Sholing3 2TeamSolent1

Scorers : Lee Wort 51, Marv McLean 56, Jake Hoole 60  /  Ryan Penny 30, Hashim Kasimu 52

Date: Saturday 19th January 2019 - 3pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Venue: Universal Stadium

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marvin Mclean, Pete Castle, Dan Miller (Owen Roundell 20), Owen Royl, Alex Sawyer (Jack Smith 84), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jake Hoole (Brad Targett 81). Unused Subs: Kevin Brewster & Bradey Norton

Yellow Cards: Alex Sawyer

Team Solent: Alex Londors, Luke Bennett, Jake Armstrong [Sam Koroma 75}, Samuel Hartley, Ben Baldwin, Brandon Eaton, Ryan Penny [c] Luke Mitchell, Hashim Kasimu, Silvano Obeng, Craig Hunt. Unused Subs: Tam Demunga & James Taylor

Yellow Cards: Ben Baldwin

Attendance: 95

Referee:  Connor Gates  Assistants: James Colley & Alan Gower

Sholing survived a scare in a rollercoaster game to twice come from behind to chalk up their 19th win of the League season. A bonkers 10 minute spell in the second half saw 4 goals scored as the match swung one way and then another.

Before kick off Sholing were presented with the December Premier Team of the Month from the Wessex League, the third such award for the club this season. The presentation was made Belinda Colley (Assistant Referee Appointments Secretary) to Sholing Vice Chairman Mick Brown.

Game got underway under heavy skies and spitting rain on a heavy pitch. First chance came in the 14th minute when Lee Wort went through and shot towards goal with a defender blocking the ball with his hand in front of the referee. The penalty was awarded and was taken by Dan Mason, whose shot was too near Alex Londors, who guessed the correct way and made the save to his right.

This penalty miss seemed to give Team Solent a boost and Hashim Kasimu managed to get through on goal but Marvin Mclean did well to track back and stop the attack with a well timed interception. The Boatmen were dealt a blow when Dan Miller came off worse after a clash of heads. He was replaced by Owen Roundell.

In the 22nd minute a free kick was knocked forward by TJ Cuthbertson towards the attackers and was flicked onto the feet of Jake Hoole on the corner of the box. His shot was very well struck from an angle, but again Alex Londors denied the home side the lead. Then just eight minutes later, Team Solent scored against the run of play with a well taken goal. A throw in was taken down the left side and a ball was fizzed into the box. The ball was only partially cleared, but Ryan Penny collected it, dropped a shoulder and hit a shot across a diving Gosney and it nestled just inside the far upright.

Sholing were unable to threaten the visitors goal, that was being protected well by a young defence, so went in at half time behind for only the 2nd time in the league this season. That previous occasion was their only defeat thus far, at Tadley, where they also didn't convert a penalty.  So the omens were not good as the teams left the pitch for the break. HT: 0-1

Sholing came out after the break with more intensity to their attacking play, which almost reaped rewards with two chances in the first five minutes. First a Dan Mason shot was deflected just over the bar before a snapshot by Byron Mason was deflected and nearly wrongfooted the keeper on the line, who did well to stop with his legs. However, it wasn’t long before they were level with an equaliser that was the first goal of a crazy 10-minute spell before the hour mark.

A corner by Alex Sawyer was played across the 6-yard box and found LEE WORT, who poked the ball into the middle of the goal before the keeper could get back into position. However, the joy of being level was ended just seconds later when Team Solent scored straight from the kick off. The ball was played to Hashim Kasimu, who cut in from the right, brushing past two challenges before thumping the ball past Gosney.

It was nearly 3-1 to the away team when a defensive slip and allowed Silvano Obeng to run through the middle, but he rushed the shot as it flew harmlessly over the bar from close range. Sholing punished this missed opportunity moments later with their second equaliser of the afternoon. MARV MCLEAN sped past the right back to run into the box and fizzed a low cross towards the near post where it nicked off a defender and past the keeper.

The winner came on the hour mark when a right sided freekick was played in low to the packed penalty area, Byron Mason collected it with his back to goal, laying it off to JAKE HOOLE just outside the area and he hit it first time with a controlled sidefoot that went through a crowd of players, giving the keeper no chance as it slotted inside the post.

Team Solent pushed for an equaliser and were always dangerous with their pace up front, but were unable to create a clear opening against a Boatmen defence that tightened up and mopped up their attacks.  Sholing almost extended their lead when TJ smashed an 18 yard shot that looked destined for the net until the keeper did well to turn it round the post.  FT: 3-2

Report by Connor Steel

Dave Diaper reflected on a tough game post-match: “Really enjoyed being tested by Team Solent today, going forward they were very dangerous and although it didn’t help losing Dan Miller with a head injury early on, I was pleased to see us stay mentally strong and turn the game on its head. It would have done our younger players a world of good not to have things their own way. I was also pleased for Jake scoring the winner, he is certainly progressing nicely. The whole team played their part today and showed great character coming from behind twice to eventually come out on top. Well done guys and my MOM was Owen Royl who showed a real gutsy performance. Now on to Tuesday night and a local Derby against our neighbours Hamble Club. Up the Boatmen”

Next Game :  Sholing v Hamble Club - Tuesday 22 Jan 7:45pm - Wessex Premier

Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)