The top match in the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division on Saturday went very much in favour of second-placed Blackfield & Langley as they inflicted leaders Andover Town’s second league defeat in eight days with a 3-1 victory at Gang Warily.
Two goals from Franklyn Clarke, one a penalty, midway through the first half put the home side on top and though Zac Glasspool quickly pulled one back a second half strike from Liam Robinson sealed the points for the home side.
To add to Andover’s woes the remainder of the chasing pack at the top of the table also won with Hamworthy United triumphing in the battle of the in-form clubs by beating Hamble Club 2-1 and a late Dan Mason goal giving Sholing victory over Bemerton Heath Harlequins with Lee Wort scoring the Southampton side’s other two goals.
AFC Portchester bought Portland back down to earth after their six goals last week with Rob Evans scoring twice in the 4-0 win at the Grove, while Lymington scored the only goal of the game in the expected close encounter with Horndean.
Brockenhurst, having claimed their first league win for months in midweek swiftly added another with a 3-1 win at Baffins Milton Rovers – two more goals for Mitchell Speechley-Price – and Bashley took the points at Fareham with victory by the odd goal in three.
At the bottom Newport (IoW) gained a point in a goalless draw with Shaftesbury but are nine points adrift of safety.
Amesbury Town’s game with Cowes Sports was postponed – the only one of the day to succumb to the overnight frost – and Petersfield Town went down 3-0 at home to Team Solent.
All this still leaves Andover Town nine points clear at the top with Blackfield and Hamworthy chasing and Sholing and Portchester in fourth and fifth places with games in hand.