Sandown began by playing down the slope and took an unexpected lead in the 9th minute, when Rob Iley latched on to a long throw and expertly placed the ball in the right-hand corner of the goal. (1-0)
Shanklin then equalized in the 23rd minute. Pete Wilson tapped the ball into the back of the net past a static Sandown defence which had unsuccessfully appealed for handball. (1-1)
The away side then had numerous chances to take the lead with Ji Nash, Pete Wilson and George Carter-Knight all shooting either wide or over the crossbar. However, Sandown were able to reach the half-time interval on equal terms against their high-flying local rivals, Shanklin.
HT: Sandown 1-1 Shanklin
Shanklin had the advantage of playing down the slope in the second half and outclassed their local rivals, Sandown.
First, Ji Nash, who declined to play for Wessex League East Cowes Vics in the Hampshire Invitational Cup, slotted the ball into the far corner of the Sandown goal in the 52nd minute. (1-2) Then, in the 59th minute, Ryan Hill slotted the ball into the back of the Sandown net from the middle of the penalty area. (1-3)
Fin Lloyd was next to score for Shanklin when he converted a Kyle Drew cross in the 77th minute. (1-4)
A minute later, James Turner blasted the ball past Sandown goalkeeper, Alex Ram, to further extend the visitors’ lead. (1-5).
Finally, in the 84th minute, Pete Wilson scored his brace with a low shot into the far corner of the goal. (1-6).
FT: Sandown 1-6 Shanklin
After the match, Shanklin manager, Paul Haward, said:
“The game was played in tough conditions. The first half was scrappy but we dominated the second.”
“All we could do was to get the 3 points. We still have a game in hand.”
Sandown manager, Barrie Wade, simply said:
“We lost to the better side.”
Whitecroft & Barton, who were without a game on Saturday, currently lead Island League 1, with 48 points from 18 games. 2nd-placed Shanklin have 43 points from their 17 games.
3rd-placed West Wight lost 1-0 away to Binstead. Harrison Taylor was the Binstead scorer. West Wight now have 36 points from their 18 games and only a mathematical chance of catching leaders W&B.
In Island League 2, 2nd-placed Niton kept the pressure on league leaders Oakfield with a 2-0 win against Seaview.
Niton now trail Oakfield by 3 points at the top of the table and have a game in hand. The 2 sides will meet on Saturday (May 15) at Slade Road in Oakfield in a game certain to decide the destination of the League 2 title.
East Cowes Vics have been knocked out of the Hampshire Invitational Cup at the quarter final stage, losing 4-0 to Wessex Premier club, Hamble.
Results for Saturday 8th May:
Hampshire Invitational Cup, Quarter-final: Hamble 4-0 East Cowes Vics
Harwoods Renault League Division 1: Bembridge 3-4 East Cowes Sports; Binstead & COB 1-0 West Wight; Brading Town 6-1 Carisbrooke United; Ryde Saints 3-4 Cowes Sports Reserves; Sandown 1-6 Shanklin; Vectis 1-3 Northwood St Johns
Harwoods Renault League Division 2: Niton Community 2-0 Seaview; Osborne Coburg 3-1 AFC Wootton; Wroxall 0-2 Newport ‘A’; Yarmouth & Calbourne 5-1 Newchurch
Island Echo will provide a round-up of games in Isle of Wight Combination 1 & 2 after the midweek combination games on Wednesday 12th May.
Results courtesy of the Isle of Wight Divisional FA