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Division 1 –Saturday December 27th 2014

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Attendance:- 129

The Yachtsmen and their supporters made the short journey across the River Medina for the annual Christmas fixture with local rivals East Cowes Vics on the back of three straight defeats.

It took Cowes Sports just five minutes to take the lead in the 1pm kick off when recent signing from Newport, TOM SCOVELL curled the ball from the right edge of the Vics penalty area into the top right corner of James Green’s goal with the keeper unmoved. The lead should have been added too just two minutes later when a superb John McKie cross from the right picked out Lee Davies who headed over the bar when he should really have scored. Totally dominating the game Lee Davies saw his 25 yard shot turned round the post by the home keeper. So in command even skipper Craig Insley ventured forward, played a 1-2 with Lee Davies before shooting at keeper James Green who managed too push the ball away too safety. A second goal was surely on the cards and it duly came after 27 minutes when another excellent cross from the right touchline, this time by Lee Davies, picked out JARED WETHERICK who looped his header over their keeper and into the goal. A third goal for the visiting side came in the 35th minute when a ball in from the Cowes left found RYAN GREGORY at the back post to fire home off keeper James Green. A first half totally dominated by the Yachtsmen, but still not convincing. Hopes were high of several more goals to come in the second half as the sides went in for their half time break.

H-t 0 – 3

If Cowes were expecting an avalanche of goals in the second half then they were to be disappointed, although they were given the opportunities. Ten minutes into the half and John McKie forced his way across then into the penalty area before being tripped, Referee Derek Hughes pointed to the spot, but Jared Wetherick saw his spot kick saved by James Green and a defender got to the rebound to concede a corner before Jared’s follow up. Mid way through the half and a fourth goal was added by the Yachtsmen as Nathan Lewis crossed into the box and LEE DAVIES got enough of a touch onto the ball to send it into the left corner of the Vics goal. With fifteen minutes to play Jared Wetherick broke into the Vics area only to be upended by Ben Gregory, another penalty to Sports, but once again James Green dived to his left to save Jared Wetherick’ spot kick, the second time this season that Cowes Sports have missed two penalties in a game(Corsham Town in FA Vase was the other). Despite so hard work to try and add further goals neither side were able to create any decent chances in the final minutes.

It has to be said that this game was one of the poorest ‘derby’ games  for many a year with several of the crowd heading to the bar or home before the final whistle. From Cowes’ point of view it was three points that with other results sees the Yachtsmen climb into fourth place in the table.

Team:- Ed Hatt, Max Draper, Nathan Lewis, Ryan Gregory, Craig Insley capt, Tom Scovell, Joe Adams, Gareth Bricknell, John McKie, Jared Wetherick, Lee Davies(Jez Conway 73), Subs not used; Joe Phelps, James Butt, James Wykes, Jason Ince

Referee:-  Derek Hughes        Assistants – Andy Jones + Alex Staniforth