Under 12 Whites
Sholing U12's Whites (previously U11 Whites) embark on their 5th season and 2nd in the Tyro league. We train at Test Park on Saturdays and most players attend ETC to further their development.
24 May Sholing Whites 3-1 Pace Cougars Southampton Tyro Division 1 runners up play off
Man of the match - Jack Miles
Goal scorers - Jack Miles 1, Max Davis 2
Romsey have been crowned Div 1 winners after defeating Oakwood which meant that we had to play off with Pace as we were tied for second. So one month after winning the Tyro cup final the boys had to dust themselves off for one final game which was also Tyro's final game of the entire season. After a slow start we finally started to force Pace onto the back foot. Jack Miles opened the scoring with a detfly weighted lob to make it 1-0. Top scorer for the season Max Davis came on up top for Joint top scorer Lewis Evans and got off the mark withing minutes of coming on. Max turned his marker and smashed his shot high into the Pace goal to make it 2-0. Further substitutions were made towards the end of the second half to give us fresh legs as all the boys only two days earlier had made it to the final of the BTC 6-aside's. We entered two teams with both reaching the final which went to pen's.
At half time further changes were made and this was to continue to be the theme with regular second half changes to keep things fresh giving all a turn on the bench. Max Davis grabbed a third to make it 3-0 and Pace looked a beaten team. Although they grabbed a consolation goal making it 3-1 when they scored a thunder bolt of a free kick with just over 5 min's remaining. Jack Miles was awarded Man of the match for a great overall game which saw him play right side midfield before being substituted then to return at Centre Mid and finish up at right back. Great versatility and a solid performance. FT 3-1
Season is officially over and we now look forward to playing at St Mary's on June 5th as we try and defend our Football for Fans 7-aside trophy
24 April Sholing Whites 2-1 Pace Cougars Southampton Tyro Challenge Cup Final
Man of the match - Ben Daglish as voted by Tryo Rep's
Goal scorers - Lewis Evans 1, Isaac Evans 1
This was a day when the Evans opened. Sholing Whites were pumped up and ready to take on a Pace side we were yet to beat. On a flat yet very grassless AFC Totton pitch both sides struggled to get into any kind of tempo and the ball spent a lot of time in the air. Nerves probably played a part as both sides who were capable of far better football than was on show. Adam French, who was having a great season, came into this vital match with a slight thigh injury. We gambled with him moving Adam from Centre half to start as a lone striker in the hope that his strength would cause problems for Pace. It was clear that both the new role and still apparent injury were hampering Adams ability. On 15 min's Lewis Evans replaced Adam French and in doing so made an instant change to the dynamics of the game. However it was Pace that opened the scoring when Joe Lovell was sent through on 18 minutes and slotted home. On 23 min's Logan Dimond replaced Jack Miles at right midfield. Ben Daglish in goal and the defence of Isaac Evans, Reece Kempton and Harry Thomas stood fast throughout the first period. Harry seemed to intercept every aerial ball that Pace threw at us and Ben made a couple of decent fingertip saves. But it was Sholing that appeared to finish the half in the ascendancy. HT 0-1
At half time the boys were buoyant despite being behind and all that needed to be said was to continue what they were doing, keep believing and take the game to Pace. The belief paid off when on 34 min's Logan Dimond managed to keep the ball in play and then found Isaac Evans who duly set up Lewis Evans who rounded the keeper and sweetly tucked the ball in the far corner 1-1. Now we had a game on our hands. After some good pressure we managed to get our noses in front in the 41st min when Logan sent over a good corner which was met by Isaac Evans who rose superbly and scored with a bullet header 2-1. In the 42 min Ben Beadle- Tipper replaced Finley Lintott-Warrillow soon after in the 45th min Jack Miles returned to replace Logan Dimond. The central midfield pairing of Dan Gregory and Peter Couchman had worked tirelessly throughout but it was difficult for them to assert their usual passing game on a difficult pitch and with so much ball in the air. Pace troubled the Sholing goal and struck the cross bar from close range late on followed by the save of the season from Ben Daglish who leapt like a salmon to find a solid glove and keep Pace frustrated. Harry was giving Ben a run for his money for the man of the match as he continued to cut out all attempts by Pace to break through. Our Last substitution of the game came on 48 mins when Max Davis just back from having his Appendix removed came on for Peter Couchman. Max almost made an instant impact with his first contribution with a powerful long range effort which narrowly passed over the bar. When the final whistle blew the bench and all Sholing supporters breathed a sigh of relief as Pace finished strong.
FT 2-1 Cup Winners!!
3 April Sholing Whites 4-0 Colden Common
Man of the match - Ben Beadle Tipper
Goal scorers - Ben BT 3, Finley LW 1
The final league game of a very long drawn out season. Sholing were looking to do the double over Colden Common who had always proven to be tricky opponents. Keeper Ben Daglish, Isaac Evans and Max Davis were all absent today and an injury to Adam French meant that he would have to play in goal, this led to several changes in the line up; Harry Thomas dropped in at centre back with Jack Miles at right back and Reece Kempton at left back. The back three today were solid and restricted Colden Common to the point where they were unable to create a single clear cut chance. The first goal came in the 9th minute when Logan Dimond delivered a corner which was headed in by Finley LW making the score 1-0. In the centre of the park Daniel Gregory and Peter Couchman protected the back three very well while Finley LW and Logan D caused problems down both flanks. Lewis Evans started very lively up front and was rested on 15 minutes being replaced by Ben BT. Ben BT made a huge impact and made the score 2-0 in the 29th minute. HT 2-0
At half time the boys were asked to continue playing at the tempo they had set and to retain possession more in order to frustrate Colden Common. Sholing's third goal came in the 35th minute when Lewis E neatly played through to Ben BT who tucked his second away making it 3-0. Ben BT went on to complete his hatrick in the 40th minute making it 4-0 which capped off a fine performance for Ben giving him his first Man of the Match award for the season. In the 49th minute, Logan D struck a shot which was some how tipped over the bar by the Colden Common keeper. FT 4-0
This leaves the team top of the league having played all of our fixtures. We now sit and wait to see the outcome of the remaining fixtures of those also vying for the league.
Many good performances today, particularly from the back three but a well-deserved Man of the Match to Ben BT. A great way to finish the season and the lads will now look forward to the Tyro Challange Cup Final with confidence. The game takes place at AFC Totton on Sunday 24th April 2016 - kick off at 12.00pm.
20 March Sholing Whites 5-2 Hedge End Blue
Man of the match - Finley Lintott Warrillow
Goal scorers - Lewis Evans 2, Finley LW 1, Jack Miles 1, Adam French 1
Hedge End started the brightest and had a shot which hit the post in the first few minutes, then on the counter Jack Miles narrowly shot wide after five minutes. Hedge End were first off the mark when a crossed shot beat keeper Ben Daglish at his near post 0-1. The boys then decided to wake up and to take the game to Hedge End. Substitutions were made at 15 minutes with Lewis Evans coming on up front for Ben Beadle Tipper and Adam French replacing Jack Miles in the centre mid field. Shortly after the substitutions, a through ball from Ben Beadle Tipper found Logan Dimond who's shot was saved. In the 18th minute, Finley Lintott Warrillow made a great burst through the Hedge End defence and sweetly struck his shot into the bottom corner of their goal 1-1. In the 27th minute a great throw in from Adam French sailed over the top of the Hedge End defence into the path of the on running Lewis Evans who lobbed the keeper to make it HT 2-1.
Two more changes were made a HT. Reece Kempton making way at left back for Ben Beadle Tipper and Logan Dimond coming off for Jack Miles on the right side of mid field. The white's started the second half as they ended the first and in the 32nd minute Finley LW drove a low cross into the path of Lewis Evans who scored his second making it 3-1. In the 38th minute Adam French played a great through ball to Jack Miles on the right side who took on his defender and smashed his shot into the goal making it 4-1. Then in the 43rd minute Logan D and Reece K replaced Harry Thomas and Isaac Evans. The boys continued to keep the pressure up and in particular Finley LW was having a great game causing problems for Hedge End which gave him "Man of the Match". At 50 minutes Peter Couchman replaced Harry Thomas. In the 55th minute Isaac Evans replaced Finley LW on the left side of mid field. On 57 minutes Adam French grabbed his first goal of the season when the keeper was unable to keep the ball out which narrowly crossed the line making it 5-1. Hedge End grabbed a late second goal in the 58th minute. The game went slightly over time but it was too late for Hedge End. FT 5-2
This moves us to within two points of Romsey with just one final game left to play. It may be too much to expect that we will clinch the league now but it is still mathematically possible.
13 March Oakwood Lions 2-2 Sholing Whites
Man of the match - Daniel Gregory
Goal scorers - Jack Miles, Lewis Evans
This tie pitched the Hampshire cup finalists vs the Tyro Cup finalists. The previous two games had ended in a win for the Whites which made them the favourites for this fixture. A few changes to the line up today which gave starts to Max Davis Right Mid and Ben Beadle Tipper as striker.The Lions started well and applied some real pressure inside the first 10 -15 minutes. The Whites weathered this period well and then started to force themselves into the game. Ben put several good defence splitting passes through to Jack Miles who was proving a real handful on the left side. The defence of Reece Kempton, Adam French and Isaac Evans looked solid and coped well with some good counter attacking play by the Lions. On 26 min's the lads eventually got the break though when Max Davis played a slide rule pass across the face of Oakwoods goal into the path of Jack Miles who struck it sweetly back across the goal to put Sholing 1-0 up. Our Centre Midfield pairing started to get a grip of the game and the combination of Peter Couchman and Dan Gregory battled for everything. HT 1-0.
At half time 4 changes were made to bring on fresh legs. Logan Dimond replaced Jack Miles switching to the right side with Finley LW coming onto the left side for Max Davis. Lewis Evans replaced Ben up top who had worked so hard for the team and Harry Thomas replaced Isaac Evans with Peter Couchman dropping in at right back and Harry Thomas now partnering Daniel in the middle. In the 41st minute striker Lewis Evans narrowly shot wide, again on 45 mins another good chance went begging when we shot wide of the goal. Then on 46 min's the continued pressure paid off when Lewis rounded the keeper to make it 2-0. In the 46th Minute Oakwood gave themselves a lifeline making it 2-1 after we failed to clear the lose ball in the midfield. On 52 min's Jack came back on for Daniel Gregory who had put in a solid performance which earned him the man of the match. Another contender was Adam French who frustrated Oakwood throughout. The game still looked beyond Oakwood with less than 10 min's to play but in the 59th minute a free kick was awarded for an infringement just outside our box. This was a final chance for Oakwood and it was arrowed into the top corner leaving an otherwise untroubled Ben Daglish in goal picking the ball out of our net with seconds remaining. The final whistle blew and Oakwood celebrated as if they had won the league. A bitter disappointment to the team who deserved all 3 points but a great advert for the Tyro League with two top teams giving it their all and making this a great game if you were a neutral. FT 2-2
6 March Colden Common 1-2 Sholing Whites
Tyro Cup U12 Semi Final
Man of the match - Isaac Evans
Goal scorers - Lewis Evans, Harry Thomas
The Whites were playing their first season in the Tyro Cup and had done well to make it to the semi final stage where we were drawn away to a tough opponent in Colden Common. The lads got off to a flier when after just 2 min's the in-form Lewis Evans tucked away his effort giving some early inspiration to the lads. 1-0. The boys continued to press and create several good opportunities which we were unable to convert. Adam French playing on the left side of midfield for tactical reasons was giving Common real problems down the left side and in the middle of the park Dan Gregory and Peter Couchman had the game by the scruff of the neck. Isaac Evans was drafted in to play right back for the first time and he gave his best performance of the season showing some real potential as a full back which won him today's Man of the match. On 25 minutes we decided to freshen things up and made a couple of changes with Finley L-W making way on the right side for Jack Miles who had just returned after a bout of illness which kept him out last week and Max Davis coming on up front for Lewis Evans. Skipper Reece Kempton gave another great performance at Left Back and mopped up several opportunities for Colden Common showing real grit to not allow them through. HT 1-0.
Half time arrived and the boys looked in control but as usual with Common they had not made it easy as they demonstrated a really good work ethic throughout. Logan Dimond came on at half time for Harry Thomas who had worked really had in the first half at Centre Back, Adam French switched back into his usual position for Harry and Logan come onto the right side with Jack pushing across to the left side. On 35 min's a corner delivered by Logan found the head of Max Davis who's effort was comfortably saved. In the 41st minute Logan went close when his shot went just over the bar. On 45 Min's Harry Thomas came back on at Centre Mid to give Pete Couchman a well deserved rest. On 47 min's a ball was played back across our defensive line which we then failed to clear and this led to a Common equaliser allowing them back into the game. On 49 Min's Ben Beadle-Tipper got his chance replacing Max Davis and he made an instant impact on the game. On 50 Min's Lewis Evans came back on with Finley L-W to replace Jack Miles and Logan Dimond. in the 55th minute we picked up a free kick to the left side of Commons box about 20 yards out. Harry Tomas fancied it and set himself up for a crack at goal. Harry made a good contact sending the bar over the wall into the far top corner to put us back into the lead at 2-1. From here on in the lads closed the game out and had thoroughly deserved their place in the cup final. Last mention goes to Ben Daglish who had a quiet game in goal as we defended so well however when called into action he remained calm and composed and was able to deal with anything thrown at him. FT 1-2
Tyro Cup Final April 24th at AFC Totton Testwood Stadium - Kick off time TBC
28 Feb Pace Cougars 2-2 Sholing Whites
Man of the match - Reece Kempton
Goal scorers - Lewis Evans, Ben Beadle Tipper
The first half was played into the wind and was about being able to contain a very good Pace side in the hope that the boys could take it to them in the second period. But it was the Whites that struck early on after only a few minutes were on the clock when a great through ball was clipped on from Logan Dimond into the run of Lewis Evans who managed to get his shot away early. The Pace keeper did get a hand to it but it was bragging rights at Noadswood School on Monday to Lewis. 0-1. Pace were awarded a free kick on 7 min's but Ben Daglish was able to deal with it comfortably. A few minutes later a counter attack led to a shot from Logan who just put his effort narrowly over the Pace crossbar. Pace were awarded another free kick but this attempt went high and wide of the Sholing goal. On 25 Min's a ball was played over the top of our defence into the path of the Pace striker who was about 10 feet offside. The lineman waited until the ball was played by the striker and then raised his flag for an obvious and straight forward off-side. The lad rightly continued his run as the whistle was not blown and he cooly slotted to level the tie at 1-1. It was at this point that the official spotted the linesman still with his flag aloft. So pretty much all concerned expected the goal to be ruled out for a massive off-side. But no it was not to be the linesman was overruled. We rallyed the lads and told them to keep their focus. HT 1-1.
The boys were sent out for the second half and told to really take the game to them and use the wind to good effect. In the 33rd minute the Pace striker was put through but keeper Ben Daglish was brave and got to the ball first smothering the ball. The Pace player went to ground and the ref pondered for a moment as Pace parents were very vocal and awarded a penalty. Pace struck a good pen to make it 2-1. In the 49th minute after some good pressure a goal mouth scramble led to the White equaliser, Ben Beadle Tipper had the last touch and the ball seemed to take an age to cross the line after being handled by a Pace defender. Justice was served and we were in the ascendency 2-2. In the 58th minute Finley's shot was saved by the Pace Keeper who parried into the path of the on-running Logan Dimond who slotted home and turned to celebrate with his team mates. In our opinion this was a good goal but was ruled off-side even though they played the ball into our player. The boys were understandably miffed and a few yellows were brandished. That's taken us 5 years for anybody to earn a yellow card and like buses two come along at once.
Yet again our defence had been solid throughout and kept a superb focus and none more so than skipper Reece Kempton who was absolutely tremendous today and for me gave one of the best defensive displays of this season which made him very worthy of this weeks Man of the Match. All in all a frustrating game but it has to be said we are really proud of how the boys applied themselves and stuck to the task. FT 2-2
22 Feb Sholing Whites 7-0 Hiltingbury Hurricanes
Man of the match - Logan Dimond
Goal scorers - Lewis Evans 2, Finley Lintott-Warrillow, Max Davis, Peter Couchman, Isaac Evans, Harry Thomas
This fixture was switched to Test Park in order to get the match on having not played at BTC since early December. Not a great start to the game, however the scrappy football still produced 3 or 4 chances early doors. Max Davis had the ball in the back of the Hurricanes net on 7 mins' only for his effort to be disallowed. Max got off the mark eventually when he struck a free kick low into the corner on 12 min's to put us 1-0 up.
Hiltingbury nearly levelled on 18 min's but Adam French cleared off the line to keep them at bay. At this point we started to roll the subs on to keep things fresh. This was the theme for the remainder of the match and Hiltingbury struggled to cope with the fresh legs and high energy shown from here on in. Logan Dimond struck a free kick shortly after coming on which was saved by the keeper. Logan made a good impact on the game sending across several awkward corners and threading some decent early balls through causing real problems for the Hurricanes.
On 25 min's Peter Couchman playing in the CDM role finally gave us some breathing space when he followed up on rebound to make it 2-0. This was soon followed with the 3rd when Jack Miles well hit shot was saved only to be followed up by Lewis Evans who smashed his volley into the net making it 3-0 on 26 min's. The final goal before half time came on 30 min's when Logan delivered a low cross to Lewis Evans who tucked it away. A fantastic bit of link up play between Reece Kempton and Peter Couchman nearly resulted in a 5th first half goal. HT 4-0
Changes continued to be deployed in the second half giving many players the chance to rotate in a number of positions. On 36 min's Finley Lintott-Warrillow scrambled his effort into the goal after following up his initial effort to make it 5-0. A minute later he was down the other end making a goal line clearance.
As the boys piled on the pressure many were starting to wander off-side and the Hiltingbury linesmans right arm was starting to resemble that of Pop Eye.
On 48 Min's Isaac Evans made it 6-0 when he closed down the keepers clearance and his block ended up in the net. Lewis Evans nearly completed his hatrick late on. Harry Thomas completed the rout at 7-0.
This was our biggest win of the season and could so easily have been much more if it wasn't for some outstanding saves by the Hiltingbury keeper including two fine saves from Logan and Daniel Gregory who went close in the last minute.
Lastly a closing note to praise our keeper Ben Daglish for keeping two consecutive clean sheets and for Ben Beadle Tipper who stuck well to his task at left back when called into action. It's easy to keep mentioning the goal scorers who are in the thick of the action but more often than not our defensive players inc skipper Reece Kempton, Adam French, Daniel Gregory and Peter Couchman show great ability and are the backbone to our style of play. FT 7-0
Man of the match went to Logan Dimond for his much improved performance and great creativity.
7 Feb - Oakwood Lions 0-3 Sholing Whites
Tyro League Cup Quarter Final
Man of the match - Isaac Evans
Goal scorers - Finley Lintott-Warrillow, Max Davis, Peter Couchman,
After 7 weeks since our last competitive match the boys were understandably fired up and raring to go. The League Cup quarter final beckoned and with tough opposition in Oakwood Lions this was always going to be a good game. On a heavy pitch both teams played some decent football in the first half considering the conditions. It was Sholing that made the early breakthrough when Finley LW volleyed home from a headed flick on by Adam French after 10 minutes. Oakwood then had a good spell midway through and went very close with one effort striking the crossbar which was then smothered by Ben Daglish on the goal line. This was to be a pivitol point in the game which seemed to inspire the boys to raise their game. Isaac Evans started up front and caused problems for Oakwood throughout the first half and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. HT 1-0.
Several changes were made throughout the match keeping the boys active and allowing fresh legs to keep the pressure on the Lions. A free kick was awarded to Sholing early on in the second half near to the left hand corner. Max Davis had recalled the half time discussion about the Oakwood keepers positioning and he spotted he was way off his line again. Max rifled his shot in from a tight angle which completely caught Oakwood unaware making it 2-0. Oakwoods chances were kept to a minimum by some great defending by the whole team and it was right back Peter Couchman who had pushed up into centre midfield, that provided the final goal of the match to close it out at FT 3-0 - Through to the Semi Finals date and opponents yet to be confirmed
20 Dec - Sholing Whites 4-1 City Central
Man of the match - Adam French
Due to bad weather we moved this home fixture to Test Park on the 3g in order to get a game in on the day of the Christmas party. The City Central side were depleted in numbers but still gave a good account of themselves. The keeper for City Central was the difference between keeping the score below becoming a cricket score (not sure who he was but he was kept very busy). We decided to give all atleast 40 minutes today so several changes were made every 20 minutes. The opening goal was scored by Isaac Evans who also grabbed his second before half time. Many chances went begging and when Central managed to get one back it was hard to see how at half time there was only one goal in it. HT 2-1
The boys now had the wind up their backs and started to play some decent football. A third goal came when Peter Couchman struck his shot in off a City Central defender making it 3-1. The final goal came a few minutes from the final whistle when Ben Beadle Tipper was pushed up front. Ben was able to head home direct from a corner delivered By Logan Dimond and he also completed his first full match of the season. FT 4-1
Man of the match was Adam French which was won in a very bizarre manner (I'll say no more)
On to Razor ball and then off for a team meal out to bring in the Christmas break
13 Dec - Romsey Town Cougars 1-0 Sholing Whites
Man of the match - Harry Thomas
This fixture was played on the new 3g pitch at the Mountbatten School in Romsey. A few changes to how we lined up saw Harry Thomas come in at centre back with Adam French and Dan Gregory either side at full back, Reece Kemptom started as CDM along side Peter Couchman as CAM. Jack Miles and Finley L-W occupied both flanks with Lewis Evans being given the nod starting in attack. From the first whistle the boys played with a lot of flair and retained possession exceptionally well. The team were playing through the thirds as we have worked on so often and looked very comfortable on the ball. Around about 10 min's in however a cruel penalty was awarded to Romsey for hand ball after the ball sat up and struck Dan Gregory on the hand accidentally. Romsey duley tucked the resulting pen away to go 1-0 up. Not to be deterred the Whites continued to press and create chances but most efforts seemed to be struck directly at the Romsey keeper. Eventually when we did find the back of the net from Finley L-W it was ruled off-side. Adam French who was close to being awarded MOTM made several strong runs from the left back position causing havoc down the wing. Quite how we ended up 1-0 down at the break was beyond belief after playing possibly our best half of the season. HT 1-0
One change at half time saw the hard working Lewis Evans give way to Max Davis. We continued to play great flowing football and create chances with no final product. Romsey started to show a bit more of themselves in this half with a free kick that struck the cross bar and two great efforts which drew two excellent saves from Keeper Ben Daglish. On 45 Min's Isaac Evans replaced Jack Miles who had worked his socks off all game and played a blinder. Our defence deserved a MOTM award to themselves having kept Romsey at bay most of the game and playing some great football along the way. With only 5 mins left on the clock one last throw of the dice saw Logan Dimond and Ben Beadle Tipper come on to try and give us something from the game but it wasn't to be. Tough on the boys who didn't get much game time today but they will get their chance next week. FT 1-0
Man of the match was Harry Thomas who won everything in the air, was first to every challenge and showed some great centre half bursts in bringing the ball out to start of some our attacks.
22 Nov - Pace Pumas 2-7 Sholing Whites
Tyro League Cup R2
Man of the match - Jack Miles
Goal scorers - Max Davis, Dan Gregory, Harry Thomas, Finley Lintott-Warrillow, Jack Miles, Peter Couchman, Lewis Evans.
We started this game without keeper Ben Daglish as he was busy feeding Lions and Tigers leaving us to entertain the Pumas. Adam French usually at Centre half, agreed to don the gloves on this freezing morning at Testwood Sports College.
A very bright start was made to this league cup second round fixture with top scorer Max Davis driving in from the right to smash an early opener after just one minute. This was followed by a scrambled goal from a corner which was headed down by Finley L-W and went in off the keeper. Dan Gregory claimed the last touch so was awarded the goal. 2-0 up and Harry Thomas got in on the act with a third Whites goal on 15 min's. Then on 17 min's Finley L-W scored from a header direct from a corner to put us 4 up inside 17 minutes. Logan Dimond and Ben B-Tipper then replaced Reece Kempton and Dan Gregory. HT 0-4.
The second half brought about many changes with all doing their time on the sidelines giving us chance to try various options. This partly led to Pace getting a goal back to make it 4-1. Then the move of the game led to our 5th when Harry Thomas linked up superbly with Man of the match Jack Miles who drove home his shot on 35 min's. Lewis Evans playing up top for the first time in weeks finally got his goal but nearly managed to put it over the bar from close range. At 6-1 the game was not done as Peter Couchman now playing up front made it 7-1. Pace grabbed a late consolation goal on 57 min's to make the final score FT 7-2
Good run out for the whole team and a chance to get back to winning ways and rebuild a little bit of that all important confidence.
15 Nov - Gosport Borough Pumas 4-0 Sholing Whites
After being knocked off top spot in the league the boys were hoping to continue their run in the county cup to boost morale. Gosport Borough Pumas would always be a tough game although having beaten them in a pre-season friendly 5-2 we felt confident. Playing on a wet 3g pitch in Gosport on a very windy day made playing conditions difficult for both sides. We played with the wind up our backs in the first half hoping to gain an advantage leading into the break. After 20 mins with Gosport pretty much camped in their own half we had created very little and had no attempts on goal to speak of. A great save from Ben Daglish kept us in the game. On 20 mins Logan Dimond and Ben Beadle Tipper were replaced by top scorers Max Davis and Finley Lintott-Warrillow in the hope that we could get our noses in front. This change did freshen things up and we started to open Gosport up much more. Finley had a good shot on goal but it was straight down the middle. HT 0-0.
For the first 15 minutes the game was pretty even. Gosport were awarded a free kick which brought a fantastic save from Ben in goal parrying the ball away. However on 45 mins Gosport scored with a lucky long range effort which appeared to catch the stiff breeze and leave Ben stranded and unable to meet the bounce 1-0. A second came soon after for Gosport and by then the lads looked as if they knew that was game over. To come back in these conditions would be a big ask. We rang some late changes for the last 10 mins but 2 more late goals from the Pumas settled the tie.
One of the positives from the game was the performance of Man of the match Peter Couchman who is in a good vein of form and showing to good consistency in his game. FT 4-0
1 Nov - Sholing Whites 1-2 Romsey Cougars
Man of the match - Reece Kempton
Goal scorers: Ben Beadle-Tipper
A top of Div 1 encounter after Romsey sprung a surprise last week in beating Pace Cougar 2-1.
The boys started very lively from the first whistle playing some decent football, however Romsey scored first on 6 min's when a short back pass put in their forward to put them ahead with their first attack. Jack Miles who started on the bench replaced Lewis Evans after 12 min's on the right side of midfield. We continued to press Romsey with most of the play coming down the left flank with some good overlaps between Finley L-W and Reece Kempton. One low cross was flashed across the face of the Romsey goal but we couldn't get on the end of it. Ben Beadle- Tipper replaced Max Davis up top 2 min's before half time. Even though the boys were one down at the break they looked certain to get themselves back into the game HT 0-1.
At half time Logan Dimond and Lewis Evans replaced Dan Gregory and Adam French. The second half was to prove frustrating, however we did manage to break them down on 37 min's when Peter Couchman played into Harry Thomas who played a neat through ball into the path of Logan Dimond who hit a low cross for Ben Beadle-Tipper who got on the end of it and level the tie. The team continued to mount attacks and there only looked to be one winner, but sometimes football can be cruel. On 58 min's a Romsey counter attack made it 2-1. This was a bitter blow as the lads had been on top for most of this game. Being brutally honest we need to convert more of our chances if we are to mount a serious challenge on the league. FT 1-2