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Four goal defeat leaves New Street bottom
Andover New Street 0
Cowes Sports 4.
New Street remain at the foot of the Wessex League Division One after suffering another heavy home defeat, this time to promotion chasing Cowes Sports.
Street were looking for some revenge having lost 4-1 on the island at the start of the season and made the better start as both Cole Hinchliffe and Josh Hammett had chances but against the run of play Cowes thought they had scored as the ball ended in the net as Lee Davies challenged home keeper Allan Ralph but referee Brian White ruled it out.
Danny Hatcher then fired into the side netting and Davies sent the ball the wrong side of Ralph’s post for Sports before the Yachtsmen took the lead five minutes before the break when Hatcher scored from close range following a defensive mistake.
Adam Battison tested Ed Hatt in the Cowes goal but the shot was well held before right on half-time the Islanders should have doubled their lead when Davies missed from close range.
To add to New Street’s problems the second half was played in heavy rain and Cowes adapted well to the change of conditions and dominated the half. On the hour, Davies and Jordan Browne combined well and as the ball ran loose Hatcher fired home from 20 yards.
Cowes thwarted a New Street attack and broke quickly for Hatcher to find substitute Jared Wetherick who made it 3-0 then in the final minute a goal-kick went straight to Hatcher who found Wetherick who completed the scoring.
It put Cowes top of the table, a point ahead of Andover Town and Stockbridge while Street are still looking for their first.
Street boss Matt Styles told the Advertiser: "We already had Dave Tasker out injured and Allan Ralph has a back problem and with Tom Crozier away and Sam Holloway pulling out with a family problem at 1pm Ralph was pressganged to play in goal."
"We held our own for an hour but the error just before half-time killed us and we didn't really play in the second half and they were told a few home truths after the game."
"Cole Hinchliffe and Mark Keogh worked hard at the back but we need a result for some self confidence."
Nic Oliver should be back in the squad for Thursday's eagerly awaited Hampshire Senior Cup tie with Andover Town at Foxcotte Park which Styles sees as a "possibly a Godsend as it could give us the confidence we need at the moment".
Davies may well start the game for Street who have slight injury doubts for Ryan Hethershaw, Dave Cotter and Josh Hammett. Kick-off is at 7.45pm