Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Team Solent v Brockenhurst 28/09/18

Team Solent 0 Brockenhurst 3

THERE was a clear hint of an Autumnal chill as Team Solent and Brockenhurst searched for league points. The match was moved to Friday and attracted a decent-sized attendance of 82 which was higher than if the match had been played a day later.

The gathering observed a minute’s silence to respect the life of Ben Scott, the Hamworthy United goalkeeping coach, following his sudden passing a few days ago.

Solent’s Kasimu picked up an early knock and they threatened when Bennett’s low ball into the Badgers box saw Burt’s attempted clearance strike Haji but the ball went wide. Burt, the Brock defender, went up for a free-kick and collected the ball in a wide position on the left and he fired a firm cross-shot that found the far corner of the Solent net; it was an effort worthy of a striker. That 14th minute goal led to further visiting efforts as Kelly headed over from a left-wing corner and former Solent student Nwachukwu stuck a vicious effort that was beaten out by home keeper Morella. The Sparks looked to counter, a fine Ethan Taylor run took him past a defender but he was abruptly upended by a late defensive challenge as he was heading into the box. The home side were forced to make a substitution when midfielder Eaton pulled up, new student Brennan replacing him. Solent were struggling to create an end product in offensive areas but, just before half-time, Bennett went on a fine forty-yard run which ended with a shot that produced a fine save from Taylor. That save prevented it being 1-1 and, within a minute, a loose pass went to Brock’s Casey who unleashed a 25-yard blinder which flashed into the Solent net. HT: 0-2.

Solent keeper Morella almost singlehandedly kept out Brockenhurst early in the second half, initially saving a Nyang shot and somehow scampered across to block sub Speechley-Price’s follow up which looked to be a certain goal. Within a minute Morella was in action again, being sold short by a defender, he alertly cleared from Nyang and then blocked a Sheedy shot. At that point the Solent stopper must have felt like a target in a rifle range!

From a Solent point of view, whilst they had a fair share of the ball, they continued to lack the cutting edge and seldom looked to recover the two-goal deficit. Meanwhile, later in the game, Morella was again in action doing well to claw away a dangerous Sheedy cross and then kept out a firm Nwachukwu effort. Meanwhile, Solent’s frustrating evening was summed up by skipper Penny’s distant effort being comfortably held by Taylor.

Solent’s injury problems continued when kingpin defender Davies limped off following a collision. Nyang added a third goal for Brock in the 88th minute, a follow up shot following a further Morella block. With the referee’s final note awaited, Penny shot just over from a Demunga lay-off. FT: 0-3.

There is often a theme to the Team Solent versus Brockenhurst matches where one side or the other dominates and produces a clear result. Well, like the evening sky, the result was a clear one with the visitors more potent up front. As for Friday night football at Test Park, for most of those assembled (who might not be in attendance on a Saturday afternoon) it’s a resounding yes, let’s do it again! [Gary Day]