Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Sholing v Brockenhurst 06/04/19

Sholing 6 Brockenhurst 2

Before the kick off Sholing were given a guard of honour by the visitors before being presented with the Wessex Premier trophy by the Sydenhams Wessex League chairman Ian Hoare. It was certainly a proud moment for the club in front of a large crowd on community day, and the game certainly lived up to the build up after a very quiet start.

Brockenhurst started the brighter and were looking dangerous with quickly taken set pieces as well as pace up front. However despite this they only created one clear chances in the opening forty minutes as the Sholing backline dealt with everything in a professional manner. The away side’s only chance in the opening period was when a free kick was drifted into the penalty area and missed everybody as it went past the far post. In contrast Sholing did put together some good passing moves and often found themselves in good positions in attack, but the final ball was often lacking and was either out of play or intercepted by a well-drilled Brockenhurst defence.

Their bad luck also continued when Marv Mclean had to come off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Owen Roundell at left back. The Boatmen’s only chance in the first forty minutes was when a corner was cleared to Captain Byron Mason, whose hooked effort was always going wide from the edge of the box. With the game drifting towards half time, there was a sudden rush of three goals in as many minutes with Sholing taking the lead in the 42nd minute. A fine passing build up led to Bradley Targett who fed Dan MASON on the angle of the penalty area. The striker took a touch to beat his marker and calmly slotted the ball past the Brockenhurst keeper Matt Taylor into the far corner.

It was to be 2-0 soon afterwards when a cross from the right was fumbled by the away keeper into the path of Lee WORT, who fired into the corner. The goalscoring was not to end there as Brockenhurst immediately responded when a fine passing move found Mo NYANG in space. His shot was low and took a slight deflection on its way past a stranded Gosney into the bottom corner to reduce the arrears. The away side were almost level moments later when they created a replicate move to their goal from the right, but Gosney pulled off a great diving save to tip it wide for a corner. The corner did lead to two further shots by the Badgers, but they were blocked at source by Sholing defenders in the final chance of the first half. HT 2-1

The attacking play continued into the second half when away captain Will Tickle went on a long mazy dribble, but his shot was tame and Gosney gathered comfortably at his right post. The Boatmen responded quickly and Lee Wort hit the post in the 51st minute with a volley from an inch-perfect cross from Owen Roundell. Sholing weren’t to be denied for long as they scored their third after a quickly taken Ryan Gosney free kick was flicked into the path of Dan MASON who was 20 yards out. The striker controlled the ball with his chest before unleashing a rocket into the top corner of the net, although the Brockenhurst keeper did get a touch.

Moments later Sholing won another corner after Bradley Targett ran at the away defence before cutting in and curling an effort that looked to be going into the top corner until Taylor tipped in round the post. Before this corner was taken Will Tickle took offence with a refereeing decision and was shown two yellow cards in quick succession for continued dissent.

The red card allowed Sholing to dominate possession and two further goals were scored before the 75th minute. Firstly a Lee WORT ‘cross’ seemed to be heading out for a goal kick from Owen Roundell’s pass but suddenly dipped and ended up in the top corner with the Brockenhurst keeper stranded to the spot in the 67th minute. Seven minutes later it was 5-1 for the Boatmen when Dan MLLER headed in a corner from the right.

It could be argued that Brockenhurst deserved more from their performance than the heavy defeat, and they were awarded a penalty when an attacker was fouled as he tried to turn in the box. Former Boatman James THOMSON stepped up and calmly slotted into the bottom corner with Gosney diving the other way with 10 minutes left. There was just enough time for Sholing to add more gloss to the score line with their sixth goal. A cross from the right was diverted away from its target due to handball and a penalty was awarded with seconds left. Dan MASON stepped up and placed it down the middle to claim his hat-trick FT 6-2 (Connor Steel)