Wyvern Combination Division One West

Team Solent Reserves 2

(Lewis Danquah, O’Shea McDonald)

Laverstock & Ford Reserves 1

(Shanley Harding)

Attendance: 15 (approx. headcount)

Test Park (3G)

Having done six games last week I wasn’t sure how this week would compare, but as I write this on the back of a Monday night game, it looks like it could be another packed on as we enter March.

My double header on Saturday was a great day out but as the last few months have proven, I am never too far away from a Team Solent game and tonight was no different.

With my better half working from home and me being determined not to be accused of distracting her, I happily obliged by staying away from the house and ‘forcing’ myself to watch another football match, oh the torture.

Team Solent playing a lot of games on Monday evenings and Wednesday daytimes makes it a super place to get plenty of games in and tonight was the fourth time I had watched a game on the Test Park 3G pitch.

The Game

Team Solent reserves came from behind to claim all three points in the Wyvern Division One West game with Laverstock & Ford reserves.

Lewis Danquah cancelled out Shanley Harding’s opener just on the stroke of half time before O’Shea McDonald scored a screamer from the outside of the box in the second half, a worthy goal for a match winner.

Solent had the better of the early exchanges when Chris Wateridge’s effort was tipped onto the bar/post by visiting ‘keeper Steve Butler from a corner.

Butler was then called into action again when he came off his line to block Tom Bickley’s effort from a tight angle on the left side of the penalty area.

Lavvy’s Henry Paget then scuffed a soft shot wide of the post as the team from Salisbury began to have chances of their own.

It was the visitors who took an unlikely lead through right back Harding who bundled in over the line from close range as Solent failed to deal with a corner.

The league’s bottom club stayed strong to protect the lead despite Ethan Taylor just not being able to make contact at the back post from Bickley’s low drive across the face of goal.

As half time approached, Solent skipper Josh Brimacombe-Ward sent a low shot at goal that Butler spilled on the line before Danquah dived in to push into the back of the net. Laverstock appealed for a foul on the goalkeeper but the referee gave the goal to send the teams back into the dressing room at the break all level.

The second half was pretty routine, the ball getting bogged down in midfield and neither side having a clear chance at goal.

Solent’s Craig Hunt worked a good shooting opportunity before firing the ball wide as the Sparks went looking for a winning goal.

The winner did come in spectacular fashion when a quick throw in caught out Laverstock and the ball was worked from left to right before landing to McDonald, who had pushing into an advanced position to fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net leaving Butler with no chance of saving.

As the game wore on, Ford never looked like scoring as Solent looked to be closing in on all three points.

Butler did do well to deny Rukky Diejomaon who had raced through, beaten the offside trap and fired his shot straight at the travelling goalie.

2016/17 Games: 99

2016/17 Grounds: 56 (9)

Total Grounds Visited: 152 (40)