Scorers : Marv Mclean 52
Date : Tuesday 12 December 2017 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : St George's Park
Newport IW : Gary Streeter [c], Will Quigley (Lewis Wright 66), Liam Triggs, Aidan Sainsbury, Jared Wetherick, Spike Pearce, Darren Powell (Liam Newbold 45), Aurele Beya, Connor Kelly, Josh Younie. Unused sub: Jack Turkinton
Yellow Card : Aidan Sainsbury
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv Mclean, Pete Castle, Dan Miller, Owen Roundell, Kevin Brewster (Lee Wort 50), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Alex Sawyer, Jack Smith (Jamie Bulpitt 67). Subs not used : Owen Royl, Marlon Mason, Duncan Brown
Yellow Card : Jack Smith & Owen Roundell
Attendance : 89
Man of the Match : Byron Mason
Referee : Adam Hillier Assistants : Alistair Taylor & Arron Tree
Boatmen extended their unbeaten run in the League to 10 games with a good display on the Island to defeat Newport. Marv Mclean made it two goals in two games with a 52nd minute winner.
Team News: With Dave & Marc Diaper unavailable, Iain Calder took charge of the team and continued with 3 at the back with TJ & Marv pushing on with a formation that was first tried against Petersfield. Lee Wort returned from injury for a place on the bench.
The Newport pitch looked in good condition, despite the recent frosts and heavy rain. It was certainly soft underfoot, but both teams started the game playing it around on the deck, with Sholing creating the first chance when Dan Mason spun and got to the byline, but his cross zipped across the 6 yard box, evading everyone. Dan then got his head to a swun in cross by Brewster, but the striker's flick header going narrowly over. Newport's best moves going forward came from Connor Kelly, who started this season at Sholing. A couple of shots flashed wide from the home team, but nothing to trouble Gosney.
Jack Smith went close to a rare goal, but his looping header following a big scramble in the box, dropped onto the roof of the net. Sholing were denied a penalty on 21 mins when Dan Mason's goalbound flick appeared to hit the outstretched hand of a Newport defender, but the Referee played on. The home side's best chance of the half, saw their big striker, Beya, run into space on the left side of the area, but he blazed his shot over the angle of the woodwork.
For the last 10 minutes of the First half, it was all Sholing and Dan Mason in particular, will be wondering how he didn't get on the scoresheet in a mad couple of minutes. Dan was put clear to run at the keeper, his first shot was saved by Gary Streeter as was his follow up. Then quickly after, a ball across to Dan, seemed to only need a tap in at the far post, but the normally lethal striker decided not to take it first time and as he tried to get it onto his right foot, he was closed down. HT 0-0
Second half started as the first had finished, with Sholing perhaps trying to walk the ball into the net, with players teeing each other up instead of getting a first time shot away. With the rain now lashing down, 5 mins into the half, Iain Calder decided to add more fire power to the attack, sending on Lee Wort for Brewy and it immediately paid dividends. Lee Wort cut into space inside the area, got off a shot, that spun up off a defender, but nicely into the path of MARV MCLEAN, who had arrived from the left wing into the 6 yard box to score.
Boatmen went looking for the second goal, Bulpitt (who had replaced the booked & lectured Jack Smith) smashed a shot just over and then from a corner, the ball dropped to Pete Castle, but his off balance shot was smothered by Streeter. Lee Wort was causing problems for the home defence running at them and he came close to grabbing a goal when Byron set him up inside the box, but his angled shot smacked off the crossbar.
As you would expect, the home side piled on late pressure, but unlike in other recent Boatmen matches, there was to be no wonder goal to deny us, as Newport's two best openings saw shots on the turn go high and wide. Sholing saw out 5 mins of added time to get a deserved win for a hard working performance and good shift by all the players. Also, our 17th clean sheet of the season. FT 0-1
Next Game : Baffins Milton Rovers v Sholing - Saturday 16 Dec 3pm - Wessex Premier