Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Sholing v Fawley AFC

Sholing 1-1 Fawley
Scorers: Dan Mason 55, Kieran Roche 70

Date: Saturday 7th January 2017 – 3:00pm – Sydenhams Wessex Premier

Venue: Universal Stadium

Sholing:

Ryan Gosney, Kevin Brewster, Luke Dempsey, Dan Miller, Owen Roundell, Micky Hubbard, Byron Mason [c] Barry Mason, Nick Yeomans (Zac Mouland 45’) Dan Mason, Lee Wort
Unused subs: Corey Cherrett, Marc Diaper, Peter Castle, and Jamie Bray
Yellow Card:  Micky Hubbard

Fawley AFC: Lee Burch, Peter Keating, Matt Hawkins, Steven Green (Matt Spencer 69), Callum Chugg, Toby Cuss (Aaron Lucas 45’), Dan Semmens, Dayne Sayce (C), Kieran Roche, Matthew Smith (Jack Keen 78), Dylan Gain Unused Subs: Aaron Fry

Attendance: 88

Man of the Match: Dan Miller

Referee: Mark Bradley Assistants: Stuart Carter & Nathan Cook

A Disappointing afternoon at the Universal Stadium saw the two sides share the points as 4th place Sholing failed to beat a Fawley team that sat 19th before the game.

Team News: After impressive debuts against Andover the two new signings, Luke Dempsey & Micky Hubbard, retained their place in the side. Owen Roundell replaced Marvin McLean & Nick Yeomans came in for Zac Mouland to provide the creativity alongside Lee Wort & Dan Mason in the forward line. Jamie Bulpitt had an ankle injury and Marvin McLean had a slight back problem so were rested. However it was pleasing to see Pete Castle take a place on the bench and also new signing Jamie Bray replaced Jordan Brooks

An immensely scrappy first period saw minimal chances across the both sides, the closest of which however fell to the big man at the back Dan Miller who leapt highest but headed over from a corner after 7 minutes.

Fawleys one and only chance of the first half fell to Matthew Smith on 18 minutes, who struck the ball hard and low, only to be denied by Ryan Gosney in the sholing net.

Another corner came in on the 23rd minute, a combination of Dan Mason and Luke Dempsey tried scrambling a ball across the goal line with Dempsey’s effort hitting the post, coming to no avail falling close to Lee Wort and Lee Burch in the Fawley goal but the ball was cleared. Nine mines later Micky Hubbard rifles a shot from 22 yards only to see his effort go a yard wide of the upright. Summing up perfectly the first 45 minutes of football.

HT 0-0

Both teams made half time changes Nick Yeomans was replaced by Zac Mouland and Fawley brought on Aaron Lucas for Toby Cuss. After an opening half that had minimal chances, it took under 7 minutes for the Boatmen to have their first major chance of the afternoon, Dan Mason had a ball played into him over the Fawley defence only to have his volley saved impressively by veteran keeper Lee Burch.

However the Fawley back line was finally beaten on 54 minutes as Dan Mason ran through and placed his shot perfectly in the bottom right hand corner, giving Lee Burch no chance.

Sholing began to dominate the proceedings, going close through Dan Mason again as well as striker partner Lee Wort who had his looping header agonisingly lift over the crossbar and onto the top of the net. Then on 69 minutes an interchange set up skipper Byron Mason inside the Fawley box only for his fierce shot to just clear Lee Burch’s crossbar. Matt Spencer replaced Steven Green prior to Lee Burch restarting play

These close chances were evidently not good enough as Kieran Roche on 70 minutes sprinted through Sholing’s defence to place the ball into the corner of the net. Fawley made their third change bringing on Jack Keen for Matthew Smith. Micky Hubbard was cautioned for pulling back a Fawley player despite Fawley having an advantage going towards the Sholing half.  

The game was essentially over after the second, Fawley where content with the point and try as they might Sholing couldn’t break down the resilient visitors for the remainder of the game.

However, in the 95th minute Lee Wort broke through the defence and looked as if it was a certainty a goal was the only outcome, but out came Lee Burch to deny him at the death.

The game ended there with honours even, a frustrating afternoon for sholing, a fantastic point for Fawley.

FT 1-1.

James Rowland