Wessex League Cup Quarter Final
Team Solent 1
Another Monday, another game at Test Park, I have been to too many games here this month and this season, but my 17th trip this season was an enjoyable one, even if the game was fairly average.
I was joined by one of my closest friends Woody for the game and we took my camera to have a play with and experiment with some video content, something that I could be expanding into in the near future.
I still haven’t mastered taking quality stills under floodlights though so if any keen photographers are reading this, I would love to know some tips.
Albeit losing track of how many times I have seen Team Solent play, this was my first chance watching Tadley Calleva and I am due a trip up to their ground at some point.
Holders Team Solent needed penalties to progress to the semi-final of the Wessex League Cup after a closely fought 1-1 draw with Wessex Division One side Tadley Calleva.
Solent welcomed back former player Scott Kinge to Test Park, the Tadley player scored the first competitive goal at Test Park for Solent, ironically, against his current side.
Despite Jim Orvis putting James Taylor’s students ahead in the first half, James Tennant managed to pull the scores level in the second half, forcing a straight penalty shootout with no extra time.
The Sparks were buoyed by an early goal as Jesse Waller-Lassen raced down the wing and fired in a cross to Orvis who hit the post with his first time effort before smashing in the rebound.
Curtis Thorn then sent a shot high of the Tadley goal minutes later as Solent continued to make chances.
It could have been a case of ‘how many’ after the first goal, but Tadley, fresh off the back of a 6-0 league win on Saturday were giving a good account of themselves.
Brett Denham had the first real chance for the visitors when he collected a cross inside the box before sending a shot into the side netting.
Tadley ‘keeper Tom Hindmarch then did well to deny Silvano Obeng with two close saves before Andrew Chansley cleared the danger off the line.
Home ‘keeper Bradley Banda had to be on his toes to leap onto a loose ball after Daniel Vickers had fluffed a shot from close range.
The game was stopped midway through the first half as Solent’s Pip Nolan went down with a head injury, however the combative defender was able to continue play after some treatment on the touchline.
Just before the break, Solent felt that they should have been awarded a penalty when Tyrell Mitford tangled with Spencer Barlow on the edge of the box, however the referee watched the ball roll out of play and gave a goal kick.
The second half was fairly straightforward, Solent were protecting their slender lead with little problems as Tennant’s low strike was held well on the floor by Banda.
Tadley did look like they could score though and as Sam Hamilton sent a cross into the box, Denham was unable to glance his header on target.
With 15 minutes to go the visitors did have the scores level when Tennant burst his way through a crowded area to nod the ball over the line from Hamilton’s corner, bundling Solent substitute Lewis Danquah into the goal as well.
Tadley were on the ascendency and Solent were falling apart and Hamilton went close to grabbing a later winner when his curling shot needed to be pushed away and out by Banda.
In stoppage time, Banda put in a world class save to keep Solent in the game when a searching ball over the top got the better of Nolan, allowing Denham to race clear, however Banda had rushed off his line to make a great save with his legs.
In the shootout both sides scored their opening spot kicks with Mitford and Chansley calmly scoring.
Jamel Wiseman put his penalty into the top corner to give Solent the lead before Banda superbly saved Shaun Dallimore’s effort with his legs.
Orvis gave Solent a commanding lead when he sent the ‘keeper the wrong way before Banda guessed right to deny Hamilton and leave Waller-Lassen to take the deciding penalty.
The Solent star coolly chipped the ball down the middle a la Pirlo to round off a tense fixture for both teams.
The students now face Sholing in the semi-final as they continue their cup defence.
2016/17 Games: 93
2016/17 Grounds: 53 (9)
Total Grounds Visited: 150 (40)