Moneyfields3 2Sholing

Scorers :  Dan Woodward 38, Robbie Pittman 72, Steve Hutchings 78  / Nick Yeomans 28, Zac Mouland 51

Date : Tuesday 16th August 2016 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Moneyfields: Hardings, Martin, Bailey (Raine 80), Pittman, Da Costa, Hayles, Austin, Woodward, Fennemore, Hutchings [c], Stockford (Jarvis 67). Subs Not Used : Sporway, Harris, Tigwell

Yellow Card : Pittman, Woodward, Raine, Hutchings

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Kieran Winman, Owen Royl (Sam Jenman 80), Pete Castle, Owen Roundell, Jamie Bulpitt, Barry Mason [c], Nick Yeomans, Dan Mason, Zac Mouland, Marv McLean.  Subs Not Used : Jack Attrill, Liam Attrill, Jordan Brooks

Yellow Card : Marv McLean

Attendance : 69 (approx 25 Sholing fans)

Man of the Match : Jamie Bulpitt

Referee: Colmon O'Meara Assistants: Nigel Gibbons & Geoff Skillen

Sholing were defeated for the first time this season after twice being in the lead, but succumbed to two goals in the last 20 minutes to leave Moneyfields empty handed.

Team News: Sholing were without 7 first team players due to injury or holidays (Byron Mason, Zach Glasspool, Dan Miller, Jack Smith, Kev Brewster & Jake Hoole).  It meant our starting line-up included 6 players aged 20 or younger, up against a full strength Moneyfields side, who could afford to leave ex-Sholing striker, Ashley Jarvis and ex-Pompey player, Ashley Harris on the bench.

On a warm evening in the heart of Portsmouth, the opening 20 minutes was a cagey and physical affair with the only efforts towards goal coming from a deflected Moneyfields freekick that wrong-footed Gosney, but went wide of the post, and a Barry Mason freekick that curled just wide of the upright. 

There were a few things off the ball that wasn't spotted by the officials, who were in for a busy night.  With the first quality bit of football of the half, Sholing took the lead on 28 minutes.  Owen Royl did well on the left wing and put over a cross, that found NICK YEOMANS on the right edge of the area and he connected perfectly to drill a shot past the diving keeper.

Moneyfields main threat was coming from Woodward on the right wing, who was being found by some pinpoint passing by ex-Sholing midfielder, Lewis Fennemore.  Woodward was having a good tussle with 16 year old Owen Royl, with the left back doing well a couple of times to tackle the dangerous winger.  However, on 38 minutes, Woodward was able to run off the wing into the box, Gosney came out to close down, but somehow the ball deflected under him, bounced up and Pete Castle's desperate attempt to clear off the line was in vain.  Hutchings had a hooked volley saved by Gosney as the half ended even.  HT 1-1

The second half started with Gosney having to tip over a long range lob/cross from Woodward that dipped viciously at the last second. The Boatmen went back in front on 51 minutes when a period of pressure, saw ZAC MOULAND pick up the ball, but despite almost running away from goal and being on this left foot, he smacked a vicious shot that surprised the keeper and nestled in the top corner.

A few minutes later, Barry Mason tried his luck from 35 yards and his pure struck shot left the keeper watching as it smacked against the upright and behind.   The home side were dominating the play as they pressed for a way back into the game.  With only one recognised central midfielder in the Boatmen lineup, we started to get swamped in the middle of the park, allowing Fennemore to boss the game.  So it wasn't a surprise when Money's equalised through a good move as Woodward got to the byline and his precise cutback was met by Pittman, who swept a first time shot into the far corner.

It was one way traffic as Sholing's clearances from defence just kept coming straight back as the midfield & forwards struggled to keep possession.  Sadly, we couldn't hold out as Hutchings found space on the left side of the area and his shot towards the near post came off Gosney's legs and up into the net.   The home side had turned the game round and were able to see out the final 10 minutes with relative ease.  FT 3-2

Next Game : Bashley v Sholing - FA Cup - Saturday 20th August 3pm

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