Scorers : Owen Roundell 27, Lee Wort 45, Dan Mason 81
Date : Friday 18th August 2017 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Universal Stadium
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Owen Royl, Owen Roundell, Jack Smith (Jean-Luc Ramdin 33), Micky Hubbard, Barry Mason [c] (Connor Kelly 65), Jamie Bulpitt, Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Bradey Norton (Marlon Mason 77). Subs not used : Byron Mason & Dan Miller
Yellow Card : Micky Hubbard
Team Solent : Josh Milsom, Josh Davies (Ethan Taylor 63), Steven Black, Mitchell Byrne, Adeoye Olumuyiwa, Jim Orvis, Jack Wilson (Julian Stahler 57), Jemaal Wiseman [c], Giovanni Landu, Ryan Dacres-Smith, Jake Willis-Dellimore (Nathan Taylor 89). Subs not used : Curtis Thorn & Callum Short
Yellow Card : Giovanni Landu
Attendance : 114
Man of the Match : Jamie Bulpitt
Referee : Jacob Wright Assistants : Callum Waller & James Colley
A dominant performance by Sholing saw them create a host of chances against a young Team Solent side. The scoreline could have been a lot worse for the visitors if it wasn't for the woodwork and some wayward finishing. However, Boatmen got the deserved victory that takes them back to the top of the Wessex Prem.
Team News : Marv & Sawyer sat out the last game of their suspensions. Byron was joined on the bench by Dan Miller, both nursing injuries. Lee Wort returned to the starting line up on his Birthday.
Sholing had all the early pressure with Bradey Norton looking lively on the left wing, but it was the visitors who perhaps should have scored with their first attack on 8 minutes. A cross from the wing found a Solent player unmarked in the 6 yard box, but he couldn't make a clean connection and Gosney was able to kick it away.
Dan Mason forced ex-Sholing keeper, Josh Milsom, into a good save and from the resultant corner, Dan met it with a header that was beaten away by Milsom. Norton was having a lot of joy cutting in from the flank, but on 25 mins he dragged his shot wide of the upright.
Boatmen got the breakthrough as the pressure built on 27 minutes. A corner broke to Jack Smith on the edge of the area and his shot was diverted past the keeper by OWEN ROUNDELL. It was Smith's last action as he went off with a knock with Jean-Luc Ramdin coming on and going to right back, with TJ going to centre back.
Jamie Bulpitt put over an excellent curling cross on 36 mins that was met at the back stick by Bradey Norton, but his header hit the post. Jean-Luc was on the front foot immediately and his overlapping run saw him put over a great cross to Dan Mason, but the striker couldn't get a clean connection. Barry Mason then freed Jean-Luc who advanced into the area, but poked a shot wide of the far post.
Just as the half came to and end, Sholing grabbed their second. A high hanging cross from Micky Hubbard cut out the keeper and LEE WORT arrived at the back post to side foot an effort that flicked off the keeper and into the net for a Birthday goal. HT 2-0
Sholing, comfortably ahead, but wanting more goals, upped the tempo after the restart to spend nearly all the half camped in the Solent defensive third. Lee Wort dinked a cross to Bradey Norton, but he nodded down and wide of the post. Some nice link up play saw Dan Mason give and go with Wort to open up space in the area, but Dan blazed over.
Jamie Bulpitt was pulling the strings in midfield and almost grabbed a goal for himself on 63 minutes when he let fly from 22 yards, but Josh Milson just got a finger tip on the ball to divert it onto the post. From the corner, Owen Roundell nodded down, but the keeper just got across to push the ball away.
Marlon Mason had come on for Norton and was showing good pace down the right flank, linking up well and he set up the third goal when his cross into DAN MASON saw last season's top scorer swivel and sweep a shot from 8 yards into the far corner. Lee Wort evaded a number of defenders as he drove across the box, but for the 3rd time, the woodwork saved Solent as Wort smacked an effort off the base of the upright. Dan Mason had another chance to score but fired inches over.
There was a slightly farcical couple of minutes where two goal bound efforts hit Solent defenders near the line, without them knowing much, if anything, about it. With 2 minutes remaining, Solent themselves were rueing the woodwork as from a good move, a shot flicked off the top of the bar with the goal gaping. FT 3-0
Next Home Game : Sholing v Whitchurch United - Tuesday 22nd August 7:45pm - Hampshire Cup
Photos courtesy of Ray Routledge