Scorers : Marv McLean 54, Lee Wort 60, Rory Wood 90
Date : Tuesday 31st October 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Universal Stadium
Sholing : Ryan Gosney TJ Cuthbertson, Marv Mclean, Duncan Brown, Dan Miller, Kevin Brewster (Owen Royl 66), Barry Mason (Rory Wood 74), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt. Subs not used : Jack Smith, Owen Roundell & Jamie Bray
Yellow Card :
Hamworthy United : Andy Knights, Jamie Filking (Dan O'Sullivan 51), Declan Randall, Brandon Randall, Nathan Walker [c], Sam Clarke, Nick Swan, Max Buckler, Edgar Zanin, Dan Cann (Steve Smith 22), Carl Preston. Sub not used : Conor Jevon
Yellow Card :
Attendance : 60
Man of the Match : Marv McLean
Referee : Michael Taylor Assistants : Declan Skehan & Lewis Walker
Sholing continued their fine run of form with a strong performance to defeat Hamworthy United, who, coming into the game, were 5th in the table. All the goals came in the second half, as Marv McLean, Lee Wort & Rory Wood found the back of the net.
Team News : Marv & Worty returned from suspension and Kev Brewster & Dan Miller also slotted back into the team. Duncan Brown was given another game after doing well against Fareham, but Bradey Norton missed out through injury. Some better news on the injury front is that Alex Sawyer should be back within the next week or so.
Sholing started on the front foot and dominated possession in the opening 20 minutes and created several decent chances to score. Both full backs were having success getting forward, with Marv skinning the right back a couple of times, but it was from the other side the first effort on goal came from as TJ crossed for Barry Mason to head just over the bar. Dan Mason fired a shot on the angle wide before a Kev Brewster corner delivered into the near post found TJ in space, but he nodded wide of the upright.
Took Hamworthy until 21 minutes to look threatening and they probably should have scored when a ball in from the left found an unmarked player arriving, but he hit it first time wide when well placed. Sholing went down the other end and from a corner a header that seemed to come off a couple of players at the same time, was cleared near the line, but only to Barry Mason on the edge of the area who connected with a fierce shot, that Knights' in the Hamworthy goal did well to palm away.
It was Lee Wort who then drew an even better save from the keeper as his run across the face of the area ended with a well struck shot that Knights' tipped over the bar with a spectacular save. Marv once again, showed his pace and skill to get to the byline, but his cut back was blocked, before TJ smacked a shot on the run wide. HT 0-0
Sholing picked up where they left off and continued to increase the pressure on the visitors with a succession of corners causing problems for the Hamworthy defence as the ball just wouldn't fall for a player in red & white to finish. However, on 54 minutes, it did fall right and Sholing took a deserved lead. Interplay down the right saw Barry Mason overlap into the space and fire a cross that evaded the men in the middle, but arrived at the feet of MARV MCLEAN who controlled and finished well past the keeper.
A couple of minutes later, it was almost a second, as again, Barry delivered into the area, where Dan Mason stooping header spun up towards the top corner, but Knights did well to claw it out. Boatmen doubled the lead on the hour mark when Gosney's ball over the top saw LEE WORT in a race with a defender and the keeper and he showed a lot of hunger to beat them both to the dropping ball on the edge of the area and head over the outstretched hand of Knight and despite a last ditch lunge to try to clear it, the ball just had enough momentum to cross the line.
On 62 minutes it was almost number three as Dan Miller connected well with a header from a corner, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line. Sholing were looking comfortable and able to deal with Hamworthy's attacks, with none giving Gosney too much to worry about. Duncan Brown was putting in another promising performance at the back, keeping it simple, helped by Dan, TJ & Marv.
Lee Wort continue to hunt for more goals, but a couple of runs ended with shots that didn't trouble the keeper as the game got a little scrappy as Hamworthy's frustrations showed. However, as the clock ticked to 90 minutes, Sholing got a third when substitute, RORY WOOD, was put clear by Lee Wort to race clean through, he had Byron free to his left, but opted to go for goal and was rewarded when his right foot effort from 12 yards had enough power to stay on target despite the keeper getting a hand to it.
It rounded off a good performance from the Boatmen, our 10th game unbeaten, with 7 clean sheets in our last 8 games and 14 "doughnuts" for the season thus far. FT 3-0
Next Game : Sholing U18 v Clevedon Town U18 - FA Youth Cup, Thursday 2 Nov 8pm
Next Away Game : Bashley v Sholing - Saturday 4 Nov 3pm - Wessex Prem