WEEK THIRTY FOUR ROUND UP
Two perhaps significant results affecting both ends of the Premier Division Table on Tuesday, A Steve Hutchings goal, his twentieth of the season, gave Moneyfields victory at Sholing and moved them seven points clear at the top whilst Cowes Sports, after conceding a goal inside three minutes, came back to win two one at Lymington. This opens a gap of four points between the Island side and those below them and takes them level on points with Bournemouth. Elsewhere in the Division Andover Town, who have made the Portway something of a fortress of late, went down five three to visitors Fareham for whom Simon Woods scored twice. Only consolation for the home side was Zach Glasspool scoring for the sixth match in arrow, a Club record. Jon Blake and Simon Rawkins both scored twice in Bemerton’s four goal defeat of Verwood and Ryan Long was another two goal man, his two successful penalties giving Brockenhurst the points against Team Solent. In Division One the leaders Hamble Club were held to a three all draw by Shaftesbury – Seb Dawes notching a hat trick for the Dorset side – thereby enabling Baffins Milton Rovers to close the gap at the top of the table to three points with a single goal win at Tadley Calleva. Hamble Club however do have two games in hand. Third place Laverstock and Ford lost further ground, going down four one at Romsey – two goals for Josh Harvey – while US Portsmouth also scored four against Folland Sports. Finally, both New Milton and Ringwood Town won away from home, the former three nil at AFC Stoneham and the latter by the best of five at Pewsey Vale. Twenty four hours later Portland made the long midweek journey to Alresford and notched up their twelfth successive victory, scoring twice without response and keeping the top of the table very interesting. In Division One Ben Gain scored both of Hythe and Dibden’s goals in their draw with Weymouth while the Andover New Street / Totton and Eling game was abandoned because of injury to a player.
Saturday and things have become very tight at the top of the Premier Division after both Blackfield and Langley and Portland won with Moneyfields having a day off leaving just five points covering the three teams. Jamie White’s 36th goal of the season gave Blackfield victory at Bemerton while Portland came from behind to win 4-2 at Fawley with two goals from Lewis Clarke. All three Clubs deserve immense credit with Moneyfields winning nine of their last ten fixtures, Blackfield winning their last nine and Portland currently on a run of 13 straight victories. Whoever eventually finishes top will be worthy winners. Dan Mason kept Sholing in fourth place with all three goals in their victory at Cowes whilst Horndean remain fifth after scoring three without reply against Newport. Bashley came from behind to beat Portchester by the odd goal in three and Alresford continued their successful season following the travails last time round with victory at Lymington. Fareham, bottom of the table in January, cemented their now mid-table position with a four goal win over Brockenhurst – three for Simon Woods – whilst Amesbury found things not to their liking at Hamworthy with two goals from Steve Smith leading the home side to a four goal victory.. Andover lost for the second time in five days – two nil at Team Solent – and in the relegation clash Bournemouth scored two very late goals to share the points with Whitchurch. Verwood and Fawley now look a little detached at the bottom but there are two or three more Clubs sweating a little over their position.
In Division One there were four different names on the score sheet as Hamble Club defeated Hythe and Dibden four nil to strengthen their position at the top of the table. Baffins for once failed to score, being held to a goalless draw at home by Downton, whilst third place Laverstock and Ford went down five four to visitors New Milton in something of a goalfest at Church Road. Ollie Peckham scored twice for the winners while Graham Mankin scored a hat trick for the home side. How many times has that happened in Graham’s long career in the League? Shaftesbury are now almost in contact with third place after Martin Schroeder scored twice in their three goal win over East Cowes Vics but Christchurch needed a stoppage time goal to share the points at Romsey. US Portsmouth won by the odd goal in three at Alton and Tadley achieved a similar result at Pewsey Vale while there were four different scorers in Follands four nil home defeat of Andover New Street. The remaining two games also saw the winners score four with two hat tricks as well. River Smith claimed three in Ringwood’s win at Totton and Eling while Conor Jevons scored three as Weymouth Reserves made their long journey home from Fleet Spurs more enjoyable.
And finally, former Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Champions PetersfieldTown, who have endured an absolute “season horribilis” in the Southern League with just nine points from thirty five matches were relegated yesterday.