Meon Milton set sights on winning promotion from Mid-Solent League to the Hampshire Premier

Meon Milton are eager to follow in the footsteps of Harvest Home and win promotion to the Hampshire Premier League.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 11:14 am
Meon Milton have just scored again in their 5-2 Mid-Solent League win over Rowner. Picture by Kevin Shipp

Harvest made the jump up to county football after winning last season’s Mid-Solent League title.

Now Meon are aiming to join them in the next few years.

That could even be next season as Milton have made a storming start to the new MSL campaign.

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Action from Meon Milton's 5-2 Mid-Solent League win over Rowner (red). Picture by Kevin Shipp

Last weekend’s 5-2 win against rock bottom Rowner Rovers was their sixth successive victory.

They are the only side in the division yet to drop a point, and the only side so far to beat table-topping Mob Albion.

Meon have yet to play FC Strawberry, Portchester Rovers or Wymering, though.

They were due to face second-placed Portchester - complete with ex-Meon pair Bobby Read and Ben Nightingale - earlier this month but the game was rained off.

Action from Meon Milton's 5-2 Mid-Solent League win over Rowner (red). Picture by Kevin Shipp

Meon are under a new manager in Bic Singh this season.

The midfielder played for Meon last season and took over the role from Matt Hickey, who is now the club’s secretary.

Singh has brought in a host of new faces, including teenage striker Dan Gedling who struck a hat-trick against Rowner.

Midfielders Dan Edwards and Fred Goldring - the latter was at Harvest last season - are also new in alongside his relatives Jagit Singh and Aran Singh.

The latter was at Strawberry last season, along with another close season signing George Harris.

Former Horndean United keeper Mike Bowbrick has replaced Hickey in goal.

‘The aim is to definitely get out of this league,’ said Hickey, who took charge of Meon last weekend with Singh unavailable.

‘Bic said to me last season that he wanted to take the team on, bring in some new players, and eventually get us up.

‘We’ve started well, given that our pre-season preparations were short - we only played two friendlies - and we’ve got a lot of new players.

‘It was all a bit of a last-minute rush, but everyone has gelled well.’

Bayley Whitcombe and Barry Jeans also netted against Rowner.

Playing against the wind in the first half, Meon stormed into a 4-0 half-time lead.

‘We then switched off,’ said Hickey. ‘We didn’t really turn up in the second half.’

‘It certainly wasn’t one of our better performances.’

Milton travel to Horndean United this weekend before hosting Strawberry on November 7.

Games against Wymering and Portchester take place at the end of November and beginning of December.

‘If we can come through those games still winning then we’ll be in the driving seat,’ said Hickey.