QK Southampton 0-3 Sholing Development
Bradley Targett 7mins, Bradley Johnson 38, 65 mins
Pre-season friendly: Lordshill Rec Tuesday 31st July 2018 18:45pm k.o.
Sholing: - Josh Helm, Connor Pearson, Seb Syzmula, Cameron Ross ©, James Hall, Toby Terry, Ryan Mackney (James Johnson 64) Frazer McLean (Ryan Farrant 25), Bradley Targett (A Trialist 62), Jordi Bond (Bradley Johnson 17), Harry Edmondson.
Attendance 32 Referee: Jack Darling
The boys played well throughout the game on a dry pitch without reaching the heights of the Hayling Island performance, but that could have more to do with the QK performance and changes to the starting shape rather with personnel changes with several players trying new positions and some despite limited time on the field due to injuries (Jordi & Frazer both came off within 25 minutes) they all equipped themselves well.
Bradley Targett opened the scoring on 7 mins when the QK goalkeeper gifted the ball to Bradley who continued to add to his preseason goal tally. 10mins later Jordi Bond was struggling with a bad back and was replaced by Bradley Johnson. The QK players were struggling with pace of the young Boatmen however they didn’t have the cutting edge they had at Hayling. On 38 mins Sholing doubled their lead when once again the QK goalkeeper had a rush of blood to the head and found himself outside his area where he lost the ball. Sub Bradley Johnson was picked out in the area who slotted the ball home. Three minutes later Bradley Targett was denied his 2nd goal of the game when Toby Terry’s pass picked out Bradley who brought the ball down and rifled in a shot past the keeper only to see his shot hit the inside of the post and bounce clear. HT: 0-2
The young Boatmen continued to press for a third goal and were stretched at the back occasionally and Josh Helm collided with the forward and earnt himself a lecture from the referee. 2 minutes later James Johnson replaced Ryan Mackney and within a minute the Boatmen had bagged their third goal when from a freekick on the left, Connor Pearson found the head of Bradley Johnson who gave the QK keeper no chance. FT: 0-3
Manager Patrick McGonigle reflected : “As with all development the learning part of our game is crucial and we need to improve our vocal communication and before the game you cannot get the player to be quiet but step on the pitch and most of them take a vow of silence and this will not cut it when they push through to Wessex. Also it’s a big welcome to Ryan Farrant who has decide to join us this season and we all wish him well”.
Hayling United 1-6 Sholing Development
Bradley Targett 61, 71, 84 mins Jack Nicholas 20, 40 mins Jean-Pierre Alexander 55 mins
Pre-season friendly: Hayling College Saturday 28th July 2018 15:00pm k.o.
Sholing: - Josh Helm, James Hall, Seb Syzmula, Cameron Ross ©, Josh Carey, Ryan Farrant (Connor Pearson 70), Bradley Targett, Toby Terry, Jack Nicholas (Owen Roles 65), Harry Edmondson (Jordi Bond 70), Jean-Pierre Alexander
Cautions: None Sent Off: Jean-Pierre Alexander. Attendance 28 Referee: Rado Illev
Against a much older and physical side the youthful boatmen took a good 20 mins to adapt to the conditions and on 22 mins Jack Nicholas scored and the development side took control of the game much to the frustration of the Hayling side especially their no 3 and then 5 minutes before half time Jack Nicholas doubled his and the Boatmen’s tally. HT: 0-2
The half time break took for an eternity and the Boatmen sat around waiting for the opposition and referee to emerge however within 36 seconds Hayling caught Sholing cold and pulled a goal back. But with the wind to their backs the young Boatmen regrouped and gained the upper hand and 10 mins in Jean-Pierre Alexander was put clear and beat the advancing keeper while their defenders appealed for offside. Then Bradley Targett put the game beyond Hayling with a 23 minute hattrick (could have been four but was denied by the referee's whistle) In the last 10 mins both sides were reduced to 10 men when the Hayling no 3 lost the plot and was sent off with Jean-Pierre Alexander FT 1-6
Photos courtesy of Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)
Locksheath 1-4 Sholing Development
Owen Roles 2 mins Bradley Targett 30 mins Harry Edmondson (pen) 54 mins Jordi Bond 88 mins
Pre-season friendly: Test Park Thursday 26th July 2018 20:00pm k.o.
Sholing: - Josh Helm ©, James Hall, Seb Syzmula, Toby Terry, Josh Carey, Ryan Farrant, Bradley Targett, Jordi Bond, Jack Nicholas, Harry Edmondson, Owen Roles
Cautions: Josh Helm, Toby Terry, Bradley Targett and Jordi Bond. Attendance 52 Referee: Adrian Knight
A lively Owen Roles on the right hand flank was causing the Locksheath full back trouble and on two minutes he beat the defender and whipped the ball in and it eluded the goalkeeper and end up in the net. Again it was the youngsters pace that was causing the Locksheath players to get frustrated. Some hefty challenges went unpunished by the referee and one challenge on Jordi Bond sparked a free for all which the referee dealt with by lecturing the players. On the half hour Bradley Targett heaped more frustration on to the Locksheath players when he put the Boatmen 2-0 in front. Josh Helm was cautioned for a foul outside of his area. Locksheath won their 1st corner on the stroke of halftime and from it they were able to reduce the deficit. HT: 1-2
Despite only having the eleven players available the Development side continued to frustrate the Locksheath players and nine minutes into the 2nd half they increased their lead when Harry Edmondson was upended in the box, he stepped up and put the spot kick past the Locksheath keeper. The referee continued to dish out yellow cards on the night 6 in total 4 for the Boatmen and 2 for Locksheath. With 2 minutes remaining Jordi Bond put the result beyond doubt scoring the Boatmen’s fourth. FT: 1-4
Winchester Castle 3-1 Sholing Development
Jordi Bond 44 mins
Pre-season friendly: HCC Chilcomb Saturday 14th July 2018 15:00pm k.o.
Sholing: - Josh Helm, Jordi Bond (Connor Pearson 62), James Johnson, Seb Syzmula, Max Westerman, Cameron Ross©, Ollie Shapland (Bradley Targett 45), Toby Terry (Harry Edmondson 45), Bradley Johnson, Josh Carey, Jack Nicholas.
Unused Sub: Tommy Crump Attendance 44 Referee: Mike Ridge
Once again it was always going to be a tough game on a rock hard pitch and against an older and more physical side.
Experienced centre forward Jamie Nash scored a first half hattrick for Castle however the young Boatmen didn’t get the rub of the green when a 20 yard shot from Jordi Bond beat the Castle goalkeeper who managed to pull the net away from the crossbar and the ball went between the bar and the draping net however the referee only awarded a goalkick much to the Boatmen’s frustration.
Jordi Bond however did get on the scoresheet a minute before half time.
The 2nd half was a much tighter affair despite players out on their legs having played twice in the day matched the Castle players and frustrated them. FT: 3-1
Bush Hill Reserves 0-0 Sholing Development
Pre-season friendly: Mansel Park Tuesday 10th July 2018
Sholing: - Josh Helm, Tommy Crump, James Johnson, Seb Syzmula, Harry Butler ©, Cameron Ross, Connor Pearson (Harry Edmondson 51), Callum Waughman (Jordi Bond 45), Josh Carey (Bradley Johnson 45), Frazer McLean (Jamie Staples 51), Bradley Targett.
Attendance 32 Referee: Declan Skehan
Despite the obvious lack of game time so far this pre-season the boys equipped themselves well at times, playing good football and should have scored at least 3 goals in the first half with Frazer McLean and Connor Pearson both hitting the framework. HT: 0-0
In the second half after 4 changes we struggled to match their height and direct style of play but after two superb saves from our goalkeeper Josh Helm we rallied and again with a bit more luck should have taken the lead.
Against a stronger more physical adult team the boys stood up to the test and showed that they are up for a battle as well and can play under pressure.
It is only their first game and it is a long season ahead but at least the boys showed they were up for the fight and as a squad we look hungry to learn and develop.( even if their warm up session was shocking !)
Sadly we lose two long serving players to Sholing FC in Harry Butler and Jamie Staples who both leave with our thanks and best wishes for the future and we welcome Seb Szymula who played his first game last night and equipped himself well. FT: 0-0