Scorers : Dan Mason 30, Alex Sawyer 38, TJ Cuthbertson 40, Marv McLean 57, Bradey Norton 75, Lee Wort 88
Date : Tuesday 26th September 2017 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Love Lane
Petersfield Town : Luke Eaton [c], Max Elward, Oliver Kershaw, Harry Tremlett (Michael Johnson 83), Grant Dove, Jordan Geddes, Grant Powell, Jon Small, Sean Evans (Joe Boxall 45), Luke Walker (Marcus Bedford 66), Will Essah. Subs not used : Indy Thomas & Michael Essai
Yellow Card :
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Owen Royl, Alex Sawyer (Jamie Bulpitt 83), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason (Barry Mason 79), Lee Wort, Bradey Norton. Subs not used : Pete Castle, Kev Brewster & Jack Smith
Yellow Card : Owen Roundell
Attendance : 73 (approx 25 Sholing fans)
Man of the Match : Bradey Norton
Referee : Nathan Cook Assistants : Catalin Tanase & Jack Hussey
Boatmen found our scoring boots to hit the Rams for six, with six different players on the scoresheet. Where Saturday's game saw no reward for incisive attacking play, tonight the back of the net repeatedly bulged and Sholing racked up our biggest win of the season thus far.
Team News : Byron Mason returned to the starting line-up, despite suffering with a heavy cold. Dan Miller also returned from injury. Dave Diaper changed the midfield around, bringing in Owen Royl to play a holding role & Bradey Norton to link up with Wort & Mason in an advanced position.
Was Sholing's first visit to Love Lane in some time and it found the home side currently bottom of the table, after a miserable couple of seasons for the Rams since they won the Wessex Prem in 2015. On a soft surface, with the pitch sloping from the clubhouse touchline down about 4 or 5 feet to the other side, Boatmen were quickest out the blocks and after 3 minutes, a deep cross found Byron Mason, but his looping header hit the bar.
Crosses into the box were causing Petersfield problems and another deep cross found Lee Wort, but he headed wide. Bradey Norton had a couple of surging runs into the box and Marv & TJ also were having success overlapping and cutting in as Sholing remained in control. On 30 minutes, the breakthrough came when a deep corner by Bradey Norton found Owen Roundell unmarked and his intelligent header back across the 6 yard box was nodded in at close range by DAN MASON.
Sholing then scored two goals in as many minutes to pretty much put the game to bed inside the first half. On 38 minutes, ALEX SAWYER collected the ball 20 yards from goal and his left foot shot took a slight deflection and fizzed inside the far post. A minute later and Sholing scored a high quality third goal. TJ CUTHBERTSON broke down the right, played a one-two with Dan Mason that nutmegged the defender and ran in on goal to calmly side-foot the ball inside the near post as the keeper was probably expecting a cut back. HT 0-3
Five minutes into the second half and Bradey Norton tried a flicked effort from a cross, but the keeper did well to save. Eaton in goal for Petersfield did even better soon after, as a goalbound powerful header from Lee Wort looked to be going in, until at full stretch, Eaton tipped it over the bar.
Just to prove that anything the right-back could do, the left back could do too, on 57 minutes, MARV MCLEAN grabbed himself a rare goal. It was a similar build up to TJ's goal, this time, Marv gave and go with a ball from Lee Wort playing him in and Marv opened himself up and finished well across the keeper and into the far corner.
To Petersfield's credit, they didn't let their heads drop and continued to encourage each other on the rare moments they got around Sholing's penalty area. However, they couldn't trouble Gosney, with shots more troubling to the cars parked beyond the trees. Lee Wort was trying his hardest to get onto the scoresheet and he created a couple of chances on his own with twisting runs, but couldn't find the finish to match. On 75 minutes, it was 5-0 as Byron Mason burst into the box and squared to BRADEY NORTON to poke the ball between the onrushing keepers legs from 12 yards.
The watching Sholing fans were willing LEE WORT to grab a deserved goal and with 2 minutes remaining, it duly arrived as Barry Mason found Worty in the box, he sidestepped a defender and the keeper and slotted home. After recent performances weren't rewarded with points, a win was the most important thing from tonight. However, Sholing never took Petersfield lightly and put in a top performance to boost their confidence ahead of a tough looking home game on Saturday. FT 0-6
Next Home Game : Sholing v Lymington Town - Saturday 30 Sept 3pm - Wessex Prem