Saturday March 17th results & Round up

Premier Division
Alresford Town 1-1  Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Bashley 6-5   Amesbury Town
Hamworthy United 1-4  Andover Town
Horndean 1-1  Brockenhurst
Lymington Town 1-3  Sholing
Portland United 4-0  Cowes Sports

Division One
Christchurch 1-0  Verwood Town
East Cowes Vics 1-3  Laverstock & Ford
Hythe & Dibden 3-0  Totton & Eling
New Milton Town 1-1  Whitchurch United
Romsey Town 0-0  AFC Stoneham 
Tadley Calleva 7-0  Ringwood Town

To no doubt the delight of all, and especially the hard working Fixture Secretary, a good number of fixtures were completed on Tuesday with only the Sholing/Portland League clash falling victim to a waterlogged pitch. Blackfield and Langley’s recent run of Cup successes came to an end on their own pitch as AFC Portchester became the first side to reach this season’s League Cup Final. The scores were level at one apiece after ninety minutes before the visitors triumphed three two in the penalty shoot out with keeper Lewis Noice saving three Blackfield efforts.

In the Premier Division Andover Town increased their lead at the top with a two one victory over Lymington with the goals coming, not for the first time, from the “G-Force” of Zach Glasspool and Mike Gosney whilst there was a significant result on the Island as regards the bottom end of the table. John McKie was no doubt the toast of Cowes after his hat trick helped his side to a four two victory over Newport in front of an attendance in excess of two hundred and fifty, a win that left the points difference between the two clubs at twelve and the “Port” deep in relegation trouble.

Amesbury Town, another Club in the bottom three, went down five to three at home to Horndean with Connor Miller and Benny Reed scoring twice for their respective sides while a single goal gave Shaftesbury the points over Bournemouth. It was the Dorset side’s first win in six matches whilst Bournemouth have now lost five of their last six. In the final game in the Premier Division Hamble Club and Baffins Milton Rovers, two sides whose progress over recent seasons has been inextricably linked, met at Hamble with two goals from the much travelled (of late) Jamie White giving the away side the spoils.

Christchurch moved three points clear at the top of Division One after coming from behind to win by the odd goal in five at Ringwood. Two goals apiece for the home side’s Pepe-Chino Smith and Church’s Harry Wright. AFC Stoneham will be having dark thoughts about the “curse” of the Club of the Month Award after their seven game winning streak was ended by US Portsmouth who in turn won their fifth game in six to move up to fourth place in the table. There were two one wins for Fawley over Downton and Alton over Hythe and Dibden whilst the individual performance of the evening came from Romsey’s Brett Stanley who scored four goals in his side’s five one win at Folland Sports.

Three more Cup matches with Bemerton exiting the Wiltshire Senior Cup at the Semi Final stage with a nine goal defeat at National League South Chippenham Town whilst Tadley moved in to the semi Finals of the North Hants Cup with victory over HPFL side South Wonston Swifts. One step ahead of them in the same Competition Andover New Street added some gloss to an already successful season with victory over near neighbours Whitchurch by the odd goal in three to take their place in the Final.

Just two games on Wednesday and just two goals. In Division One a goal midway through the second half gave New Milton the points against Totton and Eling while a Craig Harding goal took Alresford in to the semi-final of the North Hants Cup at the expense of HPFL side Overton United.

Saturday almost inevitably was affected by the weather with a combination of waterlogged pitches and snow causing the loss of six fixtures but no problems at the County Ground where Andover Town took another and perhaps significant, step towards the Premier Division title with victory over second placed Hamworthy United. In a most enjoyable game, well contested and refereed, the scores were level at the break and that was still the case after seventy minutes. At that point Andover introduced Manny Soetan from the bench for his first appearance this year following an injury in December. Within four minutes he lashed home an effort from thirty yards to give Andover the lead and scored twice more in the following five minutes to take the game beyond the home side. With Blackfield suffering a postponement at Petersfield Andover are now fourteen points clear at the top of the table.

Sholing made it five wins in a row with a three one victory at Lymington whilst two goals from Tom Bearwish helped Portland to a four nil success over Cowes Sports. Alresford had to settle for a point after a last minute goal from Bemerton’s Scott Hassall cancelled out Geoff Dunn’s first half strike. Brockenhurst took their unbeaten run to five with a one all draw at Horndean whist there was something of a goal fest at Bashley where the home side beat Amesbury by the odd goal in eleven. Harry McGrath scored three and Connor Whiteley two for the hosts while Cameron Roach claimed two for the visitors. Extremely galling to score five away from home and lose and with neither Newport or Petersfield playing, things remain largely the same at the wrong end of the table.

A lone goal on the stroke of half time gave Christchurch the points against Verwood and moved them six points clear at the top of Division One . Romsey and AFC Stoneham fought out a goalless draw at the Bypass Ground while Laverstock and Ford took their unbeaten run to eight with a three one success at East Cowes Vics. The game was marred by a serious injury to the home side’s Aaron Shephard and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Tadley bounced back to form with a vengeance with Brett Denham and James Tennant both scoring hat tricks in their seven nil win over Ringwood while Hythe and Dibden ended a run of three defeats by scoring three times without reply against Totton and Eling. Finally New Milton and Whitchurch shared two goals and the points at Fawcetts Field.

As stated the results leave Christchurch six points clear but five points cover the next five Clubs so still all to play for in the promotion stakes.