Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Sholing v Malmesbury Victoria 03/11/18

Sholing 5 Malmesbury Victoria 1

Sholing moved comfortable in to the Third Round of the FA Vase with a five one victory over their Wiltshire visitors, Malmesbury Victoria, who play in the Hellenic League Division One West which is one step below the Sydenhams Premier Division and the difference in standard was noticeable in every respect.

The home side were on top from the outset with Bradley Targett inches too high after fastening on to a long Ryan Gosney clearance and Dan Mason suffering the same fate with a clever overhead kick. Targett was a constant threat on either wing and Dan Mason hit the side netting before the opening goal after twelve minutes. By that stage the visiting defence had already sent the ball out of the ground three times, twice under no pressure, and the goal came when Marvin McClean was allowed too much space on the left, his cross took a deflection and Dan MASON reacted quickly to direct his header past goalkeeper Bruce. The game was taking place almost permanently in the visiting half and Targett and Pete Castle went close before the lead was doubled at the half’s midway point. A very square visiting defence rather left a through ball to each other allowing Lee WORT to run on unchallenged and slot it past the stranded Bruce.

Within five minutes it was three nil with by far the best goal of the game and as good a goal as Sholing will probably score this season. The ball moved swiftly between three to four players before a square ball across the area presented Alex SAWYER with a side foot finish and left the defence in a state of total confusion. Bruce then took it upon himself to challenge Targett way out on the touchline and was rescued by covering defenders at the expense of a corner, which only delayed the inevitable as CASTLE rose highest to head home the resulting kick. Castle was then in action at the other end as with the half time whistle imminent Gosney made a hash of a clearance with the defender scrambling the ball off the line to halt what was the visitors only worthwhile chance of the half. HT 4-0

The start of the second half was delayed somewhat bizarrely after one of the visiting substitutes suffered an injury when warming up at the break and eventually left the playing area on a stretcher and hopefully the injury was not found to be anything serious. The second forty five minutes then started as the first forty five minutes finished with a fifth goal for the home side. Jack Smith, who replaced Jamie Bulpitt at the break, sent Alex Sawyer clear on the right and his fiercely driven low cross was turned very forcefully past Bruce by one of his own defenders and that was game over – though in fairness that had been the case for some time. Targett had a shot tipped over and after Dan Mason had broken in to the area with the ball and was advancing on goal the referee called play back for a free kick to Sholing some fifteen yards from the D. Bruce then left his area to head clear from the marauding Wort and Smith grazed the bar before all were treated to a lengthy tantrum from the visitors Kristian Hext after he had been fouled.

The game was largely going through the motions now though in fairness Malmesbury were defending deeper and not allowing the space as they had done in the first half while Sholing, sub-consciously or otherwise, had seemingly taken their foot off the pedal. With five minutes left Vics substitute Charlie Martin grazed the bar from distance, which was their best effort of the game at that point, but they improved on that sixty seconds later. The Sholing defence hesitated as the ball came in to the area and another substitute, Kyle WITT, claimed a consolation goal for the visitors. There was still time for Dan Mason to put a Targett cross over the bar before the final whistle signalled the end of a tie that was very one sided and if one wished to be hyper critical a tie in which Sholing should probably have scored more. But the victory was convincing over a side that have hit the headlines for the wrong reasons on more than one occasion in recent seasons. On the field there was nothing wrong, in fact they at times appeared to show a lack of effort and application, but their supporters were not so well behaved with suggested damage to the seating in the stand. But it is Sholing who will be in Monday’s draw – so job done. F.T. 5-1 (John Gorman)