The reserves played Newchurch in this IOWDFA Div 1 game. This game was the start of a busy seven days for the reserves, with a possible four games to be played (dependant on the result of the Memorial Cup game being played 07/04/11). The lads started the game in a positive fashion, they created several good chances inside the first 20 minutes, the Newchurch ‘keeper was kept on his toes when after 10 minutes when some smart play from Jacob Stimson down the left created an opportunity for Jamie dyer when the ball was slid inside the box for Jamie who turned and shot just wide. The pressure continued from Cowes with Shane silk going close from 15 yds out, but his shot went just wide of the right hand angle of post and bar. With 30 mins on the clock, Cowes thought they had a deserved lead when a shot from Stephen Perfect was spilled by the Newchurch ‘Keeper and the follow up by Jamie Dyer was put away, only for the Linesman’s flag to rule Jamie offside. 10 mins later Cowes did go in front, some neat play between Liam Slavin and Jacob Stimson down the left, enabled a low cross into Jamie Dyer, who turned and coolly laid the ball to Shane Silk who slotted the ball into the (‘keepers) bottom right corner of the net, 1 – 0 Cowes.
The second half started with Newchurch the more determined, putting Cowes on the back foot for most of the first 15 mins of the second half, playing the long ball game and turning the Cowes defence on every occasion possible, although under a lot of pressure there was not really any shots to test Kurt Butt, who had stood in as Goalkeeper at the last minute for the injured Jordan Brownrigg. Cowes soon got to grips with the long ball tactics and starting playing some great football and creating some decent chances, the most stand out of the chances went to Max Draper, who was put through by some good work down the right hand side by Dan Verstraeten, Max was through on goal with a Newchurch defender putting pressure on him, only for max to shoot narrowly wide from 12yds. This gave Cowes a bit more confidence going forward and with around 20mins to go, the ball was played to Jacob Stimson from Left back Liam Slavin, Jacob carried the ball down the left flank and beat his man with a nice flick over the players head, he then kept his head to pass the ball to Stephen Perfect who dummied, then onto Jamie Dyer who also dummied the ball about 20yds out for Shane Silk to run on to and smash the ball right footed into the (‘Keepers) right hand top corner, for one of the best goals this season! 2 – 0 Cowes.
The remainder of the second half was very equal with Newchurch hitting the bar in the last 10 mins, and also Jamie Dyer going through one on one with the Newchurch ‘Keeper, Jamie hit his shot low across the ‘keeper only to see his shot saved smartly.
Final Score Cowes Reserves 2 – 0 Newchurch FC. Well done lads, a good win with some great football being played
Cowes Res Line Up: Kurt Butt, Dan Verstraeten, Jake Taylor, Andy Watson, Liam Slavin, Stephen Perfect, Shane Silk, Max Draper, Owen Woodburn, Jamie Dyer, Jacob Stimson. Subs: Joe Collins, Calum Taylor, Jimmy Wykes.