East Cowes Vics shared the points with top of the table Hamworthy in Division One of the Wessex League.

Playing on home turf, the Vics started brightly, with chances for Ji Nash and Toby Snow.

The visitors opened the scoring against the run of play from a controversial free kick; the ball falling favourably for a Hamworthy forward to smash home.

Both Josh Neale and Nash spurned chances to level before the break, as did Jordi Chapman who hammered a volley wide.

Isle of Wight County Press: Aeden Coode battles in the air against Hamworthy Rec.Aeden Coode battles in the air against Hamworthy Rec. (Image: Graham Brown.)

Jacob REYNOLDS restored parity on 50 minutes with a calm finish, only for the visitors to net again five minutes thereafter.

Despite the Islanders going down to ten men on 66 minutes – young full back Toby Snow given his marching orders – skipper Callum CHASE rifled a shot from 15 yards to level the game.

The hosts battled and scrapped for every ball, and saw the game out – stopper Alex Ram called into action late on and denying the visitors with a spectacular save.

Isle of Wight County Press: Josh Neale's shot flies wide against Hamworthy Rec.Josh Neale's shot flies wide against Hamworthy Rec. (Image: Graham Brown)

Fellow Division One side, Newport, meanwhile, were beaten 2-1 on the road to Totton and Eling – falling to a late winner.

Newport were on the back foot for large parts of the first half, with Totton showing the better attacking intent but failing to create many clear-cut chances.

They took the lead inside the opening 25 minutes from a neat move down the left, but Joe BUTCHER levelled for Newport just before the break, beating the offside trap and slotting home from a tight angle.

Isle of Wight County Press: Raff Boyd-Kerr clears off the line to deny the visitors.Raff Boyd-Kerr clears off the line to deny the visitors. (Image: Graham Brown.)

Second half, Newport found themselves with a numerical advantage after a Totton player was dismissed, but failed to capitalise.  

Totton appeared in the ascendancy, and punished the Islanders when they conceded a late corner; an unmarked Totton attacker thumping a header home.

Port searched for an equaliser, but Nicky Vyse’s long-range drive at the death took a deflection and hit the crossbar.

A late red for Josh Younie capped off a frustrating afternoon for the visitors.

In the Premier Division, Cowes Sports' game against Moneyfields was postponed.