table. Congratulations to Stoneham and as far as Sydenhams fixtures are concerned just the League Cup Final left.

One other Cup Competition came to its seasonal conclusion on Saturday as Newport added to their lengthy list of victories with a six one win over Whitecroft & Barton Sports in the Final of the Isle of Wight Gold Cup. Two goals apiece from Mark Taylor and Connor Kelly helped the Wessex League side home over the Island League Champions who deserve all credit for reaching the Final.

Taking the season as a whole Sholing have rightfully taken most of the plaudits and mention too to Baffins Milton Rovers but two Clubs have excelled themselves – Bournemouth by their considerable and deserved change in fortunes and Tadley for what can only be described as an excellent season at a level never previously experienced