Saturday 5th January Vics 3 Hythe & Dibden 3 @ 07.01.19
Vics welcomed third-placed Hythe to Beatrice Avenue looking to put aside their disappointing defeat to local rivals Newport the previous Saturday.
Steve Brougham shuffled his pack, bringing in Henry West at centre half and up front Charlie Urry came in to give his side an outlet against a side that are renowned for their attractive attacking football.
Within 4 minutes though Charlie Urry was walking painfully from the pitch, with a double break to his collarbone. The challenge from the keeper was innocuous to say the least with referee Sean Phillips pointing straight to the spot. ALEX PREZPOLOSKIi stepped up and finished into the corner, 1-0. Charlie Urry tried to carry on after treatment but was unable to continue and was replaced by Jordan Chapman in the 10th minute.
Hythe equalised in the 19th minute - a great through ball picked out the striker who controlled the ball with what the Vics players thought was an arm, and finished neatly, 1-1.
Both sides were now creating chances, with Jimmi Burton and Eli Ahmed both unlucky not to score and with keeper Karl Steinbourne-Busse making two wonderful saves. both sides were locked at 1-1, but a minute before half time JOE BUTCHER collected the ball, cut inside the full back and hit a beauty from 20 yards into the Hythe net, leaving the away keeper flat footed, 2-1.
HALF TIME 2-1
Hythe came out for the second half with a point to prove to their lower opponents and again the young Vics keeper, who had a brilliant game, had several saves to make, but in the 67th minute after another wonderful save he couldn’t prevent the Hythe player from following up to score, 2-2.
Another wonder save from the Vics keeper put the ball out for a corner and the resulting cross into the box was headed home neatly to put Hythe in front for the first time, 3-2.
On this day though their was a different look about this young Vics side and six minutes before time a great one two on the edge of the Hythe box saw JIMMI BURTON through on goal and his effort found the corner of the net after a last ditch attempt to stop him. Hythe could have won it a minute later when a one on one with the Vics keeper again was saved brilliantly.
FULL TIME 3-3
Writers Comment: on another day this young side could have crumbled in the second half, but they stood up strong to a side looking for promotion and thoroughly deserved this point.
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Newbold, Craig (Stagg), PRZESPOLEWSKI, O.West, H.West, BUTCHER, Hayward, Urry (Chapman), BURTON, Ahmed (Watterson).
Saturday 29th December Vics 0 Newport IW 2 @ 02.01.19
Vics welcomed their close neighbours and rivals Newport FC to Beatrice Avenue for a Wessex League encounter that last took place 30 years ago. A large crowd of over 250 anticipating a proper old Derby game would have left largely disappointed as the feisty, blood and guts encounters of days gone by didn’t really materialise.
With many old ex players on the sidelines, maybe they were thinking they could pull on a shirt and inject some real passion.
Vics started the brighter of the two sides and a snapshot from Vics skipper Joe Butcher was saved by Newport keeper Joe McCormack in the 5th minute. In the 6th a great move from Vics saw the ball drop to the normally super accurate Prez, but his volley sailed just over. Newport were extremely unlucky in the 12th minute when a free kick from recently transferred Jordan Browne smashed against the crossbar with the keeper stranded.
Chances were hard to come by and the game was lacking real urgency, but in the 39th minute, Newport picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park and a great ball through the middle of the Vics defence picked out the best player on the pitch LIAM TRIGGS who slotted home neatly, 0-1.
HALF TIME 0-1
The second half started with Vics creating several opportunities with Prez, Jordan Chapman, Freddie Knowles and Joe Butcher all having chances, but were unable to breach the Newport net. In the 65th minute Newport won a free kick on the edge of Vics box and Conner Kelly, this time, stepped up and his effort again came crashing back off of the crossbar.
With Vics now chasing the game for an equaliser Newport struck on the counter, a great ball down the left picked out the winger who cleverly laid the ball into the on-rushing MARK TAYLOR and his effort sailed sweetly into the far corner of the net. 75th minute, 0-2.
Both sides made changes, but in the last 15 minutes nothing was really created and Newport ran out winners and on reflection probably deserved it.
FULL TIME 0-2
Nothing between the two sides really. With a little more aggression and forward thinking the result could have been closer. Keep working hard lads. 2019 could be a New start to push yourselves up the league table - you are more than capable. UTV
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Newbold, Craig, Przespolewski, Gregory (Drew), O.West, Butcher, Chapman (H.West), Hayward, Ahmed, Knowles (Nash).
Saturday 22nd December New Milton Town 0 Vics 2 @ 23.12.18
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Walsh, Craig, Przespolewski, Gregory, O. West, Butcher (1), Chapman, Ahmed (1), Burton, Haywood. Subs: Nash, Barrett, Drew, H.West.
Saturday 1st December Vics 1 Ringwood Town 0
Vics welcomed Ringwood Town to Beatrice Avenue with a run of four defeats behind them, looking to kick start their season again and with the majority of games on the Island falling foul of the weather, a good crowd turning out was sure to spur the boys on.
On a heavy pitch Vics carved open the first chance on five minutes, but Jimmi Burton was unable to finish. However, two minutes later the young Vics striker had the ball in the Ringwood net - a long ball, chased down by Liam Newbold, was delivered sweetly into the box and with the Ringwood keeper struggling to hold the ball in the difficult conditions; the ball popped out to JIMMI BURTON who slid in to score, 1-0.
Vics were on top and a wonderful effort from skipper Joe Butcher forced the keeper to make a great save. Vics were unlucky again when another great ball into the box picked out Elias Ahmed but the ball was cleared before he could pull the trigger.
It took Ringwood thirty minutes to muster up their first chance, a weak header which was easily gathered by the young Vics keeper, but from this the Ringwood side picked up the pace and a string of good chances went begging. In the 40th minute the pressure paid off when a strong run from a Ringwood player into the Vics area forced Brandon Hayward into a rash challenge and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
The striker stepped up and hit a crisp effort towards Karl Steinborne-Busse’s right, but the young Vics keeper saved magnificently at full stretch to deny Ringwood an equaliser.
HALF TIME 1-0
The second half was a real stalemate with both sides battling hard on the very boggy pitch, with chances very difficult to create, only a couple of long range efforts from Joe Butcher came close to a goal.
FULL TIME 1-0
Without being negative,this young side have played far better and lost games, but as the old football adage goes, if you can play like this and win games then you can go forward with confidence. Most importantly lads a clean sheet and if you can keep that up you’ll climb this league very quickly. UTV
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, West, Newbold, Hayward (Young), Gregory (Barrett), Przespolewski, Butcher, Chapman, Drew (Knowles), BURTON, Ahmed.
Saturday 24th November US Portsmouth 3 Vics 2 @ 26.11.18
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Young, Newbold, Przespolewski, West, Gregory, Chapman, BUTCHER, BURTON, Ahmed, Hayward. Subs Used: Drew, Barratt.
Saturday 17th November Vics 2 Romsey Town 3 @ 18.11.18
Vics welcomed Romsey Town to Beatrice Avenue looking to improve on recent form of late. Steve Brougham had to shuffle his pack once again with players out injured or absent.
Vics started the better of the two sides and after only four minutes the Romsey centre half was made to work hard to thwart Elias Ahmed . With only seven minutes on the watch, a great move between Jordi Chapman and skipper Jimmi Burton found ELIAS AHMED who finished neatly to put Vics 1-0 up.
Five minutes later another super cross field pass from Jordi Chapman picked out Elias Ahmed again but this time the keeper was in the right place and saved confidently.
Romsey were now knocking the ball about nice and in the 21st minute a great move saw the ball sit up nicely and the Romsey full back hit a screamer which was magnificently saved by the young Vics keeper.
Within two minutes though Romsey were level when a great ball into the box picked out a Romsey forward who headed with power past the helpless keeper, 1-1.
Romsey were now playing some neat attacking football and several crosses into the box had the Vics keeper stretching at times to keep the score at 1-1.
HALF TIME 1-1
The second half was very evenly matched for the first 15 minutes and chances were hard to come by, but on 61 minutes Vics started to take control and several chances went begging with Elias Ahmed coming closest when he was put clean through but his powerful shot crashed back off the post and the rebound was was hit straight at the keeper.
Romsey were unlucky not to take the lead on 75 minutes - a free kick in was met by a Romsey player but Ollie West who had a super game cleared off the line. Romsey did take the lead though in the 83rd minute with a hotly disputed and controversial goal. Kyle Drew who had just come on as a second half substitute looked to be fouled in a challenge on the edge of the Vics box, the Referee waved play on and the resulting cross was turned into the Vics net,1-2.
Vics certainly did not deserve to be behind and within six minutes had tied the game up when a great ball into the Romsey box found KYLE DREW and his delightful half volley flew past the keeper, 2-2.
A point was definitely what the young Vics side deserved, but another controversial decision by the official in the 94th minute saw the points go to high flying Romsey, 2-3.
FULL TIME 2-3
Frustrating to say the least, but a vast improvement from the previous two Saturdays. Two very evenly matched teams, but this result could easily have been reversed. Keep this mentality and the results will come. Please do not dwell on what the official has given today, you are a match for anyone in this league lads.
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Young, Newbold, Przespolewski Gregory, West, Murray, Chapman, AHMED Burton, Hayward. Subs: Barsdell, DREW, Barratt, Sinnick
Saturday 10th November Laverstock & Ford 7 Vics 0 @ 10.11.18
Vics: Steinborne-Busse, Newbold, Przespolewski Young, West, Woodburn, Butcher, Murray, Browne, Burton, Ahmed. Subs: Chapman, Gregory. Barrett, Berry.
Saturday 3rd November Folland Sports 5 Vics 0 @ 05.11.18
Vics: Hunt, Young, Newbold, Hayward, Charlesworth, West, Butcher, Nash, Browne, Burton, Ahmed, Subs: Chapman, Murray, Walsh.
Saturday 27th October Vics 3 Whitchurch 0 @ 05.11.18
Vics: Hunt, Young (Murray), Newbold, Brown, Charlesworth, West, BUTCHER (1), Nash (Hayward), URRY (2), Burton, Ahmed.
Saturday 20th October Petersfield 2 Vics 3 @ 05.11.18
Vics: Hunt, Young, Przespolewski, Chapman, Woodburn, West, NASH (1), Butcher, Browne, BURTON (1), AHMED (1), Sub: Murray.
Saturday 13th October Vics 1 Amesbury 6 @ 13.10.18
Vics welcomed Amesbury to Beatrice Avenue for this Wessex Division One game on the back of a terrific battling performance on the previous Tuesday night holding the league leaders to a 1-1 draw.
With confidence high, players and staff were looking forward to another gritty performance, but from the off it was clear this was going to be a long afternoon for the young Vics side.
Amesbury forced home keeper Will Hunt into a save after 20 seconds and should have scored after 2 minutes and did take the lead after 7 minutes - a corner caused all sorts of confusion in the Vics box and eventually a shot which came back off of the bar rolled into the net, with the final touch coming from a Vics player, 0-1.
Vics were at sixes and sevens and were finding it hard to contain the Amesbury strike force and after another fine save from the Vics keeper Amesbury doubled their lead with a goal in the 15th minute, 0-2.
Steve Brougham, then made a tactical change and the Vics side were immediately on top, a couple of efforts from Vics top scorer Jimmi Burton went begging, but Vics were back in the game in the 29th minute, a great move saw ELIAS AHMED finish neatly in front of goal, 1-2.
A Minute later and a rasping drive from Jordi Chapman sailed agonisingly wide, and further efforts from skipper Joe Butcher, which was cleared off of the line and Jordan Browne with a super strike which fully extended the Amesbury keeper, saw a now dominant Vics go in trailing at half time.
HALF TIME 1-2
The second half started fast and was end to end in the opening 15 minutes but it was Amesbury who extended their lead on the hour with a breakaway goal with the ball being bundled over the Vics line, 1-3.
The Vics keeper Will Hunt almost scored a spectacular goal in the 66th minute when a long punt up field bounced on the opposition’s 18 yard line and caught the keeper flat footed , but the ball just went wide. Five minutes later and Vics conceded again, a corner was met by the centre half in acres of space to head home with power, 1-4.
Amesbury had a player sent off in the 74th minute, but even down to 10 men were able to cause Vics back four problems and in the 79th minute extended their lead, 1-5.
Heads were now down and an 88th minute corner was met by the centre half again, 1-6 and Vics were left humiliated.
FULL TIME 1-6
This has to go down as just a bad day at the office. You are all far more capable than today’s performance showed, as was in evidence against Stoneham on Tuesday night.
This young Vics side is still showing signs of naïvety and just need to be a touch more streetwise, this will come though with experience. UTV
Vics: Hunt, Newbold, Przespolewski, Hayward (Young), Charlesworth (Harris), West, Butcher, Chapman (Reynolds), Browne, Burton, Ahmed (1).
Tuesday 9th October Stoneham 1 Vics 1 @ 10.10.18
Vics: Hunt, Newbold, Przespolewski, Hayward, Gregory, Browne, Butcher, Chapman, Hayward, Ahmed, Burton (1).
Saturday 6th October Alton 4 Vics 2 @ 10.10.18
Vics: Hunt, Newbold, Walsh, Waterson, Woodburn, Hayward, Butcher (1), Chapman, Browne, Burton (1), Ahmed. Sub: Reynolds.
Saturday 22nd September Verwood 1 Vics 1 @ 22.9.18
Vics: Hunt, Newbold, Przespolewski, Woodburn, Charlesworth, West, Chapman, Hayward, Browne, Burton, Butcher (1). Subs: Ahmed, Young.
Saturday 15th September FA Vase Totton & Eling 1 Vics 0 @ 15.9.18
Vics: Hunt, Woodburn, West, Ballantyne, Charlesworth, Przespolewski, Butcher, Chapman, Browne, Burton, Newbold. Subs: Hayward, Reynolds, Shephard
Saturday 8th September Wessex League Cup Vics 1 Alton 4 @ 11.9.18
Vics welcomed Alton to Beatrice Avenue for this League Cup game.
After a tough midweek cup game in Portsmouth against a very fit and well organized Royal Navy side Vics were hoping to get back to winning ways.
After 37 seconds a great opportunity fell for Jordan Browne to open the scoring, but his shot was saved by the Alton keeper.
Alton then pushed on and had two good chances but were unable to capitalise. In the 30th minute a great Vics move found Jordan Chapman, the ball sat up nicely but his half volley was well saved by the keeper.
Alton were still busy and carved open two more good opportunities, but it was Vics who took the lead. A great through ball from Jordan Browne found JIMMI BURTON who held off the defender and finished nicely into the bottom corner, 1-0.
Half Time 1-0
Within four minutes of the re start Alton were level, a great move on the far side ended with a great cross and the Alton striker guided a great header past Will Hunt, 1-1.
Two minutes later a ball into the Alton penalty area was collected by Jimmi Burton, who’s legs were taken from under him but, to everyone’s amazement, the ref waved play on.
Will Hunt again had to be at his best with two outstanding saves the second being a double block, to keep Alton out.
In the 55th minute, a great run from skipper Joe Butcher opened up space and a cracking effort from 25 yards had the Alton keeper at full stretch.
Alton took the lead in the 68th minute with a tidy effort from the Alton striker, 1-2.
Vics were now desperately looking for an equaliser but were totally bemused when an Alton player went down in the area after very minimal contact with Liam Newbold and the Ref pointed to the spot.
The penalty was dispatched and Vics were now 3-1 down.
The game as a contest was over and Alton just added salt to Vics wounds with a headed goal from a corner, four minutes from time, 1-4.
Full Time 1-4
Note to writer, keep your mouth shut in the stand. Let the players do the talking on the pitch.
Vics: Hunt, Woodburn, Newbold, West, Reynolds (Snow), Ballantyne (Young), Chapman, Hayward (Lyon), Browne, Butcher, Burton (1) Snow.
Tuesday 4th September Hants Senior Cup Royal Navy FA 3 Vics 1 @ 05.9.18
Vics: Hunt, Newbold, Snow, Przespolewski, Woodburn, West, Hayward, Reynolds, Browne, Burton (1) (Barsdell), Chapman. Subs: Lyon, Barratt.
Saturday 1st September FA Vase Vics 4 Pewsey Vale 3 @ 02.9.18
Vics welcomed Pewsey Vale to Beatrice Avenue for this FA Vase encounter.
Steve Brougham had a full squad to pick from with players back from holiday and injury.
Pewsey Vale started the game very brightly and were causing Vics all sorts of problems. In the 20th minute Pewsey took a well deserved lead when a punched clearance from Will Hunt fell to a Pewsey striker who finished neatly in to the top corner, 0-1.
Vics were really struggling against a vibrant Pewsey side and had very little impact on the Pewsey goal. It was Pewsey who doubled their lead in the 41st minute, a shot hit the post, came back out and after a scramble, the ball sat up nicely for the Pewsey player who finished Cooley, 0-2. A minute later a great through ball from Jordan Browne found JIMMI BURTON who’s shot on the turn found the corner of the net.
Half Time 1-2
The half time talk was loud in the Vics changing room and after a reshuffle of the pack Vics came out with a look of determination and two minutes into the half, were level, a great one two between Elias Ahmed and JIMMI BURTON saw Jimmi grab his second goal with a smart finish, 2-2.
Vics were now looking a different side from the first half and had several chances to take the lead, but were hit on the break and totally against the run of play a Pewsey defender raced through from almost the half way line to slot the ball past the outrushing Vics keeper, 2-3. Vics kept pushing and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 77th minute; a terrific three man move between Keenan Walsh, Jordan Browne and Jimmi Burton, saw JIMMI BURTON grab his Hatrick with a well placed shot, 3-3.
The game looked certain to go into extra time, but a 90th minute corner from Alex Prespolewski, picked out JORDAN BROWNE who headed home with power.
4-3 and Vics lead for the first time in the game.
Full Time 4-3
A very poor first half was sorted by the management at half time and the second half was superb. Great effort from every player showing real tenacity.
Vics: Hunt, Woodburn (Newbold), Snow (Walsh), Ballantyne, West, Przespolewski, Butcher, Chapman (Hayward), Browne (1), Burton (3) (Barsdell), Ahmed.
Monday 27th August Newport IW 1 Vics 1 @ 27.8.18
Vics were playing their first league derby game for some years and a good crowd had turned out to St George’s Park to cheer on the two island sides.
Derby games are normally tight and physical and this game was no exception.
Vics started brightly and had a real opportunity to open the scoring in the 5th minute, when Jimmi Burton found himself clean through, his intended lob over the keeper was saved only for the ball to drop to Elias Ahmed, who’s header hit the post.
In the 9th minute a half volley from the edge of the box from Jordan Chapman looked goalbound but a last ditch header from a Newport defender deflected the ball over for a corner.
The game was opening up and Newport took the lead in the 27th minute a cross from the left was cleverly headed back across the 6yard box and tapped in by George Holmes, 1-0.
Vics equalised in the 31st minute, a great move found JIMMI BURTON in space and he neatly slotted the ball past the oncoming keeper, 1-1.
The game changed in the 40th minute when a challenge from Elias Ahmed was deemed by the referee to be a red card offence and the Vics forward was sent off.
Half Time 1-1
The second half was always going to be difficult for Vics with a player short , a reshuffle from Steve Brougham the Vics Manager was inevitable.
Within a minute of the re-start though Vics could have taken the lead. A great run and cross from Joe Butcher found Jordan Chapman in acres of space, but his effort was well saved by the young Newport keeper.
The game after that was not pretty, and Newport really struggled to mount any serious threat to 10 man Vics, so the game ended in a draw. Probably the right result.
Full Time 1-1
Some very good individual performances and a very good result considering the circumstances. Well done lads.
Vics: Hunt, Woodburn, Walsh, Ballantyne, West, Przespolewski, Burton (1) (Barsdell, Gregory), Chapman (Hayward), Browne, Butcher, Ahmed, Snow
Saturday 25th August Vics 2 Totton & Eling 1 @ 26.8.18
Vics welcomed Totton and Eling to Beatrice Avenue on the back of a fine win last week. Steve Brougham was forced into changes with Liam Newbold away and Keelan Walsh still feeling the effects of the knock he received in last week’s encounter, but Jordan Browne was back in the fold after missing the first three games due to suspension.
The game started very evenly, but burst into life in the 12th minute when Vics had a great chance to score but the Totton number five made a last ditch block in front of goal. Totton attacked immediately and the striker was put through one on one with Will Hunt, who saved brilliantly to deny Totton the opening goal. Seven minutes later a double save from the Vics keeper denied Totton again and shortly afterwards a great save denied the Totton attack again, at this point Totton were carving the Vics defence open with Ease.
In the 23rd minute and Against the run of play a fine cross field pass picked out Jimmi Burton who crossed neatly for ELIAS AHMED to score with a neat finish into the corner, 1-0.
The Vics keeper who was having another fine game was called into action again in the 37th minute, another well worked move saw the Totton attack clean through again in another one on one, but Will Hunt saved again, and was single handedly keeping the Vics in the game.
There was nothing the keeper could do about the Totton equaliser in the 40th minute, a fine run and finish put the Southampton side back on level terms, 1-1.
HALF TIME 1-1
The second half started well for Vics and a couple of chances went astray before a fine break from Totton saw an effort cleared off of the line by Alex Przespolewski. Vics were still pushing hard for a goal and a great through ball from Jordan Chapman picked out ELIAS AHMED who finished with some style into the top corner to give Vics the lead for the second time in the match.
In the 61st minute Jimmi Burton was withdrawn and Jordan Browne making his first appearance this season came on and immediately caused problems for the Totton defence, with two good chances. Totton were looking tired but still dangerous on the break and had another effort saved by the Vics keeper.
With Most of the play being in the Totton half, in the 83rd minute it should have been game over when a ball cut back across the Totton six yard box found Jordan Browne a yard out but somehow his effort hit the bar and rebounded to safety. Five minutes later the same player was put clear, with just the Totton keeper to beat but a fine save from the young keeper kept him out.
A last ditch push saw a very late Totton free kick sail wide of the Vics goal and the referee blew for full time.
FULL TIME 2-1
Every game is a tough one in this league, but this young Vics side is improving with every game and are now competing for every ball all over the pitch. Steve, Ritchie and Pud have got a very well balanced side who look fit and full of appetite. Keep it up boys. UTV.
Vics: Hunt, Hayward (Barsdell), Snow, Ballantyne, West, Woodburn, Przespolewski, Chapman, Burton (Browne), Butcher, Ahmed (2) (Young)
Saturday 18th August Vics 3 New Milton Town 0 @ 21.8.18
Vics welcomed New Milton to Beatrice Avenue, with both teams having very different starts to the season. Whilst New Milton had enjoyed two 3-1 victories, Vics had Drawn and lost their opening two games, so on paper this looked a difficult task for Steve Brougham and his young side.
From the start it was very evident that New Milton were a very attack minded outfit and the back three had to be very alert to the quick movement of the opposition attack.
The game was being played at a high tempo and it was Vics who took the lead in the 14th minute. A long ball played forward fell to the hard working JIMMI BURTON who beat the onrushing keeper to the ball, rounded him neatly and finished coolly into the empty net, 1-0.
The game was now end to end and after keeper Will Hunt, (who had a fine game) made a very important interception with his feet the ball fell to Jimmy Burton who’s long raking pass found KEELAN WALSH and in the 19th minute Vics were 2-0 up.
Vics could have increased their lead twice in quick succession when Jimmy’s attempted lob was saved by the keeper and then some fine play from the Vics midfield saw Eli in on goal but a big touch meant the keeper could gather safely.
Will Hunt had to be wide awake as New milton carved out four decent chances within five minutes. With the Ref adding two minutes to the half Vics were awarded a free kick 20 yards out, Jimmi Burton hit a fierce effort which the keeper just managed to stop , the ball rebounded and first to react was ELIAS AHMED to knock the ball high into the net.3-0
HALF TIME 3-0
Within a minute of the second half start, Vics had another great chance, Keelan Walsh found himself in space inside the box, his first effort was cleared off of the line and the follow up was blazed over the bar.
A Minute later a great through ball found the New Milton striker clean through, his attempted lob sailed wide.
Both sides were working extremely hard and both defences had to be very alert to some very good creative play from both teams.
New Milton had a great chance in the 66th minute, but another fine save to add to the list from Will Hunt, kept his clean sheet.
In the 75th minute some good interactive play from the New Milton midfield saw a goalbound shot deflected onto the post by Alex Prezpolewski and away to safety.
Both sides had further efforts on goal, but both keepers were alert. After a very entertaining 90 minutes, the referee, who had a fine game, blew for full time.
FULL TIME 3-0
As good a performance I have seen at Vics, every player did their job and what could have been a very difficult fixture ended with a massive three points and I must say totally deserved. UTV
Vics: Hunt, Walsh (1) (Young), Snow, Newbold, West, Woodburn, Przespolewski, Chapman, Burton (1), Butcher, Ahmed (1) (Hayward).
Saturday 11th August Hythe & Dibden 5 Vics 2 @ 11.8.18
Vics: True, Newbold, Walsh, Reynolds, Woodburn, Ballantyne, Przespolewski, Young, Burton (2), Butcher, Chapman. Subs used: Ahmed, Watterson, Barsdell.
Saturday 4th August Vics 2 Fawley 2 @ 05.8.18
The first Saturday of the season, sun shining, players ready and crowd expecting a good game and the game did not disappoint. Incident packed and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.
Vics had a very good pre-season looking solid, not conceding a goal in four games and unbeaten, so the confidence was high, but it was Fawley who looked the sharpest in the opening exchanges and could have been ahead on two occasions before the 15 minute mark.
It was Vics who took the lead though, with their first attack on the Fawley goal. JOE BUTCHER was gifted the opening with a sloppy midfield pass from the Fawley player, which he took with some style. 1-0
Vics now with tails up took the game to Fawley, but for some fine keeping from the Fawley goalkeeper the game could have gone into the break with more than their 1-0 lead.
HALF TIME 1-0
The game exploded into life in the second half and Vics had to really work hard to foil the Fawley attack, who went all out, looking for an equaliser.
WILL HUNT made a super save on 50 minutes and shortly afterwards Fawley were convinced they should have had a penalty on 55 minutes; but the ref, who had a great game, was perfectly positioned and waved play on.
Then on the hour Fawley broke through and with WILL HUNT rushing out of the box to close down play the ball struck his hand outside of the box. The Fawley players screamed for a red card but the referee decided there was a covering player and that the ball had struck WILL and he had not deliberately handled - he showed the Vics keeper a yellow.
Fawley were now pressing hard and were fully in control.
Then on 68 minutes, totally against the run of play, JOE BUTCHER gathered the ball on the halfway line and outpaced all around him and finished cooly to increase Vics lead, 2-0.
Fawley were still looking dangerous and had two real good chances to equalise, before they did in the 87th minute with a tap in from a low cross, 2-1.
With the 90 minutes up the referee indicated 5 minutes of added time, and in the 95th minute a looped ball over the Vics defence, caught out WILL HUNT who came rushing out to meet the ball, only for the striker to meet the ball first and head into the net. Unfortunately the keeper was committed and caught the oncoming striker full on. The game was stopped for the injury and WILL HUNT was shown a red card, 2-2.
The ref blew for full time shortly after.
FULL TIME 2-2
Writers comment: Disappointing letting a two goal lead go, but Fawley were a decent side and in the end 2-2 was a fair result. Vics had a very young side out today which will only gain in strength, confidence and experience. Some real positives to carry forward. UTV
Vics: Hunt, Newbold, Walsh, Ballantyne, West, Woodburn, Przespolewski, Hayward (Barsdell - Ahmed), Burton, Butcher (2), Chapman (Young).
2018 Friendlies - Vics Starting Lineups @ 31.7.18
31/July v Brading Town: Will Hunt, Liam Newbold, Keelan Walsh, George Woodburn, Ollie West, Alek Przespolewski, Jake Ballantyne, Jordan Chapman, Jimmi Burton, Joe Butcher, Brandon Hayward. Result 0-0
26/July v East Cowes Sports: Will Hunt, Liam Newbold, Keelan Walsh, George Woodburn (1), Ollie West, Alek Przespolewski, Emmerson Tattersall (1), Jordan Chapman, Jimmi Burton, Joe Butcher, Jordan Browne. Result 2-1
21/July v W&B Sports: Will Hunt, Liam Newbold, Keelan Walsh, Jake Ballantyne, George Woodburn, Alek Przespolewski, Jimmi Burton (1), Charlie Urry, Jordan Browne, Joe Butcher (1), Substitute: Elias Ahmed (2). Result 4-0.
14/July v Stockbridge: Gareth True, Liam Newbold, Jacob Reynolds, George Woodburn, Macauley Watterson, Keelan Walsh, Joe Butcher, Jimmi Burton, Jordan Chapman, Jordan Browne, Jake Ballantyne. Result 0-0.
Tuesday 3rd April Vics 3 Whitchurch 0 @ 04.4.18
Whitchurch United travelled to East Cowes for this midweek fixture. The hard work carried out on the pitch again and a blissful halt to the rain, meant this fixture could go ahead.
Vics started well again and could have taken the lead inside 10 minutes when the opposing keeper completely mis-kicked an attempted clearance, the ball falling nicely for Ji Nash who looked up to an empty net, but was unable to hit the target from 18 yards.
On a very heavy pitch Vics were trying to get the ball out wide as early as they could and the running of Ji and Jimmi Burton was making the Whitchurch defenders panic at times.
In the 19th minute a foul on Jordi Chapman resulted in a free kick 20 yards out. A beautifully floated ball in from Prez, found George Woodburn, who headed back across goal and JIMMI BURTON stabbed the ball home, 1-0.
Whitchurch should have equalised on 23 minutes when a great cross caught everyone out, but the striker volleyed wide from 8 yards.
HALF TIME 1-0
Vics came out looking determined to build on their lead and in the 51st minute another free kick in from Prez found Jordi Chapman at the far post, who hit the ball first time beating the keeper but rattling the cross bar.
Vics were now dominant, but only leading 1-0 the game was tense.
With a couple of half chances going begging, Vics piled the pressure on the Whitchurch back four and in the 79th minute a defence splitting pass from Jordi C found JI NASH, who tucked the ball away neatly, 2-0.
One Minute later Jordan Browne waltzed past a couple of defenders and pulled the ball back for JI NASH to score his second, 3-0.
Another great performance, particularly from the back five who didn’t allow Whitchurch to create anything up front.
FULL TIME 3-0
This has been on the cards for some time, GREAT performance, 3 goals for, 0 against. In fact Whitchurch did not have one attempt on goal in the second half and only one shot on target in the entire game.
We now look like a team ready from minute one and willing to run till minute 90. Fitness is playing a huge part and the desire from every player is outstanding . This sort of form will push you through to an exciting end of season with the Gold Cup semi final on the horizon. UTV