AMESBURY Town’s search for a second league win this season continues after a clutch of late goals sunk them to a 2-0 defeat at Cowes Sports.

Amesbury are currently 21st in the league with only one win from there opening seven league games, which was a 2-1 win over Brokenhurst and have only scored four goals so far this season and have conceded 15 goals.

Cowes now sit in 11th position following the result with three wins from eight games.

Both sides started the game with intent of claiming all three points, with chances created at both ends of the pitch.

Conor Millar went close for the visitors with an ambitious overhead attempt within the first 20 minutes.

At the other end Paddy Crease imposed himself on the game, with a series of saves to keep the game at 0-0 after 45 minutes.

The second half started in the same fashion with both Millar and strike partner Jordan Matthews, both looking for their first goals of the season were frustrated by both the Cowes keeper Ed Hatt and the home side’s defence in the search for an opener.

The latter had a gilt edged chance after being put clean through, however Hatt snaffled a relatively tame shot from the Amesbury forward, as the score remained 0-0.

Exploiting their depth on the bench, the home team used their substitutions and flagging energy levels wisely to create more space on the pitch, which ultimately yielded the opener on 84 minutes.

After some leg work from Connor White on the left flank the ball ended up on the reverse side of the goal where Cowes sub George Turner slotted the ball in to give them the lead, with his first goal of the season.

With full time closing in the away side seeked the leveller, however the chances of which were diminished after the dismissal of Matthews for an altercation with a Cowes player.

This effectively sealed the game for the home side, which was fully completed in the final few minutes with Myles Taylor netting the second with a low shot from the edge of the area.

A tough result on Amesbury, who were equal to the home side for the majority of the game and will be looking for a better result in this Saturday’s FA Vase home game against New Milton.

This game is followed by an away trip to Portland United in the league cup.

The Blues but are back in league action at home against Fareham Town on Saturday, September 16.