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Further to the recent Chair/Secretaries and Managers meeting where the issue of fixture
patterns were raised, as promised we have reviewed the fixtures and the
disproportionate home and away patterns that have arisen. It has been difficult to now
establish a system of regularity because of the number of matches already played.
However over the past two weeks a lot of work has been put in to give a fairer pattern,
as far as possible, for the rest of the season. This will be placed in front of the board on
Monday evening and, if passed, issued immediately to all clubs. This will also include the
Xmas period, as it was left unclear at the meeting who was playing, and I gave an
undertaking to review all of the fixtures and try to return to that which I outlined at the
AGM regarding the playing of rearranged matches due to postponements or cup clashes.
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DRESSING ROOMS - Sadly we have received notice of the Away Dressing Rooms being
left in a far from acceptable state after a recent game. Can all Clubs PLEASE remind their
Management and Players to leave dressing rooms as they would wish to find them.
FIXTURES – NOVEMBER 19TH – That is the date of the next round of the FA Vase and
because we have a number of Clubs still involved in the Competition the League fixtures
for that day have been re-arranged and are as per the official website
www.wessexleague.co.uk and are also below:
Alresford Town v Lymington Town
Fareham Town v Moneyfields
GE Hamble v New Milton Town
Hamworthy United v Totton & Eling
Horndean v Hayling United
Newport (IOW) v Laverstock & Ford
Romsey Town v Brading Town
Brockenhurst v Verwood Town
Hythe & Dibden v Fleet Spurs
Pewsey Vale v Petersfield Town
Ringwood Town v East Cowes Vics
Stockbridge v Amesbury Town
Tadley Calleva v Andover New Street
Team Solent v United Services Portsmouth
Warminster Town v Whitchurch United
PORTSMOUTH DIVISIONAL CUP – The draw for the quarter-finals of the Portsmouth
Senior Cup has been made and the following ties involve clubs from the Sydenhams
Football League (Wessex):
MONEYFIELDS v AFC PORTCHESTER
HORNDEAN v University of Portsmouth
Paulsgrove v UNITED SERVICES PORTSMOUTH
ALL TIES TO BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26TH OR DURING THE WEEK
BEFORE IF UNDER LIGHTS.
RUSSELL COTES CUP – The draw for the Second Round of the Russell Cotes Cup has
been made and the following ties involve clubs from the Sydenhams Football League
07/11 Gosport Borough v FAREHAM TOWN
08/11 GE HAMBLE v AFC PORTCHESTER
15/11 NEW MILTON TOWN v Liphook United
15/11 BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY v BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS
15/11 MONEYFIELDS v UNITED SERVICES PORTSMOUTH
15/11 CHRISTCHURCH v NEWPORT (IOW)
15/11 LAVERSTOCK & FORD v QK Southampton
15/11 WINCHESTER CITY v AFC Totton or TEAM SOLENT
WINCHESTER CITY’s tie has yet to be finalised because AFC Totton take on TEAM
SOLENT in the First Round on November 8th 2011.
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BOURNEMOUTH POPPIES – BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY v BOURNEMOUTH POPPIES, a
fixture due to be played on Saturday 12th November has been postponed due to the
death of Poppies’ President, Ernie Stimpson.
The Funeral of Ernie Stimpson will be at 12 noon on Friday 11 November at Victoria Park
Methodist Church. That's the one on (main) Wimborne Road in Winton, not far from
Victoria Park, Bournemouth Poppies’ home ground. Afterwards the wake is at
Hamworthy Social Club, Magna Road, home of Hamworthy Recreation FC of the Dorset
Donations to W Smith & Sons in Winton- monies raised will be split between Alzheimers
and McMillan Cancer Unit in Christchurch.
The following has been written about Ernie Stimpson but Club Secretary, Mike Robins:
“All at the club will miss Ernie. He was at every home game, and even when really ill he
would be able to watch from his house.
When I first became involved at the Vic I already knew about him and found him a
charming man always wanting to know about the game and ready to talk football and his
story at the club- a pleasure to work alongside him there.
There's not many guys of his age who would drive to an away game, but occasionally
Ernie would do that- most recently the Bashley game, and indeed made the long journey
to Truro in the company of myself and Chairman Bob Corbin- a long day for everyone
with him not getting home until just after 2am!!
The Bemerton game was just like any other game at the Vic but with Dave Bragginton
out of action with a broken ankle, Ernie stepped into the breach in the Boardroom with
interval tea and biscuits sorted in good order. After the match he was also in the
clubhouse talking football with players and supporters alike as he usually would.
His assistance on match days was always welcome. Usually there from noon getting the
boardroom ready and generally helping out when he could, often the first person at the
Ground that visiting teams and officials would see. He will be extremely difficult to
replace, so loyal and dedicated to the club he will be sorely missed- a Legend.”
BRADING TOWN - Steve Brougham has stepped down from his role as Manager of
Brading Town. Brougham took over in 2008 after having managed the reserve side
before then. The club thanks him for everything he has done for the club, on and off the
field, and wish him every success in the future. The club, in the meantime, will be
searching for a new manager and hope to have someone in place in a couple of weeks.
Steve Lawton has agreed to look after the first team for the next two home games.
CHRISTCHURCH - Christchurch manager, Graham Kemp, has been linked with the
vacant manager's position at Blue Square Bet South side, Dorchester Town. Kemp has
confirmed "I haven't applied. I had a phone call from someone connected with
Dorchester on Saturday, just to say that there was a bit of following on the fans' forums
and around Dorchester. But that is a jump of three leagues and I wouldn't expect them
to take a chance on me. Without speaking out of turn, like any player or anyone involved
in football, you would be interested in a jump of three leagues. It would be something
that anyone with ambition would show an interest in, but I haven't applied and I won't
apply. I am manager of Christchurch and am flattered to be linked with that sort of
Other names that have been linked with the position are Joe Roach, former AFC
Bournemouth Head of Youth, along with Tom Killick, manager of Poole Town, Alex
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Browne, former Wimborne Town Manager, and his brother, Simon, who is currently in
charge at fellow Premier Division side, Hamworthy United.
However, Mark Duffy, Chairman of Christchurch FC, has spoken of Graham Kemp’s link
with Dorchester Town, “Graham Kemp, along with others has been linked to the vacancy
at Dorchester but has not applied for the post but is very happy at Church and is pleased
with the results his team have been achieving against the odds, with ourselves being a
Elsewhere at Christchurch this week, Reserve team managers Robbie Elliot and Ryan
Chard were approached by Laverstock and Ford regarding their vacancy but have
decided to stay at the Club to see through their Wyvern League campaign with the
players they have brought to the Club.
Also, The new changing room development has undergone a bit of a surge recently and
the building will be at plate level by next week (i.e. ready for a roof), though funds have
now ran out again so the Club are actively looking for support from local businesses in
terms of materials and donations to at least get a roof on the build before the bad
weather starts and protect the work that has been done, the Club would be extremely
grateful for any support. They can contact Mark Duffy on 07505 370906 or at
HORNDEAN - The Deans have set up a new club website, due to problems updating the
old site. The new web address is www.pitchero.com/clubs/horndean/
HYTHE & DIBDEN – The Waterside club have completed a triple capture. Joining the
club is Merl Anteney-Wright from Andover, Ed Stacey from Forest Town FC and Joe
Turner from Sturminster Marshall FC.
LAVERSTOCK & FORD - Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division side,
Laverstock & Ford, are looking for a new manager, preferably with Premier League
experience. If interested please contact the chairman Gino Nardiello on 07502459151.
TOTTON & ELING – Due to AFC Totton’s involvement in the FA Cup First Round on
Saturday 12th November, Totton & Eling have opted to move their home league with
WINCHESTER CITY to Friday 11th November. The game will kick-off at Little Testwood
Farm at 19:45.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK?
On Monday night, in the Portsmouth Senior Cup, AFC PORTCHESTER ran out 3-1 winners
away at Portsmouth R.N.
In the Premier Division on Tuesday night, ALRESFORD TOWN made it six points from six
with a 3-2 home win against FAREHAM TOWN. Jamil Saleh put the hosts ahead after ten
minutes with a 25-yard looping effort. Ashley Tattersall leveled the scores after
outpacing the defence on 31 minutes. However, Alresford went back ahead shortly
afterwards when Saleh bagged his second from close range. Steve Llewellyn made it
three with a header from a Dean Cole free kick and although Sam Doswell scored a
header with ten minutes left for Fareham, Alresford held on. Elsewhere, Louis Bell Junior
returned to his former club and netted twice against his Dad, Louis Bell Senior's side, in
HORNDEAN's 5-0 win at BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY. Dave Carter's men also had Dan
Martin on the score sheet and Nathan Paxton bagged a brace. NEW MILTON TOWN made
it four points from six on the Isle-of-Wight this week with a 3-1 away win at BRADING
TOWN. Ian Proctor found the net as did Nick Howes and winger Tom Donaldson scored a
diving header. Striker Alex Baldacchino also hit the post for the visitors whilst the hosts'
only goal was an own goal in stoppage time. CHRISTCHURCH won 3-2 at home to
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TOTTON & ELING. The scorers for the hosts were Shaun Brian after just a minute, Ben
Osborne (pen) and James Burden in the second half. Craig Feeney scored a first-half
brace and at one point had put the Millers 2-1 ahead, but Christchurch responded and
turned the game around with Burden's second half winner. Jack Slade and Neil Williams
were both on target for BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS as they drew 2-2 at HAYLING
UNITED. The Humbugs also finished the game with ten men against their Wiltshire
counterparts having had a man sent off. LYMINGTON TOWN ran out 4-1 winners at home
to manager less LAVERSTOCK & FORD. New signing Lloyd Foot scored for Town as did
joint manager, Matt Hussey. Dan Fox and Chris Marwood were both also on target for
In Division One on Tuesday night, EAST COWES VICS went top of Division One with a 4-
1 home win against TEAM SOLENT. Joe Adams put the hosts ahead only for the Students
to level before half-time. In the second-half, the Islanders took control and Adams
bagged his second of the game before Wayne Newnham and Tom Scovell also found the
In the League Cup on Tuesday night, ALTON TOWN comprehensively beat US
PORTSMOUTH 6-0 at the Bass Sports Ground. Ian Humble rounded the keeper to put the
Brewers ahead and Steve Brown made it two. After half-time, it was 3-0 almost
immediately thanks to Sam Knight. Ian Dyer made it four and he grabbed his second
shortly afterwards to make it 5-0. Alex Lowley wrapped up the scoring and sealed Alton's
place in the next round to make the final score 6-0. ROMSEY TOWN won impressively 5-
0 away at AMESBURY TOWN and BROCKENHURST also comfortably made it through to
the next round, beating ANDOVER NEW STREET 5-1 at Grigg Lane. PETERSFIELD TOWN
were knocked out of the competition, 2-1 at home by TADLEY CALLEVA. Barry Keogh
scored from the penalty spot for the hosts but it wasn't enough.
In the Dorset Senior Cup on Tuesday night, HAMWORTHY UNITED were beaten 4-1 at
home by Gillingham Town.
In the League Cup on Wednesday night, WINCHESTER CITY and GE HAMBLE were
involved in a competitive tie at the Denplan City Ground. 7 year-old Mascot, Brad
Jacobs, watched on with his favourite player, Rory Anderson, as both sides fought early
on to get a foot hold on the game. In a tense first half, tempers threatened to boil over
when City lost Jordan Parker to injury. Then shortly before half-time, defender Conor
McCarthy was dismissed for bringing down last man, Dougie Rowe. After half-time and
both sides cancelled each other out although Tom Dunford had a late effort from
distance strike the foot of the post. The game went into extra time and GE Hamble had
several opportunities to win the tie. James Roden had an effort cleared off the line by
makeshift centre half, Charlie Smeeton. Dougie Rowe also had an opportunity for the
visitors but he fired wide. The game went to spot kicks and the visitors went ahead
through Rory Williams. Graham Lindsey then missed his opening kick for the hosts.
Hamble went two ahead through Barron and substitute Danny Cox got City's first. Jarvis
made it three and Leigh Mills then made it 3-2. Gosney then saved Thompson's penalty
and City leveled things up through Tom Dunford. Castle then put the visitors 4-3 and
Alek Przespolewski fired the decisive kick over the crossbar to ensure GE Hamble made it
through to the next round.
VERWOOD TOWN produced a plucky performance but were beaten 2-1 at home by
Wimborne Town of the Evo-Stik South & West Division. The hosts went ahead thanks to
Dean Evans but a Matt Kemble brace saved the Magpies' blushes.
WHAT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY?
In the Premier Division on Saturday, a brace a piece for both Charlie Smeeton and Jamie
White gave WINCHESTER CITY a 4-0 away win at ALRESFORD TOWN. GE HAMBLE
recorded a hard-fought 3-1 away win at BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY. Jamie Musselwhite,
Ashley Jarvis and James Roden were all on target for the Planemakers whilst Warren
Hunt got the only goal of the game for the hosts. Manager less BRADING TOWN drew 1-
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1 at home against fellow manager less club, LAVERSTOCK & FORD. Jake Younie got the
goal for the Islanders to give them a point. CHRISTCHURCH produced an impressive
display to beat HAMWORTHY UNITED 4-1 at Hurn Bridge. Shaun Brian and James Burden
put the hosts two-up at the break. A second half brace by Callum Burt compounded the
misery for the Hammers, although Luke Burbidge did score a stoppage time penalty for
Simon Browne's men. DOWNTON took the lead against NEW MILTON TOWN through a
first-half Declan McGregor penalty. However the Fawcetts Field outfit leveled in the
second half thanks to a stunning Alex Baldacchino free kick. FAREHAM TOWN eventually
won a topsy-turvy encounter, 5-4, at home to LYMINGTON TOWN. Jack Kirby scored a
low drive to put the Creeksiders ahead after 11 minutes. However, Town's joy was short-
lived as Steve Whitcher equalised almost immediately. Chris Marwood then put the
visitors ahead after 17 minutes. Later in the first-half, Steve Whitcher grabbed his
second and Lymington's third following some poor defending. Robert Tambling reduced
the arrears and at half-time it was Fareham Town 2-3 Lymington Town. In the second
half, Ashley Tattersall bagged a brace within a short space of time to make it 4-3 to
Fareham. Steve Whitcher completed his hat-trick on 70 minutes with a 25-yard effort.
Rob Tambling sent the home supporters into raptures with five minutes remaining when
he sealed Fareham's 5-4 home win. HAYLING UNITED and FAWLEY AFC drew 1-1 at
Hayling College and BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS maintained their position on the
top of the Premier Division table with a 3-0 win at HORNDEAN thanks to goals by
Mankin, O'Keefe and Slade. MONEYFIELDS turned in an impressive display to win 5-0 at
home to NEWPORT (IOW). ROMSEY TOWN also turned in an impressive display to beat
ALTON TOWN 6-2 at the Bypass Ground. Following a goalless first-half, TOTTON & ELING
and BOURNEMOUTH POPPIES shared the points with a 1-1 draw at Little Testwood Farm.
Crutcher had put Poppies ahead on 58 minutes but the Millers equalised through Craig
Feeney with five minutes left on the clock.
AMESBURY TOWN won 2-1 at home to COWES SPORTS. The visitors were ahead at the
break but second half goals from Ben Pryce, from the penalty spot, and Ollie Vines, won
the game for the hosts. ANDOVER NEW STREET were beaten 2-0 at home by VERWOOD
TOWN. A Gajic header put Town ahead and in the second half, Elysee was also on target.
WHITCHURCH UNITED scored a 25-yard effort to go ahead at Beatrice Avenue but EAST
COWES VICS levelled with a Matt Evans 25-yard free kick two minutes before half-time.
Adam Shepherd crossed for Tom Scovell to score a header with two minutes remaining
and to give the Islanders a 2-1 home win. James Vincent and Jason Guy combined to set
up Louis Sparey who put WARMINSTER TOWN ahead at FLEET SPURS after half-time.
James Vincent scored a header after Tom Clifford had a cross cleared off the line to put
Town 2-0 up at Kennels Lane. Simon Reaney rounded the Spurs keeper before making it
three and although Kieran Arscot scored with nine minutes left, Town held on for a 3-1
away win. AFC PORTCHESTER won 3-0 away at HYTHE AND DIBDEN. Elsewhere,
PETERSFIELD TOWN were beaten 2-0 away at RINGWOOD TOWN. A Stuart Brown half
volley on 13 minutes had put the hosts ahead and that lead was doubled on 77 minutes
by Martin Edwards. BROCKENHURST won 2-1 away at TADLEY CALLEVA. TEAM SOLENT
scored late on to seal a 3-2 home win against PEWSEY VALE and UNITED SERVICES
PORTSMOUTH drew 1-1 at home to STOCKBRIDGE. Craig Scrag put the visitors ahead
but the hosts levelled shortly after half-time.
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK?
On Monday night in the League Cup, Premier Division leaders, BEMERTON HEATH
HARLEQUINS are in action at home against HAMWORTHY UNITED. Hammers boss,
Simon Browne, has this week said of Hamworthy’s Cup exploits this season, “I am
beginning to get paranoid that we cannot win a cup game as that is now three cup
competitions this season where we have fallen at the first hurdle”. Meanwhile, Bemerton
will looking to improve upon their 2-2 draw at Hayling United in the league last week.
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On Tuesday night, also in the League Cup, ALRESFORD TOWN host fellow Premier
Division side, MONEYFIELDS. The two sides are yet to meet in the League this season,
but they do meet on January 3rd at Alresford and at Dover Road on April 9th. Elsewhere
in the League Cup on Tuesday night, Premier Division side BOURNEMOUTH POPPIES host
Division One, STOCKBRIDGE, at Victoria Park. For both sides, it is their first tie in the
competition this season after receiving first round byes. CHRISTCHURCH take on Division
One side, WARMINSTER TOWN, at Hurn Bridge. Warminster have already produced one
upset this season having won 3-2 at home to Premier Division side, Fawley AFC, in the
last round. There is an all-Wiltshire tie at The Dell on Tuesday night where LAVERSTOCK
& FORD host Division One outfit, PEWSEY VALE. Elsewhere, TOTTON & ELING are at
home to COWES SPORTS in the remaining League Cup tie on Tuesday night. Again,
neither side are yet to compete in this seasons’ competition. EAST COWES VICS, high-
flyers in Division One, host Premier Division side, FAREHAM TOWN, also in the League
Cup on Tuesday night.
In the Premier Division on Tuesday night, HAYLING UNITED are at home to BLACKFIELD
& LANGLEY. The visitors were stunned by a 5-0 home defeat against Horndean last week
whilst the Humbugs held league leaders, Bemerton Heath Harlequins, to a 2-2 draw,
despite ending the game with only ten men. LYMINGTON TOWN are at home to ROMSEY
TOWN in Tuesday’s other Premier Division clash. Both sides are in similar league
positions in the top-half of the table.
On Wednesday night in the League Cup, NEWPORT (IOW) play at home to fellow Premier
Division side, HORNDEAN and elsewhere, VERWOOD TOWN are in action at home against
Premier Division neighbours, NEW MILTON TOWN.
For a full set of League Fixtures for Saturday 12 th November, please visit
TUESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER
Brockenhurst 5-1 Andover New Street (League Cup)
By KERRY MILLER at Grigg Lane
NEW Street manager Brian Drury cobbled together a squad of 12, which included three
goalkeepers, for his side's League Cup tie at Brockenhurst on Tuesday.
With Dave Tasker between the sticks both Alex Thompson and Cray Sams played a half
each as Street took on the league leaders at Grigg Lane. In truth Street held the home
side for 40 minutes until two goals in three minutes just before the break proved
decisive. Chris Knight twice went close before a long kick from home keeper Scott
O'Rourke was flicked on and Mark Barker's pace did the rest.
Street did not lie down and on the half hour as Thompson pulled the defence wide Bobby
Swayne strode through to curl a gem of a goal with his left foot. George Dallardo was
denied as Street dominated for a spell then Dave Tasker pulled off a fine save to deny
Barker then hit the post but Brockenhurst were not to be denied and from the corner
centre back Jamie Vinton powered through to nod home from close range.
Brock sensed they could finish the game off and Molloy brought another spectacular save
from Tasker but just before the break Warren Kenna, brother of former Saint Jeff,
nodded the third.
After the break New Street refused to give way and with Swayne covering every blade
he was involved when both Knight and Dallardo went close. At the other end Ashley
Booker was twice denied by Tasker but with 20 minutes left a mistake in the visiting
defence let in substitute Jordan Rogers to make it 4-1.
Chances continued at both ends and the Badgers had another disallowed but with the
last touch of the match two other subs, Dan Maher and Zac Willis combined for the latter
to make it 5-1.
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It was hard on New Street who worked hard with the threadbare squad but manager
Drury will have to hope that a few more make themselves available tomorrow for the
Wessex League Division One game at home to Verwood Town.
Christchurch 3-2 Totton & Eling (Premier Division)
By MARK DUFFY at Hurn Bridge
It was business as usual for Church in a highly entertaining game, they scored early to
go one up, conceded two and then came back to claim all 3 points. There was a minute’s
silence prior to the game in honour of Ernie Stimpson from Poppies who sadly passed
away at the weekend and our very own; much missed Steve Bernard on the sixth
anniversary of his tragic accident. Church started in the best or possibly the worst way
when after Sam Griffin forced a corner taken by Mark Smith, Shaun Brian rose unmarked
to head home. However it did not take long for the visitors to be on level terms when on
six minutes a right wing cross into the penalty area was not cleared and Craig Feeney
netted easily from close range. Mark Smith hit the post for Church shortly after but it
was Totton who took the lead after 14 minutes when the lively Feeney took advantage of
a poor back pass to finish clinically. It was end to end stuff then with both sides looking
likely to score in every attack as on 33 minutes Church nearly equalised after a neat
move and then Ben Osborne had a goal disallowed for a foul. However Osborne was not
to be denied as after 42 minutes he was fouled in the area and he dispatched the
resulting penalty with some aplomb. It was always going to be difficult for the second 45
minutes to be as entertaining as the first but after a shaky first five minutes Church took
control with Fairbrother and Griffin prominent on the flanks and the winner came on 65
minutes when after a fine Legg run and cross James Burden netted at the second
attempt from 15 yards. Burden should have scored again shortly after when a fine
passing movement let him in on goal but he shot tamely at the keeper. The visitors
came back strongly in the last 10 minutes but the Church defence held firm and special
mention must be made of youngster Dan Thompson making his debut out of position
who overcame a shaky start to produce a fine performance. This win moves Church up
to 4th place with games in hand and an important match this weekend against
Hamworthy who themselves are enjoying a fine season. Manager Graham Kemp can
take great heart from the fact that he was without 4 regulars in his starting line-up but
the squad members who came in did him proud.
East Cowes Vics 4-1 Team Solent (Division One)
By GARY DAY at Beatrice Avenue
East Cowes were one of three teams tied at the top with 22 points going into this match
whilst Team Solent would have joined that group if they could have snatched an away
On a fine surface, keepers from both sides were forced to make early saves as Vics Gary
Streeter did well to save low from a Scott Kinge shot and at the other end Sam Cousins
made a diving save to deny Matt Woods. Vics took a 16th minute lead when the ball
came in from the left, went over a defender, and found Joe Adams to shoot in low from
20 yards. Mike Wheeler for Solent worked a good position but his shot lacked power
whilst Wayne Newnham for Vics struck firm and low and across the visitors’ goal, the ball
going just wide. Solent leveled on 36 minutes when their skipper Will Tickle made a fine
run down the left and crossed to Leo Churms to apply the touch at the near post. It
remained 1-1 at the break.
Vics had a stroke of good fortune three minutes into the second half when what looked
to be an intended cross by Adams managed to find its way into the Solent net for his
second goal of the night. Churms was unlucky with a header that clipped the top of the
bar whilst Vics were looking much more dangerous on the attack as a Scovell shot went
just wide. Vics added a third goal with ten minutes remaining when a left-wing corner
was headed back to the near post where Wayne Newnham shot into the net. A fourth
goal followed on 88 minutes when Scovell fired home from close range. Streeter then
saved a Churms effort but the damage had already been done as Vics went three points
clear at the top of the table. It was a well contested match.
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SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
Fareham Town 5-4 Lymington Town (Premier Division)
By PAUL PROCTOR at Cams Alders
The art of defending was lost this afternoon at Cams Alders as Fareham and Lymington
produced a 9 goal thriller with Fareham picking up their first league win in a month.
Robbie Tambling scoring the 85th minute winner for the Creeksiders. The fun began as
early as the 11th minute. A low drive from Jack Kirby eluded everyone into the bottom
corner of the net. But for the 3rd consecutive game, Town's joy wasn't to last as
Whitcher equalised immediately. Worse was to follow on 17 minutes as Marwood was
allowed to head home a simple chance to put Lymington 2-1 ahead. On 20 minutes, a
hopeful punt up field by Ritchie saw Whitcher in the clear but instead of shooting he
went to pass to a non-existent team mate and Pittman cleared the danger. It wasn't long
however before Whitcher did get his 2nd and Lymington's 3rd goal, capitalising on a mix
up in the Fareham defence before tapping into an empty net. Boud had a chance to claw
Fareham back into the game but his free kick was always going over. On 31 minutes
Doswell should have done better for Fareham with a header but misdirected it badly, but
it wasn't long before Town were back in the game. In the 38th minute Sean Dark bravely
headed on before being walloped by the onrushing keeper and the ball fell nicely to
Tambling to nod home. Lymington had the final chance of the half on 42 minutes.
Marwood beating the offside trap but screwing his shot wide. Town's first effort of the
2nd half was another free kick to Boud, but again it was too high, wide and handsome to
worry the keeper. On the hour mark in the space of a minute, human dynamo Ash
Tattersall turned the game on its head by scoring twice. The first a low shot which he
scuffed but Williamson in the Lymington goal allowed it to go under his body. The 2nd,
Tattersall's knee getting to Boud's cross a split second before Williamson again to put
Fareham 4-3 ahead! The chances continued to come thick and fast. Ritchie then headed
a corner over for Lymington whilst at the other end Williamson got to the loose ball a
split second before Tattersall. Rob Tambling then put in a cross into the penalty area but
just beyond the onrushing Jack Kirby who had the goal at his mercy. On 70 minutes, it
was all square again and the best goal of the day. Whitcher securing his hat-trick with a
25 yard effort into the top corner, but straight from the re-start back came Fareham.
Boud's cross cum shot hitting the top of the bar. Lymington then had 3 great chances to
regain the lead. Firstly substitute Hussey headed over the bar from underneath it,
Marwood then blazed over from the edge of the box and finally Thomson put in a curling
effort which crashed against the bar, and whilst the follow up was netted the linesman's
flag was already raised for offside against the scorer. Town weren't out of it as an
attacking force either. Pittman shooting narrowly wide from Sean Dark's clever pass
across the penalty area. The winner came in the 85th minute. Tambling showed great
determination in holding off 2 Lymington defenders and with the ball glued to his feet
created space, and calmly slotted into the net to send the home fans into raptures. The
final chance of the game came to Fareham, with Lymington pressing for an equaliser
Town broke quickly and Kirby's effort hit the side netting.
Fleet Spurs 1-3 Warminster Town (Division One)
By JOHN PORTER at Kennels Lane
Three sloppy goals in the quarter of an hour after half-time meant another defeat for a
young Spurs side, who despite a brave rally in the last few minutes were unable to reply
with more than a consolation goal. After a bright start by Warminster, the first half was
mostly uninspiring with both sides putting far too much trust in long aimless balls
forward and Fleet in particular giving away possession too easily. Overall Town were the
better side, but Spurs created the best chance after twenty minutes when 16-year-old
debutant Matt Cooper had a clear sight of goal, but keeper Scott Lewis made a good
save and a visiting defender completed the clearance. After the break came the three
quick goals. First the Spurs defence failed to react to a Warminster free-kick and when
the ball ran loose, Louis Sparey was able to force the ball home from a narrow angle.
Worse was to come for Fleet when after a good run by Tom Clifford more doziness in the
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defence let James Vincent score from close range. Five minutes later Spurs allowed
Vincent to collect a long kick from Lewis deep on the left wing and failed to cut out his
cross, which skipper Simon Reaney collected and then rounded home keeper Ryan Bone
to drive the ball high into the net past two helpless home defenders. Ten minutes from
the end, Ryan Adger finished off a left-wing move to set up a possible grandstand finish.
However, the chance was lost when five minutes later skipper Alex Pickering hit the bar
with a powerful header from a corner, with Lewis well beaten, and the danger passed.
Although the overall Spurs performance was disappointing, there is some hope for the
future, with Spurs fielding a side with an average age of under 24 and with five players
aged under 21 in the starting squad. They now stand tenth in the league. Next
Saturday they visit Amesbury Town (kick-off 3.00).
Team Solent 3-2 Pewsey Vale (Division One)
By GARY DAY at Test Park
Team Solent’s second ever Sydenhams League game at Test Park proved to be an
absolute thriller as the students secured victory at the last gasp. The game had an open
feel to it in the early minutes as a Jon Guthrie header for Vale was headed against the
underside of the bar on the line by a home defender whilst, as play switched to the other
end, Lewis Gundry was set-up by Declan Edwards but his shot lacked power. Pewsey
had two ‘one-on-ones’ with the keeper but both Jack Hopper and Michael Martin saw
their opportunities saved by Barry Squires. For Solent, some great passing football
resulted in Edwards shooting wide from a low Gundry cross. Pewsey went ahead when a
Hopper pass picked out Matty Bissett, who did rather better than his team mates by
slotting low past Squires and into the far corner to give his side a 43 rd minute lead. It
could have got worse for the students as Joe Hornbogen, left unmarked, thumped a
header off the post from a corner in stoppage time. Pewsey came out strongly for the
second half and Squires saved from Martin and Ricky Franklin whilst Ryan Banks shot
wide. Solent enjoyed a good spell from here but found the visitors defence in stubborn
mood although sub David Abe was unfortunate to see his twisting header go just wide
from a Leo Churms cross. A Mike Wheeler pass picked out Churms who coolly nipped
past Pewsey keeper Richie Payne and slotted in for a 75 th minute equalizer (1-1).
Straight from the re-start, Franklin’s near post effort brought a fine low save by Squires
on his near post but the visitors did retake the lead when Martin latched onto a Hopper
pass to slip the offside line and fire home low (1-2). That 77th minute lead lasted only
four minutes as Churms got his second goal. Having played a neat wall pass with Will
Tickle the Solent forward struck a fine low shot into the Pewsey net to level the scores at
2-2. With the game deep into stoppage time and a draw looking to be a fair outcome
there was one further twist to come. The fine line between success and failure was
evident as a last-gasp Harry Jeffries clearance prevented a winning goal for Pewsey. A
bad tackle (which was well out of character in this otherwise sporting game) brought
Solent a free-kick fully 25 yards out, and it was that man Churms who hit it, the ball
flashing beyond the diving Payne to complete his hat-trick and bring Solent the lead for
the first time in the game and win a most entertaining match.
THIS WEEKEND FROM THE WYVERN LEAGUE
BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS 1-5 Sholing FC
Division 1 West
BROCKENHURST 3-0 RINGWOOD TOWN
FAWLEY AFC 2-1 TOTTON & ELING
LAVERSTOCK & FORD 2-1 VERWOOD TOWN
LYMINGTON TOWN 5-5 DOWNTON
Division 1 East
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ALTON TOWN 4-1 WINCHESTER CITY
GE HAMBLE 3-1 FAREHAM TOWN
WHITCHURCH UNITED 2-1 HORNDEAN
Hampshire Intermediate Cup
Alton Athletic 4-1 ALRESFORD TOWN
Bournemouth Sports 4-2 CHRISTCHURCH
Crusaders 0-1 TADLEY CALLEVA
Otterbourne 1-3 AFC PORTCHESTER
THIS WEEKEND – FORMER SYDENHAMS FOOTBALL LEAGUE (WESSEX) CLUBS,
PLAYERS & LOCAL SIDES
Charlie Austin played 90 minutes for Burnley in their 3-1 defeat at Bristol City.
Simon Moore wasn’t in the 16 for Brentford, in their 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Dorchester Town won 2-1 at home to Basingstoke Town. Dickenson, formerly of
Christchurch, opened the scoring for the Magpies and Martin doubled the hosts’
advantage. Tim Sills pulled a goal back for Basingstoke for Dorchester held out for all
three points. Eastleigh won 4-1 at home to Maidenhead United. Jamie Slabber scored
twice and Montgomery and Chris Flood also found the net for the Spitfires. Farnborough
were beaten 3-1 at home by Chelmsford City and Salisbury City were beaten 2-1 at
home by Dartford. Havant & Waterlooville lost 3-0 at Woking also in the Blue Square Bet
In the FA Trophy on Saturday, Gosport Borough beat Godalming Town 4-0 at Privett
Park. Weymouth drew 1-1 away at Thatcham Town.
Visit www.wessexleague.co.uk for News, Fixtures,
Results, League Tables, Goalscorers, Attendances and
much more. (Newsletter by MATT RICHBELL).
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