IW 6, Aldershot & Farnham III 1
IW ENDED the first half of the season top of Hampshire V with ten wins from 11 games, but they put in a lethargic and disjointed performance against a determined Aldershot.
The 6-1 scoreline was flattering for the IW, who never really got out of first gear and looked nothing like the side that annihilated Andover and Gosport in recent weeks.
They made the breakthrough when man of the match Colin Simmonds slotted under the keeper following a move down the right.
Aldershot’s defence though were protecting their keeper well, and were restricting IW to limited shots while never really troubling home keeper Tom Butt. However, IW did get a crucial second, when Simmonds drove into the area and again found the net the past the keeper.
But Aldershot then got themselves back into it when a player reacted well to a loose ball and shot home.
This unnerved IW, who continued to struggle to get any kind of rhythm going, with attacks breaking down and passes being easily intercepted.
However, before half time they restored their two-goal lead when James Liddiard scored.
A half time pep-talk helped IW and they were much better in the second period, not allowing Aldershot time on the ball as they regularly pressured the home defence.
An early double from Simmonds, taking his personal tally to four, eased the pressure, and victory was completed with a bizarre goal, scored by Richard Reynolds, after his cross hit a defender’s stick and hit the stomach of Tom Gould, who went down injured in the D. The ball bounced back to Reynolds, who slotted home.
IW: Butt, Leggett, Heaven-Gandy, Bartlett, Reynolds, Allen, Stubbings, Gould, Simmonds, Nicolaou, Butler, Liddiard, Reynolds.