Scorers : Owen Roundell 70, Lewis Kelly 88 / Ben Harris 65
Date : Wednesday 16th September 2015 - 7:45pm kick off - Hampshire Senior Cup Second Round
Sholing : Jordan Brooks, Kev Brewster, Owen Roundell, Dean Faithfull, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Marv McLean (Lukas Sabo 88), Dan Dove (Lewis Kelly 64), Dan Mason, Barry Mason [c], James Davis (Tobi Adekunle 74) Sub Not Used: Ryan Gosney
Yellow Card :
Ringwood Town : Tom Edmunds, Sam Hardy, Ryan Osman, Luke Gogan (Perry Spender 48), Sean Leadbitter, Michael Cowland, Ben Harris, Alex Roberts [c], Pete Richmond Cole, Matt Steer, Elliot Peck (Keiran Osman 60) Subs not used: Andrew Graves, Michael Johnson
Yellow Card : Luke Gogan, Alex Roberts
Attendance : 65
Man of the Match : Dan Miller
Referee : Bruce Waymark Assistants: Mike Misselbrook & Thomas McGhee
The match was subject to some heavy rain during the day and referee Bruce Waymark declared the pitch playable on his arrival. Thankfully, the rain relented and the match was played in good conditions, whilst other cup ties around the County were postponed. Sholing entertained a strong Ringwood side who like Sholing lie 2nd in their League.
Team News: Three days ahead of facing League leaders Salisbury, Dave Diaper was forced into a few changes and took the opportunity to rest some players. Byron Mason (migraine), Alex Sawyer (Shin splints) & Jack Smith (hamstring) were all missing. Ryan Gosney who got through a fitness test Saturday was on the bench with Jordan Brooks moving into the No 1 spot. Returning to the starting line up from injury was Marvin McLean and Dan Dove. Lewis Kelly and Lukas Sabo both returned and took a place each on the bench.
The match kicked off in stark contrast from the heavy rain during the day. In the opening two minutes it was Jordan Brooks who had to be at his best when he tipped over Ben Harris’s long range shot from twenty yards. Jordan collected the resulting corner with ease. James Davis at the other end had his shot saved by Tom Edmonds and he also had to be alert saving when Barry Mason shot from twenty yards. Both teams had chances to opening the scoring but it was Sholing who were handed the opportunity to take the lead when centre back Luke Gogan conceded a penalty and earned himself a yellow card. Skipper Barry Mason stepped up to take the penalty but keeper Edmonds kept out the spot kick and with James Davis and Barry Mason following up the loose ball it was Barry who hit the post, to keep the teams on level terms. The sides matched one another and remained on level terms at half time however Tom Edmonds was the busier of the two keepers. HT 0-0
Within three minutes of the start of the second half, assistant manager/player Perry Spender was called into action when Luke Gogan went off injured following a lengthy delay. On sixty minutes Keiron Osman replaced Elliott Peck and four minutes later Dave Diaper introduced Lewis Kelly taking off Dan Dove who had taken a knock on his injured ankle, as a precaution. It was Ringwood who took the lead on sixty five minutes when Ben Harris beat Jordan Brooks. Three minutes later Sholing were awarded a free kick when Dan Mason was fouled. Kevin Brewster lined up the free kick and found the head of OWEN ROUNDELL who scored his first senior goal. While Owen celebrated, a few words were exchanged between Dan Miller and Tom Edmonds.
With the match now all to play for, Ringwood’s efforts were mainly long range. James Davis came off after seventy four minutes and was replaced by Tobi Adekunle. With six minutes remaining and the game looking as it was heading to penalties Marvin McLean was replaced by Lukas Sabo. With two minutes of normal time remaining, it was LEWIS KELLY who hit a wonderful first time shot, running on to a long ball and burying the ball past Tom Edmonds. There was an anxious seven minutes played before the referee called a halt to see Sholing progress into the third round of the competition. FT 2-1
View from the stands: This match looked like it was heading to penalties until Lewis Kelly settled the tie with a wonder strike, sending home the hardcore supporters happy that turned out on a dreary night. Positives taken from tonight’s match is no match is easy at this level. Ringwood look good and should make it out of League One this season. Good to see the return of Dan Dove and Marvin McLean and Jordan Brooks and Owen Roundell fitting in well to the 1st team set up. So now on to the match Saturday which should be the biggest match for the season hopefully we can keep the unbeaten run going.
Report by Greg Dickson
Next home game is on Saturday against Salisbury, 3pm