Scorers : Jake Hoole 13, 87, Dan Mason 23, 40, Nick Yeomans 90+1
Date : Wednesday 2 March 2016 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster (Joel Drew 69), Owen Roundell, Pete Castle, Dean Faithfull, Jamie Bulpitt, Jake Hoole, Byron Mason, Dan Mason, Nick Yeomans, Marv McLean. Subs not used : Dan Miller, Jack Smith & Jordan Brooks
Yellow Card :
Lymington Town : Stuart Williamson, Brad Strickland, Tom Man, Will Tickle, Luke Ansell [c], Tim Stephenson, Elliott Cross, Nathan Hurst, Nick Magee (Mason Dudley 83), Zac Mouland, Pete Hurford (Jordan Rogers 80). Sub not used: Nic Jones
Yellow Card : Will Tickle, Luke Ansell, Elliott Cross
Attendance : 56
Man of the Match : Jake Hoole
Referee : Andrew Dunn Assistants: John Harvey & Kevin Robinson
SHOLING marked their long absence from the Silverlake Arena by putting on a show for recently frustrated fans, by cruising to an emphatic 5 - 0 win over Lymington.
The Linnets had beaten Sholing in the previous two meetings - once on penalties - but from the off it looked as if there were to be no repeat. Jake Hoole’s effort and a Dan Mason brace saw the Boatman dominant at half time. Despite Kevin Brewster’s penalty miss, late goals from Hoole and Nick Yeomans completed the rout.
Team News : Pete Castle came in for Dan Miller, who was carrying a knock. Barry Mason & Alex Sawyer were missing due to work commitments, so Jake Hoole started on the left wing, with the returning Marv on the right.
The opening exchanges looked like a interesting match of contrasting styles. Sholing showed deft touches and moved the ball quickly whilst Lymington looked threatening with pacey counter attacks. The hosts outlet in the opening minutes was Marv McLean, back in the team following injury at Newport. The winger found space on the right hand side three times in the first ten minutes but had mixed fortunes with his deliveries on a windy & bitterly cold, night.
It was the Lymingtons lively Will Tickle with the first effort on target though, running strongly and testing Ryan Gosney. However the visitors would struggle to create many clear chances and Sholing soon took the lead 13 minutes in.
JAKE HOOLE advantageously stole onto a loose ball in the middle of the pitch and immediately drifted towards goal. After shaping up and gliding around his marker he was able to fire his shot across goal from the edge of the area and past the helpless Stuart Williamson.
Sholing continued their assault on the goalkeeper. A ball into Byron Mason was scrambled to safety amongst shouts for a penalty, Nick Yeoman close range effort was pushed over the bar and Owen Roundell’s cross was headed into Williamsons grateful arms by Dan Mason.
With 23 minutes played the Linnets cracked. A ball to DAN MASON looked to be cleared by Tim Stephenson, however the defender was slow on the turn and Mason was able to fire a low volley and send the ball into the bottom corner.
The Boatmen continued to press and probe, finding space in behind. Yeomans was also able to exploit this space but when sent one-on-one his shot went agonisingly wide of the right-hand post.
For Lymington the half was becoming increasingly scrappy as Sholing defended stoutly with two banks of four. They also attacked with purpose and quality. Marv McLean's delightful reserve dink fooled the Lymington back line and DAN MASON was able to control and rifle home for his third goal in eight days. HT 3-0
Jamie Bupitt's typically tenacious performance almost provided the opportunity to finish the game in the first minute of the second half. A tangle with Brad Strickland saw Andrew Dunn point to the spot but Kevin Brewster dragged his effort wide of the left upright for a rare miss by the veteran.
It took nearly an hour for Lymington to test Ryan Gosney for a second time, Nathan Hursts volley was easily gathered though. Will Tickle was looking the main threat for the visitors although his contribution were a high shot and blocked cross.
At the other end, Bulpitt had another buccaneering run, riding challenges and forcing Willamson into an acrobatic sprawling save. Moment later Yeomans tested the keeper - forcing him into spilling the ball - with a fierce strike from 25 yards as he searched for another entry to his portfolio of spectacular goals.
But with three minutes left it was JAKE HOOLE who was able to do the outrageous. The winger picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, and blasted his shot into the postage stamp corner, past a bewildered keeper who didn't even move, not that he would have got anywhere near the ball if he had.
There was even time for Sholing to compound the victory. Hoole once again led a fast break. The 17-year-old slipped the ball into Marv McLean who opened his body only to send his shot spinning off the crossbar. Fortunately, NICK YEOMANS was on hand to fire in the rebound and move Shoing up to fifth. FT 5-0
Report by Ollie Harvey
View from the stands: Great to be finally back home playing games after what feels like months away (actually, it was months away!). Superb performance by the lads, a rapid start and some clinical finishing. On chances created, a score into double figures would not have been unrealistic.
Jake Hoole took his goals superbly, with his second in the "worldy" class. I was stood right in line with it and it was only ever heading into the top corner the moment it left his boot. D-Dan is back looking sharp and in the scoring habit. With 28 goals, he's right on the heels of Sam Wilson in the race for the Wessex Top scorer. Also pleasing to get some revenge for a disappointing defeat at Lymington earlier this season.
Great confidence boost for the side ahead of a tough looking match on Saturday against AFC Portchester. If he plays, Byron Mason will be making his 400th appearance at the weekend.
Next home game is on Saturday v AFC Portchester 3pm kick off, followed on Tuesday by Cowes Sports with an 8pm kick off.