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Scorers : Kevin Brewster 67 & 76 (pen), Marv Mclean 73

Date : Tuesday 5 December 2017 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex League Cup 3rd Round

Venue : Universal Stadium

Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Owen Royl, Owen Roundell, Alex Sawyer, Dan Miller, Kevin Brewster (Jamie Bulpitt 80), TJ Cuthbertson, Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Rory Wood (Marlon Mason 66), Marv Mclean.  Subs not used : Jack Smith, Barry Mason, Duncan Brown

Yellow Card :  Owen Roundell

Petersfield Town : Luke Eaton, Joshua Fagelman, Joshua Gilbert, Max Elward, Joshua Wycherley [c], Sean Evans, Luke Walker, Luke Kendall, Billy Connor, Indy Thomas, Harry Tremlett.  Subs : Daniel Mortimer, Paul Widger, Sam Neal, Matt Collins

Yellow Card :  Joshua Wycherley & Max Elward

Attendance : 53

Man of the Match : Kevin Brewster

Referee : Michael Ballard  Assistants : Ray Hanslip & John Shepherd

Sholing continued their defence of the League Cup with a win over Petersfield to advance into the Quarter Finals.  Scoreline didn't reflect the one-sided nature of the game, with all the goals coming in a 9 minute spell in the last 25 minutes.

Team News : Diapes tried out a different formation, going with a 3-5-2, with Roundell, Miller & Royl at the back and TJ & Marv pushed forward. Kev Brewster came into midfield and Rory Wood partnered Dan Mason.

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The pattern for the whole game was set in the first 10 minutes as wave after wave of Sholing attacks pinned Petersfield back into their half. Marv & Sawyer both fired wide, before a nice one touch move ended with Alex hitting a half-volley just over the bar.  Rory Wood and Dan Mason also fired just off target, before Byron flicked a header just past the upright. 

Best chance fell to Alex Sawyer, with time only 10 yards out, but he didn't get a clean connection and the keeper was able to block.  Kev Brewster put a 20 yard freekick just wide, before curling in a deep corner that was met at the far post by Dan Miller, but almost out of play, he headed against the crossbar.  More half chances came and went, with Sholing not able to work the keeper enough.  HT 0-0

The Petersfield goalmouth continued to live a charmed existance at the start of the second half, this time TJ smashed a 12 yard effort off the underside of the crossbar and no one could force in the follow up.  Rory Wood went through on goal, but just as he was about to square to Dan Mason to tap in, the ball took a horrible bobble. Petersfield may not have been creating much going forward, but were throwing themselves in front of everything in their own penalty area, twice with blocks in a scrambled Sholing attack.

Finally, on 67 minutes the Boatmen broke the deadlock. A freekick out on the right side was curled into the six yard box by KEV BREWSTER where it missed everyone, including the keeper, and bounced up high into the net.

Wasn't long to wait until the second goal, as MARV MCLEAN collected the ball on the edge of the area, made room on his unfavoured right foot and fired in a low shot inside the post, leaving the keeper motionless.  Almost straight from the restart, Marv tried the same move again, but this time was tripped from behind for a clear penalty.  KEV BREWSTER dispatched the spot kick with his usual aplomb, making it 7 goals in 6 Cup games this season for Brewy.

Despite being a spectator for most the game, Gosney was finally called into action to save low down by his near post.  There was just time left for the Rams crossbar to be rattled for a third time in the match, as Alex Sawyer saw his 22 yard effort cannon off the woodwork.   Sholing are away to Newport IW in the Quarter Final.  FT 3-0

Next Game : Sholing v Cowes Sports - Saturday 9 Dec 3pm - Wessex Premier

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