Match report: COWES SPORTS 3 v 3 HORNDEAN, 20/08/2016

The Yachtsmen were hoping for a change in their fortunes as they continued their tough start to the season, but by half-time a familiar pattern was emerging with the visitors seemingly out of reach with a three goal advantage. However a stirring second half performance saw them come back from the dead to claim their first League point of the season.

It took just two minutes for Horndean to to cut through the home defence to open the scoring through Robbie Tambling and Nick Taylor doubled their lead, catching Ed Hatt off his line with a dipping 30 yarder.

Aidan Bryan, on the bench due to an ankle niggle, was then forced into action as his deputising centre back George Woodburn limped off but on 39 minutes the visitors stretched their lead still further through Joe Richardson, who just got a touch ahead of Jason Malcolmson.

It could have been even worse but a Horndean forward missed an open goal after the home defence had presented him with the ball.

Ten minutes into the second half Jared Wetherick raised Cowes’ hopes when he received the ball 10 yards out and fired his shot on the turn past the Horndean keeper.

On 65 minutes a Horndean back pass, bound for the net was handled by the keeper and he received a red card, boosting the Yachtsmen’s chances of retrieving the situation.

Nick Taylor, the stand-in keeper was soon caught out by Leigh MacKenzie’s corner, which dropped in over his head to reduce the arrears still further and with substitute Jimmy Wykes’ pace causing the visitors’ defence all sorts of trouble, the equaliser came on 71 minutes as Jordan Browne fired in.

It was all Cowes now and John McKie was desperately close to grabbing a winner, shooting just wide from Max Draper’s teasing cross.

So a battling second half comeback by the Yachtsmen will hopefully spur the on to begin their climb up from the lower reaches of the table.