Weekend Preview – Saturday 11/03/17

We start with the first game on the list as Portland take their long unbeaten run to AFC Portchester where the home Club, though probably out of the title race, will be sure to provide stiff opposition. Leaders Moneyfields, still seven points clear, also face a potentially difficult fixture at Test Park with Team Solent having re-discovered winning ways in midweek. Second placed Blackfield and Langley, who have won their last five league matches at Gang Warily, entertain Bournemouth who, despite last week’s heavy defeat at Alresford, still look free of relegation worries. Sholing, slightly losing touch with the top three, travel to Whitchurch whose plight at the bottom end of the table was not helped by the midweek defeat by Bashley. Fifth place Horndean will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat at Portland when they entertain an Amesbury Town side that has lost their last seven matches, though they have had a very difficult run of fixtures and two sides safely ensconced in mid-table, Newport (IOW) and Bemerton, meet on the island. Returning to the bottom of the table Cowes Sports, who gained a little breathing space for themselves with last week’s win over Whitchurch, travel to Andover Town who have won their last five matches at the Portway. Fawley entertain Alresford, always difficult opponents, while Verwood, eight points from safety and with games running out, face a Hamworthy United side free from any relegation worries at Potterne Park.

In Division One leaders Hamble Club have a Saturday off giving rivals Baffins Milton Rovers and Laverstock and Ford a chance to reduce the eight point gap at the top of the table. Baffins Milton Rovers entertain sixth place AFC Stoneham whilst Laverstock and Ford face a potentially difficult trip to high-scoring Weymouth Reserves. Christchurch, who regained fourth place from Shaftesbury after the midweek match between the two sides, travel to Andover New Street who will be hoping for action after losing out to a floodlight failure on Wednesday. Shaftesbury in turn, entertain Totton and Eling and will not only be looking for the three points but also for three goals to top the one hundred mark in the League for the season. Downton, who lost heavily in midweek, have East Cowes Vics as their visitors at Wick Lane with the Island side looking to further increase their points tally after last week’s victory over New Milton Town. Folland Sports, rather inconsistent as regards results, face a Ringwood Town side whose goal scoring touch has temporarily deserted them in a game that could go either way whilst both sides will have something to prove at Clayfields. Hythe and Dibden, who have not won in the League since mid-January, meet a Fleet Spurs side who won their first game in the same period of time in midweek. Tadley Calleva travel down to New Milton with both Clubs hoping to continue recent good form and finally US Portsmouth, almost invincible at home, meet a Pewsey Vale side that tend not travel well.