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Brockenhurst FC keeper Matt Taylor saves penalty against top of the table Sholing
Brockenhurst FC keeper Matt Taylor saves penalty against top of the table Sholing

DESPITE the poor weather, all the Sydenhams Wessex football games were played on Saturday.

However, the wind did play a major part on the day as regards the numbers of fans attending.

Largest crowd as Bashley hold Sholing

IT was a significant day at the top of the Premier Division with Bashley holding top of the table Sholing to a goalless draw in front of the biggest Sydenhams crowd of the day.

It was only the second time this season that Sholing, who are 16 points clear, have failed to win in the league and the first time they had failed to score.

Brockenhurst take on fifth-placed Horndean

BROCKENHURST belied their lowly league position with a 2-2 draw against fifth placed Hamworthy at Grigg Lane.

An own goal and a Joe Chamberlain effort scored for the Badgers and Olly Balmer and Chris Senior for the Hammers. The point moves the Badgers up to 15th and a little bit further from the drop zone.

Mid-table Lymington Town against Fareham

LYMINGTON had a 1-1 draw at home to Premier draw specialists Fareham. It was the visitors fifth in their last seven games.

Ash Tattersall scored for the visiting Creeksiders and Micky Finch for a Lymington side who remain in tenth spot.

Christchurch’s impressive win

CHRISTCHURCH won for the second week running and eased their lowly position, scoring three without reply against Andover New Street who remain in bottom place, with Ash Pope netting twice and Alex Whitehouse the other Priory goalscorer.

Wessex Division One

BOTTOM club Totton & Eling grabbed a hard-earned and deserved 1-1 home draw with Division One leaders Amesbury.

The visitors struck on the half hour mark with a Luke Greenway effort from some 20 yards, beating keeper Nathan Jones inside the near post.

Totton & Eling equalised midway through the second half when a long ball inside the full back sent Adam Kana’Ah clear, the cross was hard and low and Harry Burns turned it past Paddy Creese in the visiting goal.

The point keeps Amesbury four points clear at the top with second placed Hythe & Dibden hot on their heels in the chase for promotion.

Hythe enhanced their cause with a comfortable 4-0 win at Andover Town. There were two goals apiece for Sam Woodward and Cain Prentice.

Downton recorded their fourth draw in the last five matches with a 2-2 result against third placed Stoneham. Richie Galeg and Craig Tyson for the Robins with the visitors' goals from Chris Manning and Scott Hills.

Ringwood Town fell to a 2-0 home defeat to East Cowes Vics, with goals for the Islanders from Liam Newbold and Eli Ahmed.

Finally, Fawley fell to a 3-1 home defeat against Petersfield. Mark Lilley was on target for the Oilers with Gari Judd and Will Essai for the Rams at Love Lane.

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