Hamworthy2 3Sholing

Scorers : James Guthrie 16, Connor Cocklin 45  /  Dan Mason 18 & 90+4, Pete Castle 82

Date: Saturday 20 April 2019 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Venue: Specsavers County Ground

Hamworthy United: Tom Rees, Ryan Watkins, Declan Randall [c], Sean Wright, Connor Cocklin, Adam Costello, Ollie Davies, Jamie Gleeson, James Guthrie, Eddie Hodge, Olly Balmer.  Subs: James Filkins, Chris Senior, Luke Stone, Nick Patrick, James King

Yellow Card:

Sholing: Aaron Whitmarsh, Kevin Brewster (Connor Pearson 80), James Johnson (Byron Mason 87) Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Jack Nicholas (Pete Castle 55), TJ Cuthbertson [c], Dan Mason, Jake Hoole, Brad Targett. 

Yellow Cards:

Attendance:  111

Referee:  David Morey   Assistants:  Christopher Mannering & Mark Pepin

A much changed Sholing not only came from behind to grab a victory, but created a bit of Wessex League history in the process. Dan Mason also reached a personal milestone, with his injury time winner being D-Dan's 200th goal for Sholing.

Team News: Dave Diaper had Lee Wort, Alex Sawyer, Marv McLean, Jack Smith, Ryan Gosney, Owen Royl & Bradey Norton, either injured, suspended or unavailable and Byron Mason & Pete Castle were on the bench as he handed first team starting debuts to youngsters, Aaron Whitmarsh in goal and Jack Nicholas up front. There was also just a second first team appearance for James Johnson, with TJ taking the captains armband.

It was Hamworthy who took the lead on 16 minutes with James Guthrie scoring, but it was a shortlived as 2 minutes later, the Boatmen were level. Kev Brewster's clipped ball over to DAN MASON was brought down by the striker and fired into the far corner.  Brewy almost set up another from a corner, but James Johnson headed over.  The "Hammers" were back in front on the stroke of half time when a deep cross was headed in by Connor CocklinHT 2-1

Pete Castle came on 10 minutes into the second half and went up front with Dan Mason. Brad Targett for the third time in the last 2 games was cursing the woodwork, when his shot on 69 mins hit the post.  Hamworthy could have made the game safe on 78 mins, with Ollie Davies taking a touch with the goal gaping and that gave Aaron Whitmarsh the time he needed to get across and do really well to tip the shot over the bar. The home side were made to regret that miss when on 82 minutes, Sholing were level. Jake Hoole's corner was met by PETE CASTLE to flick a header into the far top corner for his first league goal of the season.  "Pistol" was to have a hand in the winner when in the 94th minute a cross from the right was headed goalwards at the far post by Castle, the keeper saved but the ball was beautifully brought down by DAN MASON who with his back to goal, backheeled it through the keeper's legs for a dramatic winner and his 200th goal.

The win meant Sholing not only went beyond 100 points for the season, but also set a new points record for the largest title winning margin. With one game left for the Boatmen, they have a 28 point advantage over 2nd place, which betters the 25 points that Lymington & New Milton had in 1996/97.  Sholing have also matched Poole Town's record of averaging 2.76 points per game in a Wessex League season.  All those stats are pleasing, but getting 3 points today with an unfamiliar lineup, debuts for lads who have advanced through our Youth teams and coming from behind to win, will no doubt, please Dave Diaper the most.  FT 2-3

Next Game: Portland United v Sholing - Easter Monday 3pm - Wessex Premier

Photos courtesy of Debbie Whitmarsh (click an image to enlarge)