Almost everything went to plan on Saturday in the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier with only one fixture, at Alresford Town, postponed and there was some movement at the top as leaders Andover Town went down to just their third defeat of the season.
A goal by AFC Portchester’s Nathan Kirby midway through the first half gave them victory in front of virtually 200 spectators and their sixth win in their last seven matches.
Those behind Andover all took advantage to close the gap with second-placed Blackfield & Langley beating Shaftesbury 4-0 – two goals apiece for Sam Griffin and Leroy Plummer – and Hamworthy United winning 2-1 at Newport (IoW) for their third win in eight days.
There were four different names on the scoresheet as Sholing won 4-1 at Brockenhurst to lengthen the home side’s long run without a victory, while two goals from Sam House gave Lymington the points at Baffins Milton Rovers.
Hamble Club’s Nathan Lynch was another two-goal man scoring both goals in their win at Bashley, while Fareham Town made it four wins in the last five with a best-of-three goal success at Team Solent with the home side’s goal scored almost inevitably by Hisham Kasimu.
There was a welcome win for Cowes Sports with Connor Furmidge claiming both goals in their win over Bournemouth FC, their first win in eight games, whilst Portland United manager Gary Bailey’s vow that they would turn “draws in to wins” came good with a vengeance as they beat Amesbury Town 6-1 with a hat-trick for Tom Bearwish and two from Ryan McKechnie.
With Petersfield Town going down 4-1 at Bemerton Heath Harlequins – four different scorers again – there was no change at the bottom, but Cowes have widened the gap between themselves and the three clubs below them.
At the top Andover’s lead has been reduced to twelve points but Blackfield have two games in hand and the two sides meet at Gang Warily next week.