Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Sholing v Amesbury Town

SHOLING: Ryan Gosney, Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson, Marvin McLean [c] (Byron Mason 65), Owen Roundell, Luke Dempsey, Michael Hubbard, Zac Mouland (Nick Yeomans 72), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason, Lee Wort, Jamie Bulpitt.

Unused Subs: Kevin Brewster, Corey Cherrett & Jordan Brooks

Yellow Cards: Michael Hubbard, Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson & Marvin McLean

AMESBURY TOWN: Paddy Creese, Danny Field, Craig Wheeler [c], Tom Wheeler, Adam Pearson, Connor Palmer, Max Elward, Ben Cook, Tyler Brockway, Paul Coventry, Darren Turner

Unused Subs: Michael Weatherall

Yellow Cards: Ben Cook, Tom Wheeler & Tyler Brockway Red Card: Tom Wheeler

Att: 82

Man of the Match: Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson

Referee: Declan Hellyer Assistant Referees: Thomas McGhee & Jack Darling

Team News: Marvin Mclean made his 550th appearance and was captain for the night with Byron Mason being rested. Sholing welcomed back Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson from suspension. Illness meant Dan Miller was unavailable also Barry Mason was missing following a minor ankle operation at the week end. Owen Roundell replaced Dan Miller. 

Amesbury’s current situation off the field wasn’t helped when the team line up had to be change twenty minutes prior to kick off with Kean Greening not turning up leaving the Blues with just one named sub. The Blues beaten 6-0 by Sholing in the reverse fixture played with grit and determination this time frustrating the Boatmen for 89 minutes until persistence proved pivotal for Sholing as a late Owen Roundell goal finally broke down resilient ten man Amesbury to take all three points and gain their seventh straight win and twenty first clean sheet taking the Boatmen up to second place.

Sholing showed their intent and pressed Amesbury on to the back foot Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson was making hay down the right flank linking up well with Zac Mouland and the opening ten minutes Paddy Creese was the busiest goalkeeper. On thirteen minutes Michael Hubbard swung in a free kick and the Amesbury defender deflected the ball over Creese crossbar. Three minutes later is was again Terry Cuthbertson providing the danger when his cross picked out Lee Wort but the striker put his header over the bar.  Zac Mouland fired narrowly wide before Creese tipped over Wort’s speculative strike from distance. Ben Cook had a rare opening for Amesbury at the other end but Creese was warming to his task and was soon called into action once more denying Jamie Bulpitt. Zac Mouland was sent tumbling in a challenge with Tom Wheeler on the half hour mark, and referee Declan Hellyer awarded the spot-kick and a yellow card for the defender. Dan Mason has hit 36 goals this term but, this time, Paddy Creese was equal to the effort and palmed the penalty away with a good low save.

Sholing’s frustration was evident when Marvin McLean marked his 550 appearance with a yellow card for dissent following a foul by Jamie Bulpitt.  Amesbury continued to defend in numbers and largely restricted Sholing to shots from distance.

HT: 0-0

After the interval Amesbury’s game plan was clearly to defend in numbers and restrict Sholing’s fire power. Ben Cole was the next into referee Hellyer’s book quickly followed by a booking for Terry Cuthbertson despite looking as he clearly won the header. Tyler Brockway became the next recipient of a yellow card for dissent following Cuthbertson’s card.

On sixty eight minutes following a heavy challenge Marvin McLean’s landmark was cut short and replaced by Byron Mason. Michael Hubbard curls his free kick wide of the Amesbury goal. 

Three minutes later Tom Wheeler saw red, Wheeler had been booked for his part in the penalty incident earlier and that came back to haunt him as he was shown a second yellow for a late and cynical challenge. Fresh legs were introduced when Nick Yeomans replaced Zac Mouland.

There now seemed the inevitability of a Sholing winner as they went close twice in quick succession but still Paddy Creese kept the Boatmen at bay. He thwarted Lee Wort with a brave point-blank block and then denied substitute Nick Yeomans from the resultant corner as the clock ticked down.

Dan Mason has his shot saved by Creese who was now the busiest player on the park. Alex Sawyer drives his shot over the crossbar. Sholing continued to press and finally got the overdue breakthrough their persistent pressure deserved.

Byron Mason sent Terry Cuthbertson away who burst down the right and cut the ball back for Owen Roundell who pounced to score from four yards netting his third goal of the season. After a run of five home matches in a row, Sholing travel to Bashley on Saturday.

FT: 1-0

Jamie Spoor