SCOUTS from the Chippenham and Taunton camps will have learned little about the credentials of Totton and Brockenhurst in Saturday's 1-1 Jewson Wessex League draw at Testwood Park.

Both teams can play infinitely better - and will have to if they are to cause simultaneous upsets in this Saturday's FA Carlsberg Vase fourth round against the two West Country giants.

"Both teams will have to improve to get through next week," summed up Brock boss Cliff Huxford, after watching Pete Gardner rescue his side a point with a 76th-minute header from substitute Ben Thomson's precision far-post free-kick.

It was a draw which Brock just about deserved, although disgruntled Totton boss Ian Robinson was adamant that the equaliser should never have been allowed to happen.

"Kevin Murphy's challenge on Mark Dancer was never a free-kick. Kevin won the ball," he argued.

"The referee said he had buffetted him around beforehand - in which case why didn't he blow the whistle earlier?"

Totton had taken the lead with the move of the game, sweetly polished off by Roger Maynard on 17 minutes.

Robinson's men could have been out of sight had they capitalised on their chances early in the second half.

Leaders Andover hit Bemerton for six to maintain their six-point advantage over chasing Lymington & New Milton.

The Lions never looked back after Dave Asker's second-minute opener and were 5-0 up through Danny Mattingley (2) and Derek Simpson (2) by the ninth minute of the second-half.

Lee Brown nicked one back for the Harlequins before Asker stole in to complete Andover's 6-1 triumph.

It was all done and dusted by half-time at Fawcett's Field, where the Hussey brothers, Stuart and Matt, each scored in Lymington's 4-0 win over Blackfield & Langley.

The Linnets bagged all four goals in a 14-minute first-half burst - Nick Miles opening their account before setting up the next two goals for Stuart Hussey and Steve Strong.

Matt Hussey rounded off the scoring as Blackfield collapsed to a second consecutive league defeat.

Linnets boss Derek Binns was not an entirely happy man. He said: "When you score four goals before half-time, you're always going to be disappointed if you don't add to that.

"We missed out on the title last year on goal difference, so it's not something we want to do again."

Thatcham, unbeaten in 13 games, trimmed Portsmouth RN 3-1 to remain three points behind Lymington.

Mick Travers gave the RN basement boys hope by wiping out Bob McClay's opener, but an Andy Gray double - one on the stroke of half-time and a second in injury-time - ended their hopes.

Champions Wimborne will have to win all their six matches in hand - and topple the leading pair - if they are to retain the title.

They breezed into the lead after only 15 seconds through Mark Boulton against Moneyfields, but the Portsmouth club clung on to a 1-1 draw courtesy of Vikram Singh's seventh-minute equaliser.

In-form Cowes Sports swept to a fifth successive win, thumping lowly Downton 5-0 at Westwood Park.

Two goals in three minutes by Marc Burrows and Andy Sampson midway through the first half gave Cowes a sniff of victory. Terry Pawling, Phil McDonald and a Downton defender added further goals after the break.

Billy Coates struck on the hour to give revitalised Fareham a 1-0 victory - and the double over BAT, whom they beat by an identical scoreline way back on the opening day of the season.

Fleet, who ended Totton's unbeaten sequence in midweek, played out a goalless first-half against Bournemouth. But it all changed after the break, with Aidan Kilner, Martin Whiddett and Lewis Field securing Fleet's 3-0 win.

Much-changed Newbury fielded only four of the side that played Eastleigh back in mid-August and were fortunate to escape from Ten Acres with only a 2-0 defeat.

Eastleigh squandered a hatful of chances but won comfortably through Dave Rowe and Craig McAllister.

Christchurch, 3-1 extra-time winners over Gosport in the Hampshire Senior Cup last week, were unable to repeat the dose in a 1-1 draw at Hurn Bridge.

Paul Rideout shot the Priory into a half-time lead, but Kevin Youngs equalised for Gosport early in the second period.

Both goals in Swanage's 1-1 draw with Whitchurch came within a minute of each other - Swans' Dean Higgins quickly cancelling Danny Kirk's 30th-minute opener for the visitors.