Results 14-04-18 + John Gorman’s Round Up

Premier Division
AFC Portchester  7-0   Newport IoW
Alresford Town  1-4   Sholing
Andover Town  4-3   Fareham Town
Blackfield & Langley  4-0   Lymington Town
Bournemouth  3-1   Petersfield Town
Cowes Sports  1-4   Horndean
Hamble Club  6-2   Amesbury Town
Hamworthy United  4-4   Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Portland United  0-1   Baffins Milton Rovers
Shaftesbury  0-3   Brockenhurst
Team Solent  3-3   Bashley
Division One
AFC Stoneham  4-0   Whitchurch United
Alton  3-2   Romsey Town
Christchurch  3-2   East Cowes Vics
Downton  2-1   Folland Sports
Laverstock & Ford  1-0   Hythe & Dibden
Ringwood Town  2-0   Fawley AFC
Totton & Eling  2-4   Tadley Calleva
U.S. Portsmouth  3-1   New Milton Town
Verwood Town  1-4   Andover New Street

Two Division One games were scheduled for Monday but the Hythe and Dibden/Follands clash fell foul of a waterlogged pitch. In the other game at Whitchurch all three goals came in the last twenty minutes with visitors Downton scoring first, the home side equalising and then snatching the points with a stoppage time goal from Nick Yeomans. This is the second time in three days that Whitchurch have gained a point or points in stoppage time – proof of the value of trying to the bitter end.

Tuesday saw five more postponements but the games played had a bearing on the top positions in both Divisions and also produced thirty seven goals in eight Premier Division matches. At the top Blackfield continued to inexorably cut down Andover Town’s lead with an impressive five one victory at Portland with two goals for Craig McAllister. The victory also took them over the 100 League goals mark for the season. Andover meanwhile found themselves three down to Team Solent at the Portway with an hour gone but fought back to three all and also missed a penalty. Two more goals for Solent’s Hisham Kasimu.

Horndean switched their game to Sholing and gave their hosts a fright before going down by the odd goal in seven with Lee Wort scoring twice for the Boatmen. River Smith rediscovered his Ringwood form with two goals for Hamble Club in their victory over Fareham and Ashley Jarvis was another two goal man in Lymington’s four nil defeat of Cowes Sports. Alresford were the highest scorers with Sam Burt claiming two in their six goal victory over Bournemouth and there was a welcome win for Newport – their first in fifteen attempts – as Bashley went down three one at St Georges Park.

Just two games in Division One with the clash of the top two at Foxcotte Park ending with Andover New Street inflicting Christchurch’s first defeat of 2018 with a lone Callum Sweeney goal. The other game was also decided by a single goal scored by Conor Thorne for Tadley at Romsey, a result which has opened a gap between the top three and the rest at the top of the table. Finally Shaftesbury inevitably found an in form Wimborne Town too strong in the Final of the Dorset Senior Cup at Hamworthy, going down seven nil but earning a lot of plaudits for their performance and attitude on the night.

Just one game played on Wednesday with New Milton winning two nil at Hythe and Dibden in Division One, both goals coming from Brad Aspin.

A virtually full Premier Division programme on Thursday as Clubs strove to fulfil the fixtures lost previously to the weather and again it was a significant evening for Blackfield and Langley who took full advantage of a night off for leaders Andover Town by cutting the lead at the top of the table to three points. Having scored five on Tuesday they added another four to their tally in their victory at Petersfield. Sholing though probably had the result of the night in defeating Team Solent six nil at Test Park just two days after Solent had been perhaps unlucky not to win at Andover. Two more goals on the night for Sholing’s Lee Wort. Alex Baldocchino scored twice in Portchester’s three nil win over Bemerton and Nathan Lynch also notched two in Hamble Club’s five two defeat of Portland – the second time in three days Portland had conceded five.

Horndean and Bashley could not muster a goal between them – a good point for the Forest Club – but Newport, after collecting three precious points on Tuesday, slipped back again in losing five two at home to Fareham for whom Cal Laycock scored twice. Connor Kelly scored both of “The Port’s” goals. The game between Amesbury and Alresford fell victim of a waterlogged pitch. Two games in Division One with Fawley switching their home game to US Portsmouth because of a large surplus of water at their own ground. Their efforts sadly went unrewarded with the “home” side winning five two with two goals from Liam Callaghan. Both clubs are to be commended on their efforts to get the game played. Andover New Street claimed their second victory in three days, with Zac Neve scoring both goals in their two one defeat of Follands which kept them in second place in the table.

Happily Saturday saw a full Programme completed and ninety one goals scored across the two Divisions – almost five goals per game. First mention has to go to Andover Town who, on the assumption that two are to be promoted this season, ensured one of the two places with a four three win over Fareham Town. In midweek Andover came from three down to secure a point – this time they were three up and had to withstand a Fareham comeback that kept the two hundred plus crowd on edge throughout the second half. Blackfield and Langley, who have had a superb finish to the season, look certain to accompany them with their four nil win over Lymington – two goals for Liam Robinson – leaving them needing just one more point. This was the Waterside Club’s ninth win in their last ten matches, a record matched by Sholing for whom Dan Mason scored twice in an impressive four one victory at Alresford that probably guarantees the “Boatmen” third spot.

Hamworthy United and Bemerton shared eight goals at the County Ground whilst Portchester were the highest scorers of the day, claiming seven without any reply from Newport whose Premier Division future still looks very much at risk. Simon Stone scored two for Portchester and goalkeeper Lewis Noice also managed to get on the score sheet. Fellow Islanders Cowes Sports also went down, four one at home to the fast finishing Horndean while Baffins fine form continued with a lone goal victory at Portland. Team Solent drew three all for the second time in the week with Bashley coming from behind to snatch a point whilst Brockenhurst scored three times late in the game to defeat Shaftesbury at Cockrams.

Bournemouth won for the first time in eleven matches, three one over relegated Petersfield, and Hamble Club scored six – five for Nathan Lynch – against Amesbury in a game that was marred by an injury to Amesbury keeper Paddy Crease. Proceedings were delayed for the best part of an hour and the league would like to wish the injured player a speedy recovery and also thank both Clubs and the Officials for their handling of the situation.

A similar outcome in Division One where Christchurch ensured promotion but had to come from behind to beat East Cowes Vics to attain the necessary points and the deserved success. Andover New Street remain on course to accompany them after a four one win at Verwood – four different scorers – and Tadley’s late run continued with a fifth successive victory yesterday, four two at Totton and Eling, that keeps them in third place.

Both US Portsmouth and Laverstock and Ford won, against New Milton and Hythe and Dibden respectively, but Romsey went down three two at Alton where Callum Burch scored all the home side’s goals in the first half. Stoneham however returned to winning ways with a four goal defeat of Whitchurch with four different names on the score sheet. Ringwood made it three wins out of three and Fawley three defeats in three on the two nil score line at Long Lane and finally Downton scored a late winner against Follands at Wick Lane.

Good to get all games played and so many goals but overall the plaudits go to Andover Town and Christchurch. Congratulations to both.