SHOLING, Tadley Calleva and Cowes Sports are making the early running in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division after racking up a second win in four days.

Dave Diaper’s Boatmen top the fledgling league table on goal difference, having followed up Saturday’s 4-0 romp at Bemerton Heath Harlequins with a 3-1 midweek success at Alresford Town.

Marvin McLean’s 52nd-minute opener for Sholing was soon snuffed out by the Magpies’ Conor Whiteley.

But Dan Mason took just four minutes to tip the scales back in the Boatmen’s favour with a cute volley, leaving Lee Wort to polish off victory with a header from TJ Cuthbertson’s cross.

After seeing off Fareham Town 3-1 on Saturday, newly-promoted Tadley completed a Barlows Park double at the expense of point-less Bemerton. Brett Denham (2) and Cameron George undid the Harlequins 3-0.

It’s been a promising start too for Cowes who, fresh from their 3-0 undoing of Hamworthy United, came back from behind to win 2-1 at Fareham.

Gary Austin's early Creeksiders goals was wiped out by John McKie and Ewan Cranwell before the break.

Jimmy Wykes was sent off for a second yellow in stoppage time for the victorious Islanders.

Hamble Club were well beaten 4-1 by the side their manager Ben Kneller has tipped for the title.

Horndean bounced back from disappointment against Christchurch to punish the Monks 4-1 through Harry Jackson, Benny Read and two-goal Zach Glasspool. Ryan Wilkins had briefly pulled Hamble into it at 1-1.

Jamie Beasley gave Portland United the lead at Bournemouth, but Poppies hit back to win 2-1 with a Ronald Frost penalty and a Steve Flynn header.

AFC Portchester were twice pegged back as Baffins Milton Rovers left the Crest Finance Stadium with a 2-2 draw.

Rob Evans’ opener and a Steve Ramsey penalty twice edged the Royals ahead, but Baffins responded through Max Davies and Joe McLean – the latter a last-minute leveller.

Monday’s game between Team Solent and Lymington Town also ended all square, 1-1, as Mike Gosney’s Lymo opener was snuffed out by the returning Jesse Waller-Lassen for the Students.

Sub Luke Bennett rattled the woodwork for Solent and Lymington could have won it late on when Ashley Jarvis was brought down for a penalty deep into stoppage time. However, Sam House also hit the bar.

AFC Stoneham will host Tadley Calleva in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup first round after overcoming Whitchurch United 3-1 last night.

Two-goal Will Harris put the Purples 2-0 up inside 12 minutes in the preliminary round before Nick Yeomans replied.

Stoneham made the tie safe with a late Sergio Caballero penalty at the HP Arena.