Scorer : Owen Roundell 89'
Date : Tuesday 21st February 2017 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Universal Stadium
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv McLean [c] (Byron Mason 68), Luke Dempsey, Owen Roundell, Micky Hubbard, Zac Mouland (Nick Yeomans 72), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt. Unused Subs : Kev Brewster, Corey Cherrett, Jordan Brooks
Yellow Card : Marv Mclean, TJ Cuthbertson, Micky Hubbard
Amesbury Town : Paddy Creese, Danny Field, Craig Wheeler [c], Tom Wheeler, Adam Pearson, Connor Palmer, Max Elward, Ben Cook, Tyler Brockway, Paul Coventry, Darren Turner. Sub: Michael Weatherall
Yellow Card : Ben Cook, Tom Wheeler & Tyler Brockway
Red Card : Thomas Wheeler
Attendance : 82
Men of the Match : TJ Cuthbertson
Referee : Declan Hellyer Assistants : Thomas McGhee & Jack Darling
An 89th minute Owen Roundell goal finally broke down resilient ten man Amesbury, to take all three points for Sholing and gain their seventh straight win and twenty first clean sheet taking the Boatmen up to second place.
Team News : Marvin Mclean made his 550th appearance and was captain for the night with Byron Mason being rested on the bench. Sholing welcomed back TJ Cuthbertson from suspension. Illness meant Dan Miller was unavailable also Barry Mason was missing following a minor ankle operation at the week end. Owen Roundell replaced Dan Miller. Amesbury, who had to postpone last Saturdays game at Portland due to lack of players, struggled again for numbers and weren’t helped when the team line up had to be change twenty minutes prior to kick off with Kean Greening not turning up leaving the Blues with just one named sub.
Sholing showed their intent and pressed Amesbury on to the back foot with TJ making hay down the right flank linking up well with Zac Mouland and for the opening ten minutes, Paddy Creese was by far the busiest goalkeeper. On thirteen minutes Michael Hubbard swung in a free kick and an Amesbury defender deflected the ball over Creese crossbar from almost on his goalline. To Sholing's bemusement, the officials signalled a goalkick. Three minutes later is was again TJ providing the danger when his cross picked out Lee Wort but the striker put his header over the bar. Zac Mouland fired narrowly wide before Creese acrobatically tipped over Wort’s well struck shot from distance. Ben Cook had a rare opening for Amesbury at the other end with a shot over the bar, but it was Creese again called into action denying Jamie Bulpitt.
On 32 minutes, Sholing were awarded a penalty when Zac Mouland got goalside of his marker and was barged in the back by Wheeler, who got a yellow for his troubles. Dan Mason has hit 36 goals this term but, this time, Paddy Creese was equal to the effort and palmed the penalty away by guessing right and diving full length to pull off a very good save.
Sholing’s frustration was evident when Marvin McLean was given a yellow card for dissent following a foul by Jamie Bulpitt. HT: 0-0
After the interval Amesbury’s game plan was clearly to defend in numbers and restrict Sholing’s fire power. Ben Cole was the next into referee Hellyer’s book quickly followed by a booking for TJ despite looking as he won the header. Tyler Brockway became the next recipient of a yellow card for dissent following Cuthbertson’s card.
On sixty eight minutes following a heavy challenge, Marvin McLean’s landmark was cut short and he was replaced by Byron Mason. Byron went into a back three, with Roundell going to the left. Micky Hubbard curled a 22 yard free kick wide of the Amesbury goal as Sholing upped the pressure even more.
Three minutes later Tom Wheeler saw red, Wheeler had been booked for his part in the penalty incident earlier and that came back to haunt him as he was shown a second yellow for a cynical challenge. Fresh legs were introduced when Nick Yeomans replaced Zac Mouland.
Sholing were camped in the Amesbury half, with a constant stream of balls into the box, but nearly everytime it just seemed to evade a Sholing foot or head as the visitors continued to battle hard. When the Boatmen did fashion efforts on target, the keeper, Creese, continued to be inspired, thwarting Lee Wort with a brave point-blank block and then denied substitute Nick Yeomans from the resultant corner as the clock ticked down.
The keeper's best save was to somehow deflect a 10 yard shot by Dan Mason over the bar. With the clock ticking rapidly towards 90 minutes, it looked like Amesbury's rearguard action would earn them a point, but finally, Sholing's persistance, paid off. Byron Mason sent TJ away down the right and he cut the ball across the 6 yard box, where it evaded everyone, but OWEN ROUNDELL was arriving at the far post to sweep it home for the winner. FT: 1-0
Report by Jamie Spoor
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Video by Liam Richner