POPPIES saw off Wessex Premier rivals Christchurch as they consolidated their position in the top four.

Goals from River Smith and Manny Ohameje secured a 2-0 victory for Michael Cuffie’s side, moving them level on points with third-place Portland United.

Bashley suffered a second straight defeat after a 3-0 home reverse against high-flying Alresford Town.

Luke Rae netted a hat-trick for the visitors to leave Bash seventh, one point behind Hamworthy United.

Hammers’ clash with Baffins Milton Rovers at PMC Stadium was postponed.

Brockenhurst’s trip to AFC Portchester also fell victim to the weather, while Lymington played out a 2-2 draw with Hamble Club.

A late Mike Gosney effort and an own goal secured a point for Linnets.

In Wessex One, Ringwood Town ran out 3-1 winners over Fawley. Joe Manley’s brace and Ben Harris gave the hosts control, before Ben Rankin converted Fawley’s consolation.

New Milton extended to eight their winless run with a 2-0 defeat at Romsey Town, while Verwood’s home meeting with Bournemouth Senior Cup runners-up Hythe and Dibden was postponed.

In tomorrow’s action, Poppies host Baffins, Bashley travel to Shaftesbury and Brockenhurst welcome Bemerton Heath Harlequins. Lymington face a trip to Horndean.

Hamworthy take on Downton in the Wessex League Cup third round while in Wessex One, Ringwood lock horns with Totton & Eling at Little Testwood Farm.