Sholing5 0Hamworthy1

Scorers : Dan Mason 6 & 48, Brad Targett 53, Lee Wort 89 & 90+1

Date: Thursday 21st March 2019 - 7:45pm - Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Venue: Universal Stadium

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Owen Royl, Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Alex Sawyer, Jake Hoole (Kev Brewster 73), Byron Mason [c], Dan Mason (Pete Castle 81), Lee Wort, Brad Targett. Unused subs : TJ Cuthbertson, Jack Smith, Nick O'Donnell

Yellow Cards:

Hamworthy United: Tom Rees, Ryan Watkins, Dec Randall [c], Jamie Gleeson, Chris Senior, Connor Cocklin (Pepe Smith 59), Jamie Filkins, Brandon Randall (Jack Delves 73), Ollie Balmer (Morgan Oliver 88), Brad Gale, Sean Wright

Yellow Cards: Jamie Gleeson

Attendance: 115

Referee:  Luke Fabry  Assistants: David Coles & Kai Morgan

The deadliest duo in Non League Football (maybe, all football!?) struck 2 goals apiece to take their tally to 99 this season as Sholing moved within touching distance of being crowned Wessex League Champions. Two goals each for Dan Mason & Lee Wort sandwiched an excellent strike by Brad Targett as the Boatmen put on another dominant, energetic performance.

Team News : Jamie Bulpitt's bad luck with injuries continued as he missed out with a cut to his leg picked up in Tuesday's game. TJ was rested, so Owen Royl went to right back.  Hamworthy arrived 40 mins before kick off with a squad that looked a bit different to the one we faced back in September in the FA Cup.

It was Sholing's first home league game for two months, as they got the game underway on a quite mild evening. For the 16th time this season, the Boatmen scored a goal inside the opening 10 minutes.  Lee Wort broke down the right wing and his cut back from the line into the 6 yard box was cleared only as far as DAN MASON, who from just inside the area, lashed into the net.   Boatmen were looking dangerous down either flank with Wort, Targett & Marv all getting in crosses that had to be dealt with by the defence.  Hamworthy created a decent chance on 24 minutes when a well hit volley across Gosney, saw the Sholing No1, tip the effort round the far post.

Game entered a lull, before the Boatmen picked up the pace again, with a succession of corners flashing across the face of goal before Dan Mason worked space for a shot, but was denied by a good save by Rees.  Owen Royl was getting forward well to support attacks and on an overlap, fired a shot into the side netting.  On 42 minutes, Brad Targett didn't connect cleanly with an effort, it still managed to beat the keeper, but came off the inside of the post before being cleared.  HT 1-0

For the 21st time this season, Sholing scored quickly after the restart to take control of the game. A right wing corner by Alex Sawyer was met with a guided flick header by DAN MASON that flew into the far bottom corner for his 55th of the season.  Was only a short wait until the Boatmen had their 3rd, when on 53 minutes, Lee Wort chipped the ball into the right side of the area to BRAD TARGETT, who burst past one defender and as the goalkeeper came out, showed quick feet to transfer the ball to enable him to lift a shot high into the net from 6 yards.  Was Brad's 15th goal of an impressive first season for the youngster.

Game was being played almost exclusively in the Hamworthy half and Dan Miller went close to scoring when his header was cleared off the line via a great defensive header by Wright.  More waves of attack saw Lee Wort get into space as he ran at the defence, but on both occasions his shots were blocked.  Dave Diaper brought on Kev Brewster and Pete Castle, with the latter going up front to replace Dan Mason for the final 10 minutes of the game and the subs were to provide two assists in the last knockings.

On 89 minutes, Brewy released LEE WORT, who dribbled past two defenders and then committed the goalkeeper before drilling past a player on the line.  Two minutes later and Sholing had their fifth when Pete Castle fed LEE WORT, who didn't have to break his stride to stroke the ball into the net for his 44th goal of the season.

Scoreline reflected Sholing's dominance, not that Hamworthy played poorly, they, like most teams this season, just couldn't handle the Boatmen's attack or find a way through their defence.  28 clean sheets for the season for Sholing and they need two more wins to guarantee the Wessex Premier Title.  It could happen in the next game on Saturday, if Sholing win and Horndean lose at Shaftesbury.  FT 5-0

Next Game :  Sholing v Alresford Town - Saturday 23 March 3pm - Wessex Premier

Photos Courtesy of Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)