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Scorers :
Stuart Green 59, Brad Targett 86, Dan Mason 90+3 (pen) / Jack Horrell 8 (pen)

Date: Saturday 30th November 2019 - 3:00pm - Betvictor Southern League South Division One

Venue: Mackoy Stadium

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Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Tobi Falodi (Jamie Bulpitt 49), Jake Hoole, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller © (TJ Cuthbertson 26), Owen Royl, Lee Wort, Alex Sawyer (James Lauder 84), Stuart Green, Dan Mason, Brad Targett.  Unused Subs: Marvin McLean & Jack Nicholas

Yellow Cards: Tobi Falodi

Slimbridge: Lewis Adams, Aaron Nesbeth, William Peck, Joel White ©, Michael Ford, Christian Turner, Jack Horrell (Danny King 74), Myron Turner, Rhys Sarson, Ryan Beckinsale (Jamie Martin 89), James Spruce (Leighton Tuodolo 84). Unused Subs: Korey Pring & Theo Maye

Yellow Cards: Myron Turner, Lewis Adams, James Spruce

Attendance: 81

Referee: John Pike  Assistants: Robert Walcazk & Andrew Dunn

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BSA Regal Man of the Match : Ryan Gosney

The Boatmen won their 1000th league game in the club's history with yet another come from behind victory at the Mackoy Stadium. In what's been a familiar pattern this season, an early goal conceded and a slow start, made way for a much better second half and a 3-1 scoreline, thanks to strikes from Stu Green, Brad Targett and Dan Mason, as well as a superb display by Ryan Gosney to keep Sholing in the game in the first half.

Team News: Dave Diaper started with Tobi Falodi at right back and Owen Royl in midfield, with Jake Hoole at left back. TJ Cuthbertson, Marvin McLean & Jamie Bulpitt all sat on the bench and once again, Byron Mason missed out with a rib injury.

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On their first ever visit to the Mackoy Stadium, it was the visitors who started the brighter with Christian Turner having an effort deflected out for a corner in just the first minute. This led to a succession of set piece deliveries that were cleared.  After weathering the early pressure, Sholing had a spell of possession that allowed them to create their first chance in the sixth minute. Great work by Stuart Green down the right allowed space for Dan Mason and Alex Sawyer to link up, but sadly the latter’s low shot was straight at Lewis Adams from the edge of the penalty area.

Slimbridge took the lead on 8 minutes when a long ball bounced between two home defenders to find Rhys Sarson through on goal. The away attacker was challenged by Falodi, with both going to ground and the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty, which was calmly slotted into the bottom corner by Jack Horrell.

It may have been two-nil in the sixteenth minute when sustained away possession found Ryan Beckinsale in space. The striker sent an effort that was brilliantly saved by the full stretch fingertips of Ryan Gosney, before the Sholing keeper was forced into an even better save from a Rhys Sarson shot that looked destined for the top right corner on the twentieth minute mark. Five minutes later an in-swinging cross was met by an unmarked Ryan Beckinsale but his header was straight at Gosney from close range as the visitors were all over Sholing.

Boatmen were dealt another blow when Captain, Dan Miller had to go off, with him clearly in discomfort from an illness. TJ came on in his place and slotted into centre back.  Slimbridge remained on top, dominating & outnumbering Sholing in midfield, meaning the Boatmen struggled to get the ball to their forwards.  The "Swans" missed another guilt edge opportunity and apart from the early half chance for Sawyer, the only other one of note for the home side was a deep cross by Jake Hoole that Lee Wort headed onto the outside of the post as the ball was drifting out of play.   The main positive the Boatmen could take from a disjointed first half was they were still well in the game when the visitors might of been out of sight.  HT 0-1

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Slimbridge continued their dominance in the early stages of the second half with James Spruce firing wide and Ryan Beckinsale seeing a low shot gathered well by Ryan Gosney. Sholing made an early substitution with Tobi Falodi on yellow card being replaced by Jamie Bulpitt. Owen Royl reverted to full back with Jamie Bulpitt injecting a bit more bite into midfield. Down the other end substitute Jamie Bulpitt’s long pass forward resulted in Dan Mason being fouled on the edge of the box. A yellow card was shown to away midfielder Myron Turner, but the free-kick was sadly slammed into the wall by Alex Sawyer. Despite this missed opportunity it was promising to see an improved tempo and better possession since the interval, with the Boatmen getting their reward just before the hour mark.

Following a corner for the visitors, Sholing broke forward on the counter and Stuart Green was fouled around thirty yards out. Left back Jake Hoole sent his freekick low into the box, which was deflected into the path of STU GREEN to quickly adjust his feet and roll the ball into the bottom corner past the keeper's whose weight was on his wrong foot. The goal made it 7 in 7 games for Greener.

Slimbridge tried to come back into it, but they were now playing like Sholing had in the first half, not threatening and gifting the ball to the home side.  It was the Boatmen who were more of a threat and grabbed the killer second goal with four minutes of normal time remaining.  BRAD TARGETT lifted a lovely pass from midfield over the defence to Lee Wort out wide on the right and he returned the favour with a great cross to the arriving Targett, who met it with a side foot volley from 12 yards that gave the keeper no chance.

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After scoring their apparent winner, the game seemed to be petering out as Sholing executed game management in order to protect their narrow advantage. However, Sholing didn't need to fret as they extended their lead further in added time. A cross from the left bounced high into the air in the penalty area, with the Slimbridge keeper unsure where it was, the ball fell to Stu Green, who was clattered by the floundering keeper and the referee pointed to the spot. DAN MASON fired past Lewis Adams who stood motionless as the ball hit the net.  It was a welcome three points that lifts Sholing higher into mid-table, although I expect Dave Diaper wished his side didn't always have to do it the hard way. FT: 3-1

Report by Connor Steel

Next Games :
Sholing v Paulton Rovers - Tuesday 3 December 7:45pm - FA Trophy
Sholing v Larkhall Athletic - Saturday 7 December 3pm (Clubhouse opening ceremony at 1:15pm)