Saturday 07-04-18 – John Gorman’s preview

Premier Division
Amesbury Town v Petersfield Town
Bashley v AFC Portchester
Bemerton Heath Harlequins v Cowes Sports
Brockenhurst v Hamble Club
Fareham Town v Shaftesbury
Horndean v Andover Town
Lymington Town v Bournemouth
Newport IoW v Portland United
Sholing v Blackfield & Langley
Team Solent v Baffins Milton Rovers

Division One
Fawley AFC v Christchurch
Folland Sports v Alton
Hythe & Dibden v Andover New Street
Laverstock & Ford v Ringwood Town
New Milton Town v Verwood Town
Tadley Calleva v East Cowes Vics
U.S. Portsmouth v Downton
Whitchurch United v Romsey Town

With games coming thick and fast for the remainder of the season things are ever changing with little clear as regards promotion and relegation, and even that may be affected by the planned re-organisation by the Football Association at the end of the season.

At present in the Premier League Andover Town lead Blackfield and Langley by eleven points with the Watersiders having three games in hand and goal difference in the latter’s favour. Is it better to have the points or the games? Both Clubs are away on Saturday and both, on paper, could face difficult afternoons. Town travel to Horndean, never an easy place to win and where they exited the FA Cup earlier in the season, whilst Blackfield visit fourth place Sholing with both sides in good form. Sholing have won their last six and the visitors seven out of their last eight.

AFC Portchester, still a possible threat, go to Bashley who do not always get the results their play deserves while Lymington, in something of a bad patch at present, welcome Bournemouth to the Sports Ground with the Poppies not having won in their last eight outings. Brockenhurst will be looking to extend their six match unbeaten run when Hamble Club come calling while Fareham, probably desperate for a game after a raft of postponements, face a Shaftesbury side possibly making their first visit to Cams Alders in search of League points.

Baffins Milton Rovers, with four straight wins under their belts, go to Team Solent and goals at both ends could be a distinct possibility, while Bemerton host Cowes Sports at Western Way. The Islanders are probably safe from relegation but are still no doubt looking over their shoulders at the bottom three, two of whom meet at Bonymead Park. Amesbury gave themselves a small lifeline last week with their win at Newport and three more points against Petersfield would give them renewed hope and doom their visitors to Division One football next season. Newport, with four straight defeats behind them, entertain the inconsistent Portland who have too many draws to their credit thus far.

In Division One leaders Christchurch, who dropped two points on the Island last week, travel to League Cup Finalists Fawley who will be looking to forget their midweek trip to Alton. Second place Andover New Street, with five wins in the last seven, go to Hythe and Dibden, while Laverstock and Ford, now unbeaten in nine, entertain a Ringwood side who can score and concede goals in equal measure.

Romsey take a five match unbeaten run to Whitchurch and US Portsmouth, after two defeats, will be looking to return to winning ways against Downton. New Milton – short of their goalscoring touch of late – entertain Verwood and in the final game Alton, who have scored eleven goals in their last two outings, travel to bottom club Follands.

Will things be any clearer after the weekend?