Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Fareham Town v Sholing 26/01/19

Fareham Town 0 Sholing 4

BEFORE the kick-off there was a one minute silence in remembrance of former Fareham manager Trevor Parker who sadly passed earlier this week. Parker was a successful manager for Fareham, guiding the Creeksiders to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy during their glory days of the 80s and 90s.

Sholing came firing out of the blocks and scored quickly in the seventh minute with an almost identical goal to their first against Team Solent last weekend. A corner by Alex Sawyer was flicked across goal and bounced off a player into the net. Depending on your angle either Dan Miller or Dan Mason got the final touch, but ultimately it was given as an OWN GOAL from a defender.

The Boatmen continued to dominate and control possession, doubling their lead with a well taken goal in the 16th minute. A chipped pass from Dan Mason in centre midfield landed on the feet of Lee WORT on the edge of the box, and the striker muscled through before smashing a powerful drive into the top corner with goalkeeper Declan McCarthy stranded. Fareham Town then had a brief spell of play in which they got themselves into great positions on both wings, however their final cross was not always accurate enough to test the Sholing back-line, which led to the majority of their attacks easily breaking down. However Ryan Gosney did have to make a smart save from a snapshot on the edge of the box, but he easily dealt with anything that came his way on his 200th Sholing performance.

After Alex Sawyer’s half volley flew just over the bar, it was soon 3-0 to the Boatmen in the 38th minute when fine attacking move led to Lee Wort forcing a great save by away goalkeeper Dec McCarthy. The ball rebounded back to Wort and he played a fine low ball to Dan MASON back healed it into the empty net with a fancy finish to all but seal the three points for the away side. As the half time whistle blew the score-line reflected the way that Sholing had dominated despite it not being their best performance. It had been a very comfortable first half display and the Boatmen had scored arguably their only clear cut chances. HT 0-3

The second half started in exactly the way the first ended, with Sholing dominating possession but not creating anything with it. This did change in the 56th minute when a free kick by Alex Sawyer from 25 yards was clawed brilliantly out of the top corner by Dec McCarthy. Minutes later it was 4-0 to the Boatmen when another corner by Alex Sawyer was turned into the net by Dan MASON with a tap in. A potential hat-trick from Dan Mason was denied when he was replaced by Bradley Targett with the aim of success against a tiring home defence, which nearly worked but the young striker’s effort was deflected wide for a corner.

Down the other end Fareham created two key chances to grab a consolation goal. A header from a corner was flicked just high and wide, whilst a shot from 30 yards was brilliantly saved by Ryan Gosney to protect his clean sheet with 15 minutes to go. The final 15 minutes turned into the Dec McCarthy show as he made three fantastic saves in a matter of minutes to deny the Boatmen their fifth goal. With the Fareham defence tiring substitute Bradey Norton was put through on goal and a powerful angled shot was saved by the keeper’s shin, before the rebound was saved by McCarthy’s foot.

Seconds later Lee Wort had a shot saved by a diving save by McCarthy after being put through on goal, and Dan Miller hit the post with a header from the resulting corner. Ultimately the fifth goal was not going to come for the Boatmen, but the score-line did reflect the overall dominance of the away side during the afternoon.

It was a game in which you felt the Boatmen didn’t have to get out of 2nd gear, but was a deserved victory nonetheless. The final whistle blew on a solid performance for the away side, confirming a 91st clean sheet for Ryan Gosney and the 80th goal of the season for the strike partnership of Wort/Mason. FT 0-4 (Connor Steel)