Sholing5 1HytheDibden

Scorers : Jamie Bulpitt 1, Dan Mason 15 (pen) & 40, Brad Targett 24, James Lauder 82 / Sam Woodward 50

Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019 - 7:45pm - Southampton Senior Cup Second Round

Venue: Mackoy Stadium


Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Marvin Mclean, Jake Hoole, Dean Faithfull (TJ Cuthbertson 55) , Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt (James Lauder 73), Alex Sawyer (Jack Nicholas 68), Owen Roundell, Dan Mason, Bryon Mason ©, Bradley Targett. Unused Subs: Marlon Mason & Aidan Radford

Yellow Cards: Alex Sawyer, Owen Roundell

Hythe & Dibden: Ellis Grant, Dave Wyatt (Connor Wells 46), Liam Golding (Tom Green 80), Rhys Crookes, Sam Floyd ©, Tom Switzer, Christos Papakonstautinon (Wayne Robinson 72), Richard Bridle, Cain Prentice, Sam Woodward, Michael Dark. Unused Subs: Josh Cotton & Sam Boon

Yellow Cards: Connor Wells, Terry Cox (manager)

Attendance: 126

Referee: Tom Copping  Assistants: Steve Saunders & Chris Miles

Sholing registered another cup victory by comfortably beating the current Wessex League Division One leaders. Despite the dominant result, the encounter was not an easy game to win and Sholing successfully took more of their chance’s to progress into the 3rd round of the SDFA Senior Cup.

Team News: Dave Diaper named an unchanged 11 from Saturday the changes were on the bench. TJ Cuthbertson & James Lauder were both available & replaced Sam Tonks & Tobi Falodi. The visitors had a couple of ex-Boatmen in their ranks, Cain Prentice & Liam Golding.

Similar to their league game at the weekend, Sholing were straight on the attack and scored within the first twenty seconds. A cross by Marvin Mclean was initially harmless until a deflection off the defender ensured the ball fell kindly in the penalty area. JAMIE BULPITT reacted quickest and side-footed home the opener.

After falling behind, Hythe & Dibden's best play came from Christos Papakonstautinon. The winger firstly went on a run and saw a deflected shot fly just wide off the post, before sending a powerful effort into the netting behind Ryan Gosney’s goal.

The Boatmen had the chance to double their advantage after fifteen minutes. As he broke into the box, Jamie Bulpitt was fouled and the referee awarded a penalty. DAN MASON stepped up and slotted home into the bottom left corner, leaving Ellis Grant with no chance despite diving the right way. Hythe responded by creating their best chance of the game when Cain Prentice rolled an effort just wide when through on goal when the Sholing defence switched off momentarily.

The visitors were continuing to make problems for themselves by trying to play the ball around inside their own area and after pressure was put upon the last defender & keeper, the ball was presented to BRAD TARGETT who wasn't going to pass up a free shot and he fired into the middle of the goal from 15 yards.

The home side dominated the final fifteen minutes of the first half with half chances for Bradley Targett, Alex Sawyer & Dan Mason forcing saves from Ellis Grant who parried out for a corner in the 40th minute. The resulting set-piece delivery by Sawyer was inch perfect and DAN MASON met it in the 6 yard box with a diving header on his 399th game for Sholing. HT: 4-0

Hythe & Dibden made an immediate change Conner Wells replacing Dave Wyatt and started on the front foot and deservedly pulled a goal back in the 50th minute. Fine pressuring from the visitors forced a mistake from the Sholing backline and the loose ball rolled into the path of Sean Woodward. The Hythe striker controlled the ball before sliding the shot inside Gosney’s near post for a deserved goal for the visitors.

The away side then saw their captain Sam Floyd head over the bar with a free opportunity, as Sholing appeared to take their foot off the gas.  However, the Boatmen created a number of half chances around the hour mark with Dan Mason hitting a free-kick through the wall but straight at Hythe keeper Ellis Grant, before both Jake Hoole and Bradley Targett went close with low angled shots. Hythe & Dibden were perhaps fortunate not to be reduced to ten men when Connor Wells fouled Dan Mason from behind when the striker was clean through on goal. However, the defender was only cautioned and Bradley Targett’s set piece flew harmlessly wide of goal.

The final 15 minutes of the game was mostly forgettable, but Sholing did grab a fifth goal.  On 82 minutes, it looked like the Boatmen were again guilty of overplaying around the box, as players seemed to be trying to set it up for each other instead of having a shot, but the ball found substitute JAMES LAUDER to control and he took responsibility by having a shot and got his reward as it hit the back of the net.  With just one minute added by the referee, it seemed clear that everyone wanted the game over.  For Sholing it was a potential bananaskin avoided and job done as they advance in the Soton Senior Cup. FT: 5-1

Report by Connor Steel

Next Game : Sholing v Bristol Manor Farm - Saturday 12 October 3pm - FA Trophy