Round up

A number of matches on Tuesday in a number of different Competitions but as usual the League first with three games played. In the Premier Division two goals in the last ten minutes gave Fareham Town their first League win since mid-August and left Newport (IOW) now in the lower reaches of the table. Two fixtures in Division One with Fawley AFC relishing their return to home soil after their floodlight problems and gaining their second win in three days as two Callum Tanner goals giving them victory by the odd goal in three over Ringwood Town. A very difficult day for Folland Sports who were struck by floodlight problems on Monday evening causing their fixture with Laverstock and Ford to be switched to the Wiltshire Club’s ground. Thanks to all who made it happen but scant reward for Follands as the League leaders scored nine without reply with two goals each for Lewis Wykes, Rob Gallagher and Ben Rankin. In the League Cup there were home victories for Premier Division big hitters Blackfield and Langley and Lymington Town. The Waterside Club defeated Romsey Town four nil whilst Sam House and Jake Long both scored twice in Lymington Town’s five nil win over Amesbury Town – nil nil at the break – the Wiltshire side continuing to ship goals at an alarming rate. In the various Cup Competitions Brockenhurst scored six against Hamworthy Recreation in the Bournemouth Senior Cup, a hat trick for Will Tickle, while Bemerton Heath Harlequins topped that with an eight two victory over Wiltshire League side Ludgershall Sports in the Salisbury Hospitals Cup. Andover Town defeated Westbury United three nil in the same Competition and there was a four one triumph for Hamble Club over Southampton University in the Southampton Senior Cup. Two wins in the Andover Open Cup for Alresford Town against Over Wallop and Whitchurch United against Stockbridge, both by two goals to nil. A rare Friday night fixture in the Premier Division saw Hamble Club move up to sixth place after a six two defeat of Team Solent with three goals from Nick Watts and two from Doug Rowe.

The following day saw a full League Programme with no Cup distractions and some slight movement at the top of the Premier Division after leaders Blackfield and Langley lost for the first time this season, going down to Lymington Town by the odd goal in three at the Sports Ground, whilst most of the other Clubs in the top six were victorious. Andover Town attracted a crowd in excess of two hundred at the Portway to witness their three two defeat of AFC Portchester and Sholing ended Bournemouth’s recent run by scoring two goals without reply at Victoria Park. The other side to lose out so to speak were Hamworthy United who lost six nil at Horndean and who are finding points difficult to obtain away from home. Miles Everett scored twice for the home side. Another two goal man was Mike Barker for Brockenhurst at Fareham but it was to no avail as a late penalty gave Fareham all three points and continued their recent revival. There were a number of two goal men, but no hat tricks, with Kabba Jack getting a brace in Bashley’s three one defeat of Newport (IOW) – the Islanders are slipping down the table – and John Mckoe claiming two of Cowes Sports’s four goals in their defeat of Shaftesbury at Westwood Park. Amesbury Town secured a creditable three all draw at Baffins – two goals each for Joel Jackson for the hosts and Keiron Stephens for the visitors and there were two for Ryan McKechnie as Portland United made their first ever visit to Petersfield and returned home with a three one victory that left the losers still in bottom place in the table. One more game to complete the Division where Bemerton Heath Harlequins came from two goals down to share the points with Alresford Town. At the end of the day Blackfield & Langley are still six points clear but they have played more games than most and face another difficult fixture at Andover next Saturday.

The result of the day in Division One was Verwood Town’s four nil defeat of leaders Laverstock and Ford with James Guthrie scoring twice in what was only Verwood’s second victory of the season. In the game between the third and fourth placed sides in the table Christchurch beat Tadley Calleva two nil and Tom Donaldson scored twice for second placed Romsey Town as they shared six goals at US Portsmouth. Alton, fairly invincible on their own ground, defeated AFC Stoneham four one in front of an attendance of 132 and a lone Steve Flynn goal gave New Milton Town victory over Andover New Street. At the lower end of the table Whitchurch United won two nil at Hythe and Dibden and River Smith added two more goals to his seasons tally in Ringwood Town’s four two defeat of bottom Club Folland Sports. Fawley AFC won for the third game in a row, four one at Ringwood with Lee Burch on the scoresheet, and there was a similar scoreline at Beatrice Avenue with four different scorers for Downton in their defeat of East Cowes Victoria. Laverstock and Ford still lead the table but their nearest pursuers have games in hand.

Good to see six three figure attendances spread across the two Divisions.