Match Report - Premier Division
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Sholing v Bashley
Sholing 1 Bashley 0
Scorers: Dan Mason (32)
SYDENHAMS WESSEX PREMIER DIVISION at UNIVERSAL STADIUM
Date: Saturday 8 October, 2016
Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster (Kieran Winman 83), Marv McLean, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Barry Mason (C) (Owen Royl 75), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason, Zac Mouland (Nick Yeomans 75), Jake Hoole. Unused subs: Pete Castle, Josh Milsom.
Yellows: Owen Roundell (90)
Bashley: Joe Promodo (C), Hugh Dathan, Lewis Brailey (Taylor Leonard 70), Brad Morris, Chris Lucas, Lewis Aimson, Elliott Head, Harvey Slade (Clive Makoni 75), Kabba Jack, Shane Sheridan (Curtis Young 83), Jesse Gould. Unused subs: Connor Hoare, Nick Magee.
Yellows: Kabba Jack (88)
Man of the Match: Marvin McLean
Referee: Jake Topp Assistants: Stuart Carter & Mike Misselbrook
Sholing rose to the top of the Sydenham’s Wessex Premier Division as another Dan Mason wonder goal helped defeat Bashley 1-0 at the Universal Stadium.
The win stretched the Boatmen’s unbeaten run to nine in all competitions and made it three straight clean sheets, and they went ahead against the run of the play due to a moment of magic from their talisman.
The forward ended his two-game goal drought with a phenomenal strike – a carbon copy of his late equaliser against AFC Portchester a fortnight ago – as he brought the ball down on his chest on the edge of the box and volleyed on the turn into the top corner.
It was Dan Mason’s 14th goal this season and his 53rd in his last 66 games for Sholing as they picked up another three points against a promotion rival.
The Bash came flying out of the blocks first half, winning a flurry of early corners and forcing a quick save from Ryan Gosney – Jesse Gould testing the home keeper from distance in the seventh minute.
Former Sholing under-18s captain Hugh Dathan was next in line to keep Ryan Gosney on his toes as he cut inside from the right and drove a low shot just wide of the near post.
The lively Jesse Gould created the first clear-cut chance in the 22nd minute as he bent a curler from 25 yards out, which allowed target man Shane Sheridan to latch onto and head straight at goal from 6 yards out, forging an excellent point-blank save from the busy Ryan Gosney.
Kabba Jack went searching for his tenth league goal of the season as Bashley continued to press forward but dragged his left-footed effort narrowly wide of the near post.
The hosts finally got their first shot away in the 28th minute through the tenacious Jamie Bulpitt. “Pitbull” picked up the ball just inside the Bashley half and, with no defenders in his wake, drove forward and unleashed a pile-driver from 35 yards out, testing the visiting captain Joe Promodo in goal, who carefully parried away from danger.
Dan Mason cleverly knocked down a high-rising ball to the marauding Kevin Brewster who, ignoring the nosebleed he had for being so far up the pitch, threaded a delightful through pass to Zac Mouland and the young striker hit his snapshot first time into Promodo’s safe palms.
The Boatmen took the lead moments later in the 32nd minute against the run of play in fabulous fashion via Dan Mason. The striker produced a wonder strike almost undistinguishable from his dramatic late equaliser against AFC Portchester 11 days before, by chesting the ball down and smashing a turn-volley into the top right corner beyond the stunned Promodo.
The Bash tried to level the score-line just before half-time as Lewis Brailey and Lewis Aimson went close but the hosts led at the interval.
The visitors showed their resilience early in the second half as Brailey tested Gosney from distance but his effort was easily held.
Owen Roundell found space at the far post but headed wide from Kevin Brewster’s corner but the defender was equally alert at the other end, thwarting Jack’s attempt to shoot on the turn.
Hugh Dathan continued to threaten down the right, cutting inside past Marv McLean again before curling his left-footed shot wide of the far post.
Kevin Brewster rattled the post after Joe Promodo got a strong palm to the Sholing stalwart’s free-kick and Dan Miller headed over from the resulting corner.
Shane Sheridan found space in the Sholing box after evading Dan Miller but headed over the bar from close range.
Substitute Clive Makoni tried to give Bashley an attacking spark but tamely shot directly at Ryan Gosney, while Dathan threatened again from distance to no avail.
Kabba Jack became the first player to receive a yellow card when he was cautioned by Referee Jake Topp for simulation
Jamie Bulpitt drove forward in the last minute and smashed a shot onto the post as a largely uneventful second half drew to a close with the Boatmen claiming a respectable victory.
The game finished with a second caution in the match when Owen Roundell was yellow carded for a talk on the half way line.
Next up for the Boatmen is cup action in the shape of the Southampton Senior Cup at home to Southampton League side Park Sports. So the boatmen have the opportunity to gain their tenth match unbeaten and a fourth consecutive clean sheet.
Report by Neil Vincent