What was scheduled to be the last Saturday of the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) 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, 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 Town whilst Blackfield & Langley went down 4-2 at the ever-improving Baffins Milton Rovers.
Elsewhere, Jake Rawkins scored twice in Bemerton Heath Harlequins 3-0 win over Team Solent and Fareham Town scored the only goal of the game in the 2nd minute to take the points against Hamworthy United.
Jake King was another two-goal man in Lymington Town’s 3-2 defeat of Hamble Club – another goal inevitably for the latter’s Nathan Lynch – and Horndean and Portland United 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 4-3 loss at Brockenhurst and the islanders are still not safe from relegation.
Amesbury Town took a tighter grip on their lifeline with a 3-2 win over League Cup finalists AFC 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 (IoW) and Petersfield Town, were victorious on the day with Newport beating Bournemouth FC by the odd goal in three and Petersfield securing just their fourth win of the season, beating Shaftesbury 2-0.
In Division One, Christchurch regained top place after contrasting results for themselves and former leaders Andover New Street.
The latter went down 4-0 at home to an AFC Stoneham side that took their chances – four different goalscorers – and defended well, whilst Christchurch, led by a Max Wilcock hat-trick, beat Downton 6-0.
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 Caleva, after two or three seasons of just missing out, clinched the third promotion place with a two-goal win over Laverstock & Ford – top scorer Brett Denham claiming both the goals.
Fawley made it three wins in a row by beating East Cowes Vics 3-1, 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 5 and last 5 minutes saw US Portsmouth share the points with Alton Town.
Whitchurch beat Totton & Eling 2-0 and as in the Premier, both the bottom sides won as, following Follands’s victory the previous evening, Verwood Town scored the only goal of the game at Hythe & Dibden.