Premier Division – Saturday September 26th 2015

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Attendance – 567

Having suffered defeat at home to Hamworthy United the previous week Cowes traveled to The Raymond McEnhill Stadium, home of League leaders Salisbury FC who are Managed by Steve Claridge. The Islanders went into the game with a plan and given the report on the Salisbury website, they certainly carried out their instructions very well.

As expected the home side started well and in the 11th minute they nearly took the lead when a clearance from Simon Williams hit a home player and rebounded to Ashley Jarvis who shot over Ed Hatt but off the crossbar to safety. The Whites did not know how to combat the Islanders tactics which frustrated the crowd. Stephen Walker was then booked for an altercation with Charlie Smeeton who was left clutching his head just in front of the dugouts. From that point on their crowd was giving Charlie plenty of stick!!! Cowes best move of the first half came on 36 minutes when Tom Scovell and Charlie Smeeton set up John McKie who shot over the bar. The first period finished goal-less but credit to the Yachtsmen for their hard work.

H-t 0 – 0

The second half saw Salisbury take off Stephen Walker and replace him with local hero Claudio Herbert and he certainly made a difference with his pace down the Cowes left.  Sam Roberts saw his shot well saved by Ed Hatt before the Officials somehow decided that Jez Conway had fouled the substitute, who even their people felt had gone down too easily. A penalty was awarded which was converted by CLAUDIO HERBERT to give the home fans something too cheer about, but once again it seems the ‘bigger’ clubs get decisions going their way. Tom Whelan then had a shot that Ed Hatt tipped over the bar, but before the corner could be taken the Stadium Announcer gave out two car registration numbers that were to be moved or towed away, the Referee sprinted to the home dugout as one of the cars was his, much to the amusement of all the 567 crowd. Cowes began to create some chances of their own, Charlie Smeeton’s weak shot gathered by Gareth Barfoot in the Salisbury goal. John McKie and Charlie Smeeton then broke quickly but Charlie’s shot flew over the bar. Ollie Wilson was next to try his luck from distance, their keeper could only parry but was helped out by his defender. One Cowes attack was ended when a defender and John McKie clashed in their area, but the Referee and Assistant both bottled giving Cowes a penalty. Finally the best chance of an equaliser came ten minutes from time when substitute Jordan Browne volleyed at their keeper from about six yards, either side of him and he would have scored.

Another defeat, but the Yachtsmen can be very proud of their performance and if they work as hard as they did in this game they will win more than they lose. Before the end of both halves their Manager, Steve Claridge came down from his place in the press area to the touchline because he was not happy with how things were going and certainly found out a few things about his side.

Team:- Ed Hatt, Max Draper bkd, Jez Conway(Joe Adams 61), Simon Williams, Aidan Bryan, Tom Scovell, Nathan Lewis capt, Aidan Sainsbury, Charlie Smeeton(Jordan Browne 78), John McKie( Dexter Malin 78), Oliver Wilson, Subs not used; James Butt + Ben Gregory

Referee:- BRUCE WAYMARK          Assistants – Paul Bower  +  David Campbell-Smith

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