Round up

The midweek was devoted entirely to Cup Competitions and predominately the Hampshire Senior Cup. In this four of our Clubs faced Senior opposition with one, Romsey Town, coming out on top. The Division One Club hosted AFC Totton and after sharing four goal in the ninety minutes they went through six five on penalties. They also won their First Round tie by the same “method”. Sholing lost three nil at old rivals Moneyfields, East Cowes Victpria, not surprisingly, found Winchester City too strong and went down six two at the Denplan whilst Brockenhurst also conceded six at Hartley Wintney. Blackfield & Langley continued their winning ways with an eight nil victory over Folland Sports, with Kayne Daysh scoring four, and AFC Portchester won two nil at New Milton. There was perhaps a surprise at Horndean where the home side, still smarting from Saturday’s League defeat at Blackfield & Langley, went down three one to Bournemouth and another Premier Division side to go out was Bashley, beaten four two at Tadley who collected the Club of the Month Award before the game and for whom George Hallahan scored a hat trick. Expected wins in the Bournemouth Senior Cup as Wessex League sides faced Bournemouth League opposition. Downton beat Bournemouth Sports three one whilst Lymington Town defeated the holders, Bournemouth Electric seven nil with a hat trick from Charlie Willett The Salisbury Hospitals Cup saw wins for Amesbury Town and Shaftesbury over Andover New Street and Laverstock and Ford respectively but there was nearly a major upset in the Andover Open Cup at the Portway. Hampshire Premier League Division One side South Wonston Swifts held the home side to three all at fulltime before going down three one on penalties. Three more games in the Hants Senior Cup on Wednesday to leave just one Second Round tie outstanding. Alresford Town shared six goals with Combined Counties side Eversley and California before going through on penalties but no such problems for Hamble Club against similar opposition. They journeyed to Farnborough and beat Cove seven one with four goals from James Thompson. Fareham Town still cannot find a win in Cup or League and went down four three to Division One Christchurch with Max Wilcock claiming two of the visitors’ goals.

Saturday was FA Vase day with the Second Qualifying Round meaning a much reduced League programme with four games in the Premier Division and just three in Division One. Blackfield & Langley’s three goal defeat of Bemerton Heath harlequins was their tenth straight win in which they have scored thirty eight goals and they now have a nine point lead at the top of the table. Andover Town won for the second time on the Island – five three at Cowes with a hat trick for Zach Glasspool – and they too have a one hundred per cent record and now occupy second spot. Sholing scored first before going down by the odd goal in three at Portland and Shaftesbury defeated Team Solent by three goals to one. Laverstock and Ford retain the leadership of Division One despite dropping two points at home to AFC Stoneham, who move up to seventh. The other two games involved those at the other end of the table with East Cowes Victoria winning three nil at Follands and Totton and Eling ensuring Verwood Town’s losing run continued with a three one success at Potterne Park.

In the Vase there were seventeen ties involving Sydenhams Clubs with thirteen advancing to the next round. In fairness there were seven all-Wessex Ties but in the games against Clubs from other Leagues there were six victories and four defeat so a reasonably successful day. Starting with the “local” ties pride of place goes to Lymington Town with a six two victory at Hamworthy helped by a Sam House hat trick. The Dorset Club have been virtually invincible at home in the League but have now exited both the FA Cup and Vase by large margins on their own ground. Two Bobby Scott goals gave AFC Portchester victory over Tadley Calleva whist in another Premier versus Division One tie Bashley scored four second half goals without reply against Hythe and Dibden. There were two victories for Division One Clubs over Premier opponents with the improving Romsey Town beating Bournemouth two nil at the Bypass ground and Alton winning something of a goalfest at Anstey. Scott Sanderson claimed a hat trick as the home side defeated Amesbury Town seven three in a game that a neutral watcher suggested could easily have finished twelve eight. It was a good day goalwise for Alton as their reserves scored nine in the Wyvern League. James Thompson came off the bench to score twice in Hamble Club’s five goal win over Petersfield Town while a late Blue Boam goal, the only one of the game, gave Baffins Milton Rovers victory over Sussex visitors Selsey. Both Hamble Club and Baffins are adapting well to their first season in the Vase. In the last of these ties Newport (IOW) beat Alresford Town two one on the Island. So to the victories over “foreign” opposition with a Declan McGregor goal giving First Division Downton victory at Western League Calne Town and Fareham Town ending a long losing run by beating Hellenic League Binfield four two at Cams Alders with four different names on the scoresheet. Mitchell Speechley-Price scored a hat trick in Brockenhurst’s impressive five three victory at Godalming Town and Horndean also faced Combined Counties opposition, returning from Knaphill with a two goal success. The last victory in this section came at Midhurst & Easebourne where US Portsmouth also won two nil. On the downside, so to speak, Christchurch were two up at Westbury, pulled back to two all and then conceded three goals in extra time. Ringwood Town lost, perhaps surprisingly, at Sandhurst and Fawley AFC went out by the odd goal in five at former Wessex League Club Swanage and Herston. Sadly Whitchurch were heavily defeated eight nil at Windsor and can have little complaint at the result. Windsor’s kit – red, green and white geometrical patterns topped by (irreadable) yellow numbers – was as garish as one will see anywhere while the planes leaving Heathrow for foreign climes and using the flightpath over the ground were a frequent and noisy diversion.

One can but hope that Monday’s draw does not pitch too many Wessex Clubs against each other.