Scorers : Dan Mason 73, Brad Targett 83
Date: Tuesday 29th October 2019 - 7:45pm - Buildbase FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Replay
Venue: Mackoy Stadium
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt (Alex Sawyer 84), Lee Wort (Jack Nicholas 83), Byron Mason ©, Dan Mason, Marlon Mason (Brad Targett 54), Jake Hoole. Unused subs : James Lauder, Tobi Falodi, Luke Eaton
Marlow: Simon Grant ©, Curtis Chapple, Devonn Reid, Anton Rogers (Isaac Olorunfemi 67), Harry McDonnell, Malachai Caesar, Louis Rogers, Devontae Romeo (Seye Okunlola 74), Charlie Samuel, Isaac Osei-Tutu (Ashley Artwell 66), Kelvin Bossman. Unused subs : Jamal Branker, Josh Morrison & Phil Brown
Red Cards : Charlie Samuel, Kelvin Bossman, Mark Bartley (Manager) & Phil Brown (Assistant Manager)
Referee: Alex Bradley Assistants: Krasimir Petrov & Rob Linter
Sholing advanced in the FA Trophy against a Marlow side who ended the game with 9 men and without their manager & his assistant. The Boatmen had to remain patient to breakdown the visitors, finally getting the breakthrough on 73 minutes when Dan Mason nodded in. The tie was made safe 10 minutes later when Brad Targett finished well. However, much of the talking points revolved around the 2 red cards on the pitch and the 2 shown to the Marlow bench.
Team News: Stuart Green missed out with flu and Owen Royl was away, but Dave Diaper had everyone else available to him. Once again picking an attacking line up as Jake Hoole returned to the side on the left side of a four man attack. Ryan Gosney also returned between the sticks.
After the deluge on Saturday, both sets of players must have been pleased to be playing on a dry surface, although there was a bitter easterly wind for spectators to deal with. It was a scruffy opening to the match, but Marlow created the first couple of chances on 16 minutes with firstly a right wing cross-come-shot flashing across the face of the goal with the arriving forward just missing it at the far post, before Gosney had to palm a shot round the post soon after. Sholing's first decent chance came when Dan Mason chested the ball into the path of Jamie Bulpitt, who checked inside the defender, but the keeper smothered his shot from 8 yards.
Marlow found themselves a man down on 24 minutes, when after a bit of handbags in the centre circle, Charlie Samuel appeared to aim a headbutt at Owen Roundell. It was seen clearly by fans all round the ground and the referee also, who pulled out the red card. The game took a while to restart with the visiting bench clearly unhappy that no Sholing player was cautioned in the melee.
The visitors retained their shape at the back & in midfield after the loss of their striker, with Sholing upping the pressure for an opening goal. On 32 mins, it looked like it was going to happen as the ball found Lee Wort on the edge of the 6 yard box and about to prod home, but somehow, Grant managed to block Wort's effort. He denied Lee soon after, this time pushing his shot round the post and from the corner, Roundell headed just wide. Wort and Dan Mason exchanged passes to work a shot for D-Dan, but it was always rising and the half ended goalless. HT 0-0
Dave Diaper made his first change after 54 mins with Brad Targett replacing Marlon, with Jake Hoole & Marv swapping positions on the left. Marlow were sitting back, but defending well, frustrating Sholing who were sloppy in possession. The Boatmen were finding it hard to break down the visitors, but on 68 minutes it looked like they would take the lead. Jamie Bulpitt did superb to control the ball outside area, beat a man and then slide the ball into the box for Dan Mason to go in on goal. D-Dan clipped the ball over the advancing Grant, but also over the crossbar.
However, DAN MASON didn't have to wait long to find the net when on 74 minutes, Sholing finally made the breakthrough. Owen Roundell advanced up the pitch and lifted a ball towards the far post where Byron Mason won it, heading back across goal for D-Dan to nod in from close range. Things got even worse for Marlow, who now had to push forward and on 79 minutes, during a rare attack, they received a second red card. Initially, it looked to fans watching on that TJ might be in trouble after a late tackle, the red card did come out, but it was shown to Kelvin Bossman. There was some talk of a stamp, but it wasn't clear what was going on and the game took a few minutes to restart as an incensed Marlow side surrounded the ref.
Boatmen made the game safe on 83 minutes against the nine men when Dan Mason flicked on a long ball into the path of BRAD TARGETT who rode a challenge before slotting the ball past the advancing keeper from 12 yards. This was the last thing the Marlow manager and his assistant saw as they were both sent to the changing rooms by the referee for something they said. Sholing sensibly calmed the on-pitch antics down by seeing out the game.
Boatmen had to retain their focus throughout a tough game against opponents that over the two matches, were well matched and hard to break down. Sholing's reward was £2,450 banked from the FA Trophy prize fund and a place in the Second Qualifying Round at home to Barton Rovers (Southern League Central Div 1) on Saturday 9th November. FT 2-0
Next Game : Frome Town v Sholing - Saturday 2 November 3pm - Southern League