Round up

A mixed bag of fixtures on Tuesday with two results standing out. A Jack Maloney goal, the only one of the game, sent Horndean through to the next round of the FA Vase at Portland United’s expense and Andover Town replaced long time leaders Blackfield & Langley at the top of the Premier Division. Horndean’s victory means they will host Hellenic League side Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the next round while Andover’s six one defeat of Hamble Club moves them three points clear with a game in hand. In truth it was never a “six one game” but Andover’s finishing in the second half was clinical with two goals apiece from Zach Glasspool and George Hallahan. Another 200 plus attendance for Andover as well. Two other games in the Premier Division saw Hamworthy United beat Bournemouth three one in the local derby and Lymington Town bounce back after a poor run to beat AFC Portchester by the same score with Sam House scoring twice. Blackfield & Langley moved in to the next round of the League Cup with five different scorers contributing in the five one defeat of US Portsmouth and there was something of a surprise result in the Russell Cotes Cup with Hampshire Premier side Bush Hill winning at Andover New Street. Four Senior Cup games to complete the evening with Sholing, not surprisingly, beating Folland Sports  Reserves and scoring eight without reply in the Southampton version while two Scott Hamilton goals, including a last minute winner, saw Fareham Town overcome Baffins Milton Rovers in the Portsmouth Cup. In the same Competition Petersfield Town went down nine nil at home to Havant and Waterlooville. Finally, a good result for Downton as they knocked Poole Town out of the Bournemouth Senior Cup. With respect to the winners it is unlikely Poole fielded their first team but it is a Trophy they would surely have wanted to win. One game on Wednesday with Shaftesbury making the long trip to Alresford and no doubt enjoying the ride home after a three two victory. The visitors were three up with the home side pulling two back in the final ten minutes.

It was a good day for Premier Division leaders Andover Town on Saturday as they came from behind to beat a stubborn Bournemouth side – the Poppies’s fifth defeat in a row – whilst nearest rivals Blackfield & Langley and Sholing both drew. The Waterside Club, who have not now won in four matches, drew nil nil at Alresford while Sholing, in front of a bumper crowd, suffered the same scoreline against Fareham Town. Horndean are fourth after Jack Maloney scored the only goal of the game for the second time in four days to give them victory over Lymington Town and their fifth win in a row, whilst there was another goalless draw at AFC Portchester where Brockenhurst were the visitors. Hamworthy United, who when they lose seem to lose heavily, went down five one at Team Solent with the Students having now won their last three games and scored fifteen goals in the process, Hisham Kasimu and Tyrell Mitford both scored twice on the day. A Scott Hassell goal gave Bemerton Heath Harlequins all three points against Baffins Milton Rovers and there was a welcome win for Cowes Sports, beating Hamble Club by the odd goal in three – the visitors’s third defeat in as many games. Amesbury Town climbed out of the bottom three after a best of seven win over Bashley with Petersfield Town slipping back to last but one in the table after a long journey to Shaftesbury and a three nil defeat. Newport (IOW) made a similarly lengthy journey to Portland and went down to a lone Ryan McKechnie goal, a sixth consecutive League defeat for the Islanders at the bottom of the table.

In Division One it was a good day for those at the bottom of the table apart from Folland Sports who went down four two at home to Fawley AFC with two goals for the visitors’s Keiron Roche. The result of the day was East Cowes Victoria’s four goal victory at leaders Laverstock and Ford – two goals for Jimmi Burton – and another two goal man, Jack Ormiston, played a part in Whitchurch United’s four goal defeat of New Milton Town. Verwood Town also took three points with a two goal win at US Portsmouth and there was a goalfest at Claypits with Hythe & Dibden overcoming Downton six five in a topsy turvy encounter. Prior to yesterday Hythe & Dibden had only scored fifteen goals in their previous ten matches. Laverstock & Ford remain top of the table with Christchurch not playing and Tadley Calleva dropping two points at home in a two all draw with Totton and Eling but Romsey Town remain in contention with Tom Donaldson scoring a hat trick – the only one of the day – in their three one win at Ringwood. Andover New Street added three more points to their tally with victory at Stoneham but as the clocks change and October draws to a close it is Andover Town and Laverstock & Ford who lead the way in the two Divisions.