ALRESFORD Town climbed back into the Sydenhams Premier Division top five with a 3-2 victory at Cowes Sports.

The Islanders drew first blood with good work from Gareth Bricknell setting up John McKie to score. But, come half-time, Alresford were in the ascendency as goals by Crossley Lema and Ben White turned the game around.

Back the pendulum swung in Cowes’ direction when Bricknell buried a sweetly struck free kick for 2-2. Alresford, though, had the last word with a last-minute winner tucked away by Dan Strange.

By the Magpies’ own admission, they weren’t at their best, but they are starting to put some points on the board again. That made it three wins from three and only one defeat in seven for Rich Luffman's men.

On Wednesday (7.45pm) Alresford are at Overton United in the last 16 of the North Hants Cup. The winners will face Fleet Town in the quarter-final.

Saturday’s games at Fareham Town, Hamble Club, Horndean and Team Solent were all rained off.

*BROCKENHURST so nearly pulled off a famous win at second-placed Hamworthy United in the Sydenhams Premier.

But, having taken a two-goal lead through Matt Sheedy and Mitch Speechley-Price, the Foresters were pegged back to 2-2.

After soaking up some early Hammers pressure, with Luke Deacon excellent in goal, Brock took a 33rd-minute lead with a curling shot from Sheedy.

Four minutes after the break the Badgers were in dreamland when Will Tickle set up Speechley-Price to smash home.

Alas for Brock, United replied with two goals in the last 20 minutes from Jamie Beasley and sub Ed Zanin. The Foresters tweeted: “Disappointing to throw away a solid lead.

"However a point against 2nd in the league is a cracking result. Brilliant performances all round.”