AS WAS the case in the previous set of fixtures, results were mixed for the Isle of Wight’s hockey teams, with the under-16 girls leading the way by hitting Southampton for six.

                                        Isle of Wight I 1, Chichester 3

THE men’s top side found the position a frustrating challenge, starting on the back foot against a strong Chichester forward line, who opend the scoring with a deflected shot into the bottom corner.

The Island’s goal was busy, with a flurry of athletic saves and last ditch clearances from defenders Lewis Heaven-Gandy, Sam Challis and Pat Butt.

Chichester added a second goal through a deftly struck short corner.

On the counter-attack, the IW scored a beautifully crafted team goal, scored by Liam Roberts.

Despite the heroics of IW keeper Tom Speer, Chichester restored their two goal lead.

                                       Hamble 0, Isle of Wight II 4

THE Islanders hit top spot in the league after a convincing 4-0 win away at Hamble.

In a dominant display throughout, IW took the lead after excellent link-up play gave man-of-the-match Ethan Edmunds-Lamb the scoring chance.

The lead was doubled when Scott Bashford, making his outfield debut, rifled in a reverse stick shot.

Johnny Kirby and Ethan’s brother, Aaron Edmunds-Lamb, also netted, with all the goals coming in the first half.


                                   Isle of Wight Ladies I 1, Alton 2

A BRIGHT start by IW saw them take the lead, but finish up as frustrated losers.

Great work down the right by Harriet Mack and Jaimie Unsworth found Natalie Lawrence, who was perfectly positioned at the back post to score.

However, IW could not find their flow and their lapses in concentration allowed Alton back into the game and go in front.

Despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Alton defence in the final 20 minutes, the equaliser never came.

Claire Caddick, with another great defensive performance for IW, was player of the match.

                 Aldershot and Farnham 3, Isle of Wight Ladies II 1

THE Islanders paid for a sluggish start, going behind to a penalty flick.

The home side added two more before half-time. The Island had their opportunities, but were unable to find the net.

IW improved after the break and dominated play.

A fantastic solo run from Emily Lord resulted in her slipping the ball through to Megan Bridger to tap in for a consolation. Connie Wheatley was the Island’s player of the match.

                              Isle of Wight U16 Girls 6, Southampton 1

IT was a successful first fixture against Southampton, despite them taking the lead from a well-worked short corner.

Alice Aldridge-Snell slotted home a Jessica Mudge cross to equalise then, minutes later, she found the net again, from reverse flick, into the corner.

The IW totally dominated after the break.

Relentless attacks led to the Island’s third and fourth goals, both from superb solo efforts by Harriet Mack and Megan Turner respectively.

Aldridge-Snell and Lucy Townend were jointly voted as players of the match.