Sydenhams Football League
Division One — Saturday January 10th 2015
TEAM SOLENT 1 – 3 COWES SPORTS
With Lee Davies unavailable for this return clash with the students from Team Solent, Manager Richie Woodburn brought Oliver Wilson into the starting line up. Cowes Sports travelled across the Solent to Test Park looking to avenge the 1 – 3 home defeat they suffered on December 20th, incidentally the last time Team Solent had played having had Xmas and the New Year off. Cowes had won both their holiday period games so were in a confident mood against the second placed side.
As expected the students started on the front foot and Jesse Waller-Lassen was first to try his luck at goal after 7 minutes when his effort from 25 yards flew into Ed Hatt’s hands. The Yachtsmen responded well with Gareth Bricknell curled an effort inches wide of their right hand post. Despite Cowes retaining possession following a foul Referee Paula Wyatt gave a free kick to the visitors some 23 yards from goal in the 19th minute and TOM SCOVELL stepped up to blast the ball through the wall and despite Tommy Taylor getting his left hand to the ball he could not stop it nestling in the bottom left corner of his goal to give the Island side the lead. From this moment it was Cowes who dominated the play causing the home side many problems all over the pitch. Malachi Brissett tested Ed Hatt on 32 minutes but the Cowes keeper excelled to push the ball away whilst Jared Wetherick saw his goal-bound effort deflected wide for a corner. John McKie, again causing problems to the opponents defence, worked his way to the Solent bye-line in the 44th minute, before appearing to pull the ball behind everyone, only too see right back MAX DRAPER appear on the edge of the area to thump the ball into Tommy Taylors top right corner to double the Island sides lead which on balance of play was fully deserved and left students boss James Taylor scratching his head.
H-t 0 – 2
Things got better for the Island side just three minutes into the second half when John McKie played the ball too Oliver Wilson on the right who in turn crossed into the area where JARED WETHERICK headed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net and leave the Yachtsmen three goals to the good. Within minutes the home team made two changes, Ryan Hill came on at right back to lump the ball forward to James Taylor who replaced Rafeal De Costa up front. It was Taylor who had a shot deflected away for a corner in the 55th minute. Then on the hour mark Team Solent dragged themselves back into the game when JAMES TAYLOR stabbed home from close range after Ed Hatt had saved Jesse Waller Lassen’s shot. Joe Adams nearly added a fourth when his free kick from the left was superbly pushed away by Tommy Taylor before James Taylor should have done better with a header from a corner that he put wide of goal. Third Team Solent sub Josh Brimacombe then watched as Ed Hatt tipped his header over the bar before the final chance of the match fell to Oliver Wilson who shot at Tommy Taylor. Cowes were certainly worth their victory and the revenge they had got, an important win that puts them well back in the race for promotion again.
It must be said that Referee PAULA WYATT had a fantastic game in the middle and had the full respect of both sets of players and Officials despite efforts by the home Manager to intimidate her. By far the best Official we have had this season.
Team:- Ed Hatt, Max Draper, Nathan Lewis, Ryan Gregory, Craig Insley capt, Thomas Scovell, Joe Adams, Gareth Bricknell, John McKie, Jared Wetherick, Oliver Wilson, Subs not used; Jez Conway, Jimmy Wykes + Jason Ince.
Referee:- Paula Wyatt Assistants – Alex Brampton + Dale Cotten
League Table – Division One
|5||New Milton Town||15||9||2||4||41||26||15||29|
|9||United Services Portsmouth||13||8||0||5||30||23||7||24|
|10||Hythe & Dibden||10||6||0||4||18||15||3||18|
|11||Laverstock & Ford||14||5||1||8||17||27||-10||16|
|13||Andover New Street||16||2||2||12||16||37||-21||8|
|14||East Cowes Victoria||18||1||1||16||7||79||-72||4|