Round up

The week started on Monday with a home game for Team Solent and the second win in three days for Newport (IOW) who have suddenly found a new lease of life. Having only scored thirteen goals in their first seventeen League games, of which they lost thirteen, they have now scored ten in two games with the four at Test Park – without reply – coming inside fifty five minutes from four different scorers. A variety of Cup matches on Tuesday night starting with three in our own League Cup. AFC Portchester travelled up the A3 to Horndean and booked their place in the Fourth Round with a convincing four one victory whilst Hamworthy United advanced even more emphatically with a seven two victory at Verwood Town – three goals for Dan Cann and two for Ollie Davis. In contrast the third game was bereft of goals with Division One Fawley AFC journeying to Shaftesbury and after a scoreless ninety minutes going through four two on penalties. There was another penalty shoot out in the Russell Cotes Cup with AFC Stoneham coming from behind to draw three all with Lymington Town before going through on penalties, again by four two. In the same Competition George Hallahan claimed a hat trick as Andover Town beat Bemerton Heath Harlequins four two in an entertaining game at The Portway and there were shades of “the good old days” at Cams Alder with an attendance of 175 to see Fareham Town beat old rivals Gosport Borough four one with two goals from Scott Hamilton. Alresford Town scored first at Blackfield and Langley before exiting the Southampton Senior Cup by the odd goal in three and Sholing came from behind at Brockenhurst to share four goals before going through on penalties. Finally, in that competition Hamble Club defeated Hampshire Premier League Bush Hill three one. A bad result for Amesbury Town in the Wiltshire Senior Cup as after scoring first they went out to a last minute goal for Wiltshire League Bremhill at Calne. Bremhill are currently bottom of the Wiltshire League with just three points to date. One more game and one more Competition with a lone goal from Kabba Jack enabling Bashley to beat Downton and reach the Final of the Bournemouth Senior Cup.

The weekend started on Friday evening when Andover New Street maintained their position at the top of Division One with a three two win at near neighbours Whitchurch United in front of an attendance of 123 – which may have been higher had the temperature been higher! It was business as usual at the top of the Premier Division on Saturday with Andover Town maintaining their ten point lead with a two one victory over Cowes Sports though the Islanders fought every inch of the way and may have felt they deserved something on the day. Second placed Blackfield and Langley shrugged off the loss of top scorer Jamie White with an impressive two goal win at AFC Portchester and they in turn, thanks to other results on the day, now have a seven point cushion over the rest of the top six. They also became the second Club in the Division to reach fifty League goals for the season. Sholing were held to a draw at Shaftesbury and Horndean lost for the third game in a row and drop to seventh after Robbie Matthews scored twice for the second week in a row for Bemerton Heath Harlequins. Hamworthy United continued their recent revival with a single goal win over Alresford Town to climb into the top five whist Lymington Town shared four goals and the points at Fareham. There was another draw at Bournemouth where the home side and Baffins Milton Rovers mustered a goal apiece but a better result for Hamble Club, two Nathan Lynch goals helping them to a best of three victory over Brockenhurst. In the “mini-league” on the day at the bottom of the table Bashley came out best with a six goal defeat of bottom Club Petersfield Town with a hat trick from Kabba Jack – the only one of the day, and two from Connor Whiteley. This completed a good week for the New Forest Club following their four goal winlast Saturday and reaching the Bournemouth Senior Cup Final in midweek. Not so good for Newport (IOW) though as their recent revival ground to a halt with a four two defeat at Amesbury Town with Keiron Stephens scoring two for the home side and Charlie Urry dong likewise for the visitors. Petersfield Town now look isolated at the bottom but both Amesbury Town and Newport (IOW) are still in need of points.

A single goal from Max Wilcock gave Christchurch victory over Laverstock and Ford at Hurn Bridge and took them into second place just three points behind Andover New Street with three games in hand. The result of the day in the Division however was probably at Tadley Calleva where visitors Romsey Town won by the odd goal in three to move into third place.  AFC Stoneham having won their last four, including a single goal success at Downton yesterday, are now fifth whilst New Milton Town went one better by stretching their unbeaten run to five with the only goal of the game at Verwood. Danny Knee scored twice for Alton in their win at Fawley AFC and Miguel Perez did the same for US Portsmouth to give them the points at Hythe and Dibden. East Cowes Victoria took their unbeaten run to five matches with a three two victory over Totton and Eling that took them to thirteenth place in the table but Folland Sports woes continued as Ringwood Town rediscovered their shooting boots with a five one victory at Hamble for their first win in five games. Matt Steer scored twice for the visitors who became the first side in the Division to reach fifty league goals.

So as December, Christmas and the cold weather appear on the horizon it is still Andover who lead the way in both Divisions.