Moneyfields2 0Sholing

Scorers :  Dan Woodward 21, Alex Shepherd 36

Date : Tuesday 5th April 2016 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Moneyfields : Matt Short, Tyler Giddings, Conor Bailey, Jake Raine, Curtis DeCosta, Alex Shepherd [c], Lewis Stockford, Robbie Pitman, Dan Woodward, Gary Austin, Nathan Paxman. Subs not used: Lewis Tennimore, Joe Hunt, Lewis Martin, Ashley Harris, Gavin Spurway

Yellow Card :  Alex Shepherd, Robbie Pitman

Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Marv McLean, Jack Smith, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Alex Sawyer (Jake Hoole 45), Barry Mason (Nick Yeomans 74), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Zach Glasspool, Jamie Bulpitt.  Subs not used: Liam Attrill, Jordan Brooks

Yellow Card : Jack Smith, Byron Mason, Jake Hoole

Attendance : 40ish (10 Sholing fans)

Man of the Match : Jake Hoole

Referee : Andy Dunn Assistants: Paul Scott-Mundan & Lee Nowacki

Moneyfields completed the League Double over Sholing after a lack-lustre performance by the boys in Red & White. The Boatmen were punished for a slow start, falling behind to a calamitous opener from Dan Woodward, and Alex Shepherds sloppy second put the game to bed.

It was clear Sholing were in for a tricky encounter when Dan Woodward worked space and forced Ryan Gosney into a low save. Robbie Pitman was also given space in the box, although his volley on the turn was gathered by a grateful goalie.

It took almost 20 minutes for Sholing to even test Matt Short in the Monies goal. 35-goal Dan Mason could only drag his speculative effort wide after running into space.

However the visitors were behind moment later, following a shocking defensive lapse. A long ball over the top evaded makeshift right back, Marv McLean and dropped in front of Owen Roundell. However with the defender coming to clear the ball - so too did ‘keeper Ryan Gosney - and Dan Woodward advantageously stuck out a boot to float the ball into an open net.

As Sholing tried in vain to make the most of the half, Dan Mason failed to get his head on Jamie Bulpitt’s precise cross, but the signs of them falling further behind were clear.

Nathan Paxman fired over the bar after being played in from Woodwards back-heeled pass. Minutes later the winger was unlucky to see his shot cannon off of Owen Roundell, and narrowly past a relived Gosney’s upright.

The second soon followed though. A corner was met by an unmarked defender. Gosney did well to scramble the free header away from his goal-line but captain Alex Shepherd was on hand to stab the ball home, raising questions about the mismatched marking of McLean at the far post.

It took a two goal deficit to force Sholing into their first spell of decent play. Dan Mason was able to play in Zach Glasspool but the recent signing was forced to see his powerful drive pushed away by Short.

The former Winchester forward, was able to test the opposing number 1 once again before the half. His 35-yard thunderbolt looked routine, but was instead clawed out for a corner HT 2-0

The introduction of Jake Hoole at half-time livened up what had been a lethargic performance. Dan Mason deft header drifted over the bar but showed signs of intent from the Boatmen.

But a third goal was almost gifted to Monies, as a long ball was poorly controlled by Jack Smith. The defender - who had moved to centre back in the half time changes - saw his touch ricochet into the path of Gary Austin. His wayward effort sparing Smith’s blushes.

Glasspool and Bulpitt went close again, with the latter earning a corner for his efforts. Barry Mason’s floated ball was met by an unmarked Dan Miller, but with the ball refusing to fall kindly the defender could only shank his shot over the bar from six yards.

The lively Jake Hoole also found space in the box, and his arrowed effort was parried nervously over. Along with Hoole, Dan Miller was unexpectedly in the thick of the action. His second shot in three minutes forced Conor Bailey into a backpass, giving the Boatmen an opportunity from seven yards.

However after over two minutes of build up and some contentious refereeing decisions, Glasspool could only send the free-kick past the rabble of players and over the bar.

Gary Austin was presented with one late effort but by then the game was already away from Sholing and despite promising signs from Glasspool and Hoole, the right pass was never made and the game died out in a scrappy slog through the middle of the pitch. FT 2-0

By Ollie Harvey

Next game is away at Follands Hamble on Thursday (7:45)
Next home game is on Saturday 9th April v Whitchurch United (3pm)