Wednesday was once again match day so cue the heavy downpours through the day which caused the QK Southampton v Sway and Liss v Clanfield matches to be postponed.
But two matches in the Senior Division were played and credit to Paulsgrove for getting their game on.
This was the scene at Marsden Road Wednesday afternoon before Paulsgrove’s home game vs Hedge End Rangers. It was the visitors who held the lead at half time thanks to a Luke Shergold header, but 2 early goals turned the game on its head with 2 late goals, giving the Grove the 3 points. Jimmy Hird 2, Alex Miroy and Tommy Woodward on target for Paulsgrove.
After playing their away game vs Fleetlands at home on Monday, Bush Hill’s pitch was understandably unfit, but they moved their game v Winchester Castle to Test Park 3g pitch nearby. A Martyn Randall penalty gave the hosts the first half lead and 2 wonder-strikes from Mark Barker gave Bush Hill all 3 points in a 3-0 victory.
Thursday saw Combination Division games played. Firstly at Chilcomb, Bush Hill Res went one better than their first team the night before against Winchester Castle Res. Kierann Yandell 2, Charlie Coombs and Liam Collymore finding the net, whilst at Petersfield school a last minute goal from Ryan Long separated Liphook United Res from Clanfield Res. The results kept Clanfield in 3rd and kept Bush Hill in the hunt in 5th but with games in hand to catch up and overtake the sides above them.
Saturday saw all but one game played. In the Senior Division, in the top of the table clash. Paulsgrove took the 3 points with a 1-0 win at Bush Hill, Danny Lane with the only goal. Leaders Infinity travelled to Liphook United who beat them in the Hants Intermediate Cup earlier this season and gained revenge with a 2-1 victory. Jamie White with both goals for Infinity, with Steve Harding opening the scoring for Liphook. The battle for possible promotion spot got even tighter today as the two clubs who have been recommended for Step 6 ground-grading and applied had mixed fortunes. Stockbridge beat Hayling United 7-1 with 7 different scorers (is this a league first?): Mark Gardner, Stephen Lace, Dave Moore, Michael Barker, Josh Graham, Lewis Price-Lloyd, Leon Sargent for the Robins, Liam Jeram netting for Hayling, whilst Sway let in 7 in a 7-2 defeat at Clanfield. James Barker and Harry Potter 2 each, Oliver Amos, Josh Hazell and Matt Rowland scoring for the hosts, Mark Brading and Luke Churchill for Sway. The sides are level on points and there is just 1 goal difference between them also. Colden Common thanks to goals from Cal Holloway, Ollie Sourmenidis & Brad Appleby continued to pull away from the 2nd relegation position with a 3-1 win over Winchester Castle who scored through Max Reed, whilst Fleetlands will be looking over their shoulder following their 4-2 loss at Liss Athletic. Josh Benfield 2, James Knight and Leon Lyons for Liss, Jamie Wrapson and Jake Alford for Fleetlands. Whilst they are 3 points above Castle, Castle have the better goal difference and a game in hand.
The end of the season can’t come quick enough for Hedge End Rangers, defeated 2-1 by QK Southampton today – Kion Knights scoring for Hedge End, Matt Cox & Tom Nichols for QK, and in the division’s final game Overton United overcame Locks Heath 4-2. Leiria Fuller, Steven Price, Louie Chambers and Merson Webb for Overton, Nathan Ejerovbo and Luke Rodgers for Locks.
In Division 1, Netley Central Sports, thanks to an Alex White hat-trick supported by Chris Skilton (two), Matt Watts and Ash Lovett moved into pole position at the top of the table with a 7-1 victory over Michelmersh & Timsbury, Ryan Harris on target for the Tims. Four Marks lost ground, throwing away a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw at Headley United. Todd Fisher and Ricky Peters put the visitors in control, but Max Heath & Steve Brown quickly levelled matters. Four Marks are now 6 points behind Netley but have a game in hand with the sides meeting at Four Marks on 21st April. Finally Kevin Viuvell and an own goal gave Upham a 2-0 victory over AFC Petersfield.
In the 2 games played in the Combination Division the top 2 both won. Paulsgrove Reserves defeating Bush Hill Reserves 3-0, goals from Stephan Nancarrow, Billy Dorsett and Moulay Ousman. Whilst Overton United Reserves won by the same margin at QK Southampton Reserves in a rehearsal for the Combination Cup final. Paulsgrove Reserves can clinch the title by winning at Winchester Castle Reserves next week.