IoW DFA Saturday League
Division 3 – Saturday March 26th 2016
WOOTTON 2 – 4 COWES SPORTS ‘A’
It was second at home to first at a very blustery Wootton Rec on Saturday. With the forecast of even stronger winds and rain later in the day, Wootton won the toss and chose to kick against the wind in the first half. The game started very evenly Although Cowes ‘A’ struggled to settle as Wootton seemed to time waste at every opportunity. So much so, that Russ Chapman and then Jake Cass, who should be back playing again soon, stood behind their goal with a spare ball! Cowes did eventually get into the game and took the lead on 25mins when RYAN FLYNN was quickest to react in the box from a corner to poke the ball into the net to give the young Yachtsmen the lead. The conditions were not helping either side, and on 35mins Cowes were caught out with a ball in behind their defence , which held up in the wind for their striker to latch onto, and he took the opportunity well to equalise. Cowes knew they needed to take a lead into the break and pressed forward and were duly rewarded on 40mins when JOE CRAIG struck to regain the lead.
Manager Russ Chapman brought on young James Whitewood for his debut to shore up the defence because conditions had worsened and the lead should have been extended when Joe Craig managed to break clear but unfortunately his shot went inches wide. Moments later though he made no mistake. Good team play created another opportunity for JOE CRAIG and on 55mins he tucked his shot away to give Cowes a 3-1 lead. It gave the youngsters a bit of breathing space as they knew they would likely be under a lot of pressure because of the weather. To be fair, the young Yachtsman coped very well, but with 15mins to go Wootton pulled a goal back. They had a corner which Wilfred Armfield came out to claim, but unfortunately the wind took it away from him and into the top corner of the net. What was pleasing was the fact that the lads kept encouraging each other and no one dropped their heads. The spirit and desire to work for each other is fantastic, and with 10mins to go, they created another opportunity for JOE CRAIG which he fired home to complete his hat-trick and secure another vital 3points in the battle for promotion.
Report by Ian Cass.