Sholing6 2Brockenhurst

Scorers : Dan Mason 42, 58 & 93 (pen) Lee Wort 44 & 67 Dan Miller 74 / Michael Amoah 45, James Thomson 77 (pen)

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Venue: Universal Stadium

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marvin Mclean (Owen Roundell 15), Pete Castle, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt (Kev Brewster 86), Jake Hoole, Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Bradley Targett (Bradey Norton 82). Unused Subs: Owen Royl & Nick O’Donnell

Yellow Cards:

Brockenhurst: Matt Taylor, Tommy Barnes, Michael Amoah, Tobi Falodi (James Thomson 74), Ronan Moore, Joe Chamberlain, Will Tickle [c], James Shorey (Sam White 81), Rafa Ramos (Leon Carbayo-Borges 86), Matt Sheedy, Mo Nyang. Unused Subs: Sam Cousins & Mason Barrett

Yellow Cards: Ronan Moore, Will Tickle
Red Card: Will Tickle

Attendance: 298

Match Sponsors Bigwood Roofing, Man of the Match : Dan Mason

Referee: Andy Dunn  Assistants: Adrian Knight & Andrew Walker

Sholing celebrated receiving the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier trophy by comfortably defeating Brockenhurst in a 6-2 victory at the Universal Stadium. Dan Mason scored his 5th hat-trick of the season as the ruthlessness in front of goal by D-Dan & Lee Wort continued, with Wort getting a brace to take their combined total for 2018/19 to 105 goals. Dan Miller popped up with the other Sholing goal. 

Team News: Dave Diaper was able to name a strong starting line up making three changes from the draw at Horndean midweek with Marvin McLean & Dan Mason both returning to the starting line-up.  Alex Sawyer & Jack Smith were both away in Barcelona, the former on his stag weekend.

Before the kick off Sholing were kindly given a guard of honour by Brockenhurst and Sholing Youth teams before being presented with the Wessex Premier Trophy by the Sydenhams Wessex League chairman Ian Hoare.  Fellow Wessex League board member, Bob Purkiss was also in attendance as Byron lifted the trophy infront of a big crowd taking advantage of free admission.

The game itself started slowly, but Brockenhurst were the brighter and looking dangerous with quickly taken set pieces as well as pace up front. However, despite this they only created one clear chances in the opening forty minutes as the Sholing backline dealt with everything in a professional manner. The away side’s only chance in the opening period was when a free kick was drifted into the penalty area and missed everybody as it went past the far post.

In contrast Sholing did put together some good passing moves and often found themselves in good positions in attack, but the final ball was often lacking and was either out of play or intercepted by a well-drilled Brockenhurst defence. There was disappointment when Marv Mclean had to come off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Owen Roundell at left back. The Boatmen’s only chance in the first forty minutes was when a corner was cleared to Captain Byron Mason, whose hooked effort was always going wide from the edge of the box.

With the game drifting towards half time, there was a sudden rush of three goals in as many minutes with Sholing taking the lead in the 42nd. A fine passing build up led to Bradley Targett who fed DAN MASON on the angle of the penalty area. The striker took a touch to beat his marker and calmly slotted the ball past the Brockenhurst keeper Matt Taylor into the far corner via his left foot. It was almost immediately to be 2-0, when a cross from the right was dropped by the away keeper into the path of LEE WORT, who drilled through a crowd of players and into the net.

The goalscoring was not to end there as Brockenhurst immediately responded when a fine passing move found Michael Amoah in space. His shot was low and took a slight deflection on its way past a stranded Gosney into the bottom corner to reduce the arrears. The away side were almost level moments later when they created a similar move to their goal, but Gosney pulled off a great diving save to tip it wide for a corner.  HT: 2-1

The attacking play continued into the second half when away captain Will Tickle went on a long mazy dribble, but his shot was tame and Gosney gathered comfortably at his right post. The Boatmen responded quickly and Lee Wort smacked the upright in the 51st minute with a volley from an inch-perfect cross from Owen Roundell. Brad Targett then went close when he chipped the advancing keeper from 18 yards, but the ball drifted away from the far post.

Sholing weren’t to be denied for long as they scored their third after a quickly taken Ryan Gosney free kick was flicked into the path of DAN MASON who was 20 yards out. The striker controlled the ball with his chest before unleashing a rocket into the top corner of the net for another spectacular strike to add to his long list of goals this season.

Moments later Sholing won another corner after Bradley Targett ran at the away defence before cutting in and curling an effort that looked to be going into the top corner until Taylor tipped in round the post. Before this corner was taken Will Tickle took offence with a refereeing decision and received a yellow card. The Brock captain didn't do himself any favours by continuing to gob off in front of the referee who had little option but to show him a second yellow and the red.

Sholing dominated possession with a man advantage and two further goals were scored before the 75th minute. On 67 mins, LEE WORT found himself by the right corner flag and hit a ‘cross’ that floated over the keeper and suddenly dipped and ended up in the top corner. Seven minutes later it was 5-1 for the Boatmen when DAN MILLER headed in at the far post a corner from the right.

Brockenhurst were awarded a soft looking penalty on 77 mins, with former Boatman James Thomson stepping up and calmly slotted into the bottom corner with Gosney diving the other way.

Byron Mason looked keen to get forward to grab himself a goal, but was denied more by his own teammates either getting in his way or not being spotted when free in the middle. The referee, possibly, evened up the penalty awards as he deemed a Brock defender used his arm, more than his shoulder to block a cross.  DAN MASON was more than happy to be able to claim his 5th hat-trick of the campaign and he comfortably did that, sending the keeper the wrong way as the Boatmen scored their 99th League goal of the season. The squad and coaching staff posed with the Wessex Trophy after the final whistle, the second time the Boatmen have won it and probably more emphatically than any other team for many, many seasons. FT: 6-2

Report by Connor Steel

Next Game :  Bournemouth Poppies v Sholing - Tuesday 9 April 7:45pm - Wessex Premier
Next Home Game : Sholing v Tadley Calleva - Saturday 13 April 3pm - Wessex Premier

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