Match Report - Premier Division
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Baffins Milton Rovers v Sholing
Blu Boam 90+6 mins / Byron Mason 13 mins Dan Mason 51 mins
Baffins Milton Rovers: Tony Male, Josh Maddison, Olly Watts (Josh Dean), Tyler Yates, Danny Audin, Shane Cornish, George Thomas (Callum Dart), Blu Boam, Tyler Moret, Ryan Pennery, Jamie White (Connor Saunders) Subs (not used): Joel Jackson, Sam Willett,
Yellow Cards: Olly Watts & Josh Dean
Sholing: Sholing: Ryan Gosney, TJ Cuthbertson, Marvin McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Kevin Brewster (Owen Royl, 69), Barry Mason, Byron Mason (Lee Wort, 64), Dan Mason, Jake Hoole (Bradey Norton, 85), Jamie Bulpitt. Subs (not used): Zac Mouland, Nick Yeomans.
Unused Subs: Zac Mouland & Bradey Norton
Yellow Cards: None
Man-of-the-match: Byron Mason (Sholing).
Referee: Rob Ablitt (Locks Heath). Assistant Referees: Stuart Carter & Carl Rooney 4th Official Jake Topp
Sholing won the first of two potential cups with a routine 2-1 win over Wessex Division One side Baffins Milton Rovers in a match that Sholing dominated from minute one.
Goals from man of the match Captain Byron Mason who ran the midfield and striker Dan Mason set the Boatmen on their way, while Blu Boam replied deep into second-half injury time.
In what was to become a feature of the first half, Kevin Brewster’s devilish dead ball was almost met by Dan Miller on ten minutes.
Three minutes later a defensive error allowed Barry Mason to set his brother Dan free down the left, but he elected to pass instead of shoot and it was cleared for a corner.
From that corner Sholing took the lead. Another excellent delivery, this time from Jamie Bulpitt allowed Byron Mason to rise unmarked and head into the far corner on thirteen minutes.
Ten minutes later and Sholing should have had another goal from corner, as Kevin Brewster’s right wing delivery was met by Dan Miller and hacked away – despite the ball looking as if it had crossed the line play was waved on much to the despair of the Sholing players and supporters behind that goal.
Another Kevin Brewster free-kick on 30 minutes caused the Baffins defence headaches and yielded another chance, with Owen Roundell this time the man to have his head in his hands as he nodded over from six yards.
Dan Mason then flicked over after Owen Roundell had bicycle-kicked the ball back into the mix after another Kevin Brewster set-piece.
Baffins first chance arrived on 40 minutes, as Ryan Pennery their leading marksman ran at the Sholing defence and curled wide of the right post.
It was business as usual at the start of the second half as first Dan Mason had a strong shout for a penalty turned down before picking himself up to score moments later.
After the initial incident Sholing quickly won the ball back from Jamie Bulpitt’s free kick and TJ Cuthbertson had the awareness to roll the ball across the edge of the penalty box and find Dan Mason, who rolled into the right corner to give Sholing breathing space.
A quick Baffins free kick was fizzed into the chest of Ryan Pennery, who controlled and volleyed just wide from distance.
A good piece of skill then allowed substitute Lee Wort time and space to shoot from distance but he dragged his left-footed shot just wide of the target.
Baffins felt that they had a case for a penalty with twenty minutes left as Callum Dart was felled by Owen Roundell, but to their fury the referee waved played on.
A slick move from the Boatmen ended with Jake Hoole and Dan Mason combining with the former seeing a low shot saved by Tony Male
It could have been 3-0 as Dan Mason was found wonderfully by Lee Wort, but he dragged his shot just wide of the left post before Baffins got their consolation goal.
Some neat interplay saw Baffins manoeuvre into the Sholing box and Blu Boam finished low past Ryan Gosney – seconds before the referee blew for full time.
Dave Diaper reflected on part one of a hopeful cup double
“That’s half the job done,” smiled victorious boss Dave Diaper. “We didn’t go overboard with the celebrations because we’re mindful of Wednesday”.
“I think this is the harder cup to win because there are so many Wessex Premier teams in it, but the centre stage has got to be St Mary’s we now assess the players and get refocussed for Wednesday’s encounter”.
“At 2-0 up we conserved some energy and that’s why we dipped a bit. But it was important to focus on one game at a time and I’m glad we went with a strong team today.” “We’ve kept 25 clean sheets this season and the lads don’t like conceding. They’re a bit disappointed with that,” said Diaper.
“But you can see why Baffins have done so well in their league. They work very hard for each other.”
Report by Jack Prentice