Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Tadley Calleva v Team Solent 22/09/18

Tadley Calleva 1 Team Solent 1

TADLEY and Team Solent fought out a 1-1 draw in damp conditions at Barlows Park.

Tadley’s Charsley sent a glancing header wide from a Nicholls free-kick early on and Haji for Solent got past a defender but was tackled by home keeper O’Brien. The Solent front two combined, Obeng played it inside to Kasimu who took a lovely first touch to get past a defender, then moved past a second, but O’Brien did well to save the shot. Charsley headed over whilst Solent skipper Penny had a decent chance but attempted to place his shot and it was cleared near to his own goal line by a defender.

Despite the chances described, the first half failed to inspire overall and a 0-0 outcome was a fair reflection.

A firm Haji shot was pushed behind at his near post by O’Brien but it was Tadley who went in front when VICKERS was able to strike a low shot from the edge of the box that squeezed inside the post. They had a chance to get a second soon after when Solent defender Scamell failed to control the ball and it ran on to Pearson was then fouled by the visiting player and a penalty was awarded. Coventry took the spot-kick but his effort was saved low by Solent keeper Morella.

The Sparks equalised in the 70th minute when both of their recently introduced substitutes – debutant Brennan and Ethan Taylor – combined, the latter’s ball was well placed to KASIMU who stole a yard on a defender to be clear and fire across the keeper and into the far corner of the net. The remainder of the game saw Tadley press for a second goal but Dallimore blazed wide and a close-range header by George drifted wide of the angle. Otherwise, the Solent centre-backs Hammond and Davies were regularly well placed to thwart the Tadley raids. A home chance saw Thorne fire over in stoppage time. FT: 1-1.

Tadley created more opportunities but they were generally off the mark. Team Solent collected their first away point of the season with this hard-working draw although their promising play in midfield rarely turned into a threat on the home side’s goal on this occasion. So, on that basis, the visitors would be happy to secure an away point. [Gary Day]