Results 21-04-18 & John Gorman’s Round up

Premier Division
Amesbury Town  3-2   AFC Portchester
Baffins Milton Rovers  4-2   Blackfield & Langley
Bemerton Heath Harlequins  3-0   Team Solent
Brockenhurst  4-3   Cowes Sports
Fareham Town  1-0   Hamworthy United
Horndean  1-1   Portland United
Lymington Town 3-2   Hamble Club
Newport IoW  2-1   Bournemouth
Petersfield Town  2-0   Shaftesbury
Sholing  2-0   Andover Town

Division One
Andover New Street  0-4   AFC Stoneham
Christchurch  6-0   Downton
Fawley AFC  3-1   East Cowes Vics
Hythe & Dibden  0-1   Verwood Town
Romsey Town  6-2   Ringwood Town
Tadley Calleva  2-0   Laverstock & Ford
U.S. Portsmouth  1-1   Alton
Whitchurch United  2-0   Totton & Eling

Something of a rarity with no fewer than four games on Monday as clubs catch up on the fixtures lost to the weather. In the Premier Division a single Steve Ramsey goal gave AFC Portchester victory over Baffins Milton Rovers and moved them up to fourth place in the table and ended their opponents seven game unbeaten run. Fareham and Sholing shared four goals and the points at Cams Alders – a late equaliser for the visitors – a result that ensures Blackfield and Langley will be promoted. Lymington won two one at Team Solent in an enjoyable game marred by a serious injury to the home side’s Hisham Kasimu and all will wish him a speedy and full recovery. One game in Division One at the By Pass Ground where two goals from Brett Stanley helped Romsey to a three one victory over Laverstock and Ford. The result keeps Romsey’s promotion hopes alive but means Laverstock will be in Division One again next season.

Tuesday saw nine games across four competitions, thirty seven goals and one more relegation and promotion place settled. In the Premier Division two goals from Matt Sheedy continued Brockenhurst’s revival with a three one win at Newport, a result that ends the Island side’s ten year stay in the top division. It has been a traumatic year on and off the pitch for the Islanders and with the new ground hopefully assured they can look forward to trying to regain their former glories. Elsewhere in the Premier Division Andover Town kept the Title race bubbling with a four nil win along the A303 at Amesbury -two goals for Zac Glasspool – a result that did nothing to help the home side’s survival prospects. Nathan Lynch added another two goals to his season’s tally in Hamble Club’s five goal win over Shaftesbury and Bashley finished their season with a three nil win at Petersfield.

In Division One Andover New Street confirmed their promotion in the most emphatic manner with a five nil win at Totton and Eling. Zac Neve scored three to top a superb season for the Foxcotte Park side that has creditably achieved their success with a squad of locally based players. Tadley look likely to take the third promotion spot, though they are not quite there yet, after notching their seventh consecutive win with a four one defeat of Downton at Barlows Park. Four different names on the score sheet. Elsewhere Fawley scored the only goal of the game to take all three points against Follands.

Conor White claimed a hat trick as Cowes Sports defeated Shanklin six nil in the Isle of Wight Gold Cup to earn themselves a semi final tie with near neighbours East Cowes Vics and Alresford overcame Southern League Fleet Town four one to reach the semi final stage of the North Hants Cup.

Two games of significance on Wednesday with Blackfield and Langley earning immense credit for themselves, and by association the League, with a spirited display in the Hampshire Senior Cup Final at St.Marys. Eventually the difference in standards told as Conference South Play off finalists Havant and Waterlooville scored two late goals to take the Trophy by three goals to nil. Meanwhile at Hurn Bridge the destination of the Division One Title, and to a lesser extent the final promotion place, was left in the air after US Portsmouth’s two one defeat of Christchurch. With both Clubs having two games to play Andover New Street have a one point advantage over Christchurch though the latter have a far superior goal difference. US Portsmouth’s win still keeps them in the promotion race though one win for Tadley from their remaining two games will ensure their place in the top flight next season. Elsewhere Baffins continued their fine form with a five two win at Fareham. though sadly the goal scorers were not reported, and Hythe and Dibden defeated Romsey two nil at Claypits.

Onward, (ever onward) to Thursday and Sholing need just one more point to ensure third place in the table after a single goal from Lee Wort gave then victory at Portchester. At the other end of the table Amesbury went down four three at home to Hamworthy and their Premier Division future is now hanging by a thread. Connor Miller scored twice for the home side while Dan Cann scored all four for the visitors. Petersfield must surely be looking forward to the end of what has been something of a disastrous season and the eight goal defeat at Hamble Club leaves them, with two games to play, with just twelve points and having conceded an average in excess of four goals per game. Nathan Lynch claimed a hat trick for Hamble making it thirteen goals in the last five matches for the big striker. Horndean went down to a stoppage time goal at Shaftesbury and Team Solent and Alresford shared four goals at Test Park with Silvano Obeng notching both the Students goals. The final game in the Premier Division between Fareham and Bemerton was abandoned twelve minutes from time after an electrical failure in the area. Just one Divison One game in which Fawley defeated AFC Stoneham by a goal to nil.

With one game on Friday there had been football each night this week and it was an enjoyable evening for Follands at the bottom of Division One. After going a goal down against New Milton they bounced back to win five one with a hat trick from Sanchez McClean,

What was scheduled to be the last Saturday of the season until the rains came produced some “end of season” results but failed to resolve the all the title winning, promotion and relegation issues. At the top of the Premier Division both of the title contenders were beaten leaving the status quo unaltered. Two goals in the opening half hour proved enough for Sholing to defeat Andover whilst Blackfield and Langley went down four two at the ever improving Baffins Milton Rovers. Sadly the latter again did not report their goal scorers. Elsewhere Jake Rawkins scored twice in Bemerton’s three nil win over Team Solent and Fareham scored the only goal of the game in the second minute to take the points against Hamworthy United. Jake King was another two goal man in Lymington’s three two defeat of Hamble Club – another goal inevitably for the latter’s Nathan Lynch – and Horndean and Portland mustered a goal apiece at Five Heads Park, the fourteenth time Portland have shared the points this season.

John McKie scored twice for Cowes but it was not enough to prevent a four three loss at Brockenhurst and the islanders are still not safe from relegation. Amesbury took a tighter grip on their lifeline with a three two win over League Cup Finalists Portchester – two goals for Cameron Roach – and they are now four points behind Cowes with both clubs still having two games to play. Both of the two sides already relegated, Newport and Petersfield, were victorious on the day with Newport beating Bournemouth by the odd goal in three and Petersfield securing just their fourth win of the season, beating Shaftesbury two nil.

In Division One Christchurch regained top place after contrasting results for themselves and former leaders Andover New Street. The latter went down four nil at home to an AFC Stoneham side that took their chances – four different goal scorers – and defended well whilst Christchurch, led by a Max Wilcock hat trick, beat Downton six nil. With both clubs having just one game to play the Hurn Bridge side have a two point advantage and a much superior goal difference. At the other end of the County, Tadley, after two or three seasons of just missing out, clinched the third promotion place with a two goal win over Laverstock and Ford – top scorer Brett Denham claiming both the goals.

Fawley made it three wins in a row by beating East Cowes Vics three one whilst Romsey Town also scored six, including a Dan Fox hat trick, against Ringwood Town who mustered two in reply and goals in the first five and last five minutes saw US Portsmouth share the points with Alton. Whitchurch beat Totton and Eling two nil and as in the Premier Division both the bottom sides won as, following Follands’s victory the previous evening, Verwood scored the only goal of the game at Hythe and Dibden.

So still a lot to play for in the coming week.