Weekend Preview – Saturday 04/03/17

Only one place to start this week and that is the Universal Stadium where Sholing entertain League leaders Moneyfields with thirteen points separating the two sides. With games running out Moneyfields are very much in pole position as regards the title but a defeat on Saturday could just increase the interest of the Clubs below them. Blackfield & Langley retained second place with a midweek win at bottom Club Verwood Town and now travel to Amesbury who face a side in the top four for the third game in succession. Portland United, also very much in the hunt at the top, put their long unbeaten run on the line with visitors Horndean having won three matches in the space of eight days to climb to sixth place in the table and level on points with AFC Portchester. Bemerton Heath Harlequins, very much back in form, host a Bashley side who recently knocked them out of the League Cup but who in turn went out of that Competition in midweek but held Sholing to a draw last Saturday. Brockenhurst, who have not won in their last six outings, may find points hard to come by at Newport while Team Solent, seemingly desperately struggling for form, entertain Lymington Town whose midweek loss to Horndean ended a run of five straight victories. At the bottom of the table, Verwood Town, for whom games are beginning to run out, travel to the Portway where Andover give very little away and Fawley AFC go to Fareham who suffered their first defeat in nine matches at Bemerton on Tuesday. There has been a reluctance to use the term “six pointer” to date but it may be a valid description of the match at Westwood Park on Saturday where Cowes Sports entertain Whitchurch United with both Clubs in the bottom four and the home side having just a one point advantage. Finally Bournemouth, whose midweek win took them to comparative safety make the long haul to Alresford Town where the home side have usually held sway this season.

Hamble Club, whose midweek win over Christchurch took them eleven points clear, will be looking to maintain that advantage when they travel to Andover New Street whilst their closest pursuers meet in Division One’s Match of the Day as Laverstock and Ford journey to Baffins Milton Rovers. The latter had to sit out in midweek because of the weather whilst Laverstock recorded a very good five two victory over AFC Stoneham. The two Clubs are level on points with the Portsmouth based side having played a game more. Shaftesbury, buoyed by reaching the last four of the League Cup in midweek will hope to keep up their pursuit of the leaders when Ringwood Town come visiting and Christchurch will be looking to end a relatively poor run of results when Hythe and Dibden travel to Hurn Bridge. AFC Stoneham, defeated in their last two outings, entertain an Alton side who are far happier at home and Weymouth Reserves go to Downton for a game that could go either way though the visitors showed a goal touch that has sometimes been lacking with six against Folland Sports last week. Tadley Calleva, unbeaten in their last five games, face Fleet Spurs who will be glad of the relatively short journey but wary of their poor away form, while US Portsmouth, who have not lost since October but perhaps drawn too many, entertain a Romsey side that defeated the league leaders a week ago. Finally to the bottom two with East Cowes after picking up a point in midweek, entertaining a New Milton Town side who lost last week after a run of five games undefeated and Pewsey Vale facing a Follands side who can win well – but also lose badly at times.