Scorers : Dan Mason 8, 42 (pen), 49, TJ Cuthbertson 63, Jake Hoole 65
Date: Saturday 12 January 2019 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue: The Sports Ground
Lymington Town: Nic Jones, Tom Man, Fabio Manuel, Elliot Cross, Brad McGookin, Ryan Fuller, Ashley Jarvis, Lewis Ross, Nick Watts, Charlie Hennan, Mike Gosney [c]. Subs: Jason Walbanke, Pierce McNamara, Eammon Duffy, Carlo Tate
Yellow Cards: ?
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Owen Royl (Jack Smith 75), Alex Sawyer (Kevin Brewster 76), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason (Bradey Norton 75), Lee Wort, Jake Hoole. Unused Subs: Jamie Bulpitt & Nick O'Donnell
Attendance: 101 (approx 20 Sholing fans)
Referee: Paul Barber Assistants: Andre Linford & Craig Sandoe
Dan Mason scored a hat-trick to move to a remarkable, 40 goals already this season, as the Boatmen won big on their travels yet again. There were also memorable strikes from TJ Cuthbertson & Jake Hoole and the team's 5th clean sheet in a row as Sholing march on.
Team News: Pete Castle & Brad Targett were unavailable and Jamie Bulpitt was only fit enough for the bench, but the first team's ranks were boosted by the return of Bradey Norton. Bradey spent the last year travelling and playing in Australia and will be a welcome addition to the squad that is still fighting on 5 fronts for silverware.
Sholing started brightly against a Lymington side that looked strong on paper at the start of the season, but their current position in the table is no doubt a disappointment to them. On 4 minutes a left wing cross by Marv was chested by Wort to the arriving Sawyer, but he shot over. The interplay between midfield & attack by Sholing was creating spaces for midfield runners, with Byron Mason next to find a gap to run into, but his shot was deflected round the post by the keeper. However, from the corner, Sholing took the lead on 8 minutes. Alex Sawyer's cross was nodded towards the far post by Byron Mason, where DAN MASON quickly reacted with a first time sidefoot just inside the post.
Boatmen were looking comfortable, perhaps too comfortable as they dropped the tempo, allowing Lymington to have three pretty good chances to score. On 25 minutes, a diagonal ball sent Mike Gosney in through the left channel, but his angled shot didn't trouble his brother in the Sholing goal. A minute later, a sloppy backpass presented Ashley Jarvis with a 1-on-1 with Ryan Gosney, with the keeper denying former Boatmen, Jarvis, with a good close range stop. This combination was repeated a few minutes later, with Jarvis again in space in behind, but once again, Gosney denied him.
Sholing started to get their attacking game going again, with Jake Hoole running down the left before delivering a low cross that fizzed just inches in front of both Mason & Wort. On 42 minutes, Marv McLean cut across the edge of the area and checked back, just inside the box where the referee deemed he had been fouled and pointed to the spot. Lymington were furious with the decision, but after a delay, DAN MASON fired powerfully past the keeper. With Lymington still complaining about the penalty (in all honesty, from where I was stood behind the goal, it looked a harsh award), Byron Mason almost scored when he connected well with his 15 yard shot, but the keeper pushed it round the post at full stretch. HT 0-2
Boatmen started the second half in a higher gear and soon had their third and Dan Mason's hat-trick. A Sholing attack appeared to breakdown, but Owen Royl won the ball back on the edge of the area and it fell for DAN MASON in space and he smashed it past the keeper to make it a hat-trick of hat-tricks this season and 40 goals in total. He probably could have had a fourth soon after when a big scramble in the 6 yard box saw Wort's effort trickle past the keeper and onto the foot of the post. Dan probably could have tapped it in himself, but appeared to be waiting to see if his strike partner's shot was going in on its own.
With Lymington looking a very deflated and beaten side, Sholing were to score two goals in as many minutes, with two quality strikes. Firstly, on 63 minutes a freekick 25 yards out, saw TJ CUTHBERTSON step up and curl his shot over the wall and just under the crossbar past the dive of the keeper for a terrific goal. Then, straight from their next attack, the ball was at JAKE HOOLE'S feet on the edge of the box and he smacked a rasping shot in off the the underside of the crossbar.
Apart from Byron having to clear a scruffy effort off the line, Lymington couldn't find a consolation and the focus of the final 15 minutes was to see if Lee Wort would grab his customary goal. However, it seemed like one of those days for the striker as he shot wide, then dinked the ball past the keeper, but it bounced the wrong side of the post. His best chance came when Bradey Norton, on as a sub, put over a lovely cross that would normally be food & drink for Lee, but his header went straight at the keeper. It wasn't to be for him, but it was Sholing's 18th win out of 19 in the League and 24th game unbeaten in all competitions as this fantastic run continues. FT 0-5.
Next Game : Sholing v Chamberlayne Athletic - Tuesday 15 Jan 7:45 - Southampton Senior Cup