Sydenhams Football League(Wessex) – Division 1 05/04/14
COWES SPORTS 4 v 3 AMESBURY TOWN
The Yachtsmen came into this game with Joe Phelps(holiday), Keelan Sainsbury(dislocated elbow) both missing and following the previous weeks performance Manager Richie Woodburn decided to switch his troops in order to try and liven things up a little. Max Draper was dropped to the bench while positional changes saw Ryan Gregory(right) and Lee Davies(left) fill the full back areas and Jared Wetherick start up front with John McKie and Jordan Browne either side of him.
Prior to kick off Chairman IAN LEE presented the “PROSPECT FINANCIAL PLANNING” ‘Player of the Month’ for March to OLIVER WILSON. Former Petersfield Town striker, Callum Coker had the first shot at goal, but sent the ball over the crossbar as Cowes were given an early reminder that Amesbury were not here just to make up the numbers. The Islanders responded well with Ollie Wilson firing over the bar following good work down the Cowes left and Jordan Browne’s shot had been blocked. Cowes were then temporarily down to ten men as Nathan Lewis required treatment to a cut by his right eye. The home sides nerves were settled in the 25th minute when good play down the right finished with top-scorer JORDAN BROWNE sending the ball into the top right corner of Paddy Crease’s goal. Boosted by the opening goal Cowes were soon to find themselves two ahead in the 29th minute as JOHN McKIE volleyed the ball across the keeper into the right corner of the goal. Any thoughts of an easy game though were dashed right on half time. Firstly some slack defending saw Tom Plant in on goal, but the Amesbury midfielder saw his shot by keeper Will Hunt.The warning was not heeded by the home side as seconds later a ball over the top of the Cowes back line looked as though Will Hunt was going to gather, but THOMAS WESTERN nipped in to head the ball over the stranded home keeper in to an empty net giving the visitors the boost they needed before the break.
H-t 2 – 1
Amesbury came out for the second half and continued to press in search of an equaliser, Sam Matthews had a great opportunity to level the scores but Will Hunt got a vital touch to send the ball past the post for a corner. Twice in quick succession John McKie was given the chance to extend the home advantage, firstly Jared Wetherick picked him out, but a poor touch saw the visiting keeper save with ease before Jordan Browne set him up but his shot went across the face of the goal and wide of the post. Amesbury continued to look dangerous on the break and deservedly equalised in the 63rd minute when a ball into the bow was pushed away by Will Hunt at full stretch, but only found SAM MATTHEWS whole blasted the ball back into the net. Back came the Yachtsmen as they regained the lead just five minutes later, John McKie placed a shot past Amesbury’s keeper, but the ball hit the right hand upright, bounced back out only to hit keeper Paddy Crease and rebound back into the goal for a very unfortunate OWN GOAL. Joe Adams then went close to adding a fourth goal when his effort was left by their keeper, thinking the ball was going over, however the ball crashed against the crossbar before being cleared. Amesbury then had a free kick into the Cowes box which was headed wide of the goal. A 76th minute Amesbury corner caused problems for the home defence before ALLAN JORDAN forced the ball into the Cowes goal to once again level the scores. By this time the home crowd were thinking that another two points dropped which would finally end any hopes of promotion, but credit to the players who, with time running out summoned up one more attack. Ollie Wilson cleared his lines with a ball over the top of the Amesbury defence, a defender tried to allow the ball to run back for the keeper who had come off his line, but JOHN McKIE nipped in to beat both to the ball before clipping the ball into the unguarded Amesbury goal to win it for the Yachtsmen in the very last minute of the game.
A thrilling game to watch but I am sure both Managers would disagree, however three more points for Cowes Sports that keeps them in the hunt if any of the top two( Andover Town or Petersfield Town) slip up and sets up a very important game next Saturday as the Yachtsmen travel to Petersfield Town.
THE HOLIDAY SHOP and A L S TRAVEL “Man of the Match” —- JARED WETHERICK
TEAM:- William Hunt, Ryan Gregory, Lee Davies, Aidan Bryan, Craig Insley capt, Oliver Wilson(bkd), Nathan Lewis, Joe Adams, John McKie, Jordan Browne, Jared Wetherick(Max Draper 75), Subs not used; Ross Gregory, Richie Woodburn + Kevin Winchcombe
REFEREE:- DEREK HUGHES Assistants – Andy Jones + Richard Wetherick