IT WAS a good day for Cowes Sports and their rivals from across the River Medina, East Cowes, in the first preliminary round of the FA Vase.

The Yachtsmen entertained Shaftesbury at Westwood Park and got off to a flying start with a goal from Jimmy Wykes from six yards out.

They doubled their lead through fellow striker, Michael McEnery before half-time — and that's how it stayed.

East Cowes Vics travelled to Folland Sports with a point to prove after successive hammerings at Beatrice Avenue in the space of three days last week.

They could not have scored at a better time — an 89th minute own goal from a Jordan Chapman corner earned them a 1-0 victory as extra time loomed.

In Division 1 of the Harwoods Renault Island League, there were goals galore as Shanklin cruised to a 7-1 victory over struggling Ventnor at the County Ground — Lyle Drew scoring a hat-trick. 

Newly promoted Ryde Saints, who have had a wretched start to the season, beat Cowes Sports Reserves 5-1 at Smallbrook Stadium.  


FA Vase, first preliminary round: Cowes 2, Shaftesbury 0; Folland Sports 0, East Cowes Vics 1.

Sydenhams Wessex League, Division 1: Hythe & Dibden 1, Newport 0.

Harwoods Island League, Division 1: Bembridge 1, ECS 2; Binstead & COB 2, Sandown 1; Brading Town 6, Northwood St John 3; Carisbrooke United 0, Whitecroft & Barton Sports 6; Ryde Saints 5, Cowes Sports Reserves 1; Shanklin 7, Ventnor 1; West Wight 5, Pan Sports 3.

Division 2: Adgestone 1, Niton Community 1; Seaview 4, Newchurch 2; Yarmouth & Calbourne 2, Oakfield 12.

Combination 1: Binstead & COB Reserves 2, West Wight Reserves 3; Brading Town Reserves 1, Whitecroft & Barton Sports Reserves 4; ECS Reserves 6, Ryde Saints Reserves 0; Northwood St John Reserves 7, Seaview Reserves 2; Oakfield Reserves 1, Carisbrooke United Reserves 2.