CHRISTCHURCH remained in the thick of the Wessex Premier title race with a 1-1 draw against league leaders Alresford Town at Hurn Bridge.

Jonathan Blake put Ollie Cherrett's men ahead on 15 minutes, before Lukas McCartney quickly hit back.

That is how the game ended with Priory fifth in the table, still eight points off top spot but with three games in hand.

Elsewhere, Bashley sealed a first win in three, sweeping aside Cowes Sports 3-0.

Harry McGrath bagged a brace with Conor Whiteley also on target.

Hamworthy United were soundly beaten 3-0 at Fareham Town, while Brockenhurst also lost out, going down 3-1 at Tadley Calleva despite a Mitchell Speechley-Price goal.

Seventh-placed Lymington Town earned a share of the spoils against Horndean, with the game finishing 1-1 as Dom Falco found the net.

In Division One, Callum Butler's hat-trick fired Verwood Town to a thumping 5-2 win over Totton & Eling.

In-form Lee Vint was also on target, striking twice as the Potters move up to 14th.

They leapfrog Ringwood Town, who slipped to a 2-1 home loss against Andover New Street, despite a Harrison Clarke goal.

New Milton Town made it two away games without defeat, earning a 1-1 draw at Andover Town thanks to Dominic Taylor's strike.