Ryde Saints came back from a goal behind against Northwood at Cowes Community Club in long-serving manager Andy Brown’s last game as 1st team manager.

IW Division 1: Northwood St Johns 1-1 Ryde Saints

Northwood opened the scoring in the 34th minute, when a long ball from their keeper was headed into the path of Northwood centre forward Tony Cousins, who knocked the ball past the Ryde keeper from 7 yards (1-0).

Saints equalized shortly after half time through a strike by Nathan Holton from a Jake Aldric corner that was flicked on by Sam Cant (1-1).

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The Ryde team had numerous opportunities to win the game for their departing manager late on with Kyle Kilroy having an effort saved off the line in the 82nd minute, and Sam Cant shooting just over the crossbar in the 89th and 90th minutes.

After the game, Andy Brown said:

“It was a great performance from the lads today, especially in the 2nd half. They gave me their absolute all and deserved the win.

“We now move on to the management of Nic Johnson, who I’m sure will take the club on to another level which it deserves.”

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The draw leaves Ryde Saints in 12th position in Isle of Wight Division 1, with 5 points from 10 games. Northwood St Johns are in 5th place with 13 points from 10 games.

It was a dark day for Ryde Saints, with the reserve team going down 0-6 to West Wight and the ‘A’ side losing 17-0 to Yarmouth & Calbourne. The club has now regrettably decided to disband its ‘A’ side.

Andy Brown has been Ryde Saints manager since 2014. The highlight of his period in charge was Ryde Saints’ Hampshire Cup victory in 2016.

IW Division 1: Oakfield 3-4 Shanklin

Division 1 leaders Shanklin remain at the top-of-the-table after narrowly beating bottom club Oakfield by the odd goal of 7 at Slade Road.

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Shanklin were bolstered by the appearance of forward Kyle Drew, who had double signed for Cowes Sports.

4 players got on the scoresheet for Shanklin: Brad Young, Kyle Drew, Nick Vyse and Cory Sanderson.

Robert Gee, Harry Taylor and Martin Barrow were on target for the Oakers, who by all accounts were unlucky not to have earned at least a point from the encounter.

Shanklin’s win leaves them in 1st place in Division 1, with 26 points from 10 games, 2 points ahead of W&B. Oakfield remain in last place with 4 points from 6 games. However, their strong performance on Saturday suggests the Oakers are unlikely to be propping up the table come the end of the season.

Oakfield Reserves, who currently lead Combination 1, had a remarkable 0-14 victory over Osborne Coburg at Victoria Rec.

IW Division 1: Whitecroft & Barton Sports 2-0 Binstead & C.O.B.

W&B maintained their 100% record in the league this season by beating midtable Binstead at Sandy Lane, to keep up the pressure on leaders Shanklin.

Matt Evans opened the scoring for Whitecroft & Barton in the 30th minute, heading in a cross from Josh Appell. Matt then got his brace and doubled W&B’s lead in the 80th minute when he sent a cracking 20-yard drive into the top corner of the Binstead goal.

W&B’s win leaves them in 2nd place in Division 1 with 24 points from 8 games. Binstead now lie in 6th place with 12 points from 10 games.

It was a double dose of joy for W&B and misery for Binstead, with Whitecroft & Bafrton Reserves beating Binstead 0-3 at the Molehill. The scorers for W&B Reserves were Finn Kalaker, Simon Williams, and Mark Augustus.

IW Division 1: Vectis 1-2 Bembridge

Bembridge stay in the title chase after beating a young Vectis side 1-2 at Cowes Enterprise College.

Bembridge led 0-2 at half time thanks to 2 goals from Josh Field. Vectis replied with a 30-yard wonder goal from a free kick by their man-of-the-match Rory Day.

After the game, Bembridge manager Justin Malin said:

“It was not our best performance, but wow did we miss some chances today, hitting the woodwork multiple times, and some poor finishing made it more difficult than it needed to be. I always respect Vectis: good young players, who try to always play good football.”

A spokesperson for Vectis said:

“It was a good performance from our lads, but we just couldn’t quite take the chances we had; Bembridge also squandered a couple. It was a well contested game, played the right way.”

Bembridge’s win leaves them in 3rd place in Division 1 with 22 points from 10 games. Vectis are in 8th place with 8 points from 8 games.

Bembridge ‘A’ suffered their 1st defeat of the season, losing 1-3 to Niton Reserves, but stay top of Combination 2 with 15 points from 6 games.

IW Division 1: Niton Community 1-4 Sandown & Lake

Sandown & Lake started off the brighter of the two teams in a clash at Nine Acres that both teams were desperate to get the 3 points from to climb up the Division 1 table.

Sandown took the lead in the 12th minute with a 25-yard strike into the bottom corner from Sonny Mulholland.

Sandown then conceded a scrappy penalty, which Niton dispatched well. The away side then won their own penalty, which Sonny Mulholland blasted over the crossbar and the trees 20 yards behind the goal.

Sandown dominated he 2nd half with Jake Lester playing a pivotal role in all 3 goals, 2 for himself and an assist which Ollie Parkinson scored.

After the game, Sandown manager Mark Mulholland said:

“That’s the most nervous I’ve been before a game. We all wanted the win so desperately but given the amount of work the management and the committee have put in, we deserved 3 points.”

Sandown’s win leaves them in 10th place in Division 1 with 6 points from 6 games; Niton are now 11th with 5 points from 9 games.

IW Division 1: West Wight 3-1 Cowes Sports Reserves

7th-placed West Wight Reserves beat 4th-placed Cowes Sports Reserves 3-1 at Camp Road. West Wight won the game thanks to a brace from Charlie McFarlane and a single goal from Charlie Smeeton.

Pan now lead Isle of Wight Division 2 after beating 4th -placed AFC Wootton 6-4 at Downside despite being reduced to 10 men for most of the 2nd half. The scorers for Pan were Ross Lacey (4), Mark Taylor and Ash Gulliver. East Cowes Sports have dropped from ist to 3rd place in the Division 2 table after losing 1-3 to 3rd-placed Adgestone at the GKN Sports Ground.

The Isle of Wight Saturday Football League, Saturday, 23rd October

All Fixtures to Kick-Off at 14.00

IOW Junior ‘A’ Cup – First Round: Sandown & Lake Reserves 1-3 Yarmouth & Calbourne

Harwoods Renault IOW Saturday League Division 1: Niton Community 1-4 Sandown & Lake; Northwood St Johns 1-1 Ryde Saints; Oakfield 3-4 Shanklin; Vectis 1-2 Bembridge; West Wight 3-1 Cowes Sports Reserves; Whitecroft & Barton Sports 2-0 Binstead & COB; No Fixture: Brading Town

Division 2: Carisbrooke United 8-0 Newchurch; East Cowes Sports 1-3 Adgestone; Newport Reserves 2-3 Osborne Coburg; Pan Community 6-4 AFC Wootton; Seaview 2-0 Wroxall; Ventnor 1-0 East Cowes Vics Reserves; No Fixture: High Park

Combination Division 1: Bembridge 2-1 Shanklin; Binstead & COB 0-3 Whitecroft & Barton Sports; Brading Town 1-2 Northwood St Johns; Osborne Coburg 0-14 Oakfield; Ryde Saints 0-6 West Wight

Combination Division 2: AFC Wootton 2-2 Pan Community; Bembridge ‘A’ 1-3 Niton Community; Newchurch 0-7 Carisbrooke United; Vectis P-P East Cowes Sports; Yarmouth & Calbourne 17-0 Ryde Saints ‘A’; No Fixture: Ventnor

Results courtesy of Isle of Wight DFA

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1 month ago

Likes me local footy. Great match their Oaky


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