Sholing1 2Winchester

Scorers : Dan Mason 3 / Jamie Barron 20, Domenico Panesar-Dower 73

Date: Saturday 5th October 2019 - 3:00pm - Betvictor Southern League South Division One

Venue: Mackoy Stadium


Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Marvin Mclean, Jake Hoole, Dean Faithfull, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Alex Sawyer (Marlon Mason 80), Owen Roundell, Dan Mason, Bryon Mason ©, Bradley Targett. Unused Subs: Tobi Falodi, Aidan Radford, Jack Nicholas & Sam Tonks

Yellow Cards:

Winchester City: Ryan Pryce, Joe Hayward, Danny King, Craig Davis, Rob Flooks (Dan Williamson 52) , Keiran Douglas, Olly Barmer, Jamie Barron ©, Simba Mlando, Keith Emmerson, Ik Hill (Domenico Panesar-Dower 60). Unused Subs: Rob Carr

Yellow Cards:

Attendance: 165

Referee: Tom Moisey  Assistants: Mark Millard & Dan Pilling

The Boatmen made it six defeats in eight league matches after losing at home in game that could have gone either way against Winchester City. Sholing's bright start got it's reward with a well worked opening goal, but after Winchester equalised against the run of play, the visitors came more into it and edged the second half.  However, it was a defensive mistake that gifted Winchester the winner to leave the Boatmen with nothing to show for an improved league performance.

Team News: Jake Hoole returned to the side following suspension, but as it's been in nearly every game so far this season, Dave Diaper had players unavailable so had to shuffle his pack. Marv played in an unfamiliar right back position, with Jake at left back. It was a young bench with an average age of 18.  Winchester were also not at full strength and came to the game with just 3 subs.

Sholing made a fantastic start and took the lead in the third minute. Jamie Bulpitt clipped the ball into the box where Dan Mason showed great chest control to put the ball into the path of the arriving Alex Sawyer, who fainted to shoot and slid the ball back to DAN MASON who made no mistake sweeping home past the diving Ryan Pryce from 6 yards.  A well worked goal appreciated by the watching fans.

Sholing were on top, dominating midfield and looking for another goal. The home side nearly made it two-nil around the fifteenth minute. Dan Mason brought the ball forward on the counter attack, before feeding a great pass into Brad Targett who won the race with the keeper, but a partial block by Pryce took some of the pace out of the ball as it headed towards the empty net and King was able to clear it away near the line for a corner.  Jamie Bulpitt was winning the ball well in midfield, including a terrific tackle on the half way line as Winchester looked to break.

Despite Sholing looking dominant, Winchester City got an equaliser in the twentieth minute that was arguably against the run of play. A long throw down the left touchline evaded Faithfull and Simba Mlando ran onto the ball and crossed into the corridor of uncertainty to find the unmarked Jamie Barron to apply a fine finish. In response the Boatmen created a series of chances to retake the lead. It started when Alex Sawyer got around the back of the defence but saw his low shot saved by Ryan Pryce. Targett and Mclean then saw efforts fly harmlessly wide before the half-hour mark.

After weathering several home attacks, Winchester grew into the game with their best chance came when Jamie Barron saw a shot well saved by Ryan Gosney and the rebound fell kindly to Olly Barmer. With the goal gaping, the midfielder slotted the ball into the side netting and the chance was lost. Moments later Gosney misplaced a kick that led to him having to deny Simba Mlando after the attacker was fed by Ik Hill. Ryan Gosney then had to be alert to deny a volley from Mike Emmerson in the last action of an entertaining first half. HT: 1-1

The opening period of the second half was very even as both Sholing and Winchester created a series of half-chances to take the lead. Ryan Gosney denied Ik Hall and Keith Emmerson by tipping the efforts wide of the post in quick succession. Down the other end Alex Sawyer saw a tame effort deflected into the gloves of Ryan Pryce and Dan Mason didn’t get enough on a header from a cross by Marv Mclean down the right side.

It was the Boatmen who created the first clear-cut opportunity after the restart when a Winchester corner was booted away to find Bradley Targett in space on the half-way line. With no support anywhere near him, he went on a brilliant solo run and beat two covering defenders before firing an effort that looked destined for the top corner until Ryan Pryce pulled off a spectacular finger tip save over the bar.  It was a similar break away move by Sholing soon after.  This time, Dan Mason was isolated up front, so decided to take on the defence on his own and it almost worked as he muscled past a couple of challenges, but from a tight angle, the keeper blocked his fierce shot.

Unfortunately for the Boatmen, it was Winchester City who clinched the third goal and ultimately the winner on 73 mins. It was an unusual goal to watch as it seemed to happen in slow motion with a low shot being deflected for a corner. The delivery seemed straight forward for Ryan Gosney to catch, but he dropped the ball onto the foot of Domineco Panesar-Dower to toe-poke into the unguarded net. Winchester could have made it three-one when Olly Barmer went on a twisty individual run but saw his effort flicked away for a throw-in by Jake Hoole.

In the final 10 mins, Sholing were looking like a different team to the one who started the game, as they couldn't create a decent chance to at least get a point that on reflection, they probably deserved.  However, it wasn't to be and the Boatmen currently find themselves in a lowly 17th place in the table.   FT: 1-2

Dave Diaper said afterwards : "Tough on us today, thought we started well enough against Winchester City, but let them back in the game with poor defensive play. The game could of gone either way second half and I thought a draw would have been a fair result, but the gods favoured Winchester and the rest is history"

Report by Connor Steel

Next Games :
Sholing v Hythe & Dibden - Tuesday 8 Oct 7:45pm - Soton Senior Cup
Sholing v Bristol Manor Farm - NON LEAGUE DAY - Saturday 12 Oct 3pm - FA Trophy

Photos by Ray Routledge (click an image to enlarge)