Round up

In the preview for last Saturday’s fixtures it was noted that if the results went the right way The League could have eight teams in to the next Round of the FA Vase. Six duly won their way through on the day and after the two matches were completed on Tuesday that were postponed on Saturday the number happily rose to eight with victories for Horndean and Team Solent. Horndean were made to battle all the way by Hellenic League Royal Wootton Bassett Town who scored first before having two players sent off some thirty minutes into the game in the same incident. Midway through the second half the scores were level at two apiece before the home side snatched the winner. A goal in each half was sufficient to see Team Solent past South West Peninsula League Tavistock as the Students look to better last season’s achievements in the Competition.

In the Premier Division Blackfield and Langley were the only side in the top six in action and they were held to a goalless draw on the Island as Newport (IOW) finally ended a long losing run in the League on the day that progress on their new pitch for next season took a big step forward. A late goal from Steve Walker allowed Lymington Town to share the points with visitors Alresford Town and four different players found the net as Brockenhurst beat Shaftesbury four one. Hamworthy United claimed their first win in four with a lone goal enough to beat Portland United whilst Hamble Club also ended a losing run with a two nil victory at Fareham with one goal from the newly signed River Smith. Bashley have now gone five games without a win after losing by the odd goal in seven against Bournemouth where the visitors also had four different scorers on the night for what was their third successive three points. Just one game in Division One where Romsey Town recovered from Saturday’s result with a two one victory over Totton and Eling. Sholing progressed in the Russell Cotes Cup at the expense of Hampshire Premier League side Bush Hill but Christchurch exited the same Competition losing two nil at Southern League AFC Totton. Finally, on the night two goals from Seb Dawes helped Bemerton Heath Harlequins to a three goal victory at Western League Calne Town in the Wiltshire Senior Cup. Just one game on Wednesday with New Milton Town climbing three places in the table after beating Alton five one with two goals apiece for Steve Flynn and Harry Jeffries. Nothing to do with the Wessex League but on the same night Southampton FC, who have entered the Southampton Senior Cup as it is the 125th Anniversary of the Competition, defeated QK Southampton twelve nil. Again what good do such results do for anybody?

So to Saturday November 18th when the Wessex League became the property on the day of the Town of Andover. Premier Division leaders Andover Town maintained their ten point lead with a two goal victory at Brockenhurst and with Division One leaders Christchurch seeing their match at Totton and Eling called off, Andover New Street took over top spot after two goals from Gunner Yates enabled them to beat near neighbours, both in the footballing and geographical sense, Laverstock and Ford. This may be the first time New Street have reached such an elevated position as they continue to enjoy a successful season and the game also attracted the highest attendance of the day over the two Divisions. Back to the Premier Division and again Andover’s position was strengthened slightly by the results of the Clubs in pursuit. Second placed Blackfield and Langley beat Baffins Milton Rovers two nil at Gang Warily but Sholing and AFC Portchester, both unbeaten in seven games, shared the points in a one all draw and Horndean went down one nil at Team Solent – another goal for Hashimm Kasimu. With Lymington Town losing by the odd goal in five at home to Bemerton Heath Harlequins – two goals for the visitors from veteran Robbie Matthews – Alresford Town climbed to fourth place with a five goal victory over Amesbury Town. The scoreline was a little unfair to the visitors but Alresford were clinical in front of goal with five different scorers and a stand out individual goal from Chris Mason. Bournemouth and Fareham Town went into their game at Victoria Park with the home side having won their last three matches and Fareham losing an equal number. At the end it was three goals from Fareham that changed the sequences and gave them the three points. Portland United and Hamble Club shared four goals and the points whilst Cowes Sports attracted the largest attendance in the Division when losing four nil to Bashley. There were two goals for Connor Whitely in what was the New Forest side’s first win in six matches. Hamworthy United re-discovered their away form with a two nil win at Shaftesbury and the clash between the bottom two in the table went emphatically Newport’s way. Having scored six in the Vase last Saturday, the Islanders scored six again, without reply, for their first league win in perhaps a dozen matches helped by two goals from Jake Younie and took Petersfield United’s losing run to six.

In Division One Tadley Calleva also took advantage of Christchurch’s enforced rest and moved into second place courtesy of a three nil victory at bottom Club Folland Sports. Callum Burch scored a hat trick for Alton in their four goal defeat of Whitchurch United and Ringwood Town lost for the fourth game in a row with Will Harris scoring twice in AFC Stoneham’ s three one success. Steve Flynn added two more to his season’s tally as New Milton Town beat Downton three one whilst a single goal was enough for US Portsmouth to take all three points against Fawley AFC. Finally, the only draw in the Division on the day was at Beatrice Avenue where East Cowes Victoria and Hythe and Dibden claimed a goal and a point apiece.

Finally, thanks to everyone for forwarding the attendances on a day when Andover reigned supreme.