The Reserves played Ventnor FC in this Division 1 game, on a misty night at Westwood Park. The reserves didn’t start well and had to battle with a determined Ventnor side for the majority of the first 45 mins, they hardly created any chances in front of goal and were reduced to long-range efforts, which rarely tested the Ventnor keeper. The only goal bound effort came with 5 minutes left of the 1st half when Kurt Butt met a deep cross at the back post only to see his effort come back of the left hand upright, and failed to convert the rebound due to some last ditch defending from Ventnor.
The second half started more promisingly for Cowes, as the lads seemed to settle down and start passing the ball in the way, which we have been accustomed to seeing this season. The chances started to appear as Cowes put pressure on the Ventnor goal and within 10 minutes of the restart their efforts were rewarded when Kurt Butt beat his man on the left wing and put a hard low cross into the box which the Ventnor Defender could only turn into his own net with Owen Woodburn waiting to pounce, 1-0 Cowes. Cowes were starting to dominate the possession throughout the second half, and looked the more likely to score when Max Draper started a run down the right side beating one man with a neat flick over the players head just inside the Ventnor penalty area, and then stepping inside another player who had made a lunge at the ball and missed but made contact with Max who went down, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot, one of his rare good decisions in the game! Stephen Perfect stepped up to take the penalty and fired high into the (keepers) right corner of the net, giving the Ventnor keeper no chance, 2-0 Cowes. The remainder of the second half was very even with chances at both ends, especially late on when Ventnor hit the post from just outside the penalty area, luckily the re-bound fell to the Cowes defence who cleared the danger.
Final Score Cowes Reserves 2 – 0 Ventnor FC
Well done lads, after a poor start against a tough tackling side, the right side won the game.
Cowes Reserves Team: Jordan Brownrigg, Jimmy Wykes, Jake Taylor, Craig Insley, Liam Slavin, Stephen Perfect, Max Draper, Shane Silk, Jamie Dyer ©, Owen Woodburn, Kurt Butt. Subs: Dan Verstraeten, Jacob Stimson, Joe Collins