Wessex Premier

Team Solent 3

(Jesse Waller-Lassen x2, Ethan Taylor)

Fawley 1

(Conor Whiteley)

Attendance: 17

Test Park

After my double header, I could have forgiven myself for having a night off. Fat chance of that happening! I had drawn up a list of new grounds, I clearly had the taste for it yesterday ticking off a couple of new places. However Amesbury’s game didn’t survive the weather and I didn’t fancy getting in my car for any more than 20 minutes so a return somewhere was the obvious option ahead of staying in to watch the Corrie double bill.

That left me with two options, Romsey’s first game with their new floodlights or Team Solent versus Fawley. With no disrespect to Fawley, I thought my best chance for plenty of goals was at Test Park and the game didn’t disappoint.

I headed to Test Park for the umpteenth time this season. I do just love it there, £2 entry, good football, cracking pitch and so close to home, truly awesome.

The game was also my 100th consecutive match without a goalless draw, a run I am keen to keep going for as long as possible.

The Ground

You wont have to look far to see any reports from Team Solent games this season so have a flick through to see some of my comments on the ground.

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The Game

Team Solent ran out 3-1 winners to kick off 2017 in style against lowly Fawley in the Wessex Premier.

A brace from Jesse Waller-Lassen and a late debut goal from Ethan Taylor was enough to secure the points despite Conor Whitely’s strike for the Oilers in the second half.

James Taylor, who had put himself in goal again for Team Solent, took the opportunity to rest a couple of players ahead of their FA Vase fourth round encounter with Croydon on Saturday.

This included naming two youth team players on the bench, his son, Ethan Taylor and Craig Hunt.

Solent struggled in the opening minutes and made lots of basic mistakes giving the ball away as they found themselves pegged into their own half.

However they did manage to take an early lead on eight minutes against the run of play when Matt Sheedy’s pinpoint pass opened up space for the deadly Waller-Lassen to strike into the bottom corner against Lee Burch, another veteran outfield player donning the gloves this evening.

Burch was giving a good showing in the Fawley net as he saved well from Waller-Lassen before Ellis White’s header lacked the direction to trouble the stand in goalie.

At the other end, Taylor was forced into a good low save from Whiteley and from the corner that followed, Fawley must have thought they had equalised when Dane Sayce’s header whistled across goal and out.

Solent made a change at half time, allowing Jim Orvis to come off for Tyrell Mitford. Within seconds of the restart, a fired up Mitford latched onto the ball and unleashed a long-range effort that just dipped over the bar.

On 57 minutes, Waller-Lassen doubled Solent’s advantage when he controlled Jemal Wiseman’s pass before converting past Burch.

Fawley were never out of the game and put up a good fight and they soon pulled one back ten minutes later when Whiteley hit a 25-yard free kick low at goal and it snuck in at the post, potentially hitting Taylor before going in.

The goal clearly irritated Taylor and he was shouting to get the young substitutes on as his son Ethan and Hunt replaced Waller-Lassen and Mike Lamb on 68 minutes.

Fawley kept on the pressure and Solent had to stand firm to keep hold of their lead.

Tobi Adekunle nearly ended all Fawley hopes for a comeback when he worked a shooting opportunity in the box but hit the inside of the near post with the ball curling around the goal and out.

Fawley couldn’t find that clear chance to pull the scores level and Solent killed the game off in the last minute when some good play involving Ryan Dacres-Smith and Mitford allowed Adekunle to play in a cross which looked to be going straight out but Ethan Taylor jumped high at the back post to nod in for his first goal for the senior side.

2016/17 Games: 75

2016/17 Grounds: 54

Total Grounds Visited: 147 (38)

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