Sholing 2-1 Slimbridge

Boatmen went top of the table after a brilliant spell of attacking football in the early half saw two great goals scored and a host of chances created.  A tight and competitive first half saw good football by both sides, but there was little goalmouth action apart from Joe Adams shot that was saved.  Sholing upped the intensity after the break and quickly went in front when Joe Adams fed the overlapping Claudio Herbert to slot past the keeper. Then 3 mins later, Rob Nicholls won the ball in midfield, advanced and unleashed a 25 yard thunderbolt high into the net!   That was followed by Sholing cutting Slimbridge open, Jake Cope hit the post & Dan Mason was twice denied by good saves.  The tempo dropped towards the end and the visitors got a goal back on 81 mins to make it a frantic finish, with Ryan Gosney having to make a terrific tip over on 89 mins to ensure the Boatmen got all three points and make it 6 wins out of 7 in the league - Match Report


Tiverton Town 1-3 Sholing

Boatmen caused an Emirates FA Cup upset with a stunning come from behind win at Tiverton Town.  The home side from a league above us took an early lead & Gosney had to make a few good saves, but Sholing equalised on 14 mins when Claudio set up Joe Adams for his first goal for the club.  Joe then returned the favour on 37 mins, setting up Claudio to finish a slick move.  Jake Cope was a constant menace to Tiverton, going close 3 times before the victory was sealed on 77 mins as once again, Joe Adams was the creator and this time Dan Mason did what he does better than anyone, score goals.  A fantastic result and we go into the hat for Monday's 3rd Qualifying Round draw! - Match Report

It's a fourth away tie in a row for the Boatmen when we were drawn to travel to Bedfont Sports FC in the 3rd Qualifying Round.  Bedfont are the same level of us and play in the Isthmian League South Central (where Basingstoke & Thatcham were moved to in the summer).  They are literally next door to Heathrow Airport and had an impressive win at National League South side, Dulwich Hamlets, in the last round


Sholing 3-1 Lymington Town

Boatmen came from behind to make it 6 wins in a row and close the gap on the early league leaders.  Lymington made a lively start and the Sholing defence were caught napping on 5 mins from a long punt downfield from the keeper which bounced into the path of Owen Fee to finish well with a shot across Gosney.   Boatmen were quickly level when a poor kick out by Casey went straight to Claudio who passed to Dan Mason to advance and drill in a fierce shot.  Some fantastic quick passing & movement was rewarded with our second goal on 28 mins when Joe Adams fed Jake Cope, who skipped past the keeper and his shot towards goal was made sure by Claudio Herbert near the line.  Marv then produced some magic to destory a Lymo player & flash a shot inches wide.  The visitors were lively again after the restart, but were killed off by Sholing's third on the hour mark. Ryan Cluett's excellent corner delivery was met with a powerful header by Dan Mason.  Lymington should have scored during a scramble, but Jake Cope also had a couple of good chances to increase the lead as the Boatmen continue their impressive start to the season - Match Report


Bideford 0-3 Sholing

Boatmen remain unbeaten, go 2nd in the league and chalked up our 5th win on the trot with a clinical first half display. Missing our most experienced players as well as the management team, meant Phil Moody & Sam Scott took charge and there was 7 players 20 years old or younger in the squad.  Boatmen took the lead on 10 mins with a stunning long range lob over the keeper by Conor Whiteley after latching onto a Claudio throw down the right wing. Lead was doubled on 21 mins, another lightening fast attack saw Brad Targett feed Stu Green to score. Bideford were awarded a penalty on 34 mins, but once again, Ryan Gosney made the save and soon after Sholing had their 3rd when Joe Adams beat 2 players to square to Brad Targett to slot home.  With 3 players going off injured before the 55th minute, Boatmen limited their ambitions in the second half, working hard, killing the game off and came home with three points - Match Report


Alton 1-3 Sholing

Boatmen advanced to the FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying with a business-like win over Wessex Prem side, AltonIt was an historic game for Marv Mclean, who made his 700th appearance, an incredible achievement for the Boatmen legend.  Took just 10 mins for Sholing to go in front when Brad Targett's low cross into the area was knocked through the keepers legs from close range by Dan MasonD-Dan was on target again on 22 mins, when Ryan Cluett's corner found the striker unmarked and he powered in a downward header.   Alton were gifted a lifeline when a clumsy challenge gave them a penalty which they converted on 34 mins.   Sholing looked to put the game to bed early in the second half, with Targett having a header tipped onto the bar and Dan Mason denied his hat-trick by a dubious offside flag.  However, the third soon arrived when Joe Adams freed Stu Green in behind and his cool finish high into the net had Sholing with one foot in the hat (if that's possible?).  Alton kept going and a couple of long range efforts had to be dealt with by Gosney, but the Boatmen controlled the final 30 mins - Match Report

We have been drawn away to Tiverton Town in the 2nd Round Qualifying - Saturday 18th September 3pm. Tiverton play one division above us in the Southern League Premier.