PREMIER Division – Saturday October 17th 2015

Bemerton Heath Harlequins' emblem                 CSFC Logo 300c



For the third week in four Cowes traveled to the Salisbury area, having lost on their previous two occasions. So to a tough fixture at Western Way against a Bemerton HH side who had beaten Alresford Town 6 – 1 during mid week. Cowes had Aidan Sainsbury, Charlie Smeeton(both suspended) , Simon Williams and Nathan Lewis not available welcomed back Aidan Bryan, Tom Scovell and John McKie. The Yachtsmen had only two victories and four draws had been achieved in 17 previous attempts.

Cowes started on the front foot and looked to take control of the game early on, Dexter Malin played in John McKie whose shot was blocked by a defender at the expense of a corner. Tom Scovell took the corner towards the near post where JOHN MCKIE headed(yes headed) the ball into the Bemerton goal to give the Islanders a 10th minute lead which stunned the home side. Bemerton hit back and Ed Hatt was down low to save well from Jack Slade. Home side were dealt a blow when Russell Cook pulled up with a hamstring pull that forced him off too be replaced by Tom Jeffes and it was he that headed wide of goal following a quick break and cross down the Cowes left. Cowes finished the first half stronger, John McKie won the ball out near the right touchline, cut inside before shooting forcing their keeper to save down low to his right. Max Draper then took a throw for Jordan Browne to head up in the air giving Ollie Wilson the chance of a shot which he fired over the bar. Three minutes before the break Max Draper and Tom Scovell combined to set up JORDAN BROWNE who smashed the ball into the top left corner of their net and doubled the visitors lead. Going into half time two up was way beyond what anyone could have expected and the next goal was likely to be very important in the outcome of this game, but all were certainly going to enjoy their half time cuppa.

H-t 0 – 2

Cowes again started well in the second half Jordan Browne seeing his shot touched away for a corner. Not doubt with Graham Kemp’s words ringing in their ears, Bemerton started to take control of the game and putting pressure on the Cowes defence, but skipper Aidan Bryan and fellow center half Ed Sanders were outstanding in repelling the Bemerton attacks. in the 60th and 61st minute Bemerton players saw their shots at goal superbly tipped over the crossbar by Ed Hatt. Max Draper was forced off with illness, being replaced by James Butt. Still the ‘Quins’ piled forward, Jack Lovell fired inches wide before once again Ed Hatt produced a fantastic save to push a header away for a corner. Could Cowes hold out under this intense pressure??

John McKie relieved a bit of the pressure in the 68th minute when he broke through only to see his effort well blocked by the home keeper. Finally Bemerton got the break they were seeking in the 71st minute when, for the third game in five, Jez Conway was adjudged to have fouled their forward inside the box and a penalty was awarded, GRAHAM MANKIN stepped up to beat Ed Hatt and put the home side right back in the game. The Island side responded in the best possible way as they went straight down the other end and Jordan Browne saw his effort tipped away for a corner. In the 73rd minute James Butt crossed from the right for DEXTER MALIN to volley home from twenty yards and restore the visitors two goal advantage. This totally deflated the home side and in the 79th minute Dexter Malin’s crossfield pass sent John McKie away, he beat their left back and as the keeper came out to him squared the ball for JORDAN BROWNE to net Cowes’ fourth goal of the game. Cowes were not finished and when their keeper threw the ball out to his right back in the 81st minute, JOHN MCKIE closed him down and  robbed him of the ball and calmly curled the ball over the stranded keeper into the empty goal too complete the scoring and earn the Yachtsmen only their third victory in 18 attempts at Bemerton.

This performance has shown what can be done by this squad, especially as Cowes were missing experienced players such as Aidan Sainsbury and Charlie Smeeton who have both played Southern League football along with Gareth Bricknell, Craig Insley and Nathan Lewis. It does show that their is depth in this squad, just a little bit more consistency is required.

Team:- Ed Hatt, Max Draper(James Butt 62), Jez Conway, Aidan Bryan capt, Ed Sanders, Tom Scovell, Ollie Wilson, Jason Malcolmson, Jordan Browne, Dexter Malin, John McKie(Jason Ince 82), Subs not used; Ben Gregory + Jaymie Icke g/k

REFEREE:= DEREK PRATT      Assistants – David Bowley-Booth  +  Chris Gunnell