Weekend Preview – Saturday 11/02/17

With the weather forecast looking good for the remainder of the week hopefully a full programme in store on Saturday.

Premier Division leaders Moneyfields visit Bashley, possibly for the first time, having not lost away in the League for some three months but will find a home side no doubt encouraged by a midweek win at Bemerton that took them into the League Cup Semi-finals. Second place Blackfield & Langley, who have won their last four home games, entertain an Amesbury side who could well be under new management and will still be smarting from the heavy defeat suffered at Gang Warily in the League Cup earlier in the season. Portland United, one point behind Blackfield, will be looking to extend a winning run of six matches when they travel to Brockenhurst whose results have been a little indifferent of late whilst fourth place Sholing, who also reached the last four of the League Cup in midweek, entertain bottom of the table Verwood Town. AFC Portchester, who have lost three out of the last four and have slightly lost touch with the four sides above them, face a difficult trip to Alresford who are just two places behind them in the table. Team Solent, with games in hand caused by their FA Vase exploits, could still force their way into the top four and travel to meet a Whitchurch side that they defeated heavily at Test Park in the earlier meeting between the Clubs. Whitchurch however will be buoyed by a very good win at Bemerton last time out. Horndean will be hoping to get back into action, having lost their last two fixtures to the weather, when they entertain Andover Town whose defeat at Blackfield last Saturday ended a run of good results. At the bottom end of the table Fareham Town, whose win over Bournemouth last week took them to seventeenth place, face Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Cams Alders whilst Bournemouth, themselves not entirely free of relegation worries, travel across the Solent to meet a Newport side who give very little away at St Georges Park. Fawley AFC, who have played more games than those around them, will have to put last week’s heavy defeat behind them when Lymington come to the Waterside. Whitchurch have already been mentioned so finally it is Cowes Sports, who make probably their longest journey – to Hamworthy – seeking points and to revenge a heavy defeat in the League Cup back in the sunshine of September.

So to Division One where League leaders Hamble Club play hosts to Weymouth Reserves after going out of the League Cup to Sholing on penalties in midweek. They currently have a seven point lead but will have to work for any points on the day against their improving opposition. Second place Baffins Milton Rovers, who dropped two points at home last week, make the long haul to Shaftesbury who have been on the fringe of the promotion chase most of the season. Baffins however, with a League Cup semi-final place gained in midweek at the first time of asking and the free scoring Ryan Pennery leading the goal charts, will be anxious to keep the leaders in their sights. The best game of the day could well be at Alton where the home side, unbeaten at home in their last nine matches take on a Christchurch side that have taken thirty six points out of the last forty two. Laverstock and Ford, who have lost their last three, will be wanting to get back on track at Totton and Eling who lost at East Cowes last week, and maintain their place in the promotion stakes. Downton, in form at Wick Lane, face AFC Stoneham in what could be another interesting encounter whilst Tadley Calleva, whose season so far has been disappointing by their standards, meet a Romsey side at Barlows Park who are better at home than on their travels. The improving Andover New Street face a tough test with the visit of Ringwood Town to Foxcotte Park whilst Folland Sports entertain Fleet Spurs at Hamble. Follands are in need of the points whilst Fleet Spurs are on a bad run having been beaten in each of their last five outings, something they will wish to remedy. Hythe and Dibden, another club in need of points, go to New Milton whose form has picked up of late and in the last game on the list East Cowes will be looking to build on last week’s victory when they make one of their shorter journeys –  to Burnaby Road and US Portsmouth.