Match Report - Premier Division
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Blackfield & Langley v Sholing
Blackfield & Langley 0 Sholing 0
Gang Warily Community Centre ~ Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division
Date: Saturday 1st October, 2016
Blackfield and Langley: Sam Beale, Ryan Murray, Ryan Oatley, Joe Byrne, Sam Poole (C), Luke Neller, Liam Robinson, Charlie Knight (Ash Howes 80), Jamie White, Luke Winsper (John Cole 79), Carl Preston (Tim Sills 71). Unused subs: Sean Wain and Ethan Miller.
Yellow Card: None
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Owen Royl (Zac Mouland 45), Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Barry Mason (Nick Yeomans 85), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason, Byron Mason (C), Jake Hoole. Unused subs: Kevin Brewster, Corey Cherrett and Jordan Brooks.
Yellow Card: None
Attendance: 82 Referee: Tom Moisey Assistants: Liam Twigg and Carl Rooney
Man of the Match: Jamie Bulpitt
Team News: Manager Dave Diaper confirmed Jack Smith is now sidelined for the remainder of the season with his ankle injury, Peter Castle was still struggling with a thigh strain. Owen Royl & Alex Sawyer moved up from the bench with Zac Mouland dropping down to the bench and Kieran Winman playing for the development squad. A new face into the club this week from Alton Corey Cherrett took a place on the bench as he was ineligible for the development match. Sholing earned a respectful point at Blackfield and Langley in an entertaining end to end 0-0 draw at Gang Warily on Saturday.
In a battle of second versus third in the Sydenham’s Wessex Premier Division, both sides played for the win but were unable to break the other down.
Blackfield moved above leaders Moneyfields on goal difference in the process while the Boatmen stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven.
A cross from the right was spectacularly cleared by Ryan Murray’s head away for a corner to Sholing on 26 seconds, however the corner was poor and cleared easily.
Jake Hoole nearly gave the visitors a tenth minute lead as his cross got tangled up between defender Joe Byrne’s legs and wrong-footed keeper Sam Beale before the eventually being cleared.
Blackfield threatened at the other end through the lively Carl Preston, who rattled the base on the post with his left-footed drive after being sent through on goal.
Ryan Oatley blasted his snapshot over from a corner for the Watersider’s, who dominated possession in the first half but generally struggled to find a way through the sturdy Dan Miller and Owen Roundell.
But the away side ended the first half the stronger of the two and almost broke the deadlock moments before the break. Some neat play between the Mason brothers resulted in Byron playing Barry in down the right and a cutting pass found Dan, who rounded the keeper and shot at the open net – only for Joe Byrne to recover in time to head clear.
Barry Mason continued to carve out openings as his in-swung corner evaded everyone before it crept wide.
Sholing made a tactical substitution immediately with Owen Royl making way for Zac Mouland and Alex Sawyer reverting back to full back. The hosts came closest to opening the scoring after the re-start but Charlie Knight blazed over from the edge of the box.
Free-scoring Jamie White looked to add another goal to his seasonal tally of 15 but could only produce a tame effort when one-on-one with Ryan Gosney. The Blackfield hitman escaped the Sholing backline again moments later but failed to find the usually lethal finish.
Jake Hoole was causing problems down the left flank for the Boatmen as he weaved past Ryan Murray and Luke Neller before firing high and wide from inside the box, while Alex Sawyer tried his luck from range to no avail shortly after.
Sholing’s best chance to take the lead came in the 78th minute through the industrious Barry Mason, who surged past Luke Neller and riffled a pile driver from the edge of the box, forcing a smart save from Sam Beale.
With five minutes remaining Nick Yeomans was introduced at the expense of Barry Mason to add some more pace up front, but with clock running down it left little time for any impact from the young forward.
Substitute Zac Mouland tried to make it two goals in two games but saw his effort hit the side-netting, while Liam Robinson’s close range strike sailed wide at the other end as both teams played out a goalless draw.
Two sides evenly matched and both desperate not to lose ground on the title chase cancelled one another out to reflect on draw being the right result for both sides.
By Neil Vincent