Premier Division – Saturday February 27th 2016

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Attendance:- 63

Following their Gold Cup victory the previous week, Cowes Sports entertained bottom side Follands Sports at Westwood Park with the view of bagging another three points in their quest to finish in the top ten, but were aware that earlier in the season both Alresford and Whitchurch had gained a point when they were bottom.

Cowes set their stall out from the start of the game to make sure they got the points on offer and attacked their lowly opponents. They were rewarded in the 12th minute when Dexter Malin was released down the right, he pulled the ball back to John McKie who saw his shot blocked, but the rebound was won back by JORDAN BROWNE who beat his marker before burying the ball in the Follands net. Twice Ed Hatt had to be at his best to deny the visitors from equalising before the Yachtsmen doubled their lead minutes before the break when Dexter Malin won the ball back off center half Tony Wilkinson before crossing to Jordan Browne who in turn set up JOHN MCKIE who planted the ball into the bottom left.

H-t 2 – 0

Cowes continued to push forward in the second half. Aidan Sainsbury fired a free kick straight at Ross Casey in the visitors goal who pushed the ball over the bar for a corner from which James Butt crossed but Jordan Browne headed over the bar. Cain Prentice then threatened but his shot hit Ed Hatt, the follow up saw an effort from outside the area palmed over the bar by the Cowes stopper to keep his side two up. Any threat of a comeback was extinguished in the 55th minute when Jordan Browne set up JOHN MCKIE to net his second and Cowes’ third goal of the game. The home side saw the remainder of the game out with ease and gain another three points. Club captain, Craig Insley continued his comeback from injury with a 23 minute substitute appearance and was joined by returning Charlie Smeeton and Jared Wetherick.

Team:- Ed Hatt, James Butt, Jason Malcolmson, Aidan Bryan capt, Edward Sanders, Oliver Wilson bkd(Craig Insley 67), Keelan Sainsbury bkd, Aidan Sainsbury, Jordan Browne(Jared Wetherick 67), Dexter Malin(Charlie Smeeton 67), John McKie, Subs not used – Tom Scovell + Jimmy Wykes

Referee:- Antony Smith           Assistants – Huw Evans + Alistair Taylor