Results & Week 28 Round Up by John Gorman

Premier Division
Alresford Town 2-2 AFC Portchester
Andover Town 2-0 Newport IoW
Bemerton Heath Harlequins 3-0 Brockenhurst
Bournemouth 2-2 Bashley
Hamworthy United 5-4 Team Solent
Lymington Town 2-2 Portland United
Petersfield Town 2-0 Cowes Sports
Division One
AFC Stoneham 5-1 Alton
East Cowes Vics 2-3 Folland Sports
New Milton Town 0-5 Laverstock & Ford

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The weather adopted a different tack in midweek substituting frost for rain, especially in the north of the County where Cup games at Andover and Andover New Street were postponed, but happily the nine scheduled League fixtures, spread across both Divisions all went ahead.

In the Premier Division Blackfield and Langley took their unbeaten run to ten with a hard fought victory at Bashley, The home side scored first but two goals in the opening ten minutes of the second half gave the visitors the points on an evening when snow also made a brief appearance. AFC Portchester made it five wins in a row with a goal from stalwart Joe Bye enough to beat Bournemouth and take them in to fifth place in the table.

Brockenhurst’s downward spiral continued with a vengeance as they were beaten six one at home by Team Solent – two more goals for Hisham Kasimu – whilst Baffins Milton Rovers were unable to build on Saturday’s victory, going down two nil at Horndean. Shaftesbury and Portland shared two goals and the points at Cockrams while Bemerton came out on top in the Wiltshire derby at Amesbury by the odd goal in seven. Connor Miller scored twice for the home side with George Plank matching that for the visitors.

In Division One Christchurch remain in fourth place after a one all draw at Totton and Eling, but have games in hand on all around them, and Romsey are fifth after scoring the only goal of the game at Fawley. Finally Hythe and Dibden continued their fine form of late with a four goal defeat of East Cowes Vics with four different names on the score sheet.

Two matches on Thursday, both quarter finals in local Senior Cup Competitions. A single first half goal by Lee Wort gave Sholing victory over Hamble Club and thereby becoming the third side to reach the semi finals of the Southampton Senior Cup. AFC Portchester also reached the semi final stage of the Portsmouth Senior Cup with a five goal defeat of Hampshire Premier League side Hayling United and will now face Gosport Borough for a place in the Final. The five goals were credited to five different scorers.

Yet again the weather wreaked havoc with Saturday’s programme with fifty per cent of the matches being postponed due to a combination of frost, waterlogged pitches and rain on the day – the worst of the season to date. Division One was particularly decimated with only three fixtures being completed. It is customary to start at the top but for very good reasons this week it is the bottom teams in both Divisions that get first mention. Leaving aside Folland’s win at Romsey before Christmas, for which the points were subsequently deducted, the last time either they or Petersfield won a League match was co-incidentally on the same day – October 21st 2017. On February 10th they both won again. Petersfield’s performances have much improved of late and goals from Danny Thompson and Jordan Geddes gave them victory over a Cowes Sports side that have struggled badly on their travels of late. By concidence Follands also faced Island opposition with a trip to East Cowes Vics where goals from Harry Lines, Oz Njie and Brad Hartill saw them win three two and take all three points.

In the Premier Division Andover Town collected three more points with victory over a Newport side that battled for ninety minutes and had their share of possession, but they lacked the firepower up front to trouble the home defence and two goals in the opening twenty minutes proved decisive. With Blackfield and Sholing not in action Hamworthy United retained their third place but not without a struggle at the County Ground. Visitors Team Solent were four one up at one stage – two goals from Silvano Obeng before, led by a Steve Smith hat trick, the Hammers stormed back to win five four.

AFC Portchester’s five match winning run ended at Alresford where a last minute goal for the home side meant the points were shared and there was a similar outcome at Lymington when again a very late goal for the home side ensured a two all draw with Portland. The latter have now recorded twelve draws in the League so far this season. There was yet another two all draw at Bournemouth in the relatively local derby with Bashley while Brockenhurst’s fortunes failed to improve as two goals from Jordan Matthews helped Bemerton to a three nil victory at Western Way.

As previously stated just three games in Division One but enough to see the number one spot change hands again. Laverstock and Ford made it five wins in a row with Danny Finnegan scoring twice in an impressive five nil win at New Milton and now lead the table. With Follands having already been mentioned the only other game saw AFC Stoneham also score five, at Alton’s expense, with Will Harris claiming two and making it four straight wins and fifth place in the table, where just six points cover the top six sides.

All Clubs are run by volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort through good times and bad, When the good times are occasionally few and far between they are to be enjoyed and hopefully Mark Nicoll at Petersfield and Garry Budden at Follands will have both enjoyed their Saturday evenings this week.