Sholing1 0Bashley

Scorers :  Dan Mason 32

Date : Saturday 8th October 2016 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster (Kieran Winman 83), Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Barry Mason [c] (Owen Royl 75), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason, Zac Mouland (Nick Yeomans 75), Jake Hoole. Unused subs: Pete Castle, Josh Milsom

Yellow Card : Owen Roundell

Bashley: Joe Promodo [c], Hugh Dathan, Lewis Brailey (Taylor Leonard 70), Brad Morris, Chris Lucas, Lewis Aimson, Elliott Head, Harvey Slade (Clive Makoni 75), Kabba Jack, Shane Sheridan (Curtis Young 83), Jesse Gould. Unused subs: Connor Hoare, Nick Magee

Yellow Card : Kabba Jack

Attendance : 130

Man of the Match : Dan Miller

Referee: Jake Topp  Assistants : Stuart Carter & Mike Misselbrook

Sholing rose to the top of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division as another Dan Mason wonder goal helped defeat Bashley at the Universal Stadium. It was Dan's 14th goal this season and his 53rd in his last 66 games for Sholing as they picked up another three points against a top 6 team.

The win stretched the Boatmen’s unbeaten run to nine in all competitions and made it three straight clean sheets against some of the highest scoring teams in the division.

Team News : Byron Mason missed out through injury, but Kev Brewster returned at right back. Dan Miller returned to partner Owen Roundell in defence. On the bench, new signing Josh Milsom was back up goalkeeper, with Jordan Brooks getting some game time with the Development squad.

The Bash came flying out of the blocks first half, winning a flurry of early corners and forcing a routine save from Ryan Gosney – Jesse Gould testing the home keeper from distance in the seventh minute.

Former Sholing U18, Hugh Dathan, was next in line to keep Ryan Gosney on his toes as he cut inside from the right and drove a low shot just wide of the near post.

The lively Jesse Gould created the first clear-cut chance in the 22nd minute as he bent a curler from 25 yards out, which allowed target man Shane Sheridan to latch onto and head straight at goal from 6 yards out, forging an excellent point-blank save from Ryan Gosney, although the linesman's flag was up anyway.

Kabba Jack went searching for his tenth league goal of the season as Bashley continued to press forward but dragged his left-footed effort narrowly wide of the near post.

The hosts finally got their first shot away in the 28th minute through the tenacious Jamie Bulpitt. “Pitbull” picked up the ball just inside the Bashley half and, with no defenders in his wake, drove forward and unleashed a pile-driver from 25 yards out, testing the visiting captain Joe Promodo in goal, who carefully parried away from danger.

Dan Mason cleverly knocked down a high-rising ball to the marauding Kevin Brewster who threaded a delightful through pass to Zac Mouland and the young striker hit his snapshot first time into Promodo’s safe palms.

The Boatmen took the lead moments later in the 32nd minute in fabulous fashion via DAN MASON. The striker produced a wonder strike almost undistinguishable from his dramatic late equaliser against AFC Portchester 11 days before, by chesting the ball down and smashing a turn-volley in off the far post beyond the stunned Promodo, who never moved a muscle.

Bashley tried to level the score-line just before half-time but they were unable to get beyond a strong Sholing back-line. HT 1-0

Sholing went forward with more urgency from the restart.  Zac Mouland had time & space down the right channel, but his shot was straight at the keeper.  Then a cross surprised Dan Mason, who was sandwiched between two Bashley defenders and probably not expecting the ball to reach him, so he didn't get a clean connection with his header and it skimmed off his head and wide. On 54 mins, Owen Roundell found space at the far post but headed wide from Kevin Brewster’s corner but the defender was equally alert at the other end, thwarting Jack’s attempt to shoot on the turn.

Hugh Dathan continued to threaten down the right, cutting inside past Marv McLean before curling his left-footed shot wide of the far post.

From a freekick just outside the area, Kevin Brewster's effort went straight through a weak Bashley wall, bounced in front of the keeper, who did very well to adjust and palm it round the post.

Substitute Clive Makoni tried to give Bashley an attacking spark but tamely shot directly at Ryan Gosney. Kabba Jack became the first player to receive a yellow card when he was cautioned by Referee Jake Topp for a dive.

Jamie Bulpitt drove forward in the last minute and smashed a shot onto the base of the post, it ricocheted behind the keeper and across the goal line but stayed out.

With Blackfield & Moneyfields both losing, the victory moved Sholing to the top of the Wessex Prem for the first time since winning the division back in 2013/14. FT 1-0

Report by Neil Vincent

Next Game : Sholing v Park Sports - Southampton Senior Cup - Tuesday 11 Oct 7:45pm

Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)