WEEK THIRTY EIGHT ROUND UP
Again, not a lot of midweek football but a rare(ish) Monday night fixture with Team Solent defeating Newport (IOW) by four goals to nil largely courtesy of a Toby Adekunle hat trick. One game on Tuesday with a strong Salisbury side defeating Amesbury Town 6-1 in the Salisbury Hospitals Cup. The Salisbury line –up included Team Solent’s Jesse Waller-Lassen who scored twice on his debut for The Whites after scoring for Team Solent twenty four hours earlier. On Wednesday the action moved to Alresford where the home side came from behind to beat Bemerton Heath Harlequins two one and retain their fifth place in the table. Tuesday saw another league match for Team Solent as they catch upon caught up on a mini-fixture backlog caused by so many matches in Cup Competitions.
The visitors were League leaders Moneyfields and after the home side went two ahead just after the interval the “Moneys” scored twice in the last six minutes to salvage a point that leaves them three points ahead of Portland with a game in hand.
So, to the last Saturday but one (thanks to the weather and sterling work by the Fixtures Secretary) and still the chase for the Premier Division title goes on with both the challengers winning by a single goal. Steve Hutchings scored a late winner for Moneyfields at Andover whilst Portland United scored after sixteen minutes at Newport to secure their three points. Third place is also not settled as yet after Blackfield and Langley went down by the odd goal in three at Bashley whilst Dan Mason’s goal gave Sholing victory at Brockenhurst. Just two points now separate the two Clubs with Alresford Town certain of fifth place after their four three defeat of Cowes Sports, John Cole scoring twice. This represents a considerable and welcome turnaround for the North Hampshire Club after the travails of last season. Horndean remain in sixth place after a six one win at Bemerton in what was not a happy last home game for Manager Graham Kemp. Mark Smith and Connor Duffin both scored twice for the winners. AFC Portchester and Lymington Town finished a goal and a point apiece and Fareham’s revival continued with a four nil defeat of Hamworthy United – two more goals for Simon Woods. Bournemouth defeated bottom Club Verwood Town three two to ensure their safety – both of the loser’s goals coming from Ryan Kelly – whilst Amesbury Town, because of the results around them, are also safe despite losing three nil at home to Team Solent. Giovanni Landu scored all three goals for the visitors in only his sixth start of the season. So, to the bottom where any two from three Clubs could accompany Verwood Town into Division One. Fawley AFC extended their lifeline with a three one win at Whitchurch United leaving Cowes Sports with 35 points, Fawley AFC themselves with 34 and Whitchurch United with 32 with the latter also having an inferior goal difference.
The game between the top, and promoted, two in Division One ended with victory for Hamble Club over Baffins Milton Rovers courtesy of a James Thompson penalty. Christchurch were held to a draw by US Portsmouth – the latter equalising with a penalty in added time but Laverstock and Ford’s promotion hopes were finally dashed by their defeat at Hythe and Dibden for whom James Parker –Trott scored twice. The Wiltshire side looked set fair at the end of February but have since endured a fairly disastrous couple of months. Shaftesbury, now contesting third spot with Christchurch, travel to Tadley Calleva on Monday. Ringwood Town are fifth after a four goal win at Fleet Spurs whilst AFC Stoneham and Romsey Town finished all square., both finding the net once. Downton continued their end of season run with a three one victory at Follands and Tadley Calleva returned with a point from Weymouth Reserves after tackling the A31 on Holiday Saturday. East Cowes Victoria’s poor away form continued with a five one defeat at Andover New Street whilst Pewsey Vale suffered even more, going down six one at New Milton Town after scoring first.
Delight for some, consolation for others a week from now.