Weekend Preview – Saturday 25/11/17

A full League programme with Andover currently ruling the roost in both divisions and both Clubs in the Town will be looking to ensure that dominance continues. Andover Town, well clear at present at the top of the Premier Division, welcome Cowes Sports to the Portway on what could be a difficult afternoon for the visitors whilst their nearest challengers, Blackfield and Langley, journey to AFC Portchester with both Clubs unbeaten in their last four fixtures. Third place Sholing, unbeaten in their last seven, journey to Shaftesbury who have won only once in their last five League matches, while Alresford, who have climbed in to fourth place travel to meet a Hamworthy side who look to have recovered their early season form. Horndean, who have lost their last two in the League and exited the League Cup in midweek, head to the improving Bemerton who are unbeaten in their last four and Lymington, with three wins in their last six, are also on the road as they visit a Fareham side no doubt still enjoying their win over arch rivals Gosport in midweek. The Baffins versus Bournemouth game is being played at Victoria Park and with the Portsmouth side having lost three of their last four and Bournemouth’s wins seeming to come in patches it is a difficult game to call. The same description could be used with regard to the meeting between Hamble Club and Brockenhurst with neither side showing any real consistency. Team Solent will be looking to put last Monday’s defeat behind them when Portland visit Test Park which just leaves the bottom four sides in the table who have their own little mini league this weekend. Bashley, the best placed of the four with an away win last Saturday and a Bournemouth Senior Cup success in midweek behind them, entertain bottom placed Petersfield who have lost their last six while Newport make the long journey to Amesbury. The Islanders have suddenly “come good” with ten goals in their last two League matches as well as progressing in the Vase and could continue that run against a home side who have only won once in their last eight and went out of the Wiltshire Senior Cup at the hands of a Wiltshire League side in midweek.

In Division One leaders Andover New Street will get the weekend off to an early start when they make the short journey to near neighbours on Friday night on the back of five straight wins. With Whitchurch looking upon it as their local derby it could be a good game with a larger than usual attendance. Second placed Tadley meet fourth place Romsey at Barlows Park with home advantage possibly favouring the former whilst Christchurch, who lost top spot due to being inactive last Saturday entertain fifth placed Laverstock and Ford at Hurn Bridge. The home side have only dropped two points in their last nine matches whilst the visitors have yet fully to rediscover their early season form. Downton and AFC Stoneham lock horns at Wick Lane in a game that could go either way and Fawley, after their fine League Cup result in midweek, will welcome an Alton side who still seem happier in their own home. At the lower end of the table East Cowes Vics, unbeaten in four, will be looking to continue that run when Totton and Eling cross the Solent and Hythe and Dibden entertain US Portsmouth in a game that may not produce many goals. New Milton, steadily and quietly climbing the table, go to Verwood who are still finding wins difficult to come by and bottom placed Follands are at home to Ringwood who despite losing their last four games are still the highest scorers in the division.

Could it be the Town of Andover’s day again.