Scorers : Alex Sawyer 11 (Pen), Dan Mason 19, Jamie Bulpitt 29, Jake Hoole 54, Lee Wort 63
Date: Tuesday 27th March 2018 7:30pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division
Venue: The Universal Stadium
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Harry Butler, Owen Royl, Pete Castle (Frazer McLean 54), Jamie Bulpitt (Kevin Brewster 72), Alex Sawyer, Jake Hoole, Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort (Marlon Mason 76), Marv McLean. Subs not used : Owen Roundell, Jamie Bray
Newport IW: Gary Streeter [c], Liam Newbold, Liam Trigg, Aidan Sainsbury, Jared Wetherick, Martin McDonagh, Lewis Wright, Darren Powell (Aiden Radford 54), Charlie Urry, Aurele Beya, Mark Taylor.
Yellow Cards: Liam Newbold, Aidan Sainsbury, Aurele Beya, Mark Taylor.
Referee: Connor Bowdidge Assistant Referees: Brian Francis & Chris Bull
Man of the Match: Marv McLean
There were five different scorers as the Boatmen cruised to a comfortable win over relegation threatened, Newport IW. It was one way traffic for most of the match as for once, the league table positions didn't lie and Sholing were able to put a disappointing previous week behind them with a big win.
Team News: Dan Miller was missing through injury and might struggle to play again this season. Owen Roundell was nursing a knock and only fit enough for the bench. TJ missed out through the start of a 2 game suspension. Development squad captain, Harry Butler, made his first start for the first team, meanwhile Lee Wort returned from injury and Marv McLean, who had only got off a plane from Jamaica at lunchtime, also started.
Newport, sitting 2nd from bottom of the Wessex Prem, could only muster 12 players for the game and were on the back foot from the first minute and it wasn't long until Sholing made the breakthrough. On 11 minutes Marv McLean showed no signs of jet-lag as he skinned the Newport right sided players, but as he was about to cut back the ball from the byline, he was tripped from behind, not enough to make him go to ground, but the ref was well placed to see it and award a penalty. ALEX SAWYER became the latest player to be given responsibility from the spot and he sent Streeter the wrong way to score.
Jake Hoole was looking lively on the ball and on 15 minutes, his shot across the keeper smacked off the base of the post and just beyond any Sholing players. Newport were gifting the ball back to Sholing as wave after wave of attack came their way and on 19 minutes, it was 2-0 when Lee Wort chased a ball into the near post which he managed to lift up & over the keeper to the far post where the arriving DAN MASON beat two defenders to nod it over the line for his 25th goal of the season.
On the half hour, Sholing had the game pretty much won already when they scored the goal of the game with a lovely move and finish. Dan Mason slotted a ball into the area towards Lee Wort, who dummied it for the arriving JAMIE BULPITT to skip past a defender and fire in with his left foot from 12 yards. It could have been more half time, with Streeter doing well to deny Dan Mason's powerful header. HT 3-0
Straight from the restart, Newport had their best moment of the match as Taylor smashed a dipping shot from fully 30 yards that pinged off Gosney's crossbar. However, it was soon back to the pattern of the first half as it was backs to the wall for the visitors, with Sholing grabbing their 4th on 54 mins. From a corner, all hell broke loose in the area as the ball pinged around like crazy, with two shots cleared off the line, but when the ball came out to JAKE HOOLE, he made space on the edge of the area and fired low into the bottom corner.
LEE WORT got the goal he deserved for stretching the Newport defence time and time again, when once again, he got beyond the final Newport player, who tried to bring him down from behind, but Wort was able to ride that tackle, compose himself and slot past the keeper for his 21st of the season.
On 69 mins, Jake Hoole tried a copy of his goal by shooting on the run from the edge of the area, with the ball taking a wicked bounce in front of Streeter, who did well to react and palm the ball up, but to Dan Mason who nodded into the net, but the linesman adjudged him to be offside. Sholing were still looking like scoring with every attack, with Frazer McLean, Marv McLean, Kev Brewster, Jake Hoole & Dan Mason all having efforts saved by Streeter, who not for the first time against Sholing, was keeping the scoreline respectable for a Newport side that tired in the final 10 mins, picking up several yellows for late tackles & back-chat. Boatmen defence will have harder games for sure, but the cleansheet was number 24 of the season, with a paltry 9 goals conceded at home in 17 league games. FT 5-0
Next Game : AFC Portchester v Sholing - Saturday 3pm - Wessex Premier
Easter Monday : Team Solent v Sholing - 3pm - Wessex Premier