ANDOVER New Street were bitterly disappointed as they lost 1-0 to Cowes Sports in the Wessex League Premier Division, writes TIM BATES.

The home side got off to a bad start. Within the first five minutes, they conceded a free kick on the edge of the box.

Cowes Sport’s Jacob Jarvis got on the end of the free-kick beating George Baxter to put the visitors ahead.

New Street bounced back. Shane Lock’s shot sailed past the post whilst Zach Neve’s effort went thundering against the woodwork.

At the half hour mark, home captain Callum Sweeney worked his magic. He picked out Neve with the perfect pass

He beat the goalkeeper with his shot, but it rattled the crossbar sending a gasp of disbelief among the home supporters.

It just did not seem to be the home side’s day.

Cowes' John Mckie, caused problems all afternoon with his exceptional speed up front. Baxter’s steady hands denied the Cowes Sport’s captain on no less than three occasions.

One of which was a spectacular finger-tip save that pushed the ball onto the crossbar.

In the second half, New Street came crashing out of the blocks and were determined to equalise.

Despite their neat passes in the middle of the park, they were unable to penetrate the Cowes Sports defence.

Out of pure frustration, Sweeney lost his cool in the latter stages and shown two yellow cards by the referee.

This was a bitter blow for New Street as Sweeney was their best player on the day.

After the game manager John Smith said: "It has to be the most frustrating day I have ever had in football. We did everything but score. I felt it was never a free-kick for the their goal, as the linesman gave it. After that they sat back and we could not break them down."

New Street are in action at home again on Wednesday night as they entertain Hamble in the Russell Cotes Cup.

Their next league game is away to Hamworthy United on Saturday.