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Scorers :  Lee Wort 3, 49, 58, 67, 78,  Jake Hoole 12, Bradley Targett 14, 56, 75,  Kevin Brewster 48 (pen), Marv McLean 79

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018 - 7:45pm - Russell Cotes Cup First Round

Venue: Universal Stadium

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson (Marv McLean 62), Owen Royl, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Kevin Brewster [c], Bradley Targett, Alex Sawyer (Ryan Mackney 46), Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt, Jake Hoole. Unused Subs: Byron Mason, Dan Mason, Pete Castle

Yellow Cards: Jake Hoole

QK Southampton: Mitchell Parker, Brad Dalton, Ben Blake, Dan Gain, Lawrence Dywer [c], George Woodhall, Jordan Breen, Kieran Shergold, Tunde Akintula, Connor Reed, Chuk Okafor.  Subs : Kion Knights, Dan Cooper, Blake Creswell, Hyas Warshow, Pedro D'Sousa

Yellow Cards: Mitchell Parker, Kieran Shergold

Attendance: 97

Referee: Jacob Wright  Assistants: Darren Colley & Ryan Thomas

Lee Wort went one better than last week's game against QK Southampton, by scoring 5 goals as Sholing progressed in the Russell Cotes Cup.  There was also a first senior hat-trick for Brad Targett as the goals rained in at the Universal Stadium.

Team News : Diaps handed the captain's armband to Kev Brewster (making his 474th appearance for the club) as Byron sat out the game.  The Russell Cotes (Hampshire FA benevolent Cup) is the only local competition that Sholing have failed to reach the final in.

As always seems to happen every season, Boatmen were drawn against the same side twice in local cup competitions. Unfortunately for Hampshire Premier side, QK Soton, it was only a week since they lost 8-0 on the same pitch and this game was to be even tougher for them.

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Took 3 minutes for Sholing to take the lead as LEE WORT broke the offside trap and as the keeper rushed out, he knocked the ball to the side of him and slotted into the empty net.  On 12 minutes a Brewster corner fell at the feet of JAKE HOOLE who fired into the opposite corner.  It was 3-0 after 14 mins when a lovely through ball by Jamie Bulpitt freed TJ on the overlap, his low cross eventually finding BRAD TARGETT at the far post to prod the ball in from 6 yards.

Game entered a lull as Sholing were overplaying a little and QK worked a couple of decent opportunities, one of which was a shot that was pushed round the post by Gosney.  His opposite number, Parker, then pulled off a terrific double save to deny Wort.  HT 3-0

After Wort was clattered in the box on 48 mins, KEVIN BREWSTER stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.  A minute later and it was 5-0 as LEE WORT scored at the second attempt after QK made things difficult for themself on the edge of their own box.   On 56 minutes, Jake Hoole dropped a shoulder to get to the byline and crossed to the far post where BRAD TARGETT took a touch and from a tight angle, fired across the keeper and into the far corner.  LEE WORT had his third hat-trick of the season on 58 mins, firing in after Owen Roundell had done well to retrieve the ball and set him up.

The goals kept flowing, with LEE WORT scoring his 4th on 67 mins, once again, slotting into an empty net after Sholing had won possession.  On 75 mins, BRAD TARGETT claimed his first hat-trick in senior football as the 17 year old smashed a first time volley from the edge of the area, high into the net for the Boatmen's ninth goal.

Goals Ten & Eleven arrived within a minute of each other with 12 minutes to go. Firstly LEE WORT's shot was too powerful for the keeper and then MARV MCLEAN swept in at the far post.  It could have been more, but Parker made at least 10 decent saves. 

It was hard on QK to be the whipping boys two weeks running and to their credit, they kept going and showed a lot of spirit.  Both sides were playing the game the right way, but the gulf in quality was clearly obvious. For Sholing, it was the 6th win on the spin and 11th clean sheet of the campaign. The Boatmen have scored 66 goals in just 19 games this season, with Lee Wort now leading scorer on 23.  FT 11-0

Next Game :  Sholing v Lymington Town - Saturday 20 October 3pm - Wessex Premier