WEEK THIRTY TWO ROUND UP
Six League matches on Tuesday with three in each Division but no effect on the top or bottom of the tables. In the Premier Division Team Solent, without a win in their last five matches, came from a goal down to win four one at Hamworthy with two goals from Silvana Obeng. Horndean climbed above AFC Portchester into fifth place, courtesy of a two all draw with Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Five Heads Park, while a single Charlie Willett goal gave Lymington Town all three points against Amesbury Town. In Division One Christchurch won for the first time in seven games and an important win by the odd goal in three at Shaftesbury. This caused the two sides to change places in the table as they continue their pursuit of the top three. A goal in stoppage time gave New Milton all three points at Romsey and Fleet Spurs won for the first time since December, beating Downton by for goals to nil. In the Russell Cotes semi-final AFC Portchester went down by two goals to nil to Gosport Borough who will meet Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the Final. With waterlogged pitches meaning postponements at Hythe and Dibden and Alresford Town and a floodlight failure at Andover New Street just two matches survived on Wednesday.
In the Premier Division Dan Munday scored both goals for Bashley at Whitchurch whilst in Division One Weymouth Reserves defeated US Portsmouth by five goals to two with Conor Jevon notching a hat trick for the home side. A rare Thursday fixture saw Sholing advance to the Final of the Southampton Senior Cup with an extra time victory over Brockenhurst at Follands Park. The scores were level at one apiece after ninety minutes but two goals for Sholing in extra time saw them through. They will meet the holders, Team Solent in the Final which will be a repeat of one of our own League Cup Semi-finals.
Now weather problems on Saturday but the Team Solent and Moneyfields game was called off – rightly – in rather disappointing circumstances. Both Blackfield and Langley and Portland United took the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table with the former beating Bournemouth two one and Portland winning two nil at AFC Portchester after missing an early penalty, Ryan McKechnie scored twice for the Dorset side for the second week in succession. Sholing however lost ground as a Jamie Mansell gave Whitchurch United three valuable points at Long Meadow. Amesbury Town, after a poor run of results, gained a creditable point at Horndean and a goal in each half gave Newport (IOW) victory over Bemerton Heath Harlequins. At the bottom of the table Cowes Sports suffered a five one defeat at Andover – two for Reece Rusher – as the home side continue to make the Portway a difficult place to get points and Fawley AFC went down to Craig Harding goals that gave Alresford Town victory. With Verwood Town losing to Hamworthy United- two more goals for Steve Smith – the only “winners” on the day as regards the league position were Whitchurch United with Bournemouth perhaps having to look over their shoulders again.
With leaders Hamble Club enjoying a Saturday off Baffins Milton Rovers closed the gap at the top of the table to five points with a four two victory over AFC Stoneham, two goals for Ryan Pennery taking his seasons tally to forty five, but Laverstock & Ford failed to take advantage going down to a late goal at Weymouth Reserves. Christchurch and Shaftesbury both missed the chance to move closer to the top three with Christchurch drawing one all at Andover New Street and Shaftesbury and Totton and Eling not managing a goal between them at Coppice Street. Tadley Calleva continued their climb up the table with a two nil victory at New Milton whilst Ringwood Town found their goal scoring touch again notching four without reply at Follands. US Portsmouth maintained their long unbeaten run at home by beating Pewsey Vale by the odd goal in seven while Hythe and Dibden achieved probably their best result of the season with a five one win over Fleet Spurs. This took the latter’s goals against column over the one hundred mark yet they have scored more than all the Clubs around them. A similar fate befell East Cowes Victoria as Downton recovered from their midweek loss to beat the islanders five nil as Vics continue to struggle on their travels.