Knaphill0 3Sholing

Scorers : Lee Wort 4, Dan Mason 49 (pen), 59

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018 - 3pm - Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round


Venue: Brookwood Country Park Football Ground

Sholing : Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marv Mclean, Pete Castle, Owen Roundell, Jack Smith (Owen Royl 68), Jamie Bulpitt (Alex Sawyer 84), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jake Hoole (Billy Connor 72).  Subs not used : Dan Miller, Kev Brewster, Brad Targett & Nick O'Donnell

Yellow Card :

Knaphill : Kieron Greene, Josh Barry, George Rowley (Michael Knight 69), Jack Collins [c], James Harris, Felix Ahorlu (Jonny Phillips 64), Ethan Losty, Scott Costello, Chad Goulter, Harry Rapley, Michael Milne (Thomas White 55).  Subs not used: Max Roffey, Harry Roberts, Andrew Herring

Yellow Card : Scott Costello

Attendance:  120 (approx 30 Sholing fans)

Referee: Lennon Davis   Assistant Referees: Daniel Malyon & Craig Boyles

Sholing advanced in the FA Cup with a comfortable win at Knaphill as the strike-duo of Dan Mason & Lee Wort continued their red hot start to the season.

Boatmen's first ever visit to Knaphill FC and we received a friendly welcome at a very nicely set-up and well maintained ground.  The "Knappers" look a well organised club and appear ready & eager to push on and grow their club on and off the pitch.

Iain Calder took charge of the team with Dave & Marc Diaper away on holiday.  His first dilemma was whether to recall Dan Miller, but instead kept with the central defensive partnership of Castle & Roundell.  Jack Smith started in place of Owen Royl as the game got underway on an overcast & cool day on a sandy pitch.

Sholing got off to the best possible start, scoring after just 4 minutes.  Jake Hoole slotted a pass through the backline for LEE WORT to run onto and as the keeper came rushing out, Worty coolly side footed the ball past him and into the far corner to maintain his goal-a-game start to the season.   Match then entered a bit of a lull as Knaphill tried to get some attacks going, but without much success.

On 26 minutes Jake Hoole had a stinging shot on the run well tipped over the bar by the keeper.  From the resultant corner, the ball was recycled and played into Roundell, whose guided header towards Dan Mason at the far post saw the striker scuff an effort into the side netting.   Soon after, some good hold up play by Dan saw him set Wort up with a 16 yard shot that smacked against the crossbar. 

The front two were causing the home defence problems with their strength and pace and both almost scored in the same move as Dan ran in on goal, Greene saved well, with Lee Wort collecting the rebound, beating the keeper with his shot, but a defender was back on the line to kick it away.  Knaphill's best play came from their No10, Rapley, but there wasn't an end product to worry Gosney.  HT 0-1

Just as they had started the game, Sholing scored 4 minutes into the restart.  Dan Mason once again had muscled past the defence and was in on goal, the keeper parried it and as Jamie Bulpitt came in to try to poke home, he was fouled and the Referee pointed to the spot.   DAN MASON thumped home the penalty.

It was goal number 6 in the first 3 games of the season for DAN MASON on 59 minutes, with the striker proving he can score all kinds of goals with a deft back-flick header from TJ's left wing corner.   D-Dan connected perfectly with his header as it arced over the keeper and just inside the far post.

Billy Connor came off the bench and almost scored with his first touch, being put through on goal, but was denied by Greene's save.  Dan Mason & Lee Wort continued to pull a tired Knaphill defence around, although with the game won, the Boatmen were cruising through the last 20 minutes.  The home side had plenty of endeavour going forward, but shots went either well wide or over as the Sholing defence kept control with Byron bossing the match from midfield.  FT 0-3

Another good performance by the Boatmen, never easy playing away in the Cup, especially against a team that we knew very little about, but Sholing looked much the stronger side and made their dominance count.  We will now be away to Wessex 1 side, United Services Portsmouth, in the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday 25th August 3pm.

Many thanks to Knaphill FC for their excellent hospitality and good luck for the season.  Another good turn out by Sholing supporters today, which is much appreciated by the players.

Next Game : Christchurch v Sholing - Friday 17 August 7:45pm - Wessex Premier

Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)