Vectis struck first in the 18th minute through a Rory Day freekick that fell out of West Wight keeper Ryan Young’s outstretched hands and into the back of the net (1-0).
5 minutes later came one of the strangest decisions ever seen in Island football when referee Ben Orton awarded a goal a couple of minutes after waving play on. A Charlie Smeeton shot struck the underside of the crossbar and seemingly crossed the goal line before being caught by Vectis keeper Jordan Wicks. Orton, who was unsighted, failed to award the goal to West Wight, leading to vociferous protests from the away side and their captain Adam Millar being sinbinned. However, after a further minute of play, the referee stopped the game to consult the linesman and goalkeeper after which the goal was given (1-1).
Vectis manager Reece Biedler said of the incident:
“I was completely baffled by it. The referee should have stuck by his initial decision. You can change your mind in professional football using VAR, but not in a grassroots game.”
10 minutes before half time Aaron Lake restored the Vectis lead when he had a shot blocked by Young before knocking in the rebound (2-1). However, Lake was then forced to leave the pitch with an ankle injury, which turned the game in West Wight’s favour.
The 2nd half belonged to the away side. First, Smeeton equalized on the hour mark through a tap in from the edge of the 6-yard box (2-2). 10 minutes later, Smeeton won the game for West Wight with a clever free kick that went under the Vectis wall (3-0) and ended the home side’s interest in the Senior Cup in the 1st round.
FT IW Senior cup: Vectis 2-3 West Wight
In the other game played in the Senior Cup on Saturday, Bembridge beat Northwood St Johns in an 11-goal thriller at Steyne Park.
Bembridge fought back from trailing 3-4 at halftime with four goals from Michael Brown and a goal apiece from Charlie Dyer and Ant Kettle. The scorers for Northwood were: Cousins (2), Flux, Whittle and Holton.
Oakfield are also through to the next round of the Senior Cup with a walkover victory against Niton, who were unable to raise a side.
Whitecroft & Barton have maintained their remarkable 100% record in Division 1 this season by knocking 5 past Sandown & Lake without reply at fortress Sandy Lane.
W&B failed to score in the 1st half, despite chances falling to Josh Appell, Joe Rayner and Sam Yelland. Matt Evans finally broke the deadlock in the 50th minute by heading in a Josh Appell cross (1-0) then adding a 2nd for the home side 2 minutes later (2-0). Joe Rayner headed in a 3rd (3-0), before Alex Wright knocked in a Josh Appell assist (4-0) then scored a 5th 2 minutes from full time (5-0).
Whitecroft & Barton are in 2nd spot in Division 1 with 11 wins in 11 games. They have yet to concede a goal in 990 minutes of play. Sandown are now 9th with 10 points from 10 games.
Shanklin remain top of Division 1 after beating Cowes Sports Reserves 1-0 at the County Ground through a Pete Wilson strike. Shanklin now have 35 points from 13 games and are 2 points ahead of W&B, who have 2 games in hand.
In the only other game to have been played in Division 1 this Saturday, 6th-placed Binstead beat 8th-placed Brading Town courtesy of 2 goals from Jamie Dyer.
Isle of Wight Results for Saturday 20th November 2021
The Harwoods DACIA Senior (Gold) Cup 1st Round: Bembridge 6-5 Northwood St Johns; Oakfield H-W Niton Community; Vectis 2-3 West Wight
The Memorial Cup Sponsored by Andy Butler Sports Ground Specialist 1st Round: East Cowes Sports 4-2 AFC Wootton; Pan Community 4-0 Ventnor; Wroxall 2-3 Newchurch; Yarmouth & Calbourne 2-4 High Park
Harwoods Renault IOW Saturday League Division 1: Binstead & COB 2-0 Brading Town; Shanklin 1-0 Cowes Sports Reserves; Whitecroft & Barton; Sports 5-0 Sandown & Lake; No Fixture: Ryde Saints
Division 2: Osborne Coburg 2-4 Carisbrooke; Newport Reserves 1-4 East Cowes Vics Reserves; No Fixture: Adgestone & Seaview
Combination Division 1: Brading Town A-W Bembridge; Northwood St Johns 12-1 Osborne Coburg; Ryde Saints 1-4 Shanklin; Sandown & Lake 1-2 Oakfield; West Wight 3-5 Binstead & COB; No Fixture: Whitecroft & Barton Sports
Combination Division 2: AFC Wootton 0-6 East Cowes Sports; Newchurch 1-6 Yarmouth & Calbourne; Vectis A-W Pan Community; Ventnor A-W Bembridge ’A’
Results courtesy of Isle of Wight DFA. W&B report written with kind assistance of Dean Rayner.
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