Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Sholing v Fareham Town

Sholing FC 2 – 1 Fareham Town

Scorers: Barry Mason 12, Nick Yeomans 44 / Danny Thompson 90 + 2

Sholing Team: Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster, James Davis, Owen Roundell, Dean Faithfull, Jamie Bulpitt, Barry Mason [c] (Doug Rowe 65), Alex Sawyer, Dan Mason (Pete Castle 84), Nick Yeomans, Jack Smith.

Subs not used: Byron Mason, Lee Webber

Fareham Town: Charlie Searle, Wayne Boud [c], Lewis Brailey (Marley Ridge), Danny Thompson, Jack Naylor, Callum Laycock, Ashley Tattersall, George Davis, Jordan Neal, Bradley Norton, Simon Woods (Benny Read 45)

Subs not used: Chris Dewey

Bookings: George Davis

Attendance: 82

Referee: Craig Green

Assistants: Thomas McGhee, Peter Creagh

MOTM: Jamie Bulpitt

SHOLINGS penultimate home game of 2015 saw them overcome Fareham Town with a 2-1, allowing them to extend their unbeaten home run to 15 matches with a 2-1 win.

Team News: Dave Diaper was all set to name the same starting 11 that beat Verwood midweek 3-0.

However a last change was made when Marvin McLean’s hamstring tightened up and was forced to sit out the match so Jack Smith moved up from the bench. There were welcome returns and places on the bench for Byron Mason, Pete Castle & Doug Lowe with Lee Webber stepping up as goalkeeper cover with Jordan Brooks featuring for the Reserves.

Despite a few early scares the score-line hardly reflected the Boatmen’s dominance as the hosts looked comfortable throughout. Barry Mason headed Sholing into the lead and Nick Yeomans doubled his side’s advantage shortly before half-time. Fareham were able to ensure a nearby finish with Danny Thompson’s late penalty offering Fareham a more than flattering score-line.

Fareham started the livelier and nearly opened the scoring on 43 secs when Simon Woods put in a telling cross and Jordan Neal saw his glancing header just go wide of Ryan Gosney’s left upright. Moments later the same combination contrived an opening but Jordan Neal had his effort scrambled away.

Sholing start to knock the ball around with Jack Smith playing at left back and James Davis in midfield. They were awarded a free kick after 12 minutes, which Kevin Brewster swung in from the left and skipper Barry Mason headed home, for his second goal in as many games.

Dan Mason was looking threatening, especially in his build-up play and when he was able to hold the ball up and roll it across the area to the oncoming Kevin Brewster, fans were expecting a carbon copy of the defenders goal against Verwood. Unfortunately for the right-back he was placed under more pressure this time and was only able to scuff his shot tamely out of play.

Nick Yeomans was also keeping Fareham’s defenders busy. With five minutes left of the first half he was able to steal the ball following careless defending, and was allowed the square the ball to Alex Sawyer. But the midfielder then fired at shot which could have taken Santa’s sleigh out of the sky.

It wasn’t long before Yeoman’s hard work paid off though. Barry Mason, drifting in from the right, was given the time and space to try and repeat this thunderous goal against Verwood. This time however he watched on as his shot cannoned off the crossbar. Dan Mason’s follow-up header was then forced away, but only as far and Yeoman’s who duly applied the finishing touch. HT 2-0

A shift of personnel at half-time saw James Davis move to left-back with Jamie Bulpitt taking his place on the left-side of midfield, and he was involved with the action immediately. His floated cross into Dan Mason fell at Barry’s feet, but the captains shot was smothered.

Alex Sawyer and Jack Smith both tried long-range efforts as Fareham proved harder to crack in the second half. Indeed the visitors had a spell of pressure with Ashely Tattersall and George Davis attempting to cause problems. The latter saw his well struck 25 yard effort well held by Ryan Gosney.

As Barry Mason looked to rally his squad and inspire them to add to their two-goal cushion he took it upon himself to run the full length of the pitch, but his cross was poor and easily cleared. His brother Dan, was struggling for service at times, but when a Brewster corner fell to him he was unable to direct his header on target.

From the wing, Jamie Bulpitt was instrumental to all of Sholing’s good work. He was fortunate to work his way past two defenders on the edge of the area but was then unable to get the ball out from under his feet, stabbing his effort past the near post.

Substitute Doug Rowe could have put the game beyond all doubt. Dan Mason worked hard outside the area, tussling for a number of second balls before eventually poked the ball to Rowe. The striker avoided the offside calling and angled a shot towards the bottom corner. But Charlie Seale managed to get down low to it a pushed it away.

As the game drew to its conclusion Fareham came forward once again, and when Benny Read found space in the channel he was brought down by Dean Faithfull, providing the Creeksiders with a chance to halve the deficit.

Danny Thompson stepped up and lashed home a fantastic penalty into the top right hand corner, giving the visitor a complimentary score-line and ensuring the hosts were in for a nervy final few minutes. But there was to be no Christmas miracle for Fareham and as usual at home – much like Santa – the men in red once again delivered.

Report By Ollie Harvey