No weather problems on Saturday in the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division, but the Team Solent and Moneyfields game was called off in rather disappointing circumstances.
Both Blackfield & Langley and Portland United took the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table with the former beating Bournemouth FC 2-1 and Portland winning 2-0 at AFC Portchester after missing an early penalty, Ryan McKechnie scored twice for the Dorset side for the second week in succession.
Sholing, however, lost ground as a Jamie Mansell gave Whitchurch United three valuable points at Long Meadow.
Amesbury Town, after a poor run of results, gained a creditable point at Horndean and a goal in each half gave Newport (IoW) victory over Bemerton Heath Harlequins.
At the bottom of the table Cowes Sports suffered a five one defeat at Andover – two for Reece Rusher – as the home side continue to make the Portway a difficult place to get points and Fawley AFC went down to Craig Harding goals that gave Alresford Town victory.
With Verwood Town losing to Hamworthy United- two more goals for Steve Smith – the only `winners` on the day as regards the league position were Whitchurch with Bournemouth perhaps having to look over their shoulders again.
With First Division leaders Hamble Club enjoying a Saturday off, Baffins Milton Rovers closed the gap at the top of the table to five points with a 4-2 victory over AFC Stoneham, two goals for Ryan Pennery taking his seasons tally to 45, but Laverstock & Ford failed to take advantage going down to a late goal at Weymouth Reserves.
Christchurch and Shaftesbury both missed the chance to move closer to the top three with Christchurch drawing one all at Andover New Street and Shaftesbury and Totton and Eling not managing a goal between them at Coppice Street.
Tadley Calleva continued their climb up the table with a 2-0 victory at New Milton, whilst Ringwood Town found their goalscoring touch again notching four without reply at Follands.
US Portsmouth maintained their long unbeaten run at home by beating Pewsey Vale by the odd goal in seven, while Hythe & Dibden achieved probably their best result of the season with a 5-1 win over Fleet Spurs. This took the latter’s goals against column over the 100-mark yet they have scored more than all the clubs around them.
A similar fate befell East Cowes Vics as Downton recovered from their midweek loss to beat the Islanders 5-0 as Vics continue to struggle on their travels.