Sholing3 0Hamworthy

Scorers : Dan Mason 21, Barry Mason 52, Lee Wort 88

Date : Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Venue : Universal Stadium

Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Owen Roundell, Marvin McLean, Dan Miller, Cory Cherrett, Kevin Brewster (Kieran Winman 84), Barry Mason [c] (Nick Yeomans 69), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason, Jamie Bulpitt, Lee Wort.  Unused Subs: Jordan Brooks, Owen Royl, Marc Diaper

Yellow Card:

Hamworthy United: Tommy Scott, Max Brimson [c], Ryan Dovell, Eddie Hodge, Declan Randall, Sam Clarke, Nick Swann, Dan O’Sullivan (Brandon Randall 75), Steve Smith, Connor Phillips (Edgar Zanin 84), Jordan Fisk (Ryan Kelly 75). Unused Subs: Dan Pidgley

Yellow Card:

Attendance : 73

Man of the Match : Barry Mason

Referee: Anthony Cross  Assistants: John Bungay & Zach Robinson

Sholing made it 8 games unbeaten with a well-deserved win over Hamworthy United and in the process, clocked up their fourteenth clean sheet of the season to stay in 2nd place and keep the pressure on leaders, Moneyfields.

Team News: Byron Mason missed out due to a suspension and Zac Mouland was away. Kev Brewster came into midfield with Barry Mason captaining the side and joining Dan Mason & Lee Wort in a three pronged attack.

Before kick off, a minute's silence was observed for Associação Chapecoense de Futebol.


Sholing got us underway and it was a fast paced start. Marvin McLean played a ball down the line to Alex Sawyer but his low drive was intercepted and cleared. Hamworthy then went straight on the offensive as Steven Smith chested down inside the box but Owen Roundell cleared the danger.

The first clear-cut chance of the game fell to the hosts as Alex Sawyer found space down the right hand side, he made clear ground and delivered the ball into the back post where Dan Mason tried to bring it down but as he did so, Max Brimson used his strength and ushered him out of play.

Sholing continued to create chances. Lee Wort found himself in the corner with his back to the pitch, but a smart "roulette turn" left two Hamworthy defenders bemused and Wort advanced to fire in a low shot on the edge of the box but it was blocked. The next chance for the Boatmen came when Roundell cleared the ball up into Dan Mason who held well with his back to goal, he then spun his man and ran into the box but he couldn’t get his shot on target as it flew over the bar. Following this, Kevin Brewster then found space and played the ball into Lee Wort who ran at goal but his shot trickled wide. Sholing proceeded to win a corner, it fell to Kevin Brewster on the edge of the box who caught the ball sweetly but unfortunately for the Sholing man it went inches over the crossbar.

Sholing won another corner and the ball in finds a rising Dan Miller who's beat his man and saw his header loop just off the top off the bar and out for a goal kick.

Hamworthy then had their first real shot on goal as Steven Smith heads the ball down to Connor Phillips who decided to strike the ball first time but his shot flew over the bar.

The first goal of the game in the 21st minute, as Barry Mason did well to get to a ball that looked to be going out, the captain hooked it back to the far post where DAN MASON outjumped two defenders to nod into the top corner from 5 yards.  Was Dan's 25th goal of the season, putting him top of the Wessex League scoring chart.

Sholing allowed the visitors back into the game a little bit and their best chance came after an uncharacteristic mistake from Dan Miller. He gave the ball to Jordan Fisk in an attempt to play it back to Gosney. Fisk then rounded the oncoming Gosney and teed up Hodge. Hodge kept hold of the ball too long which gave Gosney time to recover and save the shot with his legs. HT 1-0

Sholing started the second half brightly and their first real chance came in the 47th minute. A sweet one-two between Jamie Bulpitt and Dan Mason sent Bulpitt into the box. He looked composed as he drilled the ball across goal, but a combination between goalkeeper and a defender prevented the ball reaching the intended targets.

Sholing were rewarded for their bright start as a ball over the top found Lee Wort down the right. He took it down and fired a shot straight at the keeper. The rebound fell back to Wort who fed BARRY MASON who did well to control the ball and in one motion knock it back past the advancing keeper and it rolled inside the far post.

Sholing were well in control but almost gifted Hamworthy a lifeline when Owen Roundell tried to play out from the back and was dispossessed by Hodge. He was one on one with Gosney, but placed his shot just wide of the far post.

Sholing almost grabbed their third and put the game to bed when the referee played advantage after Barry Mason was caught late. The ball fell to Bulpitt who weaved his way into the box and fired a shot on goal but the keeper made a great double save after the rebound fell back to the midfielder. After this challenge Barry Mason was forced to leave the field of play after sustaining an injury and was replace by Nick Yeomans on 69 mins.

Sholing thought they had their third goal after a cross by Dan Mason found Lee Wort, who tapped it in. The linesman however raised his flag for offside.  Wort should have scored a minute later when put clean through. He almost had too much time to score but as he took the shot, Tommy Scott saved. Wort had another great chance as Bulpitt slotted him in. To be fair to the striker was slightly wide and his shot was saved by Scott once again.

However, on 88 minutes LEE WORT finally grabbed a deserved goal when Jamie Bulpitt showed great pace as he charged down the left hand channel and squared the ball to Wort, who struck it first time with his left foot into the bottom corner. FT 3-0

Report by Sam Cox

Next Game : AFC Portchester v Sholing - Tuesday 6th December 7:45pm
Next Home Game : Sholing v Bemerton Heath - Saturday 17th December 3pm

Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)