Weekend Preview – Saturday 18/03/17

Starting at the “wrong” end of the Premier Division this week where bottom Club Verwood, who are twelve points from safety, are not in action whilst the other two Clubs in the relegation places at present face difficult games. Fawley AFC entertain third in the table Portland United while Whitchurch United travel to Bournemouth for a game where the result could mean a lot to both sides. A win for the home club would widen the gap between themselves and the bottom three whereas a Whitchurch victory would reduce the gap between the two Clubs to just one point. Cowes Sports, who picked up three vital points at Lymington in midweek, entertain a Sholing side who at present have lost touch with the Clubs above them. Back to the top where leaders Moneyfields have a free Saturday allowing Blackfield and Langley and Portland United the chance to narrow the points gap. The Waterside Club, who have won their last eight games, travel to Bemerton Heath Harlequins where Manager Graham Kemp has intimated that he will be finishing at the end of the season and Portland, away for the third consecutive game, will be just up the road at Fawley. Fareham Town will hope to follow up their win at Andover Town in midweek when they entertain Brockenhurst while Andover, in turn, travel to Team Solent with striker Zach Glasspool no doubt hoping to find the net for the seventh match in a row. Fifth place Horndean welcome Newport (IOW) to Five Heads Park, Bashley and AFC Portchester, two Clubs who had perhaps hoped for better this season, meet in the Forest. Amesbury Town, who gained a welcome point last week travel to Hamworthy and finally two sides who lost in midweek, Lymington Town and Alresford Town, face each other at the Sports Ground.

Division One leaders Hamble Club who have seen their lead cut to three points, though they have games in hand, entertain Hythe and Dibden while second place Baffins Milton Rovers are at home to a Downton side that have conceded five at Fleet Spurs and then scored five against East Cowes in their last two fixtures. Laverstock and Ford have lost ground on the two sides above them over recent games and will be looking to get back on track against visitors New Milton Town.  Shaftesbury and Christchurch in fourth and fifth places still tend to spurn chances to increase the pressure on those above them, chances which are now beginning to run out. Christchurch travel to meet a Romsey Town side who are hard to beat on their own territory and East Cowes Victoria make the long haul to Shaftesbury for a game that has a 3.30 kick off. Alton and US Portsmouth, two sides happier on their own grounds, meet in North Hampshire and a few miles away Fleet Spurs, for whom points have been something of a rarity of late, entertain a Weymouth Reserves side making probably its longest journey of the season. Ringwood Town, seemingly back in goal scoring mode, go to Totton and Eling with the remaining two games largely featuring teams at the lower end of the table. Folland Sports and Andover New Street meet at Follands Park and Pewsey Vale entertain a Tadley Calleva side putting in a strong finish to the season.

 

Still all to play for – but for some sides more than others.