Perennial Division 1 champions, Whitecroft & Barton Sports, have returned to their familiar position at the top of Isle of Wight Division 1 after narrowly beating an improved Vectis side 1-0 at Sandy Lane.
Alex Wright was the man on target for W&B with a spectacular 25-yard strike in the 27th minute. It was a very creditable performance from Vectis, who felt they had matched the champions and should have been awarded a penalty. W&B now have a maximum 18 points from the 6 games they have played so far.
It was a good day for both W&B sides, with the reserves beating Whitley Wanderers Eagles 3-1 to march on to the next round of the Hampshire FA Vase. The scorers for W&B Reserves were Liam Slaven, Charlie Shaw and Lorry Stanton.
Shanklin have moved up to 2nd place in Division 1 after beating bottom club Sandown & Lake in the Bay Derby at the County Ground. Sandown held out until the final 15 minutes of the game, when they were undone with strikes from Nicky Vyse, Sam Mosely, George Carter-Knight and Ollie Floss. Shanklin now have 17 points from their 7 games.
Bembridge, who did not play Saturday, have now fallen to 3rd, 2 points behind W&B. However, it was still a great day for Bembridge, with their reserves winning 1-5 at Ryde Saints to top Combination 1. Newly formed Bembridge ‘A’ did even better, beating a luckless Newchurch side 14-0 to go to the top of Combination 2.
In Division 2, East Cowes Sports comfortably beat bottom side Wroxall 5-0 at the GKN Sports Ground to remain in top spot in the Division 1 table with 21 points from 8 games. Pan are in 2nd place after beating Wootton 1-4 at Wootton Rec and now have 19 points from their 8 games. High Park are 3rd after narrowly beating 4th-placed Yarmouth & Calbourne 3-2 at Steyne Park.
Results for Saturday, 25th September:
HFA Saturday Vase: Round 1:
Whitecroft & Barton Sports Reserves 3-1 Whiteley Wanderers Eagles
Harwoods Renault Isle of Wight Saturday Football League Division 1: Brading Town 1-3 West Wight; Cowes Sports Reserves 5-1 Ryde Saints; Northwood St Johns 4-0 Niton Community; Oakfield 2-1 Binstead & COB; Shanklin 4-0 Sandown & Lake; Whitecroft & Barton Sports 1-0 Vectis; No Fixture: Bembridge
Division 2: AFC Wootton 1-4 Pan Community; Adgestone 4-3 East Cowes Vics Reserves; East Cowes Sports 5-0 Wroxall; High Park 3-2 Yarmouth & Calbourne; Newchurch 2-2 Seaview; Newport Reserves 0-10 Carisbrooke United; Osborne Coburg 1-1 Ventnor
Combination Division 1: Binstead & COB A-W Northwood St Johns; Brading Town 2-2 Oakfield; Ryde Saints 1-5 Bembridge; Sandown & Lake H-W Osborne Coburg; West Wight 2-1 Shanklin
Combination Division 2: Bembridge ‘A’ 14-0 Newchurch; Carisbrooke United 13-0 Ryde Saints ‘A’; Niton Community 5-0 AFC Wootton; Pan Community 0-7 East Cowes Sports; Ventnor 4-2 Yarmouth & Calbourne
Results courtesy of Isle of Wight DFA
Images of W&B Reserves v Whiteley Wanderers Eagles and W&B v Vectis courtesy of Simon Dear