Vics had goalkeeper Karl Steinborne-Busse to thank for a solid display in keeping the home team’s attacks at bay in their 2-0 away win.
Jimmi Burton opened the scoring for Vics in the 40th minute, before the Vics keeper pulled off a remarkable save to preserve the Island side’s lead just before half time. Defender, Liam Newbold, then added a second for Vics in the 60th minute. The Oilers created many chances to retrieve a point from the game, but Vics defended resolutely to ensure all three points returned to the Island.
After the match, a delighted Vics manager, Richie Woodburn commented:
“What a decent start! Our 16, 17 and 18-year-olds responded in the right manner. We played to our strengths, and I couldn’t have asked for any better. Kudos to the lads for keeping a clean sheet away from home.
“We managed to contain them and they became more and more stretched as the game wore on. I always thought we would get another goal.”
FT: Fawley 0-2 East Cowes Vics
East Cowes Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Newbold, Catania, Gregory, Furness, Greenslade, Chapman, Kirby. Hayward, Burton, Butcher Vics leapfrog Folland Sports, who lost against Newport, to move into 18th position in Wessex League One. The East Cowes side travel to north Hampshire for a difficult away tie at Andover Town on Saturday, November 25.
In the Sydenhams Wessex Premier, Cowes Sports slipped to their tenth defeat of the season, losing 1-4 to relegation rivals, Bournemouth Poppies, at Westwood Park.
The Yachtsmen fell behind after less than 2 minutes, when a Bournemouth striker outpaced 2 defenders and walked the ball past the young stand-in keeper, Fraser Law.
Cowes pulled a goal back from Ewan Cranwell penalty on the hour mark, before the Poppies made certain of victory with 2 late goals.
The defeat leaves Cowes in 18th position in the Wessex Premier.
FT: Cowes Sports 1-4 Bournemouth
Cowes Sports: Law, C, White, A, White, Cranwell, Brett, Perrin, Phillips, Bryan, Wykes, McEnery, Snow
The Yachtsmen play Lymington Town at Westwood Park on Tuesday night, kick off 19.45. Island Echo will provide a full match report.