Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Team Solent v Sholing 30/10/18

Team Solent 0 Sholing 1

SHOLING arrived at Test Park boasting a one hundred percent league record. They were also clear at the top of the table and scoring an average of almost four goals per game. The task looked a tough one for Solent who’d won just one of their eleven league matches. Solent’s team showed two changes from the last game, Londors coming back in the net and Wallace resuming at right-back.

Sholing put on some early pressure but the Solent defensive players kept it tight. Eaton shot low but wide on Solent’s first raid whilst Sholing’s Dan Mason shook off the presence of a home defender and his shot forced Londors to a near post save. Sholing won a number of corners, at least five before the home side got their first on the quarter-hour mark as Kasimu found space on the left but his shot hit the legs of Gosney the Sholing keeper. Solent continued to battle hard to restrict the Sholing threat, seldom allowing the visitors any space; Sholing were trying to create via the flanks but the Solent defence were up for the task and limited the supply (conceding more corners). The gritty Solent performance was epitomised by a fine clearance by Byrne at the back post after Londors had missed making contact with Wort’s cross. A deflected Byron Mason shot rebounded of the keeper and up went the offside flag as Sholing looked to capitalise. The half closed with Sholing having the greater possession, but Solent were organised and so there were no goals.

Solent were forced to reorganise their defensive line at the break as Byrne was unable to resume.

Sholing took the lead three minutes following the restart. They won a free-kick off to the left and Sawyer played it into the box where BYRON MASON got his head to it and guided it into the near corner. Londors was in action again, making a fine stop at full length to deny Wort, the follow up shot being put into the side netting by one of his team mates. Londors again denied Wort in a similar fashion shortly afterwards. Solent were looking for a break and Obeng laid it to Kasimu whose firm effort was held moving off to his left by Gosney. Brennan’s pass found Mitchell and the Solent midfielder’s shot was blocked for a corner. Sholing’s Sawyer headed wide with Wort and Hoole involved in the build-up. In one Solent raid into the home box, Ethan Taylor’s cross was headed out, Kasimu’s shot was stopped and Penny then shot wide. Late on, Brennan took a shot on the half volley that went wide and Wallace fired over, but the Sholing lead seldom looked under serious threat. FT: 0-1.

As the ‘Wessex world’ probably had expected, Sholing took the points but Solent battled well with a stubbornness in defence and were gritty in midfield. All the home players put in a decent shift to frustrate the visiting side and at 1-0 there was always a chance of collecting a ‘scrap’. Solent showed a steely resolve and to say Sholing didn’t play well on the evening would be doing the home team a disservice. Ultimately though, it is another to add to the ‘W’ column for the visitors and a further ‘L’ for Solent in the Wessex Premier table. But, if this type of performance and work ethic can be put in consistently then Solent’s results should be turning the corner soon – and the sooner the better! [Gary Day]