Weekend Preview by John Gorman

No question as to the pick of Saturday’s fixtures with Premier Division leaders Andover Town travelling to second placed Blackfield and Langley and both with a point to prove after recent defeats. Andover lost by a single goal at Portchester last Saturday whilst Blackfield went down at home to Alresford on Tuesday. Anybody who saw the earlier game between the two sides at the Portway will be hoping for the same again -it was a superb ninety minutes and a credit to all involved.

Two in form clubs meet at the County Ground with Hamworthy, who have won six of their last eight, entertaining Hamble Club who have won their last five with striker Nathan Lynch very much amongst the goals. Sholing, in fourth place, entertain Bemerton who have won their last three and there is sure to be a close encounter at Lymington where Horndean are the visitors. The two clubs are separated by just a point in seventh and eighth places respectively.

AFC Portchester make the long journey to Portland with the home side surely buoyed by last week’s six goal victory, the first under returning manager Gary Bailey, whilst another game between clubs just a point apart in the table is at Cams Alders where Fareham meet Bashley. Brockenhurst, with their first win of 2018 under their belts from Tuesday, will be looking to build on same when they visit Baffins Milton Rivers and that just leaves the bottom three in the table.

Amesbury host Cowes Sports, where victory for the latter would leave a large gap in terms of points between the two sides, while fellow Islanders Newport, who have lost six of their last seven, entertain Shaftesbury at St Georges Park, possibly a first ever visit from the Dorset side for a League fixture. Finally bottom club Petersfield face Team Solent at Love Lane with the Students away form not of the best of late.

The leadership of Division One changed hands again in midweek with Andover New Street back in pole position after a last gasp win over Tadley, and the Foxcotte Park club will be looking to consolidate their position when they travel to meet East Cowes Vics with the Island side having not won in their last seven games. Christchurch climbed in to second place with a midweek win over Follands and now take their long unbeaten run to Downton while Laverstock and Ford, who lost top spot in midweek, are also on the road with a difficult looking fixture at Alton.

Possibly the best game on the day will be at Barlows Park where AFC Stoneham, with five straight wins and a cup victory over AFC Totton behind them, meet a Tadley side who are just one point adrift of them in fifth place. There is a local derby on the Waterside where Fawley entertain Hythe and Dibden and US Portsmouth, with seven wins in their last eight including success at New Street last Saturday, will welcome Totton and Eling to Burnaby Road. The last game to mention sees the bottom two Clubs in the table, Follands and Verwood, meet at Hamble and the three points on offer will be more than welcome to either side.