AFC Stoneham Reserves 2-2 Sholing Development

Scorers: Jamie Chilcott 36, Mhiza Tafadzwa 58  / Tanaka Madzvamutse 51, Rory Wood 67

Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 19:45 pm kick off – Wyvern Combination East Division

Venue: The HP Arena

AFC Stoneham: Robbie Wride, Kieran Rawlings, Luke Cron, Ryan Caws [c], Elliot Perkis, Daniel Larcombe, Jabez Setteri (Max Cullen 45), Josh Rose (Ryan Sanger 62), Luke Bergg, Jamie Chilcott, Mhiza Tafadzwa. Subs not used: Brad Dolton, Tom Sutton & Libor Creitan

Yellow Card: Ryan Sanger

Sholing: Josh Helm [c], Connor Pearson, Jack Attrill, Harvey Craig, Duncan Brown, Liam Attrill, Marlon Mason (Tanaka Madzvamutse 45), Callum Waughman (Fraser McLean 82), Rory Wood, Jamie Blackburn (Ryan Farrant 62), Jake Hoole Subs not used: Jamie Staples.

Yellow Card: Jake Hoole

Attendance: 64  Referee: Mark Cotterall

Man of the Match: Duncan Brown

Sholing's Development side left the HP Arena with a hard fought point playing much better than on the opening day at Cams Alder. They played a more high intense game and were unlucky not to come away with all three points.

Team News: Sholing once again had a changed line up with players working and away. Steve Blackburn made four changes from Saturday’s defeat Connor Pearson came in for Jack Fisher & Duncan Brown made his debut for Harry Butler. Ryan Farrant & Jamie Staples dropped to the bench to make way for Marlon McLean & Jake Hoole. Lining up for AFC Stoneham was former Sholing striker Luke Bergg.

AFC Stoneham got the game underway in front of a large crowd on a warm evening at the HP Arena. Sholing had the early exchanges and Liam Attrill found Rory Wood but the Sholing forward couldn’t test Robbie Wride in the Stoneham goal and the keeper collected the ball easily. On three minutes this time Rory Wood turned provider when he found Marlon Mason who under pressure got in his shot but this time it went over Wrides crossbar. Four minutes later Jake Hoole looking lively on the left was fouled and Marlon Mason curled the ball around the wall only for Wride to save yet again. Good link up play between Callum Waughman & Jamie Blackburn again found Rory Wood but again the striker failed to hit the target.

AFC Stoneham were very good with counter attacks and getting the ball wide to the pacey Mhiza Tafadzwa who found the Sholing by-line on a number times and got his cross in but Duncan Brown stood firm at the heart of the Sholing defence marshalling his troops. Again Jake Hoole was causing the Stoneham defence trouble with his runs and again linked up with Rory Wood but Jakes effort was blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner Liam Attrill’s header was headed away by Dan Larcombe.

With 15 mins gone again Tafadzwa’s cross again evaded everyone in the Sholing area. Duncan Brown’s long ball was headed by defender in to the path of Jake Hoole but his cross was not met by the on rushing forwards. Duncan Brown was penalised for a tackle but the defender redeemed himself clearing the Stoneham free kick.

Again it was good link up play between Jake Attrill, Callum Waughman, Jake Hoole found Rory Wood but again the ball went agonisingly wide. Luke Cron’s long ball was headed by Duncan Brown in to the path of Tafadzwa who picked out skipper Ryan Caws but he failed to make contact. Marlon Mason again found Jake Hoole who unleased a left footed shot again just failing to hit the target.

The deadlock was broken on thirty six minutes when Mhiza Tafadzwa got to the by-line and his deep cross was tapped in by Jamie Chilcott. Sholing almost hit back immediately when Marlon Mason once again found Jake Hoole who turned and hit his shot just over the bar. Mark Stupple in the Stoneham dugout vented his feelings on his team’s poor defending. Again good link up play between Jamie Blackburn, Callum Waughman & Rory Wood resulted in a corner Jamie Blackburn’s deep corner found Rory Wood but again the striker saw his header go over Wrides bar. Last action of the 1st half saw Connor Pearson stop Tafadzwa on the left. HT 1-0

Before the second half could commence both sides replaced their No 7’s Jabez Setteri was replaced by Max Cullen & Marlon Mason (who was feeling ill) was replaced by Tanaka (TK) Madzvamutse. Former Sholing forward Luke Bergg failed to double Stoneham’s lead when he hit his shot over the bar. TK was causing the Stoneham defender problems with his pace along with Jake Hoole. Jake Hoole won a corner and from Jamie Blackburn’s corner TK Madzvamutse restored parity within six minutes of being on the field. However seven minutes later Stoneham regained the lead when a long ball committed Josh Helm to foul the on rushing forward outside the eighteen yard box but referee Cotterall played an advantage and Mhiza Tafadzwa was left to tap the ball into an empty net.

Four minutes later both sides again made substitutions with Josh Rose being replaced by Ryan Sanger and Jamie Blackburn was replaced by Ryan Farrant. Josh Helm’s free kick found Jake Hoole who turned inside and hit his shot wide. Again it was good link up play that drew Sholing level Josh Helm found Ryan Farrant who in turn picked out Jake Hoole and his cross found Rory Wood to beat Robbie Wride on sixty seven minutes. 

On seventy nine minutes the first yellow card was produced when a rugby tackle by Ryan Sanger on Rory Wood was enough for Referee Mark Cotterall. This was followed two minutes later when Jake Hoole was penalised for a foul but was booked for dissent. Callum Waughman made way for Fraser McLean with eight minutes remaining. Harvey Craig became a passenger for the last five minutes picking up cramp. Both sides battled until the final whistle. FT 2-2

Steve Blackburn reflected on his first point for the Boatmen : “We deserved to get more out of tonight’s game we restricted their chances on goal. However we went in 1-0 down again we were missing headers from five yards out and we created many chances. In the second half we nullified their best player we double up on him and the changes helped us. All three subs tonight got into the game well. Tonight’s attitude was very positive on another day we would have taken all three points. With a twenty four hour break we will be struggling to get players fit so it will again be a different line up for Friday but we have to live with it at the moment”.

Next Game : Sholing v Bosham - Friday 25th 7:45pm - Universal Stadium