Vics Ladies first ever victory in nine goal thriller

Sunday (October 7), saw Vics Ladies play their second ever match, home to Rushmoor Community reserves.

Vics Ladies started strongly, but conceded early, when a through ball beat the defence and was slotted home at close range. The East Cowes side then fought back, and, after a dominant spell, captain Kath Leavold latched onto a stray ball in the box and finished coolly to score Vics Ladies first ever goal.

Rushmoor went on to score two more goals, before Kath Leavold dispatched a late first half penalty to leave the score 2–3 at half time.

Rushmoor then scored a fourth early in the second half, but again Vics Ladies fought back to equalize, with goals from the impressive debutant Delphine Davis, who sent a composed chip over the keeper, and a stunning finish from just inside the penalty area by Leigh Cope.

A late push forward saw Delphine Davis break clear of the defence to slot home the winner from close range.

East Cowes Vics in action – picture by Simon Dear

After the match, manager Steve Spriggs told the IW Observer: “I was so pleased for the girls as they work so hard in training and their dedication paid off today. They showed real grit and determination to turn the result around and deserved the standing ovation from the home crowd as they left the pitch.”

East Cowes Vics Ladies 5–4 Rushmoor Reserves

East Cowes Vics Ladies: N.Blandford, L.Cope, R.Atkinson, L.Woodward, D.Potts, D.Davis, E.Hayward, K.Leavold, L.Turner, A.Cushen, K.Owens Subs: L.M Taylor, K.Gwilliam, K.Cope, T.Childs