Scorers : Alex Sawyer 21, Lee Wort 48, Owen Roundell 63 / Tom Man 23, Owen Fee 28
Date : Saturday 30 September 2017 - 3:00pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Universal Stadium
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Jean-Luc Ramdin, Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Owen Royl (Jamie Bulpitt 57), Bradey Norton (Barry Mason 78), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Alex Sawyer. Subs not used: Jake Hoole, Kevin Brewster
Yellow Card: Jean-Luc Ramdin & Barry Mason
Lymington Town : Ross Casey, Nick Magee (Callum Davies 34), Jake Long, Zac Pickett, Ross Bottomley [c], Steve Walker, Ashley Jarvis, Tom Man (Charlie Willett 64), Sam House, Adam Roberts, Owen Fee. Subs not used: Ryan Fuller, Matt Page, Harry Hawkins.
Yellow Card: Jake Long, Steve Walker & Ashley Jarvis
Red Card: Zac Pickett
Attendance : 139
Man of the Match : Bradey Norton
Referee : Adam Baker Assistants: Sam Harvey & Joseph Kidd
Owen Roundell headed the winner on his 100th appearance for the Boatmen as Sholing came from behind against Lymington, who had to play for 10 men for over an hour.
Team News: Dave Diaper made one enforced change from the side that emphatically won against struggling Petersfield in midweek, as Jean-Luc Ramdin replaced the suspended TJ Cuthbertson at right-back. Lymington arrived at the Universal Stadium on the back of very good start to the season and were unbeaten in the league away from home.
Lymington won the toss and enforced a turn around with Sholing attacking the clubhouse end in the 1st half. It was Sholing who got into the game first with Jean-Luc Ramdin breaking down the right and his cross picked out Dan Mason but the striker fired over on the angle. Lee Wort then had his shot blocked by Ross Casey. Sholing were penetrating the Lymington defence but could get on the final ball to capitalise on the pressure. Bradey Norton had a shot from 25 yards but his effort just cleared Casey’s crossbar.
Ryan Gosney was called into action at the other end on 15 minutes, however, with an excellent reflex save he tipped over Owen Fee’s point-blank range volley. On 17 minutes Sholing were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Dan Mason & Alex Sawyer both lined up the free kick and it was Alex Sawyer who curled the free kick wide.
Bradey Norton flashed another shot over the bar from distance. It was Bradey again who was instrumental in the Boatmen’s opener. Bradey Norton picked out ALEX SAWYER breaking into the box with a lovely weighted reverse pass and Sawyer did the rest with a neat one-on-one finish on 21 minutes.
It took only two minutes for Lymington to restore parity, however, when Adam Roberts found Tom Man in space on the right side of the area and he finished well. Within five minutes, the visitors had completed the turnaround against the run of play when Owen Fee ended a sweeping move that exposed gaps in the Sholing midfield & defence and he fired in beyond the advancing Ryan Gosney.
Following cautions to Long, Walker & ex-Sholing player Jarvis, the match was turned on it’s head on 33 minutes when Zac Pickett saw red for a dangerous, late tackle on Owen Royl that left referee Adam Baker with little choice but to dismiss the midfielder. Dave Lewis immediately sacrificed Nick Magee bring on Callum Davies. Owen Royl continued after treatment albeit gingerly. Sholing continued to press for an equaliser but couldn’t breakdown the resilient ten men HT: 1-2
The 2nd half began dramatically as LEE WORT'S fine individual goal brought the Boatmen level, Wort ran at a back peddling Lymington defence, broke into the right side of the penalty area and fired the ball off the inside of the near the post on 48 minutes.
On 63 minutes the comeback was complete and it was fitting that OWEN ROUNDELL on his 100th appearance should put the Boatmen ahead. It was Bradey Norton’s corner from the right who picked out an unmarked Roundell who placed his header back beyond the keeper and into the far corner.
Two minutes later Jean-Luc Ramdin was the first Sholing player to receive a yellow card. Once again it was Bradey Norton looking for a goal when he fired inches over with a powerful shot. This was Bradey’s last action for the Boatmen as he was replaced by Barry Mason, however a couple of minutes later, Barry was next in Referee Bakers notebook. Then it was Jean-Luc Ramdin’s turn to only receive a lecture following his clumsy tackle and escape a 2nd yellow. The referee was in the centre of the action as the flow of the game was constantly interrupted by stoppages.
Sholing pressed for a fourth goal with Alex Sawyer firing his effort into the side netting and then Ross Casey denied Lee Wort a second goal with a full length dive to push the striker's low shot round the post.
Lymington were hunting for a late equaliser, but despite spells of keeping Sholing pinned back in their half, they couldn't create an effort to worry Gosney and the Boatmen came away with all the points. FT 3-2
After the match Dave Diaper felt Sholing made life difficult for themselves : “Having recently lost three in a row, which is unacceptable for me, this was a very important result for us although it wasn’t as comfortable as it should have been. We dominated the game, but the sending-off probably helped them as our ball retention was disappointing and we didn’t capitalise as we should have done. Individual errors crept in, they didn’t change their system and we struggled against that at times. We had to work for the win, we deserved it in the end and there can be no arguments about the sending off. Last season we only conceded 37 goals but we gave away two more disappointing goals today, so we need to work on the defensive aspect of our game as clean sheets are so vital."
Report by Jamie Spoor
Next Game : Bournemouth Poppies v Sholing - Saturday 7 October 3pm - Wessex Prem