Southampton Senior Cup Third Round
Team Solent 6
(Silvano Obeng x2, James Taylor x2, Jim Orvis, Pip Nolan)
Attendance: 30 (rough guess)
It has been a Wednesday double header today with both games at the same ground. Whist I was watching the university first team take on Bath earlier today on the 3G, grounds staff were hard at work in the main stadium getting the pitch ready for the Southampton Senior Cup tie with Upham later in the evening.
Having spent a few hours at home in between games, I headed back to Test Park for my 10th visit this season.
As mentioned above, this is my tenth visit to Test Park, have a look through my blog to see my comments on the ground.
Team Solent continued their defence of the Southampton Senior Cup with a comfortable 6-0 win over Hampshire Division One side Upham.
Upham are three leagues below the students so it was always going to be difficult getting a result at Test Park on a frosty evening as the home side took a five goal lead into the break.
The visitors were more assured in the second half but couldn’t get on the score sheet as Solent player/manager James Taylor rounded off the drubbing with a late goal and his second of the night.
Solent dominated from the off and soon found themselves 1-0 up on 12 minutes when Silvano Obeng poked in from close range after a goalmouth scramble. Matt Sheedy had played in the corner and Taylor forced a good save from ‘keeper William Hill and Ellis White wasn’t able to put the ball over the line before Obeng smashed the ball in.
It was 2-0 just six minutes later when a long ball from Jim Orvis found his manager Taylor onside and through on goal and he threw in a couple of dummies to wrong foot the defender and goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Upham were showing very little and Solent nearly made it three through Pip Nolan who couldn’t glance his header on target from a corner.
Obeng could have grabbed his second of the night shortly after as Solent continued their onslaught when his first time effort was saved brilliantly by Hill.
Taylor’s side did make it 3-0 on 30 minutes through Jim Orvis who was in the right place at the back post to convert a low cross sent in from Sheedy after some good work on the left flank.
Three minutes later Obeng grabbed his second and Solent’s fourth when he received a pass from Steven Black and he played a brilliant dummy to see off two defenders before slotting the ball past Hill.
As half time approached, there was still time for another goal when Sheedy sent in a nice ball to White who headed back across goal for Nolan to nod in at back post.
It was nearly six when Orvis fired a low drive that nearly rolled through the keepers legs only for a small deflection off the inside of Hill’s ankle to send it out for a corner. From the resulting set piece, Hill was able to hold on to Nolan’s on target header to keep the score at 5-0 at the interval.
Solent, with one eye on their massive FA Vase game at the weekend took their foot off the gas a little in the second half and Upham were able to have more of the ball.
Visiting striker Tom Mackinder was a constant threat in attack and he had a couple of chances to score but couldn’t hit the target, testing Bradley Banda just once in the Solent goal.
It was a quiet night for Banda who had very little to do on a freezing night of football.
Solent rounded off the game on the 73rd minute when, Taylor, who played in goal in the last round of this competition, scored his second and Solent’s sixth of the night. Taylor collected the ball at the back post from an Orvis cross before cutting back in on his right foot to curl the ball into the bottom corner to complete the drubbing.
There was a late chance for Nolan to add a seventh but his volley went aimlessly wide after he collected the ball from Taylor’s nod down in the box from a corner.
2016/17 Games: 64
2016/17 Grounds: 47
Total Grounds Visited: 179