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The Weekender – w17 – 13 Jan 2018


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W4  D1  L2

GF: 26    GA: 11




‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y – right into the top corner…

My poetry prowess aside, this was a fantastic weekend with a veritable firework display of goals.

It was very much with tongue in cheek that I suggested in w16’s Weekender that we might have seven wins this week.  But you’ve only gone and won four of them.  And drawn another.  And look at that goal difference – it’s not only positive it’s more than we usually score in a weekend.


M1 led the way by putting the bottom side to the sword in unambiguous fashion.  Ladies 2 & 3 both also had convincing wins with M2 making it four.  But Team of the Week didn’t actually win.  In fact they didn’t score either.  But what M4 did do was to prevent the second-placed side from scoring which means they earned a most valuable point against all odds -not least since Div 9 North represents both the old Div 9 and Div 10 so they are almost two divisions apart in league terms.

M1 found their rockets once again and fired them off with impunity at home to bottom side Portsmouth & Southsea.  Khurram Mahmood scored a hat-trick with Tom Hutson and Matt Viney claiming two each.  Steve Riley and Stuart Hobkirk were also on target with Dan Wall posting a clean sheet in their 9-0 demolition job.  They remain third as the top half of the table rather unimaginatively beat the bottom half.  But it’s the big one next, more on which below.

L2 were also dominant on the road to Southampton where they brought home give goals, three points and plenty to smile about.  Velvet Elson scored two and Bernice Gunn, Becky Geoghegan and Emily Love getting one each in their 5-1 victory.  They, too, remain third but with the leaders losing are now only one point off top spot.  But all three sides could now be thinking that it’s their’s for the taking.  Who has got what it takes to the end of the season?  We will see.

L3 won by the same margin, but with a clean sheet for good measure.  Their 4-0 victory over Basingstoke sees them climb one place to fourth.  The goals came from Lucy Preskett (two), Tamara Nicole and Kate Fitzgerald.  The clean sheet was earned by Emily Wall.

M2 were at sixes and sevens as they (seventh) visited Romsey (sixth).  Two goals by Richard Meakin and one by Oliver Jones gave them a 3-1 victory that saw the two sides swap places.

M4 fought out a hard earned 0-0 draw away to a second-placed Camberley and Farnborough side who had previously only dropped three points all season and those against the leaders.  Dan Wall, ably assisted by a stalwart defence, kept the clean sheet.  The point takes them to five without yet having secured a win but it was a morale-building point.  And it was a point which takes them level with eighth place and only a win (and a goal or two) behind seventh.  This season is far from over.  In fact I think it might just be beginning.

L1 didn’t read the full brief on playing Portsmouth & Southsea.  They read the part about scoring two goals, undertaken by Ellen Knighton and Molly Kelly, but omitted the footnote about not conceding more than one.  As a result they lost 2-3 at home to the fifth placed side.  This meant they missed out on the chance to go third but keep fourth place by a point.  There are now five sides within three points in the ‘top half but not getting promoted’ section of the table.

M3 scored three courtesy of two from Matt Gasser and a debut goal from Oliver Gibson.  However their visitors, ninth side City of Portsmouth, were in a free-scoring mood which saw the hosts go down 3-6 at the death.  This is not a good thing as they swap places and M3 fall into the drop zone.


Some big games this week.

It is Championship make or break time for M1 who visit the leaders.  A win will put them in genuine contention for the title.  Defeat would leave an unlikely eight point deficit to overcome.  Second placed US Portsmouth host fourth side Swanage which result they will also keep a weather eye on.

L2 will also be looking for Championship glory as they host lowly Hamble.  They have the chance here to improve on having the second best goal difference of Div 5.

M4 also have a crunch game at home to eighth side Basingstoke who are ahead only on goal difference.  The winner will take eighth spot.

M2 host the basement battlers and so provide another opportunity for improving their GD whilst M3 will be hoping to bounce back from their last defeat.

L3 have the toughest game against the leaders, but are at home and only have one win fewer than their guests, and L1 will need points at home to prevent a slide down Div 2.




W2  D0  L2

GF: 13    GA: 11

There were four league games this weekend with the U16 and U12 boys providing two wins, two hat-tricks and two clean sheets between them.  Team of the Week goes to U16 boys for logging their first win of the season.

U16b hosted Yateley and overghauled them 5-0.  A Will George hat-trick was added to by a Callum Abley brace and complemented by Sahil Upadhaya’s clean sheet.  They not only move clear of bottom spot but are also only a win behind second place in a very close division.

U12b1 won.  Again.  Somewhat routine this one as they travelled to second bottom Winchester and came home with a 6-0 win.  Arthur Gent-Eggett was author of the hat-trick with Charley Ivey, Jack Hobkirk and William Caine providing the other three.  Jed McEvoy was between the posts for the clean sheet.  They have a three point lead at the top of Div 1 and need two more wins for a perfect season.

U12g travelled to Alton but finished 1-3 down.  Maisie Henderson provided the goal.  They remain third but this is threatened by games in hand a visit by the leaders next.  Or is that an opportunity?  We shall see.

U12b2 succumbed 1-8 to a strong Yateley side.  A strike from Elliott McQuillan saw them return home with at least their pride intact.  They next host Camberley & Farnborough who are only one point ahead.

On the scorers front, Arthur’s performance earns him second place -only six behind Jack.  Will similarly moves up six places with his hat-trick.

The Minis were also in action at Camberley & Farnborough with impressive results.  All the teams won at least half their matches and they scored nearly double the opposition’s total.

Top scorers were Harry Scarborough and Zeke Atkins with three each.




This is near vertical.  Not only did we play a full seven games, but the GF average was an astounding 3.7 as everyone contributed on the weekend (except M4 who were performing marvels at the other end).

We have now broken the 200 barrier and are looking upwards with another thirteen games remaining in January alone.

Goal Difference has gone from ‘positive for the first time since week 9’ to +15 making elimination of the remaining -35 deficit seem almost possible.  This is the first sight you have had of this graph this season (and for good reason..) but we have crossed the Rubicon.  Now we just need to conquer the world.

The full season’s GS chart can be found on the ‘Season Report page.




Little change at the top here, except that Dad has finally found the target (and recovered from injury) to move the Hobkirks on to three scorers.  Your turn, Mum…

Elsewhere, the Vineys and Hutsons both move up two places with two goals each.




Well look at that.  You’ve not only kept your New Year’s resolution of winning regularly (so far) but have also knocked all but two of the tasks for the New Year off the list after only two weeks.  This is nothing short of spectacular.



Now that is more like it.  Any steeper and we’ll have to put an aircraft warning lantern on it.

The 35th win of the season sees the win percentage improve another point to 37%.




Thirteen goals in nine games this month is a fantastic result, making an average of 1.4 per game which is well ahead of target.

Dan tops the pile for January, closely followed by the other Wall, Emily.

I’m just surprised we didn’t think of putting Walls in our goals sooner.

The GA average for the season now stands at 2.6.

The season’s GK table is on the ‘Season Report page.




Khurram sees to it that L1 are usurped at the head of the hat-trick table as M1 move one ahead onto five for the season.

But in control of the Attack v Defence contest are the goalkeepers who added another three to make the score 17-11.  M1 and L3 both move on to four, one behind L2 who are no longer safely ahead.




M2 move ahead of the benchmark 33.3% set by the old men early on this season meaning six of the eight teams have won at least a third of all their games.




After a quiet week last week, Khurram takes top spot for January.  So far.  But there are plenty of chasers and a lot of games left.

No fewer than twenty-one players have now scored in the first nine games of the year.


Khurram’s hat-trick sees him move up to fifth with Richard just clinging on to fourth with his two.

A total of sixty-two players have now scored – only ten behind last year’s total.

Of course at the top you can see Hampshire’s top Ladies’ 1st team scorer.  It doesn’t seem right to compare those playing for Fareham 12th XI (or some-such) so Ellen is well ahead here.

The ladies (who unlike the men actually record scorers) also occupy two of the top five places on Div 5’s table (right).


The full season’s table is available on the ‘Season Report page.




Some photos for you now from the latter part of 2017.  And not just from my holiday in Madeira (although they put on a mean firework display across the bay of Funchal -right).

M1 3-1 Havant 2017-10-07 – a nice reminder for next week’s game.

L3 1-0 Fareham 2017-11-25 – I’m only disappointed it wasn’t more than one -but I like wins too.

M1 5-4 US Portsmouth 2017-11-25 – now this was a humdinger.

L1 2-2 Isle of Wight 2017-11-25 – another good contest.  An impressive travelling fan club too, given the distance.

M3 2-1 Trojans 2017-11-25 – the joy of being injured is you get to take photos of your own side playing instead.  Did I say joy?

I will leave these photos up for about a month, so please download any you would like to keep.



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