Weekend Preview – Saturday 25/02/17

No one fixture really stands out this week so we will start at the top of the Premier Division with the leaders Moneyfields making probably their first ever visit to Amesbury. The home side put up a creditable display at Sholing in midweek whilst Moneyfields exited the Russell Cotes at the hands of Bemerton Heath Harlequins and will be looking to bounce back to winning ways. Second place Blackfield and Langley, who have won their last four fixtures and scored five at Team Solent last Saturday, will not have things their own way against Alresford Town at Gang Warily whilst there could be another first time visit as Portland United travel up to Whitchurch. The Dorset side have won their last eight as they battle with Blackfield and Sholing for second place whilst Whitchurch are badly in need of points at the other end of the table. Sholing meanwhile, journey to Bashley to meet a home side that has fallen away after a bright start. Regardless of the result however it should attract the best attendance of the day. An interesting game in prospect at AFC Portchester where the home side entertain Bemerton Heath Harlequins after halting a run of defeats with victory at Bournemouth last week. The Salisbury based visitors also bounced back after a run of losses with a midweek victory at Moneyfields that took them into the Final of the Russell Cotes Cup. Two more games before we come to the bottom end of the table as Hamworthy United make the long haul to Newport (IOW) with the latter probably now free of relegation worries and at Test Park, Team Solent, who lost heavily to Blackfield and then moved into the Semi Finals of the League Cup in the pace of three days last weekend, face a Fareham Town side who have gone from bottom of the table in January to comparative safety as February draws to a close.  Verwood Town, who lost at Portland in midweek, and are beginning to run out of games travel to Lymington Town, whose results are rather up and down while Fawley AFC, who have conceded more goals than anyone in the League and played more games than those around them, will be desperately looking for points at Andover Town who, after a poor start have now settled down and are slowly climbing the table. Finally, Cowes Sports, looking to stay out of the bottom three, travel to a Horndean side notoriously difficult to defeat on their own ground and Bournemouth, whose recent results have left them on the edge of the relegation zone travel to meet a Brockenhurst side without a win in their last four games.

In Division One leaders Hamble Club are in action on Friday night when they travel to Romsey Town looking to maintain their eleven point advantage over closest rivals Baffins Milton Rovers, who in turn travel to bottom placed Pewsey Vale for the first time for what, in football coupon terms, looks an “away banker” – but strange things can happen in football. Third place Laverstock and Ford entertain Fleet Spurs, whose draw with Pewsey last week ended a run of losses, while Christchurch will be looking to get their promotion push back on track when the visit Totton and Eling. Shaftesbury, on the fringe of the promotion race, and who can score goals but also concede them, visit Hythe and Dibden who have suffered relatively heavy defeats in their last two outings. AFC Stoneham, the other team with an outside chance of promotion, entertain Tadley Calleva who took Team Solent to penalties in the League Cup in midweek. New Milton Town, whose results have shown marked improvement since Shane Sheridan took over the managerial role, entertain US Portsmouth who have attained good results against both Baffins and Shaftesbury of late. At the lower end of the table, Folland Sports, six goals last week against Fleet Spurs, travel to Weymouth Reserves with a 5.30 kick-off while Andover New Street, who acquitted themselves well against Salisbury in midweek, face a difficult task at Alton where the home side are so comfortable on their own pitch. Finally, East Cowes Victoria, after their heavy defeat at the hands of Tadley last Saturday, travel to Ringwood, a side who give little away at home.

Good luck to all.