Due to the 1st XI game against Ringwood Town being postponed due to lack of players at Ringwood, the ‘A’ team graced Westwood Park for their league game against Seaclose whom they had beaten 9 – 2 just a few weeks earlier.

Prior to kick off both teams and all present observed one minutes silence in memory of young SOPHIE ROLF who had sadly passed away earlier in the week.

Following the pre match formalities, the game kicked off with Cowes looking for a repeat of their earlier victory, however, Seaclose showed that they were not going to be steamrolled as before and were intent in denying their hosts the time and space all over the pitch. The ball bounced around the Seaclose area before being cleared, Jimmy Goodall then set up Sam Lipscombe but he fired wide of the goal. Kev Broderick’s corner was headed goal wards by skipper Adie Hayward, but was blocked on the line by a defender. In the 22nd minute George Turner broke through the Seaclose defence but their keeper was quick off his line only to upend the Cowes forward a couple of yards outside the box. Referee Andy King had no option but to send the keeper off.  Joe Collins sent the resulting free kick straight into the arms of the replacement keeper. Their skipper then tested Cowes keeper Danial Shortman from 25 yards before, from a corner a Seaclose forward sent the ball over the bar when he really should have put his side ahead.  Cowes were forced into a change with Joe Collins going off injured, following a hard tackle, being replaced by Sam Saunders. Cowes continued to press and twice George Turner and a Sam Saunders effort were cleared off the goal line by visiting defenders. Despite their dominance the home side could not find a way past a resolute Seaclose back line as the first half finished goalless.

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The Yachtsmen continued to push forward in search of that all important first goal with Sam Lipscombe shot wide before a poor touch by the same player fortunately set up George Turner, but his shot hit the bar. Was it going to be one of those days?? Whilst Cowes tried to play their football, the visitors at times were more interested in getting on the back of the Referee and putting in some over the top tackles. Finally, on the hour mark, a GOAL!!! Experienced midfielder Kev Broderick fed substitute Sam Saunders whose shot was palmed away by their stand in keeper, but only to GEORGE TURNER who headed home from close range to the delight of most of the crowd. Within two minutes the lead had doubled. The impressive Sam Saunders clipped the ball over the visitors defence to GEORGE TURNER who expertly dinked the ball past their keeper into the goal, which was nothing more than Cowes deserved. Seaclose nearly pulled a goal back shortly after when a cross was headed against the bar, the ball bounced down before being cleared, Seaclose claiming it had crossed the line, but no goal was given and play continued. Ryan Brenchley then saw his volley hit the post. A foul committed by one of their substitutes in the middle of the park saw him pick up his second yellow card and subsequently a red. Both Sam Saunders and Joe White sent headers over the crossbar before Cowes scored their third goal, or should I say Seaclose scored Cowes’ third goal ten minutes from time. Sam Saunders played a ball down the left, their keeper came out to clear only to hit the ball straight at his left back, leaving him beaten as it bounced back towards their goal and just crept inside the left hand upright. A classic OWN GOAL!!! An excellent way to bounce back from a 5 – 2 defeat against Wroxall the previous week and a victory that keeps them top of the pile.

Impressive displays from several of the young lads, two goal George Turner caused the Seaclose defence a lot of problems whilst center half Joe White looked comfortable alongside Adie Hayward, another to show glimpses of his talent was Jimmy Goodall, but I think the “Man of the Match” for me was first half substitute Sam Saunders who if he keeps improving could work his way up through the teams to the 1st XI.

TEAM:- Danial Shortman, Liam Webb(bkd), Martin Wragg, Joe Collins(Sam Saunders 29), Joe White, Adrian Hayward capt, Ryan Brenchley, Kevin Broderick, Sam Lipscombe(Jake Winchcombe 53), George Turner, Jimmy Goodall(Jack Broomfield 60)