Scorers : Alex Sawyer 6, Jake Hoole 43, Dan Mason 45+1, Dan Miller 53, Lee Wort 56 & 90+2
Date: Thursday 12th April 2018 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division
Venue: Test Park
Team Solent: Lee Webber, Jim Orvis, Ethan Taylor, Joshua Davies, Mitchell Byrne (Julian Stahler 58), George Butler [c], Ryan Dacres-Smith, Jack Wilson (Steven Black 69), Silvano Obeng, Hisham Kasimu (Tam Demunga 69), Tyrell Mitford. Subs not used : James Taylor, John Wallace
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Harry Butler (Dan Miller 45), Marv McLean, TJ Cuthbertson, Owen Roundell, Jack Smith, Alex Sawyer (Frazer McLean 58), Byron Mason [c] (Owen Royl 74), Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jake Hoole. Subs not used : Jamie Bulpitt & Marlon Mason
Yellow Cards: Alex Sawyer
Attendance: 50ish? (approx 25 Sholing fans)
Referee: Tim Godfray Assistant Referees: Alex Staniforth & Lewis Walker
Man of the Match: Jack Smith
Boatmen continued to bang in the goals, making it 17 in our last 4 games with an empathic victory on the road at Team Solent. Three goals in each half, were matched by lots of other good chances to score as Dave Diaper's team romped to an impressive win.
Team News: Butler & Roundell returned to the side as Diapes continued to rotate the squad with so many games being played in such a short space of time. Dan Miller also returned to start on the bench. Solent had ex-Sholing veteran, Lee Webber in goal and he had a young defence in front of him with Solent missing some players. The game was given the go ahead by the match referee to be played on the main grass pitch.
Sholing fans had another remarkable goal to add to the list seen recently when the Boatmen took the lead on 6 minutes. ALEX SAWYER'S ring wing corner appeared to be drifting straight out of play, but with all the players watching the ball, it floated under the bar and in off the far post! The game was quite even for a spell with most of the play in midfield, but Sholing had the next chance to score when from a corner, Owen Roundell rose well at the far post, but his header flicked off the angle of post & bar.
Ryan Gosney was called into action a couple of times to deal with low shots that skidded quickly off the wet grass, but in the final three minutes of the half, Sholing took control of the game with two goals. On 43 mins, a Gosney drop kick was flicked on by Dan Mason through the middle to JAKE HOOLE who beared down on goal and as Webber came out, Jake skillfully lifted the ball over the keeper for a cool finish. Then in added time, Solent's young defence showed their inexperience by conceding possession just outside their own area and were made to pay as Sawyer fed DAN MASON to draw the keeper and slot the ball into the far corner. HT 0-3
Alex Sawyer curled a shot inches wide at the start of the second half before his corner led to Sholing's 4th goal. DAN MILLER, who came on at half time, met the ball at the far post and his header was too powerful for Webber to keep out. It was another quick-fire double for the Boatmen as 3 minutes later, Jake Hoole released LEE WORT to outstrip his marker and race from the right channel at goal and from the edge of the area, he sidefooted the ball low into the far corner. Sholing defence were not giving Solent's 30-goal striker, Kasimu, a sniff as the away side dominated the second half.
It was one-way traffic against a tired looked Solent with Sholing creating a host of chances and on another night, Dan Mason would have walked away with at least a hat-trick. Firstly he put a shot agonisingly wide, then another was excellently saved by Webber, then from a peach of the cross by TJ, he headed just over and when D-Dan did manage to go round the keeper, his firmly hit effort towards an empty net was somehow put over the bar by a Solent defender who then clattered into the post.
In added time, Sholing grabbed their 6th when LEE WORT, firstly had a chip over the keeper hacked clear near the line, but the Boatmen won the ball back in midfield, spread it out to the right wing, where the overlapping Jack Smith put over a cross that an unmarked Wort controlled at the far side of the 6 yard box before drilling inside the near post for his 25th of the season. FT 0-6
Next Game : Saturday 14th, Alresford Town v Sholing 3pm
(Thanks to Gavin for the video of Lee Wort's goal)
Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)