Premier Division – Saturday January 23rd 2016

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Attendance:- 84

Having had mixed results in their previous two matches the Yachtsmen traveled to Wicor Recreation Ground to play high flying AFC Portchester, managed by former Arsenal and Pompey star Graham Rix.

With a tough game expected Cowes’ chances of getting any sort of result were severely dented just two minutes into the game as forward Jason Parish beat Jez Conway near the touchline cut inside past Aidan Bryan into the penalty area, with keeper Ed Hatt closing in on him, in trying to recover Jez Conway tripped the home forward and Referee Michael Ballard could not get his red card out of his pocket quick enough to dismiss the Cowes defender and give the penalty. JOE BYE stepped up to beat Ed Hatt with ease. Cowes had to re-organise with Keelan Sainsbury moving to center half and Dexter Malin dropping into right back. Having hardly had time to re-adjust Cowes found themselves two behind in the 10th minute when JASON PARISH slid the ball past Ed Hatt and at this point a cricket score looked on the cards for the home side. Portchester continued to dominate play, but Cowes keeper Ed Hatt produced some very good saves to keep the score down, none more so than in the 37th minute when a free kick from 35 yards was heading for the top left corner of the Cowes goal, but Ed Hatt flew across his goal to push the ball onto the crossbar and away to safety, a superb save. However, just a minute later a third goal was added when full back ROBERT EVANS netted from close range.

H-t 3 – 0

A tactical change at half time saw John McKie go up front and Jordan Browne drop into midfield. That, along with the home side dropping off their first half pressure allowed Cowes to push forward a bit more. Although Ed Hatt still had to be at his best to twice deny the home side from adding a fourth goal with a great double save ten minutes into the second half. Jiohn McKie had a shot at goal that forced their keeper to save. Sam Phelps replaced Ollie Wilson in the 61st minute allowing Dexter Malin to push on a bit, then from Aidan Sainsbury’s corner top scorer JORDAN BROWNE headed into the home net to give Cowes a sniff of a comeback. This only inspired the home side who again upped their game a bit more and in the 71st minute the destination of the three points were confirmed as JOE BYE added his second and Portchester’s fourth goal before nine minutes from time substitute GEOFFREY DUNN notched up number five from 5 yards out.

A disappointing result because with a full side Cowes may have been able to give their hosts a better game so the return match could be interesting. Particularly the second half, Cowes played really well and given a little more luck could have caused more problems for the home side.

Team:- Ed Hatt, Keelan Sainsbury, Jason Malcolmson, Aidan Bryan capt, Jez Conway S/O, Tom Scovell(Oliver McArthur 65), Oliver Wilson(Sam Phelps 61), Aidan Sainsbury bkd, Jordan Browne, Dexter Malin bkd, John McKie( Jimmy Wykes 65), Subs not used – Jamie Dyer + Jason Ince