Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Sydenhams Football League(Wessex) – Div 1   21/04/14



Easter Monday saw the big local derby as Cowes Sports crossed the River Medina to take on Vics who, despite their lowly position in the table, were always going to make life difficult for their neighbours.

Manager Richie Woodburn changed his formation for this derby game implementing a 3 – 4 – 3 instead of 4 – 3 – 3 that has been favoured. This meant Max Draper dropping to the bench as Aidan Bryan returned to partner Ryan Gregory and Craig Insley in defence. Joe Phelps came into midfield and Gareth Bricknell started up front at the expense of Joe Adams and Jared Wetherick. Vics made three changes from the side that had lost at home to Andover New Street two days before, Jez Conway, Jordan Brownrigg and Mccauley Watterson coming in for Roland Bryan, George Todd and Charlie Southcott who were all named on the bench.

An early surge toward the Vics goal by Nathan Lewis was ended by a foul a few yards outside the area, but the resulting free kick was hit into the defensive wall by John McKie. The home side closed down very well to try and stop Cowes playing and with veteran Brendan Arnold and Ruben Bryan up front the Yachtsmen’ s defenders always had to be on their toes when Vics came forward. A short corner between Gareth Bricknell and John McKie ended with the formers shot fizzing just wide if Vics right hand post. Very few chances were being created as both defences’  gained the upper-hand in what was turning out to be a ‘typical derby’. Joe Phelps sent a 35th minute header wide of the goal, but just a n=minute later the breakthrough came for third placed Cowes. Dan Russell’ s goal kick was met on the half way line by a strong header from Ryan Gregory which found top scorer JORDAN BROWNE, he controlled the ball before turning and smashing the ball into the top left corner of the Vics goal from outside the area, a brilliant strike in an otherwise forgettable first half. Shortly before the interval Nathan Lewis tested the home keeper with a shot that Dan Russell was at full stretch to push away.

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Just a minute after the re-start Vics right back, Jordan Brownrigg, cracked a volley that Ed Hatt done well to push away low to his right. Cowes were then given the chance to stretch their advantage just before the hour mark when John McKie burst into the Vics area only to be fouled, but Gareth Bricknell sent the resulting spot kick wide of Dan Russell’ s left hand post. Joe Phelps then saw his header cleared off the line before finally a second goal came for the visitors. Gareth Bricknell sent a 62nd minute corner from the Cowes right into the near post area, JORDAN BROWNE    

Jordan Browne runs Hythe defence ragged

glanced a header goal-wards which was hooked off the line by a Vics defender, but Assistant Andy Jones signalled that the ball had crossed the line and a goal was awarded. Cowes continued to push forward in search of further goals whilst Vics rarely threatened a comeback. Joe Adams and Jared Wetherick replaced Oliver Wilson and John McKie respectively and it was Joe Adams that was next to test Dan Russell who gathered the ball at second attempt. Jordan Browne then set up Joe Phelps but his effort was blocked by a defender, the ball ran loose for JARED WETHERICK to pick up the pieces and fire in number three for the Yachtsmen. Jordan Browne nearly completed his second hat-trick of the season against Vics late on but his effort was tipped over the bar by Dan Russell.

In the end a comfortable win for Cowes Sports, but credit to East Cowes Vics who battled from start to finish.

TEAM:- Ed Hatt, Ryan Gregory, Aidan Bryan, Craig Insley capt, Oliver Wilson(Joe Adams 64), Joe Phelps, Nathan Lewis, Gareth Bricknell(Ross Gregory 82), John McKie(Jared Wetherick 70), Jordan Browne, Lee Davies(bkd), Subs not used; Max Draper + Aaron Bunday

Referee:-  DEREK HUGHES     Assistants – Sean Phillips + Andy Jones

Petersfield Town won at Fleet Spurs, 2 – 1, whilst Andover Town were held at home by Tadley Calleva, 1 – 1, but results were enough to see both sides gain promotion to the Premier Division as the table below shows, condemning Cowes to another season in Division One. Since relegation though Cowes have seen an improvement in each of the of the four seasons, so hopefully next season will see the Yachtsmen filling one of the promotion spots.

Division One
1 Petersfield Town 29 22 5 2 113 36 77 71
2 Andover Town 29 22 4 3 101 28 73 70
3 Cowes Sports 29 21 3 5 81 36 45 66
4 Hythe & Dibden 29 18 5 6 78 37 41 59
5 Tadley Calleva 29 14 7 8 60 42 18 49
6 Team Solent 28 15 5 8 79 47 32 47 *