OPENING WEEKEND’S FIXTURES – 2nd/3rd AUGUST

Subject to ratification of the League constitution at this week’s AGM, the following are the fixtures on the first weekend of the season:

Friday August 2nd 
Division One
Fawley AFC v Downton

Saturday August 3rd 
Premier Division
AFC Portchester v Shaftesbury
AFC Stoneham v Portland United
Alresford Town v Cowes Sports
Amesbury Town v Baffins Milton Rovers
Bashley v Fleet Town
Brockenhurst v Tadley Calleva
Fareham Town v Bournemouth
Hamble Club v Christchurch
Horndean v Lymington Town
Solent University v Hamworthy United
Division One
Alton v Pewsey Vale
Andover New Street v U.S. Portsmouth
Andover Town v Totton & Eling
Bemerton Heath Harlequins v New Milton Town
Hythe & Dibden v Whitchurch United
Laverstock & Ford v Petersfield Town
Newport IoW v Verwood Town
Ringwood Town v East Cowes Vics
Romsey Town v Folland Sports

The season opener involves Friday night football on the Waterside where Downton are the visitors to Fawley. Both clubs finished the well and Fawley just edged the same entertaining game last season.

On Saturday in the Premier Division, both promoted sides (AFC Stoneham & Amesbury Town) start the season with difficult home games against the teams that finished 4th and 5th in the Premier Division last season. Probably the pick of the games is Lymington’s visit to Horndean who were runners up last season. Fleet Town return to the League and start with a visit to Bashley in the New Forest.

In Division One relegated Bemerton will expect to open with 3 points against New Milton Town who struggled most of last season but the other relegated side, Andover New Street, have a togh task at home against United Services. Both of the sides that just missed out on promotion, Hythe & Dibden and Romsey, will hope for winning starts at home.