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Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Round-Up

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Sadly, the weather intervened again on Saturday in the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) with games at Fareham, Newport, Bemerton, Stoneham and Christchurch postponed by mid-morning.

Clubs who carried out successful pitch inspections were then thwarted by further rain causing late postponements at Brockenhurst, New Milton and Follands.

So just eleven games played spread over the two divisions with the top match being in Division One where the top two, Tadley Calleva and Andover New Street, met at Barlows Park in front of 150 spectators with the visitors coming out on top.

Brett Denham scored his customary goal for the home side but two goals for the visitors gave them the points and top place in the table.

Elsewhere in the division Downton ended a run of four successive defeats with a 3-2 win over Fawley – two goals for Dan Telfer – and Laverstock & Ford continued their current good form and moved to fourth place in the table with victory at US Portsmouth.

A lone Adam Bourner goal was enough to take the three points and end a run of five wins for the home side.

Finally, Hythe & Dibden moved out of the bottom two with a welcome two-goal victory at Ringwood.

In the Premier Division, three more points for leaders Andover Town but they were made to fight all the way at the Portway by Petersfield Town whose display much belied their league position.

The visitors led 2-0 and then 3-2 at the break, courtesy of a Luke Kendall hat-trick that was made up of a penalty and two direct free-kicks – the second a superb effort.

But Andover scored within seconds of the re-start – a second goal for George Hallahan – and a Mike Gosney free-kick that surpassed even Kendall’s effort saw the leaders home in front of over 200 people on a wet afternoon.

Hamworthy United are third after a 2-1 defeat of Shaftesbury but not a good day at AFC Portchester where the home side ended Lymington’s nine-match unbeaten run with the only goal of the game.

The home side ended with nine-men and the visitors with ten.

A goal in stoppage time gave Alresford Town a best-of-seven win over Baffins Milton Rovers and Bournemouth FC won for the second week running, a Nasim Meddah hat-trick leading them to a four-goal defeat of Amesbury Town.

Hamble Club beat Cowes Sports 3-2, both the visitors’ goals coming from John McKie, whilst the comeback of the day was at Portland United.

The home side were three up at the break with victory seemingly theirs but Horndean scored four in the second half – two from Josh Maloney – to take the points and no doubt make their long journey home rather enjoyable.

So Andover top both divisions again.

(Matt Richbell)


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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