Division One — Saturday March 28th 2015

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The Yachtsmen made the short trip too Hythe & Dibden’s new home, Clayfields, looking to avenge the defeat they suffered at Westwood back in January, also to get the three points on offer to keep up their push to snatch a promotion place.

Jez Conway was away on holiday so Manager Richie Woodburn was forced into one change, bringing Oliver Wilson into the midfield dropping Nathan Lewis back to left back.

With around 20 supporters making the trip the team was greeted onto the pitch by the vociferous crowd and were certainly given great encouragement.

A strong cold wind was blowing across the pitch making it difficult to play good football. The home side looked quite lively during the first period but it was the Island side who created the early chances. John McKie’s cross was punched clear by the home keeper with Jimmy Wykes ready to pounce. Aleks Przespolewski then set Jimmy Wykes up but his shot was saved before he was again denied by their keeper as he followed up a John McKie effort. Hythe then tested Cowes keeper Ed Hatt who blocked a header from close range. The home side began to grow in confidence as they twice came close to taking the lead, Ed Hatt saving his side on both occasions with very good saves/blocks. The deadlock was finally broken in the 28th minute when Aleks Przespolewski picked out James Butt wide on the right, his perfect cross into the six yard area was turned into the home goal by JIMMY WYKES much to the delight of the visiting fans. Cowes comfortably held onto their lead for the rest of the half.

H-t 0 – 1

Cowes were determined to make sure they took the points home with them and the defence were outstanding in thwarting anything the Watersiders could throw at them whilst still looking dangerous when attacking. Cowes had too wait until the 83rd minute before getting their second goal when another James Butt cross from the right picked out Jared Wetherick at the back post, he chested the ball down before rolling it into the path of ALEKSANDER PRZESPOLEWSKI who thumped it into their goal from 14 yards. Points sealed, but not happy with only two goals the visitors looked for more and were rewarded in the 88th minute when a dropkick from Ed Hatt saw a home defender try to head back to his keeper who was beaten to the ball by JOHN MCKIE who touched the ball past him into the empty goal.  In the third minute of injury time a ball into the Hythe area was gathered by the home keeper, he then proceeded to jump into Nathan Lewis with studs showing and Referee Con Da Costa ruled it to have been dangerous and pointed to the penalty spot. RYAN GREGORY stepped up to once again send the keeper the wrong way and add a fourth goal for the Yachtsmen.

Team:- Ed Hatt, James Butt, Nathan Lewis bkd, Craig Insley capt, Ryan Gregory, Oliver Wilson(Aidan Bryan 68), Joe Adams( Max Draper 89), Aleksander Przespolewski, John McKie, Jared Wetherick, Jimmy Wykes, Sub not used Jason Ince.

Referee:= Con Da Costa           Assistants – Jake Tapp + Samuel Williams