Vics made 3 changes to the starting line up that had put up a creditable performance against league leaders, US Portsmouth, the previous Saturday. Ollie West took the place of his brother, Henry, in defence, Jimmi Burton replaced Scott Saunders and Sam Kirby took the place of Harry Furness.
Andover New Street began the game very much on the front foot, with Shane Lock forcing a good save from Steinborn-Busse as early as the 1st minute of the game. Disaster then struck for the Vics when, in the 11th minute, Karl Steinborn-Busse in the Vics goal was only able to parry a shot from an Andover player and the ball fell to Matt Scott, who poached a goal from close range to give the North Hampshire side a 0-1 advantage.
Vics did not capitulate to one of the leading sides in Wessex League One and the visitors goal was put under constant threat for the remainder of the first half. In the 13th minute, Harry Catania attempted to lob Andover keeper, Chris Wing. Then, in the 21st minute, captain Ryan Gregory sent a shot narrowly past the visitor’s post. In the 25th minute, Liam Newbold had a shot parried by a defender close to the Andover goal line.
Jimmi Burton scored the equalising goal for Vics on the half hour mark, when, after being put through by Sam Kirby, he held off a couple of Andover defenders and sent a low strike across the face of the goal into the far right corner.
Vics then gamely attempted to take the lead. First, Jimmi Burton had a strong shot deflected for a corner in the 36th minute. Then, Ryan Gregory and Sam Kirby both saw shots flying over the Andover crossbar. Andover New Street attempted to reply towards the end of the half, with Jason Silver having a penalty appeal turned down in the 40th minute, and Rafa Ramos forcing Steinborn-Busse into a good save 2 minutes before half time.
HT: East Cowes Vics 1-1 Andover New Street
Although Vics began the second half competitively, with a good chance falling to Jimmi Burton in the 62nd minute, Andover New Street demonstrated why they were near the top of the Wessex League table with some clinical finishing.
New Street took the lead in the 63rd minute, with a low strike from Jazz Beavis to the left hand side of the goal (1-2). Steinborn-Busse kept Vics in the game, blocking a strong strike from Luke Hooper in the 76th minute.
Andover centre forward, Luke Hooper, then made the game safe for the away side, sending a low ball into the right hand side of the net in the 82nd minute, to make the score 1-3. At this point, tempers started to get frayed, with a booking for Jimmi Burton, after arguing with Rafa Ramos on the Andover New Street bench. Macauley Waterson was also yellow carded for the home side for an over-physical challenge.
New Street were now running Vics ragged, with Luke Hooper forcing a good save from Steinborn-Busse in the 90th minute and Sam Lock shooting across the face of the goal in the second minute of injury time. Luke Hooper then added a fourth goal for the visitors in the fourth minute of injury time after being put through by Sam Lock, to make the final score 1-4.
FT: East Cowes Vics 1-4 Andover New Street
After the match, many in the crowd questioned what appeared to have been some poor officiating during the game. Complaints focussed on inconsistent use of the advantage rule, lack of control of the New Street bench and poor timekeeping.
Vics manager, Richie Woodburn, said:
“The lads deserved better than that. We didn’t get the run of the green. We are a lot better side than we are given credit for.”
Vics remain in 17th place in Wessex League One. On Saturday 17th January, the East Cowes side travel to Dorset to face Verwood Town.