Weekend Preview – Saturday 18/02/17

The top game in the Premier Division this week could well be at Test Park where Team Solent entertain Blackfield and Langley. Solent, with games in hand, could still make the top four and the visitors, after a run of home games, will be looking to maintain their second place whilst on the road. Leaders Moneyfields host Brockenhurst who have lost four of their last five while Portland United and Sholing are both at home. The Dorset side will be looking to continue their winning run, which now stretches to seven matches, at the expense of Amesbury Town whilst Sholing, who have won their last four, face difficult opposition in Horndean. In the mid table encounters the often inconsistent Lymington Town meet Bemerton Heath Harlequins, who are without a win in four, and Andover meet Newport (IOW) at the Portway in a game that may not produce many goals. Alresford Town will want to bounce back from their midweek League Cup defeat when the free scoring Hamworthy United make the long journey to the North East of the County and there is a meeting at Victoria Park of two Clubs who need the points for different reasons. Bournemouth, despite some recent results, are not entirely free of the relegation area whereas visitors AFC Portchester have rather lost touch with the sides above them at the top end of the table. So to the other end of the table and a possible six-pointer at Cams Alders where visitors Whitchurch United are more in need of the points than their hosts, though the latter are not totally free of relegation worries. Lastly Cowes Sports will need to put last week’s heavy defeat behind them and get back to winning ways against a Bashley side visiting Westwood Park for probably the first time in many years.

In Division One leaders Hamble Club will face a stern test with the visit of AFC Stoneham who have won their last four league matches and only lost in the last minute to National League Gosport Borough in midweek. Baffins Milton Rovers, who lead the chasing pack, will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Hythe and Dibden, who lost heavily last Saturday, whilst Laverstock and Ford entertain relative near neighbours Andover New Street who at times do not travel too well. Christchurch, whose long unbeaten run ended at Alton last time out, will want to maintain pressure on the leaders but visitors New Milton Town, much improved of late, will make life difficult for them at Hurn Bridge. Shaftesbury, in fifth place, will be much encouraged by their superb victory at Premier Division Alresford in midweek but will find visitors US Portsmouth doughty opposition. Ringwood Town and Downton, two clubs with similar records, meet at Long Lane with the free scoring home side perhaps slight favourites and there is a similar meeting at the Wessex Stadium where Weymouth Reserves meet Totton and Eling who are one place below them in the table. Home advantage may decide. Romsey Town entertain Alton, who give the impression of being happier at home, whist the two bottom Clubs will obviously be looking for points. East Cowes Victoria entertain a Tadley Calleva side who are finding goals difficult to come by, but conversely have not conceded a goal in their last three outings, whilst Pewsey Vale make the long journey to Fleet Spurs with the home side not having won since mid-December whilst Pewsey’s last success was as far back as November.

 

Hopefully the weather looks fair.