The men’s 1st XI continued their successful run after facing Hamble, the ladies’ 1s experienced a thriller against Salisbury, whilst the ladies’ 2nd XI were unable to take points against West Meon.
Hamble 1 – IW men’s 1st XI 7
The men’s 1st XI hit the road to face Hamble. The game started fast, but it was the Island which came out on top first, Aaron Hoare accurately fired a drag flick into the bottom corner. Shortly after, Tom Turney gave the Island another goal. Will Mew scored within seconds of stepping on to the pitch and, after, Hoare slotted in another, the Island went into the second half 4-0. The second half started well, the link-up play between Stephen Woodford, Patrick Butt and Adam Payne, meant that the latter was able to add to his impressive season tally. Tom Speer was able to save two shots with right leg lunges. The Island was then awarded a penalty stroke; Payne stepped up but blasted it wide. Carl Joyce was pivotal in providing service down the left-hand side. Woodford also tapped in a goal. In consolation, Hamble got one back with a deflected shot in the D. Payne finished off the scoring efforts with a seventh and final goal for the Islanders.
Salisbury 2 v IW ladies’ 1st XI 3
The ladies’ 1st XI travelled to face Salisbury. The Island side started strongly, which paid off and resulted in the first goal, a deflection by Carolyn McClellan. Salisbury came back and scored the equaliser just before the end of the first half. The Island started the second half with quick passing around the team, utilising the backline. Seizing the ball on the right and running it into the oppositions’ D, a pass by Jaimie Payne was deflected past the keeper by Katy Ednay. Despite fierce defending from the Island, Salisbury’s pressure led to their second goal. In a nervy last eight minutes, after linking up well, Jaimie Payne and Katy Ednay scored, securing the win for the Island.
IW ladies’ 2nd XI 1 v West Meon 5
The only home game this weekend, the ladies’ 2nd XI were against West Meon. The opposition opened the scoring early on with a goal-mouth scramble. The Island kept battling and were rewarded soon after with a goal of their own when Megan Bridger’s shot crept just over the line. The score remained 1-1 as both teams went into half time. The second half started the same as the first, unfortunately, however, West Meon’s experience showed through, and they scored four goals in quick succession to steal the win.