Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Sholing v Tadley Calleva – 13/04/19

Sholing 3 Tadley Calleva 0

Two assists and a goal from right-back Kevin Brewster gave Sholing a well-deserved victory over Tadley Calleva at the Universal Stadium. Prior to the kick off Sydenhams Wessex League Development officer Bob Purkiss presented Sholing with the March Club of the Month as well as the Kappa Respect Award.

With the season winding down, and with Sholing already having been crowned champions of the Wessex Premier Division you could have maybe excused the Boatmen for stepping off a little against Tadley. A side that have climbed to an impressive ninth after only being promoted into this division last year.

However, there was no sign of that here as Sholing took the lead within four minutes. A pinpoint cross from full-back Brewster found its way onto the head of Dan Mason, who powered home his 61st of the season from eight yards.
Lightning nearly struck twice five minutes later when another Brewster cross, this time from a free kick, found Mason’s head again but this time the striker could only direct it into the keepers’ gloves.

While Sholing looked like they would get a nice easy stroll to their 31st league win of the season, Tadley rallied a bit having a couple of decent chances themselves. First on the 10-minute mark when the Tadley’s number 6, Jake Nicholls, found himself with a bit of space outside the Sholing box, before hitting a low shot that was well saved by Ryan Gosney.

The away side threatened again in the 20th minute when Sholing’s Byron Mason got caught in possession, allowing his opposite number in yellow George Hallahan to break into space; but his timid shot was saved by Gosney as well.
The league winners again took control of the tie towards the end of the first half.

After a good chance to double the lead went by, when winger Bradley Targett turned inside his defender but placed it straight at the keeper; the second did come on 40 minutes. With a free kick given on the edge of Tadley’s box, Kevin Brewster stepped up and bent a fantastic shot directly into the bottom corner of the goal; not even allowing keeper Sean O’Brien the chance to dive. HT 2-0

Two up and flowing full of confidence the Home side stepped back onto the pitch for the second half expecting much of the same. However, it was Tadley that started the second half better and nearly pulled one back three minutes in.
Following a last-ditch interception from Man of the Match Dan Miller, the away side got another chance when Hallahan found himself with a good opportunity to shoot. But Gosney was again equal to it, like he had been earlier, and tipped it his side footed shot around the post.

This served as a wake-up call for the champions, and after another episode of déjà vu when a Kevin Brewster cross found Dan Mason’s head once more, this time going narrowly wide, they finally grabbed the third goal to wrap the win up on 65 minutes. Brewster once again the creator, swinging in an even more impressive cross than his one for the first goal which was then matched by a sublime touch by Lee Wort. The striker brought it down and smashed it in, on the stretch, for his 50th goal of the season. A half century that encapsulates the Boatmen’s brilliant season.

That goal seemed to kill the game as Sholing strode over the line, due mainly to their rock-solid defence which lead to Dan Miller picking up the converted man of the match award.

While not quite the excitement of the previous two games which both ended in 6-2 wins, this will still fill the Boatmen with confidence as they wind down towards the end of a fantastic season and look forward to playing at a higher-level next year. FT 3-0 (Jamie Perry)