Saturday March 10th results & round up

Premier Division
Andover Town 4-0  Portland United

Zach Glasspool, Mike Gosney, Mickey Hubbard were on the mark for leaders Andover as well as an own goal

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2-1  Lymington Town

Goals from Jake Burgess & George Plank for Bemerton edged out Lymington

Blackfield & Langley 3-0  AFC Portchester

Liam Robinson opened the scoring for Blackfield and then a double from Craig McAlister

Cowes Sports 2-3  Alresford Town

John McKie & Gareth Bricknell scored for lowly Cowes but a late winner by Dan Strange plus goals from Crossley Lema & Ben White meant Alresford won the points

Hamworthy United 2-2  Brockenhurst

Matt Sheedy 33 & Mitchell Speechley-Price 49 had given Brock a 2 goal lead at Hamworthy but the home side hit back through Jamie Beasley 69 & Edgar Zanin 77 to share the points

 Sholing 3-0  Shaftesbury

Lee Wort 2 & Byron Mason scored for the Boatmen

Division One
Downton 0-2 Verwood Town

Two goals from James Guthrie 10 minutes into either half won the game for Verwood

U.S. Portsmouth 2-0  Whitchurch United

Two first half goals from Lewis Beale 12 & Josh Smith 33 kept up USP’s outside chance of promotion

For once we will not start with mention of the weather because the midweek plaudits very much belong to Blackfield and Langley who reached the Final of the Hampshire Senior Cup for the first time in their history writes John Gorman. A lone goal from Joe Butcher and a superb defensive performance in the closing stages gave the Watersiders victory at Southern League Winchester City and a St Marys meeting with Havant and Waterlooville. Congratulations to them and to Shaftesbury who, on the same evening, defeated Portland 2-1 to reach the Final of the Dorset Senior Cup where Wimborne, who beat Poole Town on penalties in the other semi-final, await.

Given the state of things at the weekend the weather happily had minimal impact on the Tuesday fixtures with only three postponements. Two more Sydenhams League Cup semi-finalists became known as AFC Portchester defeated a spirited Andover New Street – Liam Bush scoring the only goal of the game – and Sholing proved too good for Newport, winning 6-1 at St. Georges Park. Alex Sawyer and Lee Wort both scored twice for the visitors.

Six matches in the Premier Division produced thirty-one goals but had little impact on the League Table though Hamworthy United, with their fifth win in a row – 3-1 at Baffins – moved in to second place, albeit they have played more games than the sides around them. Sam House scored twice for Lymington in their 3-1 defeat of Team Solent with all of the goals coming in the second half while a last minute winner gave Fareham victory by the odd goal in five at Horndean and continued their impressive away form of late.

Bashley secured a similar scoreline against Cowes Sports, who have now lost five of their last six matches, whilst there were six goals apiece for Bemerton and Brockenhurst. The Wiltshire side beat Bournemouth 6-0 with two goals from Jake Rawkins, and Will Tickle also claimed two as Brockenhurst continued their new found winning habit by scoring six without reply at Petersfield.

Three games in Division One and the AFC Stoneham bandwagon continues to roll as they made it seven straight wins with a 3-2 defeat of East Cowes Vics. Tadley Calleva are suffering a mini slump and their 5-2 defeat at US Portsmouth was their third in a row, with Lewis Beal leading the way for the home side with two goals, while the bottom two Clubs, Follands and Verwood, shared two goals and the points at Hamble. Finally, in the Andover Open Cup Alresford defeated Kings Somborne 5-1.

Wednesday saw a rather late postponement at Hythe and Dibden and a 1-1 draw in Division One between Christchurch and Alton with that point taking the Hurn Bridge side to the top of the table on goal difference.

And so it goes on, “it” being the weather which caused another raft of postponements on Saturday with one being disappointingly late given the discussions on the subject at the recent Secretary and Chairs Meeting. Happily, the top three sides in the Premier Division were not affected and two added three more points to their respective tallies. On what, given the problems elsewhere, was a very pleasant afternoon weather-wise at the Portway, Andover Town bounced back from two successive defeats with a 4-0 victory over a Portland side that played good football throughout but lacked the cutting edge of the home side. Zach Glasspool notched his 30th goal of the campaign (and missed a penalty) and Mike Gosney scored twice though the second took a deflection off a defender – but the League does not boast a Dubious Goals panel!

Blackfield and Langley scored three times in the first half against AFC Portchester with two from new signing Craig McAllister – back in the Wessex League after a very long absence. Hamworthy United retained second place but had to come from two goals down to claim a point against the resurgent Brockenhurst, while Lee Wort scored twice for the second consecutive game as Sholing beat Shaftesbury 3-0. Two sides in good form met at Bemerton with the home side coming out on top by the odd goal in three and inflicting Lymington’s first loss in five games. Finally Alresford crossed the Solent and returned with all three points after a very late goal from Dan Strange gave them a 3-2 victory at Cowes Sports.

Division One bore the brunt of the postponements with only two games surviving. US Portsmouth moved in to fifth spot with a two goal defeat of Whitchurch, both goals coming in the first half, and Verwood’s revival continued as two goals from James Guthrie gave them victory at Downton and took them to eighteenth place in the table. On the day no real changes as regards the placings in either Division – just a lot of waterlogged pitches.