The Cowes jumped over the Moon

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 5 – 1 East Cowes Victoria
Wessex League – Division One
Saturday 11th January 2020
Moon Park, Bemerton
Attendance: 54

The Season So Far:

My second Wessex League game of the season sees me travel south to Moon Park, just outside of Salisbury. Home of Bemerton Heath Harlequins who I saw defeat Warminster Town in preseason. Harlequins currently sit 6th in the table and, given that the top 4 teams will be promoted (according to Wikipedia – i’ll try to find some further evidence), are well set to make an assault on the promotion places. However they come into this game off the back of 2 league defeats – their last league win being an impressive 8-0 home win against bottom club Folland Sports.

The away side, making the long trip up from the Isle of Wight, find themselves in 17th position. Despite this they should be reasonably confident of surviving given that, due to Pewsey Vale quitting the league, only one team will be relegated come the end of the season. A recent win against Folland, plus impressive draws against top half Downton, and Whitchurch United will give East Cowes reassurance that they certainly have a good chance of coming away from this tie with something.

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Do Pewsey What I See?

Pewsey Vale 1 – 4 Newport IOW
Wessex League – Division One
Saturday 7th September 2019
The Recreation Ground, Pewsey
Attendance: 55

The Season So Far:

It would be fair to say that Pewsey Vale haven’t had the best of starts to the season. After having made the switch from the Hellenic league prior to this season, a period of transition could be expected and they’ll see today as another opportunity to turn things around. 5 league games and just a single point gained, plus a home loss to league rivals Laverstock and Ford in the FA Vase last weekend goes to show that life in the Wessex leagues won’t be easy.

As for the visitors from across the Solent; well they sit 5th but have played more games than anyone else in the league. 3 wins, 3 losses and a draw suggest that they haven’t found the consistency they will be looking for in order to go one better and challenge for promotion to the Premier Division this season. The current ground share situation with fellow Islanders East Cowes Victoria may prove to be an extra challenge for Newport.

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