Sholing3 0Newport

Scorers :  Dan Mason 25, 58 & 90+1 (pen)

Date : Saturday 24th September 2016 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Jack Attrill, Jake Hoole (Barry Mason 88), Jamie Bulpitt, Byron Mason [c] Marvin McLean (Yeomans 88), Zac Mouland, Dan Mason. Unused Subs: Pete Castle, Kieran Winman & Aaron Whitmarsh

Yellow Card : Jamie Bulpitt

Newport IW: Gary Streeter, Liam Newbold (Olly West 71), Spike Pearce, Martin McDonough, Ryan Oatley [c], Will Quigley (Mark Taylor 80) Darren Powell, Liam Triggs, Josh Younie, Joe Butcher, Tom McInnes (Connor Kelly 37). Unused Subs: Liam Bennett

Yellow Card : Josh Younie, Liam Triggs, Martin McDonough

Attendance : 70

Man of the Match : Dan Mason

Referee: Brian Channing  Assistants : Ade Skeates & Andrew Walker

Dan Mason’s first hattrick of the season ensured Sholing took a well earned 3-0 home win over Newport Isle of Wight. The result sees Sholing move to third in the Wessex Premier League following six wins from nine matches.

Team News: Their was a first call up to the senior team for U18 keeper Aaron Whitmarsh. He was joined on the bench by Kieran Winman, who scored the winner for the U18's on Thursday. Also Barry Mason returned from a short break after reaching 500 appearances last weekend and before the match was presented with a memento from Vice President, Trevor Lewis.

Dan Mason set the tone for his afternoon after just five minutes, as he wonderfully collected the ball with his back to goal and hooked a shot over his shoulder, which cleared Gary Streeter in goal, but bounced off the crossbar. Soon after, Dan's shot was more smothered and caught, than blocked by a Newport defender, but appeals for handball were turned down.

Newport had limited opportunities throughout the match and missed a half chance when Joe Butcher’s cross was headed over by Darren Powell.

Dan Mason bagged his first of the game midway through the first half with a poacher’s finish, as Marvin McLean skinned Liam Newbold, who fouled McLean as he crossed for DAN MASON to volley in from close range.

The visitors tried to rally and after Sholing could only half-clear another Joe Butcher’s cross, Will Quigley fired over from outside the box as keeper Ryan Gosney was barely tested. Newport then lost striker Tom McInnes to injury, and he was replaced by Connor Kelly eight minutes before the break.

Sholing then had another spell of pressure as Dan Mason’s hold up play allowed Jake Hoole to stab a shot goalwards, only for Gary Streeter to parry the ball away for a corner, while Kevin Brewster’s devilish kick was met by Dan Miller, who was denied again by a good save from Streeter. Last action of the half saw Zac Mouland control and shoot from the edge of the area, but it flashed over the bar. HT 1-0

In the second half it was more of the same as another excellent delivery from Kevin Brewster was headed just wide by Captain Byron Mason, while Zac Mouland had a shot saved after good work from Jake Hoole.

Just before the hour Dan Mason got his second of the game. Kev Brewster collected the ball in midfield and fed DAN MASON, who sent one defender for a hot dog before advancing into the area and slotting the ball under the keeper. Streeter got something on it, but the ball looped up and then under the crossbar. 

That relaxed Sholing, who were visibly more confident and it wasn’t long before the lively Jake Hoole was troubling the away defence as he cut inside a fired a rising shot that was well held by the keeper.

Kevin Brewster was next to try his luck with an angled free-kick from 25 yards that cannoned back off the post with 15 minutes left, while Marvin McLean’s driving run and shot was well saved once again.

Gary Streeter was occupied again five minutes later, when on 82 minutes, Dan and Byron Mason combined well and the latter had daisy cutter of an effort held, while Barry Mason and Nick Yeomans replaced Zac Mouland and Jake Hoole shortly after.

Barry Mason was to be involved in the final meaningful act of the game, as his run into the box was stopped by a clumsy trip by Martin McDonough. This allowed DAN MASON to thump the penalty home and wrap the game up in style.  Was Dan's first hat-trick since a year ago against Brockenhurst. Between then, he had a hit a brace, no less than 11 times.

Next up for the Boatmen is an interesting seven days as they host AFC Portchester on Tuesday evening who they beat a fortnight ago in the Wessex League Cup and then they travel to long time leaders Blackfield & Langley who have now been replaced by Moneyfields who beat them to take top spot. FT 3-0

Match report by Jack Prentice

Next Game : Sholing v AFC Portchester - Tuesday 27th Sept 7:45pm

Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)