Hythe & Dibden began the game brightly but without being able to put the ball in the net. However, after the quarter-of-an-hour mark, it was Vics who began to dominate the game. In the 25th minute, Vics managed to get the ball in their opponents net, only for the effort to be ruled offside. Then Jimmi Burton had a couple of golden opportunities to take the lead for the home side shooting narrowly wide in the 29th and 30th minutes.
Vics found themselves unable to convert their chances and territorial advantage into goals, and the first half ended as a goalless stalemate.
Half time: East Cowes Victoria 0-0 Hythe & Dibden
In the second half Hythe & Dibden showed their quality by taking the game to their hosts, although Vics had a second goal goal disallowed. The visitors took the lead in the 65th minute from Sam Woodward, before Richie Bridle dispatched a curling free kick into the Vics’ goal that came in off the keeper to seal victory for the visitors in the 72nd minute. Vics found themselves unable to fight their way back into the game, leaving the final score at 0-2, and the East Cowes side remain second-from-bottom in the Wessex League One table.
East Cowes Victoria 0-2 Hythe & Dibden
After the game, temporary manager, John Simpkins commented:
“We should have gone in 4-0 up at half time. Hythe & Dibden took their chances and we didn’t take ours.”
East Cowes Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Harmer, Ollie West, Newbold, Gregory, Henry West, Kirby, Hayward, Butcher, Burton, Harris Subs: Catania, Thomas, Dixon
Vics are away to third-from-bottom New Milton on Saturday. John said of the game:
“The focus was always on Saturday’s game. We expect to be able to field a full squad, which is back to full strength.”
Regarding the vacant managerial position at Vics, John said:
“We very much hope to be naming the new manager by next weekend. We shall be interviewing the applicants all next week.”