WEEKEND TWENTY SEVEN ROUND UP
Fortunately Storm Doris, despite the usual confident worse case scenario from the BBC South Weather forecast, either arrived late or not at all allowing twelve fixtures to be completed, more than one would have expected some twenty four hours earlier.
There was no change at the top of the Premier division with the top four sides all collecting three points. Leaders Moneyfields took their unbeaten run to ten games with a comprehensive seven goal defeat of Fawley AFC with strike “twins” Steve Hutchings and Gary Austin both scoring twice. Blackfield & Langley came from behind at Gang Warily to beat Andover Town by the odd goal in three with the winner, a superb dipping volley, coming from Harrison Fay, a recent signing by the home side from ……..Andover! Portland United secured their sixth straight win with a three goal defeat of Bashley in what may well have been the first ever meeting between the two Clubs at the Grove – Bashley have now won only once in their last eight games – whilst Dan Mason’s third minute goal gave Sholing the points at Portchester where the home side enjoyed the better of the second half but could not find the net. Two games that did not affect either end of the table saw Alresford Town claim their fourth win in a row with a two one defeat of Amesbury Town at Bonnymead Park – the home side’s goal was scored by substitute keeper Michael Weatherall who came on as an outfield player – and Lymington, with two goals from Sam House, beat Hamworthy United three nil. At the bottom there were good wins for Whitchurch United and Fareham Town respectively. Whitchurch travelled to Bemerton and returned home with a three one victory courtesy of two goals from Luke Walker – four in four games since re-joining the “Jamboys” – and one from Danny Phillips in his first game following a long absence. Fareham meanwhile won two one at Bournemouth with both goals coming from Bradley Norton. Verwood, whose game was postponed, remain at the bottom whilst Fawley’s position is worsened by the fact that they have played more games than the clubs around them.
As with the Premier Division there was no change at the top of Division One where only four games survived on the day. Hamble Club won four two at Ringwood, thereby avenging a defeat earlier in the season, in what was described by neutrals as a “feisty” encounter and Baffins Milton Rovers scored five without reply against Folland Sports with Callum Dart claiming two. Both Hamble Club and Baffins passed the one hundred League goals mark for the season in the course of their matches. Downton, with two goals from Keiran Osman, beat Shaftesbury three one in an enjoyable encounter at Wick Lane and last, but by no means least, East Cowes Vics notched just their third win of the season, beating Totton and Eling two one, to move off the bottom of the table. Goalscorers Jimmi Burton and Joe Craig the toast of Whippingham last night.
So happily more games played than expected but no real change as Moneyfields and Hamble Club still dominate the Divisions as February gets under way.