ANDOVER Town ended their five game losing streak on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Cowes Sports.
Goals from Sam Pekun, Alex Dockree, Zach Glasspool and a first club goal for Aaron Nesbeth sealed the win for Town - their first in the Wessex League Premier since beating Cowes 5-1 in the reverse fixture four weeks ago.
Town travelled to the Isle of Wight hopeful of a better performance than that produced in their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Lymington Town last Saturday.
Manager Glenn Burnett made a number of changes to that side, moving Ross Gregory into central defence and pushing Liam Gilbert back into his favoured midfield role.
Dockree replaced the injured Adam Grange, while Reece Rusher was dropped to the bench in place of Aaron Nesbeth.
Town started the brighter of the two sides, having early chances through Dockree and Glasspool.
More chances followed, including a free-kick from Liam Gilbert, which was well saved by Cowes stopper Ed Hatt.
Cowes returned fire with their first attack on 10 minutes, but Jason Malcolmson's effort from a rebounded corner was shot well wide.
Town finally made the breakthrough when Glasspool put pressure on Aidan Bryan, whose attempted back pass was scooped up by Pekun.
The winger drilled the ball home to give Andover a deserved first half lead.
Just a minute later, Andover went 2-0 up through Glasspool.
The striker was left to roll the ball into an empty net after Shane Lock bounced on a defensive error and squared the ball into his feet.
Cowes reduced the deficit when a long ball over the top found Jordan Brown, who lobbed it over the rushing Hixon and into the net.
Despite the setback, Andover went into the half time break with a deserved 2-1 lead.
The hosts settled quickly into the second half and thought they had levelled the score minutes after the restart.
A corner was headed home by a Cowes player, only for the referee to award a free-kick for a foul on Hixon.
The Yachtsmen continued to pour forward and forced a number of fine saves from Hixon.
The stopper denied Brown's effort before catching John McKie's audacious lob as the forward ran through on goal.
However it was Andover who snatched the all-important goal minutes later when Dockree smashed home to restore the visitor's two goal cushion.
The strike deflated Cowes, who spent the remainder of the second half on the back foot.
This culminated in Town scoring their fourth and final goal in the 84th minute.
Nesbeth was sent through on goal after some clever play with Dockree and the winger calmly swept the ball home to score his first goal for Town.
Cowes produced a late rally with three consecutive corners, but failed to break Town down as the visitors left the island with all three points.
The result moves Andover back up to 13th in the Wessex League Premier.
Town now host league leaders Moneyfields at the Portway on Saturday.