HAROLD G WALKER sponsored RUSSELL COTES CUP
3rd Round – Tuesday December 15th 2015
GOSPORT BOROUGH 6 – 0 COWES SPORTS
Cowes Sports were handed a very tough draw away at Vanarama National League side and former Wessex team Gosport Borough at the Aerial Direct Stadium. With horrendous traffic out of Southampton and problems on the M27 meant a late arrival at the ground for the Islanders thus meaning the kick off being put back 15 minutes to 19:45. Credit also ton the hosts who done a magnificent job to get the pitch playable, even Manager Alex Pike getting on the pitch to fork the wet areas to allow this re-arranged Russell Cotes tie to go ahead.
Gosport put out a strong team, although former Cowes player Tom Dunford only making the bench( he was not used either), were certainly looking to progress. For Cowes, Manager Richie Woodburn gave recent signing Jaymie Icke a 1st team debut thus breaking Ed Hatt’s 75 consecutive match run in goal.
Just eight minutes into the game and the home side took the lead when PERRY RYAN turned home a cross from George Barker. Seven minutes later and the same combination provided number two for the home side with rolls reversed as GEORGE BARKER netted from close in. In the 17th minute the tie was virtually sealed as a classy Gosport side added a third goal. They won the ball in midfield played it out to the impressive left back Rory Williams, who tormented the Cowes defence all game, he in turn set up DAN WOODEN who hammered the ball past the helpless Jaymie Icke. Cowes were being totally outclassed by their hosts and did not know how to contain them. It did however take the higher league side a further fifteen minutes before they added to their tally when prolific scorer JUSTIN BENNETT powered his way through a static Cowes defence to net a fourth goal. Having conceded a needless corner Cowes were made to pay as skipper and Islander RYAN WOODFORD netted at the back post. Three minutes before the interval and Cowes finally created a chance when Jez Conway clipped the ball into the area and Ollie Wilson found himself one on one witch home keeper Lewis Watch who done well to block before the ball was cleared by Andy Robinson.
H-t 5 – 0
Gosport came out for the second half knowing the game was won but still played some classy football although not finding the finishing touch as they had done in the first half. Cowes also came out and took advantage of Gosports drop in form and saw a lot more of the ball. Ollie Wilson produced Cowes’ best effort with a shot from outside the area, but home keeper Lewis Watch made a good sve to deny the Cowes man. Alex Wright, Jimmy Wykes and Jason Ince all came on to replace Tom Scovell, Oliver Wilson and Aidan Sainsbury respectively and it was Jimmy Wykes who was played in in goal by Jez Conway, but the Cowes substitute pulled hi shot wide of Lewis Watch’s goal. Finally the home side found their shooting boots again in the 74th minute when, once again the pace of Rory Williams saw him get to the bye line before setting up home substitute ROWAN VINE to net number six. Jimmy Wykes was again put through but this time could not control the ball before minutes from time Rory Williams again set up a goal-scoring chance, only to see Dan Wooden send the ball over an empty net.
So Gosport Borough progress to the 1/4 Final at a trip to Sholing. Cowes battled hard particularily in the second half and it must be said that Jaymie Icke debut was certainly a baptism of fire and there was nothing he could do to stop a rampant home side.
Team:- Jaymie Icke, Max Draper, Jez Conway, Aidan Bryan capt, Nathan Lewis, Tom Scovell(Alex Wright 64), Oliver Wilson (Jimmy Wykes 72), Aidan Sainsbury(Jason Ince 80), Jordan Browne, Dexter Malin, John McKie, Subs not used – James Butt + Ed Hatt g/k
Referee:- Tony Foster Assistants – Alan Gower + Antony Cross