No interference from the weather so all scheduled Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) fixtures completed with both the leaders in the Premier Division dropping points and both coming from behind to earn a draw on the day.
Andover Town were 2-0 down at the break at Hamble Club – both goals from Jack McCarthy – before coming back to 2-2, whilst Blackfield & Langley came from a goal down to Cowes Sports ensure a similar scoreline at a rather bleak Gang Warily.
The Watersiders took an early lead but were then pegged back in a game in which there was a penalty for both sides.
Sholing regained third place as an Owen Royl goal gave them victory over Bashley with Hamworthy United dropping down to fourth after a three one defeat at AFC Portchester – a first success for the home side’s new management team.
Lymington Town stretched their unbeaten run to seven with a fine 3-1 win at Alresford, two goals for Owen Fee, and Horndean got back to winning ways with a 4-2 defeat of bottom club Petersfield Town with Josh Maloney scoring twice.
Portland United attracted the biggest attendance in the Division but failed to build on last week’s win with a Jamie Lightfoot goal giving visitors Bemerton Heath Harlequins the points, while Shaftesbury made one of their longest journeys – to Baffins Milton Rovers – and returned home with all three points after a 2-0 success.
Neither Brockenhurst or Bournemouth FC had won for nine matches so a draw was almost inevitable and so it transpired with Will Tickle claiming both the home side’s goals and Charlie Gilbert doing the same for the Poppies.
Finally, three welcome points for Amesbury Town as they halted Fareham’s run of form with a best-of-five victory at Cams Alders.
Keiron Stephens scored twice for the Wiltshire side who are now level on points with Newport (IoW) in the bottom three in the table.