Around The League In 48Hrs – Week 9

Around the League in 48Hrs – 16th January 2019

Well following last night’s comfortable victory at Fareham, we successfully moved into the semi-final draw of the Hampshire Snr Cup. The other Qtr-Final played on the night saw Havant & Waterlooville beat Team Solent 3 -0. The semi-final draw is not likely to take place until after other two Qtr-Finals have been played which is currently scheduled on the 5th February 2019. These games pit Sholing vs AFC Bournemouth and Bournemouth vs Southampton.

Well let’s take more of a look at last night’s success, as a below strength starting-line-up was well supported by our young squad players.

A full 90 minutes for Liam Hunt and over an hour for young Alex Shean, as well as 20 minutes for Aiden Harris, were good signs for the future. They all played well enough to deserve future playing times.

A brace for Ben Wright & Sam Smart which could have easily been more for both on the night and goals for Deadfield, Stow and Akers finished the scoring off on a night, that to be honest was against poor opposition and on a pretty awful pitch.

On the bad side was Rob Gerrard’s achilles injury, which may keep him out for a while.

Defensively, we played well and apart from three half-chances we kept Fareham’s forwards under control on the night.

We were also able to allow Aaron Redford to remain on the bench, thus not risking him on a night where the pitch was wet and muddy.

Martin Kuhl no doubt will already be looking to prepare a plan for Merthyr on Saturday and then the re-match at Chesham Utd next Tuesday.

Before we look at last night’s games in our league, there was an important game in the FA Trophy last night, as Weymouth threw away the chance to proceed in the cup after losing 1-3 at home to Manchester-based Ramsbottom. This means that our league game at Weymouth on Saturday 2nd February, will go ahead as scheduled.

There were 3 games in our league last night to cover. Starting down at the bottom of the table at Dorchester as Farnborough took them apart winning 0-6, with goals by six different players. Farnborough were two up at half-time, but an early second-half goal killed off the game for Boro. This win moved them upto 10th place in the league.

Another surprising result was the home defeat by an improving Poole Town team to Swindon Supermarine. The Marine left Poole’s Black Gold Stadium with a 2-5 victory, and they continue on their rise up the table. In fact, once I had checked the league standings, it was clear that Swindon Supermarine actually sat above Farnborough in 9th place. Their leading goal-scorer Conor McDonagh added another two to his total this season. 

Finally Beaconsfield Town who were the highest placed club to play on Tuesday night, as they sit in 6th place, just outside a playoff place, when they left Walton Casuals with a point after a 1-1 draw. Walton took an early 5th minute lead only for a Charlie Losasso equaliser 20 minutes from time.       

Point of Note Update

Hendon FC continue to slip down the table and fell another 3 places since last week and now sit in 15th place and have now lost 11 of their last 12 games.

Only Staines Town are on a worse run of form who have lost 12 on the bounce.

Leading League Goals Scorers

The current table looks like this,

Conor McDonagh – Swindon Supermarine 20

Brandon Goodship – Weymouth 19

Ricardo German – Hendon 17

Andrew Neal – Taunton Town 17

Tobias Holmes – Wimborne Town 17

Jack Mazzone – Met Police 16

Dylan Kearney – Harrow Borough 15

James Ewington – Walton Casuals 14

Attendances In Our League

Ok Basingstoke currently 7th in our league with a home average attendance of 345 per home game. Our opponents this Saturday Merthyr, sit in 5th place with a home average of 377.

Weymouth sit top of this table with an average of 838 per home game.