Scorers : Sam Griffin 29 & 79 / Lee Wort 11, Zac Mouland 54
Date : Tuesday 8th November 2016 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Western Way, Salisbury
Bemerton Heath: Jason Collins, Sam Davis, Jordan Cole, Connor Doe, Dan Thompson, Josh Buck (Elliot Cross 70), Sam Griffin, Michael Hubbard, Jack Slade [c] (Scott Joyce 63), Jake Burgess, Jake Rankins (Cameron Roach 55). Unused subs: Adam Costello & Will Robinson
Yellow Card: Jack Slade
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Corey Cherrett, Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Alex Sawyer (Kieran Winman 70), Zac Mouland (Nick Yeomans 67), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt. Unused subs: Kevin Brewster, Jordan Brooks, Jake Hoole
Attendance : 33 (12 Sholing fans)
Man of the Match : Lee Wort
Referee: Brian Canning Assistants: Ian Lintell & Andrew Brown
Sholing twice had the lead at rainsoaked Bemerton, but will be disappointed to have left with one point, instead of all three. It means no win in 6 away games in the league for the Boatmen, which leaves us in 5th and playing catch-up with the pacesetters.
Team News : Both Byron & Marv returned from suspension, but Diaps kept the same 4-3-3 formation as on Saturday.
The Boatmen started very strongly, knocking the ball around first time at pace. Corey Cherrett put over a peach of a low cross into the 6 yard box, but Zac Mouland couldn't get a touch on it. Then Lee Wort found space in the six-yard box to unleash two stinging efforts from close range but Jason Collins stood firm to deny him.
However, LEE WORT did open the scoring on 11 minutes after Alex Sawyer’s excellent delivery from the right hand side found him rising above the defender to power a header that the keeper palmed onto the underside of the bar and in.
Bemerton could have equalised moments later, with Ryan Gosney thwarting Griffin at the back post when the latter beat Marv McLean to the ball. Jake Rankins shaved the post from 30-yards for the hosts.
The home side equalised on 29 minutes with a brilliantly taken goal by Sam Griffin. Jake Burgess’ long, cross-field pass found the winger on the left hand side of the penalty area and he hit a first time side foot volley back across Gosney and in off the far post.
Sholing went close to going back in front when Dan Mason hit a fierce shot from 15 yards that Collins did very well to tip onto the bar and out for a corner. HT 1-1
The rain got heavier for the start of the second half, which made controlling the ball tricky and Bemerton appeared to have been given instructions at half time to be more physical with their opponents, which led to a number of freekicks.
Sholing regained the advantage in the 54th minute as ZAC MOULAND latched onto Dan Mason’s deflected shot just outside the box, created space for himself and then fired it low into the near post past a flat-footed keeper.
It could have been three for Sholing soon after as Marv McLean tried a rare right foot shot, that skidded off the surface, but Collins did well to palm it round the post.
As the weather got even worse, the game deteriorated as well. Sholing were on top, but finding it difficult to retain possession in the final third, either by the home side closing down quickly or some sloppy passing. Boatmen then switched off with 11 minutes to go, firstly allowing too much space for Sam Griffin to be found in the area and then unchallenged, he was able to shift the ball and fire in a shot from 12 yards.
Sholing went searching for a winner, but went long ball and were unable to create anything meaningful as the home side seemed happy to slow the game down and settle for a point. FT 2-2
Next Game : Verwood Town v Sholing - Saturday 12th November 3pm
Next Home Game : Sholing v Whitchurch - Saturday 19th November 3pm