Scorers : Dan Mason 10, Kevin Brewster 20, James Davis 67
Date : Wednesday 14th October 2015 - 7:45pm kick off - Southampton Senior Cup 2nd Round
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster, Owen Roundell, Dean Faithful, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt (Lewis Kelly 72), Barry Mason, Dan Dove (Marv McLean 25), Dan Mason, Byron Mason, James Davis. Sub not used : Lee Webber
Yellow Card :
Bush Hill : Niall Deveraux, Liam Keites, Martyn Randall, Dan Wakefield, James Lavender, Jack Jewell, Dean Laxton, Lew Gundry, Parry Harding, Tom Mason, Reece Meek. Subs : Brad Flooks, Ronnie Spiteri, Sean Haines
Yellow Card :
Attendance : 123
Man of the Match : James Davis
Referee : Rudi Burton Assistants: Chris Miles & Lee Nowacki
Sholing avoided an upset in the Southampton Senior Cup, comfortably beating Hampshire League side, Bush Hill, 3-0.
The one-sided game did come at a cost though. Dan Dove, who had started the match brightly, went off with a nasty looking injury after 20 minutes. It took the midfielder another five minutes to walk off the pitch.
Jack Smith was out injured, but Dean Faithful returned from suspension and Kevin Brewster also bolstered the Boatmen’s backline. It was Brewster who almost opened the scoring, the set-price maestro was unlucky to see his 20 yard free-kick well saved by Niall Deveraux.
But it didn't take long for Sholing to go ahead. A routine long-ball fell to DAN MASON, whose seamless touch, turn and shot, sent the ball rolling past the flat-footed goalkeeper for his 16th goal in 16 games this season.
The visitors arrived with good support, but the Hampshire league side struggled to gain a foothold in the game. The returning Brewster, who was at a wedding on Saturday, saw his crossed free-kick flicked over by Byron Mason but was soon joining Dan on the scoresheet.
Barry Mason was making his first start for five games, and was one of four Masons on the pitch, Bush Hill’s midfielder, Tom Mason, was no relation to the Sholing trio. It was Barry’s cross that was narrowly missed by his brother Dan, 20 minutes in. But James Davis strong pressing regained the ball sending it into Byron Mason, who in turn set the ball up perfectly for KEVIN BREWSTER to fire a deflected shot past Deveraux, for his fifth goal of the campaign.
At the other end of the pitch, Ryan Gosney had only one cross and one shot to test him in the first half. Barry Mason's shot was acrobatically tipped over the bar, and when left unmarked in the centre of the area Dan Mason failed to control the ball. Had he brought down Davis’ cross the tie would have been over by half time. HT 2-0
Sholing's last two games have both seen six goals, and with Bryon Mason bossing the midfield, this match seemed to be heading the same way. On the hour mark Sholing created two clear opportunities, and how Bush Hill avoided going further behind was nothing short of miraculous.
The first chance came following brave closing by Jamie Bulpitt. The number six blocked a clearance and the ricochet from his chest sent him through on goal. With the Bush Hill back line out of the game Bulpitt had time to pick his spot but Derevaux pounced on his hesitation to smother the ball.
Moments later Dan Mason once again avoided a poorly executed offside trap, and was once again provided with a one-on-one situation. However Sholing’s top scorer also hesitated, before attempting to round the ‘keeper. He was eventually forced the square the ball to Barry, but his rushed effort flew over the bar.
The lively JAMES DAVIS, starting in the midfield following the return of Dan Faithful, eventually added Sholings third on 67 mins. After seeing his cross evade the toe of Dan Mason, he decided to have a go himself. Dropping from his usual left-wing berth he retrieved the ball on the right, before cutting inside an unleashing a rasping effort into the top corner.
Marvin McLean, on for the injured Dove, had a quieter match than usual but still had the chance to add to the scoreline. His fierce shot on 71 minutes was pushed away before he turned provider, only for Dan Mason to head his cross over the bar.
His late low cross was also cut out in the dying minutes but nevertheless the Boatmen cruised to the final whistle against the Millbrook boys, as their road to St. Marys got off to a winning start. FT 3-0
Report By Ollie Harvey
View from the stands: Real shame about the injury to Dan Dove, who was just cementing his place in the first team after recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season. All the best to him for a quick recovery. With Reserve players unable to be involved tonight, it did highlight how the core 1st team is down to 13 or 14 players. With Reserve games clashing with 1st team games in the next few weeks, it's no surprise that Dave Diaper is on the lookout for some new players to bolster the squad.
Credit to Bush Hill for trying to play their football on the deck, good luck to them in the Hampshire League this season. Thanks for the decent turn-out of Sholing & Bush Hill fans alike on a chilly evening.
Next home game is on Saturday against Folland Sports, 3pm
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