“#You got to be in it to win it & we are.”
Sholing’s ninth competitive fixture of the season – the first at home and an FA Cup tie for added excitement. No surprise that a crowd of more than 200 turned out, many making the journey from Dorset to support the away side.
Before the game Sholing midfielder Alex Sawyer received an award marking his 300th games with Vice President Trevor Lewis and Vice Chairman Mick Brown doing the honours.
Marshalled by captain Byron Mason the home team dominated the first half with slick passing and quick one touch football and there was an expectation that sooner or later they would open the scoring. Alex Sawyer and Dan Mason both went close and at one point it looked like it might be Lee Wort, but his cheeky overhead kick went just over the bar. Sooner turned into later as the players went into the interval all square.
The second half saw the giants in the Hammers well-organised defence take on a more physical role especially at corners where Lee Wort, Dan Mason and Dan Miller were all held back but the officials awarded no sanctions. With manager Callum Brooks vocal from the sidelines, Hamworthy came back into it and started to move the ball about, but the introduction of Brad Targett gave a new dynamic to the Sholing attack. With time running out they turned the screw but the winning goal just would not come despite several efforts going close including one diving header from Owen Roundell that went just wide.
Despite the 0-0 scoreline, this was an entertaining game. And so instead of a home match again against Hamworthy in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier League next Tuesday, the Boatmen take to the road again for the FA Cup replay at the County Ground.
My Sholing MOTM: Alex Sawyer who was here, there and everywhere.
Updated 21:39 - 8 Sep 2018 by steven harvey