Match Report - Premier Division
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Sholing v Team Solent
Sholing 3 Team Solent 2
Jamie Bulpitt 15, Zac Mouland 38 Bradey Norton 83/ Matt Sheedy 52 Tyrell Mitford 65
Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division ~~~~ Universal Stadium ~~~~ Saturday 22nd April
SHOLING: Ryan Gosney, Terry (TJ) Cuthbertson, Owen Royl, Luke Dempsey, Dan Miller [c], Jamie Bulpitt (Kieran Winman 90), Barry Mason, Michael Hubbard, Dan Mason, Zac Mouland (Bradey Norton 63), Jake Hoole (Nick Yeomans 87).
Unused Subs: Kevin Brewster & Jamie Bray
Yellow Cards: None
TEAM SOLENT: Lee Webber, Ade Olumiaye, Curtis Thorn (George Black 76), Pip Nolan, Ellis White, Steve Black (Nathan Taylor 60), Ryan Dacres-Smith, Jemel Wiseman, Tobi Adekunle, Tyrell Mitford [c], Matt Sheedy.
Unused Subs: Calum Short
Yellow Cards: None
Man of the Match: Jamie Bulpitt
Referee: Alex James Assistant Referees: Adam Scrivens & Chris Smith
Team News: As Dave Diaper prepared the side for their last home game of the season Byron Mason was serving out his ban. Owen Roundell damaged a toe in training Thursday evening and was rested Lee Wort came through the pre match warm up but again wasn’t risked ahead of the two finals. TJ Cuthbertson returned to right back and Owen Royl switched to left back in place of Marvin McLean. Kevin Brewster dropped to the bench and was replaced by Barry Mason. Recent signing Bradey Norton was available and took his place on the bench. With Dan Mason starting again he achieved a landmark by playing in every one of Sholings Wessex League matches.
Bradey Norton’s spectacular overhead winner meant Sholing confirmed an impressive third place finish in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division with a 3-2 victory over Team Solent at the Universal Stadium following Blackfield & Langley’s 3-1 defeat at home to Fareham Town.
Dan Miller retained the Captains arm band and prior to kick off was presented with a memento for recently achieving 200 appearances Sholing Director Trevor Lewis presented Dan with plaque.
The home side took control of the game early on and rightly took the lead after 15 minutes, when Zac Mouland found Jamie Bulpitt with a cut back in the box, and the midfielder finished low to the Lee Webber’s right for only his fourth goal of the season.
Zac Mouland looked to be provider again on 21 minutes, as the Boatmen came close to doubling their lead. He found Dan Mason in the box following a corner – and the Sholing’s top scorer came agonisingly close as his shot was blocked well on the line.
On 35 minutes Referee Alex James waived away a massive shout for a penalty when a rising shot into the penalty area clearly struck the arm of the Team Solent but fortunately for The Sparks the scored remained 1-0.
Dave Diaper’s men continued to dominate proceedings, and finally doubled their lead in the 38th minute through the impressive Zac Mouland. This time the roles were reversed with Jamie Bulpitt providing the assist. His superb tackle in midfield stole possession and he set Zac Mouland up for a simple, but well executed finish to make it 2-0 and the midfielder’s fourteenth goal of the campaign in his first season.
Moments before the half-time whistle, Luke Dempsey almost extended Sholing’s lead further. His powerful header from Micky Hubbard’s corner was pushed over the crossbar by Solent goalkeeper and former Sholing shot stopper Lee Webber, however Ryan Gosney in the home goal had very little action to deal with.
Team Solent came out the quicker of the two sides in the second half. Matt Sheedy advanced down the left wing in a threatening attack before skipper Dan Miller intervened. The visitors then made it 2-1 in the 52nd minute, when a mistake by Dan Miller allowed Matt Sheedy to use his pace once more and burst through the midfield and tucking the ball into the corner of the net before Luke Dempsey could intervene and out of the reach of Ryan Gosney.
Dan Mason almost restored Sholings two goal cushion when he was picked out in the Solent penalty area by Micky Hubbard. However, Lee Webber came out and cleared the danger. On 63 minutes Zac Mouland made way for Bradey Norton to make his home debut.
Team Solent used their pace in attack once more, and levelled the game in the 65th minute as Captain Tyrell Mitford skipped past the Sholing defence and scored with a neat finish.
With the game opening up in the final stages, Sholing pushed on for a late winner it was TJ Cuthbertson that got the better of the Solent defence but again it was Lee Webber in the Solent goal who stood and finally Sholing got their just rewards for their efforts.
In the 83rd minute, home debutant Bradey Norton scored a goal that will remembered for some time by the home fans. Barry Mason’s corner wasn’t cleared, and Bradey Norton sensationally fired the ball home with a bicycle kick.
Jake Hoole & man of the match Jamie Bulpitt were replaced late on by Nick Yeomans and Kieran Winman. Nick Yeomans surely achieved a club record when he came on as it was his 31st appearance from the bench.
Victory in the last league match gives the Boatmen momentum going into their two cup finals at the start of May, starting with the Wessex League Cup Final against Baffins Milton Rovers at Portchester on the 1st of May.
After the final whistle the players returned from the dressing room with manager Dave Diaper and reflected on the past season sat on the pitch and to be told that Dan Mason had been voted the Supporters player of the Season. Then the relaxed squad celebrated achieving third place with news of Blackfield & Langley losing out to Fareham.
Report by Rosie Tudball Edited by Liam Richer