Weekend Preview – Saturday 15/04/17

WEEKEND PREVIEW

For a change we will start at the bottom this week, the bottom of the Premier Division. Verwood Town, already relegated, make the short trip to Bournemouth who are not totally safe should results conspire against them, but the crunch match is at Whitchurch were Fawley AFC are the visitors. The home side hold a one point advantage going in to the game but defeat for either side would be serious. Cowes Sports are also in the mix despite having three points in hand so to speak, but they face a difficult trip to Alresford with the north Hampshire side looking to cement fifth place. Lastly at that end of the table, Amesbury Town, who are in the same position as Bournemouth, entertain Team Solent who are currently playing catch up as regards fixtures because of their FA Vase and League Cup runs. Moving to the top, and this is written prior to Moneyfields’s trip to Team Solent on Thursday, the leaders go to Andover Town who broke a sequence of defeats with victory on the Island last week. Challengers Portland make the difficult journey to Newport and a Club given a major boost in midweek by the announcement that they have a further year at St Georges Park. Third place Blackfield & Langley go to Bashley aware that Sholing are in possible reach of that position, with the Southampton based Club in turn visiting Brockenhurst who on their day are a danger to anyone. AFC Portchester will be looking to give Manager Graham Rix a boost with a victory over Lymington Town whilst Bemerton Heath Harlequins, defeated in midweek, face a Horndean side striving for a top five place. Lastly in the Division Fareham Town, who have had such a good second half to the season meet Hamworthy United at Cams Alders.

In Division One Hamble Club and Baffins Milton Rovers, both promoted and old rivals, meet in a game that at one stage might have had a bearing on promotion, but it is the third promotion place, which is still there for the taking that holds the interest. Shaftesbury are in pole position but are without a game on Saturday, giving both Christchurch and Laverstock and Ford a chance to narrow the gap before the Dorset side travel to Tadley Calleva on Monday. Christchurch will face difficult opponents when US Portsmouth battle the holiday traffic on the A31 whilst Laverstock and Ford go to Hythe and Dibden and a side in the lower reaches of the table. Alton will be looking towards putting last week’s heavy defeat behind them when they entertain an improved Romsey Town side and Ringwood Town head the other way on the A31 and may be too strong for Fleet Spurs. Downton will be hoping to continue their current run when they go to Follands and another side on the A31 will be Tadley Calleva as they travel to Weymouth Reserves for what looks a very interesting fixture. At the bottom, Pewsey Vale go to New Milton Town, who have enjoyed better fortune in the second half of the season, and Andover New Street entertain East Cowes Victoria with both Clubs looking for the points to improve their end of season placing.

The Fat Lady is warming up in the background.