Scorer : Howard Neighbour 55
Date : Tuesday 17th January 2017 - 3pm - Hampshire Senior Cup Quarter Final (Sponsored by BSA Regal)
Venue : Universal Stadium
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Jean-Luc Ramdin, Dan Miller (Owen Roundell 49), Byron Mason [c], Marv McLean, Barry Mason, Micky Hubbard, Alex Sawyer, Zac Mouland (Jake Hoole 72), Dan Mason, Lee Wort. Unused Subs: Jordan Brooks, Kevin Brewster, Pete Castle
Winchester City: Lewis Noice, Adam Roberts, Dan King, Dan Smith, Robbie Matthews, Jamie Ford, Joe Briggs, Stuart Green [C], Craig Feeney, Howard Neighbour, Ik Hill (Adam Tomasso 74). Unused Subs: Brendon Norris, Andy Jenkinson, Jack Hannam
Attendance : 127
Man of the Match : Ryan Gosney
Referee: Ben Knight Assistants: David Cotton & Adrian Cook
An injury to Dan Miller capped of a bad evening for The Boatmen as they lost to Southern League, Winchester City, in the Quarter Final of the Hampshire Cup. Howard Neighbour’s second half header was enough to ensure Dave Diaper’s men will have to look elsewhere for silverware this season, going out of the competition for the 2nd season running to the same team at the same stage.
Team News: With Luke Dempsey & Corey Cherrett both cup tied, changes were enforced. Bryon Mason returned from illness, but slotted into an unfamiliar centre back position. Jean-Luc Ramdin, who has just been selected for the England U18 Schoolboys squad, was drafted in at right back. Jamie Bulpitt ankle injury prevented him playing again and Nick Yeomans had to withdraw with a sickness bug.
Temperatures dropped towards the minuses as the match kicked off following a well-respected minute’s silence for long time Sholing fan Tony Court.
Both sides started slowly and captain, and centre half for the day, Byron Mason showed signs of adapting to his new role with a strong header to quell some early danger.
It was then all about Ryan Gosney, the story for most of the evening. Robbie Matthews was first to be denied when his looping header was well saved, before the goalie showed of his sweeper keeper attributes running out to stop Craig Feeney from bearing down on goal.
Goal machine Dan Mason then showed his keeping qualities, twice producing big, legal, blocks in a matter of seconds when Sholing failed to clear a corner. Dan then made a difference up the other end, glancing on a header to send Zac Mouland away. The striker went on a strong run through the middle, but his shot went inches wide, rippling the sidenetting meaning many spectators thought for a moment, it had gone in. Sadly not.
Jean-Luc Ramdin had been showing off his pace and positioning all evening and then almost inadvertently put Sholing in front. His cross almost looped into the net before Lewis Noice tipped the ball wide. The resulting corner saw Alex Sawyer blast an optimistic shot over. But all in all, Sholing's passing and hold-up play was letting them down, with the defence under almost constant pressure.
The half ended with Ryan Gosney again centre of attention. Craig Feeney managed to get through on goal but Sholing’s no.1 blocked his hard shot before bravely claiming the ball as the striker looked to pounce on the rebound. HT 0-0
With frost starting to settle on the pitch, the second half started as the first had left off with Ryan Gosney in action, holding a powerful daisy-cutter well. Alex Sawyer then threatened for Sholing with another long distance effort, this time his half volley went a yard wide.
Sholing’s night then took a turn for the worst. Despite working with the physio during the half, the imperious Dan Miller was unable to shake off a back injury. The centre half looked to be enjoying his partnership with Byron but he had to go off, and Owen Roundell was brought on.
It did not take long for Sholing’s new look defence to be breached. Owen Roundell conceded a contentious free kick near the half way line. It was whipped into the box and an unmarked Howard Neighbour fired a bullet header beyond Ryan Gosney, giving the away side the lead with 55 minutes gone.
The Sholing keeper was then quick to ensure Winchester didn’t double their lead and put the tie to bed. Gosney did well to hold an effort from Joe Briggs and minutes later he produced a miracle with a bit of help from Alex Sawyer. Craig Feeney was through on goal and again had his shot saved by Gosney, and when it looked like Neighbour was set to pounce on the rebound, the two Sholing men threw themselves in the way and somehow got the ball out of the danger area. Gosney parried a Joe Briggs shot wide before making a dramatic save with his feet to deny the same player.
It was almost a fairytale end for Sholing’s man of the match when he got the shout from Diapes to go up after Sholing got a flurry of corners. He was right in the thick of things when Mick Hubbard fired in a dangerous corner, but Lewis Noice, did well to clear the ball from under heavy pressure from his opposite number. That was Sholing’s last effort on a disappointing evening. FT 0-1
Match Report Reece Peacham
Next Home Game : Sholing v Moneyfields - Saturday 3pm - Wessex Premier