Portsmouth & Southsea II 1, IW 10
IW EDGED edged closer to promotion from Hampshire 5, with their 13th win in 14 games.
Against the bottom-placed side, it took until the second half for IW to really get going.
After a scrappy start, IW took the lead when Colin Simmonds lifted the ball over the goalkeeper, before Stuart Allen doubled their lead.
They made it 3-0 in the 30th minute when John Kirby powered home from the top of the area. However the hosts stunned IW with a goal on the stroke of half time.
In the second half, IW piled on the pressure, and after Simon Butler’s shot clipped the post, they ran riot with goals from Tom Gould, Allen, Simmonds, Jack Nicolaou and Butler.
The scoring was rounded off near the end when Richard Reynolds slotted in a penalty flick after a shot was stopped on the line by a foot.
IW: Bartlett, Heaven-Gandy, Reynolds, Allen, Nicolaou, Gould, Simmonds, Kirby, Liddiard, Butler .
IW II 10, Fordingbridge II 0
IW II recorded their biggest win of the season over a depleted Fordingbridge.
Fordingbridge arrived with only eight players, their goalkeeper being the only senior member of the side. To their credit, the visitors played with spirit.
Goals came at fairly regular intervals, although the home side took a while to take advantage of the space and extra players.
They opened the scoring after Graham Curtis set up Barry Lloyd, before a trademark Tom Young strike gave IW their second goal, and Curtis’s goal-bound shot was turned in by Stephen Woodford.
IW were awarded a penalty flick when a shot was blocked on the line by a defender’s foot. Curtis, having earlier been denied, was given the opportunity to put his name on the score-sheet, but the 'keeper made a fine save from his effort. Further goals from Tony Howsam, two, and a second from Lloyd gave IW a 6-0 lead at the break.
The second half continued the same pattern as the first, with the Island peppering the Fordingbridge defence with wave after wave of attacks, and further goals came from Carl Joyce, two, Howsam — to complete his hat-trick — and Young, to complete the rout.
IW II: Butt; Pearson, Dickinson, Dean, Donald, Joyce, Young, Howsam, Parker, Woodford, Lloyd. Subs: Curtis, Wheeler, Aaron.