Date: Thursday 30th January 2020 - 7:45pm - Southampton Senior Cup Third Round
Venue: Mackoy Stadium
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Owen Royl, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, James Lauder, Jack Nicholas (Josh Carey 83), Byron Mason ©, Dan Mason, Stu Green, Brad Targett. Unused subs : Tobi Falodi, Joe Smith, Chey Jennings, Marv McLean
Yellow Cards: Dan Mason
Hamble Club: Rory Anderson, Ricky Bull (Nathan Lynch 46), Coby Wilson, Pete Castle, PJ McLean ©, Chris Onoufriou, Nick Watts, Liam Crook (Charlie Wagstaffe 58), Barry Mason, Callum Chase (Sam Ndlovu 72), Jordan Ragguette. Subs : Jack Smith, Luke Deacon
Yellow Cards: Chris Onoufriou, Liam Crook
Durey Castings / Flood Fortress Man of the Match : Dan Mason
Referee: Derek Pratt Assistants: Rudi Burton & John Bungay
A stunning overhead kick by Dan Mason was good enough to win any game, let alone this local derby against Hamble Club. D-Dan hit a brace and was close to a hat-trick as the Boatmen progressed in the Southampton Senior Cup and kept up their unbeaten record against the Monks.
Team News: Marv McLean failed a fitness test, plus also missing out through injury & illness were Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt and Jake Hoole. Several players soldiered on carrying knocks, including Ryan Gosney who looked in some discomfort just before kick off. Dan Miller returned & Jack Nicholas came into the side, plus there was a first call up to the bench for U18 player, Chey Jennings. The Hamble squad contained 10 former Boatmen, including a few club legends. The visitors only had 5 players who featured in their league game on Tuesday as they seemingly prioritised this local derby.
A lively start by Sholing saw them create several good chances in the opening moments. Stu Green went close twice, forcing a good save from Anderson and then latching onto a low cross that he put narrowly wide. Dan Mason was next to be denied by Anderson, but the keeper could do little about the opening goal on 11 minutes. Stu Green was released down the left channel and he sped into the box, rode a tackle, before squaring the ball towards DAN MASON, who in a scramble in the 6 yard box with Coby Wilson, got the final touch to score.
Byron Mason, playing his 599th game for the Boatmen, went on a rampaging run from deep in his own half, past several challenges before firing a shot that was held by Anderson. Game turned on 24 minutes when the lively Ragguette was tripped in the box and Nick Watts sent Gosney the wrong way from the penalty. This saw the visitors then have a spell of sustained pressure, with Wattsy having a shot deflected wide and Ragguette get into good positions with his pace a couple of times, but pull his shots off target. Dan Mason showed good strength to win the ball and hold off a challenge before firing a 20 yard shot just wide as the half ended all square. HT 1-1
The next goal was going to be crucial and Sholing got in with their first attack of the second half. TJ's right sided corner was fired in at chest height towards DAN MASON, who with his back to goal, around 12 yards out, executed a spectacular overhead kick that smashed into the net. A superb goal and as clean a connection with the overhead as you are likely to see. Hamble tried their own overhead effort on 51 mins, also a good connection with the ball, but Chase's effort lacked the accuracy of D-Dan's.
Game was increasingly scrappy on a soft pitch which was cutting up. On 65 minutes, Sholing were awarded a penalty when Brad Targett teased the Hamble defence into lunging into him just inside the box. Dan Mason stepped up, but saw his spot kick tipped onto the post and away by Rory Anderson. Although he did seem quite a long way off his line when D-Dan struck the ball. Hamble's leading scorer, Nathan Lynch, had come on at half time and rose high to plant a header just wide on 69 mins.
Remainder of the game saw Sholing comfortably defend what Hamble threw at them and the Boatmen probably should have put the game to bed, wasting a number of breakaways by trying to walk the ball in, although to his credit, Anderson did pull off a great save to a rasping shot by Brad Targett. Sholing won out a another narrow local derby versus the Monks and will now be at home to Bashley in the Quarter final of the Soton Senior Cup. FT 2-1
Best wishes to Liam Crook for a swift recovery from injury.
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