Fairford Town 1-2 Sholing
Boatmen came through a tough FA Cup tie to progress into the 2nd Qualifying Round. The home side made it difficult for Sholing to find any fluency in an even first half. Gosney pulled off a great save after the restart, then we took the lead in the 58th minute when the assistant ref spotted that Dan Mason had been pulled down and D-Dan fired in the penalty. Game remained physical and Gosney had to made further saves, before it looked as though Sholing had made it safe on 81 mins when Nick Watts scored a superb goal. Wattsie received the ball wide left, cut in and curled a right foot dipping shot from outside the box and under the crossbar. A rare error by Marv to concede a penalty in the 91st minute, saw Fairford score and the Boatmen had 5 more tense minutes to endure, before we could finally look forward to the next round.
Evesham United 0-3 Sholing
A dominant performance by the Boatmen got us off to the best possible start to the League Season with a big win on the road at Evesham. Sholing looked like we would score every time we attacked in a first half that saw all the goals. On 22 mins, Green's shot was blocked, but fell nicely to Claudio Herbert to stroke home his first goal for the club. 3 minutes later we doubled our lead when Dan Mason slotted home after winning the ball. After D-Dan had a goal chalked off for a questionable offside, we scored a minute later on 38 mins when a ball over the top was latched onto by Stu Green and he lifted a delightful first time lob over the stranded keeper. Second half, Sholing continue to control things, but the home side sensed a way back in when awarded a penalty on 62 mins... but it was well saved by Ryan Gosney. Roundell & Watts went close before we should have had a pen ourselves when Dan Mason was tripped. Great way to start the season & rewards for a impressive all round display by the team - Match Report & Video Highlights
Bemerton Heath 0-1 Sholing
Boatmen dug out the result to advance to the FA Cup First Qualifying Round, thanks to the best bit of quality in the match. Marv picked out Dan Mason in the box and he chested the ball into the path of Stu Green to knock past the advancing keeper in the 55th minute. First half was frustrating for Sholing against a Bemerton side full of Southern League experienced players. We wasted several set pieces and were unable to find the final ball in good positions. The home side had strong appeals for a penalty turned down on the stroke of half time. We looked a different side in the second half after we scored, with Claudio Herbert twice rattling the crossbar and PJ having a shot blocked on the line. The home side were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute & although they had half chances to equalise, they found the Boatmen defence in good form. FA Cup draw is on Monday - Match Report & Photos
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