LAST season's top two in Division 1 of the Harwoods Renault Isle of Wight League — Whitecroft & Barton Sport and Brading Town — battled it out in the fourth round of the Hampshire Intermediate Cup at Sandy Lane this afternoon, with the home side running out 2-0 winners.

Both goals came in the first half — a drive into the corner by Matt Evans on 33 minutes and the second, a powerful close-range header by Joe Rayner five minutes later.

Brading Town were unlucky to see two shots come back off the woodwork, but W&B felt aggrieved with the decision of referee Ian Smith to disallow a goal for offside on ten minutes.

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Brading Town's Oli Wilson in cup action against Whitecroft & Barton this afternoon (Saturday).

W&B will meet Bournemouth Manor in the fifth round.

In the Sydenhams Wessex League, Cowes Sports slipped to second bottom of the Premier after they lost 3-1 to Bounemouth at Westwood Park — Ash Brett scoring the Yachtsmen's consolation.

In Division 1, East Cowes stormed to a 4-0 win away at Totton & Eling — their best result on the road this season.

Vics skipper Joe Butcher scored twice in the first half, while Alex Przesopolewski and Jimmi Burton scored in the second. The win hoised Vics to 11th in the table.  

In-form Newport dropped two points in their 1-1 draw against Verwood Town at St George's Park.

Port's Joe Craig equalised just after the break, but striker Jared Wetherick crashed a penalty against the bar in the 84th minute.

In Division 1 of the Island League, Northwood St John faltered again in the title race, losing 1-0 to in-form Binstead & COB, which has left them seven points adrift of W&B and having played a game more than the leaders.

The win lifted Binstead & COB to third, their highest position this season. 

With wins for struggling Sandown and ECS, Osborne Coburg now look odds-on for relegation after their 3-0 loss at home to Cowes Sports Reserves.

In Division 2, the top two won easily — Bembridge 9-0 against Brighstone and Ryde Saints, the same scoreline, against Yarmouth & Calbourne.

                                               TODAY'S RESULTS 

Sydenhams Wessex Premier: Cowes Sports 1, Bournemouth 3.

Sydenhams Wessex Division 1: Newport 1, Verwood Town 1; Totton & Eling 0, East Cowes Vics 4.

Hampshire Intermediate Cup, fourth round: Whitecroft & Barton Sports 2, Brading Town 0.

Harwoods Island League, Division 1: Binstead & COB 1, Northwood St John 0; Osborne Coburg 0, Cowes Sports Reserves 3; Pan Sports 1, ECS 2; Sandown 3, Ventnor 0; West Wight 0, Shanklin 5.

Division 2: Wootton 1, Carisbrooke United 0; Bembridge 9, Brighstone 0; East Cowes Vics A 1, Seaview 4; Ryde Saints 9, Yarmouth & Calbourne 0; Wroxall 0, Oakfield 1.

Combination 1: Brading Town Reserves 5, Osborne Coburg Reserves 0; ECS Reserves 1, Whitecroft & Barton Sports Reserves 0; Northwood St John Reserves 2, Sandown Reserves 0; Oakfield Reserves 2, Ryde Saints Reserves 0; Shanklin Reserves 4, Binstead & COB Reserves 0.

Combination 2: Carisbrooke United Reserves 3, Wootton Reserves 1; Yarmouth & Calbourne Reserves 0, Newchurch Reserves 9.