Scorer : Lee Wort 12, Luke Dempsey 68, Dan Miller 74 / Jordan Fisk 32
Date : Saturday 11th February 2017 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Venue : Universal Stadium
Sholing : Ryan Gosney, Jean-Luc Ramdin, Marv McLean [c], Luke Dempsey, Dan Miller, Michael Hubbard, Alex Sawyer (Owen Roundell 92) Owen Royl, Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jake Hoole. Unused Subs : Nick Yeomans, Corey Cherrett, Barry Mason & Jordan Brooks
Yellow Card : Jake Hoole
Verwood Town : Ken Vaughan, Harvey Elsom, Russel Dyer, Chas Gajic, Ben Kelly [c], Frankie White (Max Purton 76), Jordan Fisk, Max Fletcher, James Bergin, Mike Haskell, Martin Smith. Unused Subs : Charlie Gilbert, Dan Boer, Jamie Webber & Andy Hardiman
Yellow Card : Frankie White
Attendance : 79
Men of the Match : Jean-Luc Ramdin & Owen Royl
Referee : Krasimir Petrov Assistants : Robert Walczak & Kevin Robinson
Goals from Lee Wort and centre-back duo Luke Dempsey and Dan Miller, ensured Sholing beat bottom of the Wessex Premier League Verwood Town 3-1. In a game that the visitors more than matched the Boatmen for periods. Wort’s clinical low finish with Dempsey and Miller’s close range headers were enough to eventually see Verwood off.
Team News: Suspension to TJ Cuthbertson & Jamie Bulpitt enforced changes and with Byron Mason injured, Kevin Brewster taken ill ahead of the game and Zac Mouland not available, it was a chance for the youngsters to shine. Owen Royl was preferred in midfield and new U18 England schoolboy, Jean-Luc Ramdin slotted in at right back.
On a bitterly cold day where the wind-chill pushed the temperatures below zero, It was left to Jean-Luc Ramdin, in only his second senior start, to try to warm up the brave souls watching on with an overlapping run that ended with a rasping shot on the volley that was beaten away by visiting keeper Ken Vaughan on six minutes.
Six minutes later and Sholing were in the lead as a long pass flicked off the head of a Verwood defender into the path of LEE WORT, who cut infield onto his left foot before planting the ball into the bottom left hand corner for his 14th goal of the season.
That didn’t faze the visitors and they responded quickly, with James Bergin having his shot tipped over by Ryan Gosney three minutes later. Martin Smith had his shot saved for Verwood, while Alex Sawyer’s flicked effort from a Micky Hubbard free-kick was saved at the other end by Vaughan.
Jean-Luc Ramdin then had James Bergin on toast and sent a delicious low ball across the face of the goal that Lee Wort just couldn’t convert.
The Boatmen were pegged back shortly after half an hour when a through ball by Gajic split the defence and allowed Jordan Fisk to round Ryan Gosney and pass it into the unguarded net.
Lee Wort tried to immediately restore the home side’s lead by working himself and angle only to be denied by Ken Vaughan in the Verwood goal. From the resulting corner, Dan Miller headed goalwards, but a Verwood defender was there to nod away from the line. HT: 1-1
Sholing could have been ahead 37 seconds into the restart when a lay-off from Dan Mason was skewed wide of the near post by Lee Wort with a prodded effort.
Mike Haskell’s bullet header could have completed an unlikely turnaround for Verwood but Ryan Gosney’s low dive was enough to deny him and Sholing began to turn the screw. From a Micky Hubbard corner Dan Miller had his header cleared away by a committee of Verwood players, but he would be back for more.
On 68 minutes, Sholing were ahead when another Micky Hubbard corner caused problems in the visiting defence and Jake Hoole was able to head across the box at the far post for LUKE DEMPSEY to easily nod home his first Sholing goal from a yard out. On 72 mins there was a big shout for a penalty when Jake Hoole appeared to have his legs taken away from him inside the box but referee Petrov was having none of it.
It took another two minutes for the Boatmen to wrap the game up when another Micky Hubbard inswinging corner found DAN MILLER arriving in the six yard box to plant a powerful header into the net. Sholing were able to close the game out to stay fourth in the Wessex Premier League. FT 3-1
Dave Diaper said after the game : "A very good performance by the lads against a spirited Verwood Team. The League is for Moneyfields to lose but we will push them all the way"
Report by Jack Prentice
Next Home Game : Sholing v Bemerton Heath - Tuesday 7:45pm - Wessex Premier
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