L-R: Ryan Hughes with Jake Wright

RYAN HUGHES ON TARGET FOR GOSPORT: WEEKEND FOOTBALL PREVIEW

There was no midweek action for our Isle of Wight Wessex League sides, however, on Tuesday evening flying full-back Ryan Hughes was on target for Southern League Gosport Borough in their 11-1 thrashing of Paulsgrove in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

Hughes scored in the 40th minute with a ‘thunderbolt’ from the right-hand side of the penalty area.

Gosport Borough had 2 Isle of Wight youngsters in their starting line-up for the game against Porchester: Ryan Hughes and midfielder Jake Wright. Both teenagers were summer signings from Newport IW FC.

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This weekend sees one Wessex League fixture on the Island: East Cowes Vics v Laverstock & Ford at Beatrice Avenue.

14th-placed Vics will be hoping to advance in the Wessex League 1 table after their impressive 3-4 away victory at Ash United last Saturday. The very physical Laverstock side currently lie in 9th place and lost 5-3 to Newport at Smallbrook on their last visit to the Isle of Wight.

Second-in-the-table Newport face a comparatively easy game away to bottom-of-the-table Fleet Spurs in North Hampshire. Spurs were trounced 5-0 by East Cowes Vics at Beatrice Avenue in August on the last occasion they faced an Isle of Wight side.

In the Wessex Premier, 9th-placed Cowes Sports have a winnable fixture at 2nd-from-bottom Christchurch. Earlier in the season, the Yachtsmen beat Christchurch 5-3 at home in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Wessex League fixtures for Saturday 9th October 2021

All Fixtures to Kick-Off at 15:00 unless otherwise shown

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Premier Division: Christchurch v Cowes Sports Hamworthy

Division One: East Cowes Vics v Laverstock & Ford Fleet Spurs v Newport IoW

Island League fixtures for Saturday, 9th October 2021

All Fixtures to Kick-Off at 14:00 unless otherwise shown

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Hampshire FA Saturday Trophy 1st Round: Brading Town v Locks Heath First; Braishfield v Vectis

Hampshire FA Saturday Vase 1st Round: CK Andover v Ventnor; Wey Valley v Yarmouth & Calbourne

Harwoods Renault IOW Saturday League Division 1: Binstead & COB v Bembridge; Ryde Saints v Northwood St Johns; Shanklin v Niton Community; West Wight v Sandown & Lake; Whitecroft & Barton Sports v Oakfield; No fixture: Cowes Sports Reserves

Division 2: Adgestone v Osborne Coburg; East Cowes Sports v Carisbrooke United; High Park v Pan Community; Newchurch v Newport Reserves; Seaview v East Cowes Vics Reserves; Wroxall v AFC Wootton

Combination Division 1: Bembridge v Whitecroft & Barton Sports; Northwood St Johns v Binstead & COB; Oakfield v Shanklin; Osborne Coburg v West Wight; No Fixture: Brading Town

Combination Division 2: Carisbrooke United v Bembridge ‘A’; Niton Community v East Cowes Sports; Ryde Saints ‘A’ v Pan Community; Vectis v Ventnor; No Fixture: Newchurch

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