Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Sholing v Cowes Sports 27/10/18

Sholing 3 Cowes Sports 0

ON a bitterly cold autumnal afternoon at the Universal Stadium, Sholing hosted the visitors from “the island” as the Boatmen faced the Yachtsmen in a nautically themed contest. Dave Diaper’s side were looking to maintain their perfect start in the Wessex Premier League as Cowes – under the command of Vic Sanders – crossed the Solent in the midst of an inconsistent season that saw them sitting comfortably in mid-table ahead of this one. With Sholing on a seven match winning streak, Diaper made only one change to his team selection from the Lymington Town game as Owen Royl – who recently celebrated his 19th birthday – came in for Marvin McLean at left-back who had a tight hamstring.

Sent out in an attack-minded manner, Cowes started strongly and created two early chances before the Boatmen took the lead against the run of play on 18 minutes. Alex Sawyer broke through midfield and found Dan MASON, who had timed his run to perfection. he gathered the ball in his stride and rifled his 23rd goal of another prolific season across Ben Gearing and in from 20 yards. [Photo reproduced courtesy of Ray Routledge] Jez Conway flashed an effort wide in an immediate response from the visitors, and Cowes then rattled the upright through Yachtsmen skipper Gareth Bricknell from distance. Jacob Jarvis could only manage to glance his header wide on the rebound when well placed. HT 1-0

TJ Cuthbertson went close after a swift Sholing break, and, at the other end, right-back Connor White forced a smart low save from Ryan Gosney, who otherwise found himself with little to do. Lee Wort volleyed over the bar and Gearing was called into action again, this time to deny Cuthbertson’s well-struck drive from distance. Brad Targett was also off radar with a 25-yarder but Sholing were now in control and looked to have sealed the deal with eight minutes to play. The Boatmen’s deadly duo of Mason and Wort have already plundered almost a half century of strikes between them and linked up again to deadly effect to take their combined tally to 47. After an exchange of passes, Dan Mason knocked the ball down to the lurking Lee WORT who culminated the move as he drilled clinically beyond the keeper to put the result beyond any lingering doubt.

Sholing added late gloss and gave the scoreline a perhaps slightly flattering look in stoppage time when Dan MASON notched his second of the game as he met a sand-wedge Cuthbertson free kick with a stooping header from close range. That maintained the Boatmen’s perfect, 100% start to the 2018-19 Wessex League season and ensured that it’s now 570 minutes since Sholing last conceded a goal and have only conceded 4 League goals in 9 matches. FT 3-0 (Jamie Spoor)