Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Team Solent v Shaftesbury 05/01/19

Team Solent 5 Shaftesbury 3

My knowledgeable informant (our usual Solent correspondent) tells me that there has only ever been one goalless game at Test Park and this one was never going to add to that. As early as the 2nd minute Derick Hayford, the Shaftesbury striker had a good chance that was blocked away for a corner. And on 10 minutes Shaftesbury were ahead. Hayford laid the ball off to the influential Ben WOOD whose low shot nestled into the corner of the Solent goal.

On 14 minutes they made it two as a Wood corner went to Greg PEEL who scored with a shot across Solent keeper Alex Londors. Immediately following, Solent’s Silvano Obeng worked a good chance for himself but his effort was both weak and wide. However on 23 minutes Solent were back in the game as a corner fell to Hasim Kasimu whose attempted shot was blocked out to Ryan PENNY, the original corner taker, and his low shot flashed into the net.

Shaftesbury restored their two goal advantage 3 minutes later when a right wing cross fell to Lewis MORGAN on the edge of the penalty area and his shot gave Londors no chance. This was a real end to end game, full of attacking intent and on 33 minutes a Solent cross from the left by Kasimu was run into the net at close range by OBENG.

That made the score 2-3 but before half time there was still time for Hayford to rattle the Solent post with a shot that bounced back into play and for Solent to level the scores after a period of pressure. The equaliser came in the 43rd minute again from a corner which was headed into his own net by Morgan who was under pressure from Sam Hartley. HT 3-3

The goalmouth action started again immediately after the break as Kasimu broke clear and tried to lob Daniel Card in the Shaftesbury goal. However the keeper was able to pull off a spectacular parry but the power of the shot carried to ball back towards goal and Card was alert enough to recover and complete the save by gathering the ball on the line.

At this point it had been a frustrating afternoon for Solent’s leading scorer as he had had several attempts on goal blocked by defenders however he was soon to make amends with the best goal of the game. On 64 minutes, cutting in from the right, KASIMU unleashed a fierce shot from 20 yards that flew into the net.

That was his 51st goal in 51 games and on 74 minutes KASIMU made it 52. His pace was beginning to trouble the Shaftesbury defence and when Ethan Taylor’s through ball released him for a clear run on goal, he made no mistake with a low shot.

I started with our usual Solent correspondent and he was unconvinced that a two goal lead was sufficient for his side. But so it proved and, although this win didn’t affect their League position, Solent’s improved form and games in hand should carry them out of the relegation positions. For Shaftesbury, last weeks good win against Tadley is now a memory and they will need a quick reversal of fortunes to avoid being dragged into the drop zone. (Roger Allen)