Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Sholing v AFC Totton 13/11/18

Sholing 1 AFC Totton 0

The Boatmen progressed to the last eight of the Russell Cotes Cup after an uneventful derby, settled by Hoole’s close range strike on 72 minutes. It was the club’s thirteenth successive win and fifteenth clean sheet of the season. It came in stark contrast to the win in the last round in which they put eleven past QK Southampton, this time they were forced to work until the end to see off the threat of a talented AFC Totton team.

AFC Totton started brightly as Sholing got to grips with the ever pristine playing surface and the style of their more illustrious opponents. However it was Kevin Brewster who had the first chance of the match but the midfielder put his shot over Siviter’s bar. AFC Totton captain Jack Masterton flashed a shot over the bar for Stags, Toby Adekunle also went close whilst Lee Wort forced a smart stop from Adam Siviter at the other end. Louis Langdown was forced into an early change when Callum Chugg was replaced by Alex Haynes.

On the half hour Owen Royl’s dipping drive was tipped away by a sprawling Siviter, before both keepers were called into action once more to keep out Dave Allen and Lee Wort at both ends respectively with their efforts to break the deadlock. Former Sholing player Toby Adekunle went close with an acrobatic before the returning Brewster failed to make the most of a free-kick that flashed across the box and beyond a posse of poised Sholing players. HT 0-0

The second half started with AFC Totton’s injury list growing when Toby Adekunle was replaced by Craig Feeney. An early free kick by Kevin Brewster evaded all Sholing players and was cleared by the Stags defence. Adam Siviter saved superbly from Jake Hoole before the breakthrough arrived from the same player with 28 minutes left to play. Brad Targett shot was blocked and Jamie Bulpitt saw his effort blocked from the goalmouth scramble but the ball fell to Jake HOOLE, who smashed home the rebound from ten yards.

Substitute Feeney fired over the bar, and Wort then had a chance to wrap up the win, only to be denied by Siviter when well placed on 85 minutes. That led to a spell of late Stags pressure, but they were unable to break through a resilient and organised Sholing back line, as Diaper’s men held out for another impressive victory. A third of the way through the season, and the side are sitting pretty at the top of the Wessex League with interest remaining in four cup competitions. FT 1-0 (Jamie Spoors)