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Managerless East Cowes Vics, second-from-bottom in Wessex League One, fielded an unchanged side to the one that had lost 0-2 at home to to Fawley in midweek.

Vics battled gamely against their third-from-bottom opponents in a match affected by torrential rain, but despite a late comeback, returned home to the Island empty-handed.

The game began badly for Vics, with Sam White hitting the target for the home side in the 7th minute. Vics keeper, Karl Steinborne-Bosse, then did well to get down early to deny White a second on the quarter hour mark. His quick release of the ball allowed the Island side to turn defence into attack, but Oliver West fired wide when well placed at the other end.

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Joe Butcher, Zak Harris, Liam Newbold and Jimmi Burton then all wasted chances to draw the game level for Vics. As the first half drew to a close, Steinborn-Busse was the busier of the two keepers between the Vics’ sticks, but could do little to stop Jack Cooper from making a long run from close to the halfway line and firing into the goal from an angle to put the Linnets two up at
the break.

Half time: New Milton Town 2-0 East Cowes Vics

It was Vics who did most of the pressing after the restart. However, it was the Linnets who were to take a three-goal lead through Jack Cooper. A few minutes later, a Vics defender put through
into his own net for an own goal, to give the home side a 4-0 advantage It was then Vics’ turn to apply the pressure. In the 70th minute, Jimmi Burton was to pull one back for the East Cowes side, when he beat Luke Dennison in the New Milton goal in a one-on-one from close range. Ten minutes later, Joe Butcher turned and fired home to make the score 4-2. With the hosts visibly wilting, a long distance Vics attempt on goal crashed off the crossbar. Then Vics were awarded an indirect free kick close to the penalty spot, but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

Final score: New Milton Town 4-2 East Cowes Vics

East Cowes Vics: Steinborn-Bosse, Harmer, Henry West, Newbold, Gregory, Oliver West, Kirby, Hayward, Butcher, Burton, Harris Subs: Catania, Chapman, Furness

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Vics now lie in 19th position in the Wessex League One table, having won just 1 of 12 league games. On Saturday, 2nd November, Vics travel to Salisbury in Wiltshire to take on mid-table Laverstock & Ford.

Vics hope to announce a new permanent manager this week to take over from temporary manager, John Simpkins.


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