SYDENHAMS FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division 1 – Sat 22nd Feb 2014
NEW MILTON TOWN 1 v 3 COWES SPORTS
Having not played any football for a month due to the very wet and windy weather and not left the Island since December 28th it felt as though the season was starting all over again as the Yachtsmen made their way to New Milton Town looking to avenge the 1-2 home defeat earlier in the season.
Manager Richie Woodburn made four changes from the side that comprehensively beat East Cowes Vics on January 21st, Aidan Bryan replaced Ryan Gregory in the heart of the defence whilst Nathan Lewis and Joe Phelps were dropped to the bench(rested) and Darren Williams missing through injury(knee), a complete new midfield of Adam Sunsburg, Ross Gregory and Oliver Wilson were given the chance to shine.
With the Fawcetts Field surface looking in great shape despite a Bournemouth Academy game having been played on it in the morning and a round yellow sphere shining brightly in the sky Referee Paul Froud got the game under way. Cowes started well and as early as the fifth minute took the lead, Lee Davies, overlapping down the Cowes left sent a cross into the New Milton box where top scorer Jordan Browne controlled the ball before laying it back to OLIVER WILSON who thumped a curling shot with the outside of his right foot just inside the home keepers right hand upright. Minutes later Ollie turned provider as his corner from the left was headed just wide by Jordan Browne. New Milton began to find their feet in the match with Kabba Jack and Jack Hoey in particular looking lively. Aaron Scott watched as his 14th minute free kick dipped just over the Cowes crossbar with keeper Will Hunt caught a bit flat footed, then left back Jordan Frewin was allowed to run at the defence before shooting, Will Hunt though made a comfortable save. The game was very even with both sides having their fair share of possession, then, on the half hour mark, skipper Craig Insley sent a 50 yard pass upfield to John McKie who had the beating of his marker, however John was fouled by the defender inside the home area, the Referee had no option but to point to the spot but decided rather surprisingly not to issue a card. ROSS GREGORY had the responsibility of spot kicks and sent New Milton keeper, Dan Fawcett, the wrong way as he tucked the ball into the right corner of the goal. The Linnets responded well and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when some good team play ended with Jack Hoey firing wide of the Cowes goal. A 36th minute New Milton corner was cleared off the goal line by Ross Gregory, but his clearance hit JACK HOEY on the back and rebounded back into the net and give the home side some hope. There was no further scoring in the first half.
H-t 1 – 2
Just two minutes after the restart, home keeper, Dan Fawcett, saw his goal kick drop straight to John McKie whose cross picked out Joe Adams, but his downward header was well saved as Cowes threatened a third goal. A lot of the play was confined to the middle third of the pitch with the home side trying to force an equaliser but never really testing Will Hunt as the Cowes back four repelled all that was thrown at them. Nathan Lewis(59th) and Joe Phelps(62nd) were brought on to replace Adam Sunsburg and Ross Gregory respectively. Cowes looked the more likely to add to their score and did so in the 68th minute when some good build up play ended with JOE ADAMS blasting the ball across the home keeper from the right edge of the box into the left corner of the goal to seal the points for the Island side. Jared Wetherick replaced Jordan Browne in the 77th minute as the Yachtsmen comfortably played out the final minutes with ease, three points that lift them into fourth spot as Team Solent lost to US Portsmouth.
TEAM:- William Hunt, Keelan Sainsbury, Lee Davies, Aidan Bryan, Craig Insley capt, Oliver Wilson, Adam Sunsburg(bkd)(Nathan Lewis 59), Ross Gregory(Joe Phelps 62), John McKie, Jordan Browne(Jared Wetherick 77), Joe Adams, Subs not used; Ryan Gregory + Kevin Winchcombe.
REFEREE:- PAUL FROUD Assistants – Chris Goodrich + Courtney Hooper