Sholing sink Lymington Town in Southern League Division One
Southern League Division One
Lymington Town FC 2
Sholing FC 5
VISITORS Sholing started like an express train going three goals to the good after just a quarter of an hour, leaving Lymington with an insurmountable mountain to climb.
With Sholing taking a four-goal lead into the break, Lymington's Luke Churchill and Freddie Bullard each scored to give Lymington a glimmer of hope. However, Dan Mason put the game to bed with his second goal.
The win extends the Boatmen's unbeaten run to eight games and moves them up to fourth.
Lymington started the match with Brett Williams leading the line after signing on a short-term loan from AFC Totton to rebuild his match fitness after contracting Covid-19, and spending an extended period on the bench.
Williams, who lists Torquay United, Aldershot Town and Forest Green Rovers among his former clubs, will not line up against Totton when they play Lymington in the Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final next week.
Sholing started quickly after a three-week break, and took the lead after three minutes when Dan Mason drilled the ball past Joe Coombes from 16 yards.
The visitors soon extended the lead when former Blackfield & Langley captain Sami Makhloufi's free-kick deflected back to him. He then advanced with the ball before blasting a fizzing effort inside the near post.
With just 15 minutes played, a Tom Gruzewski cross found Owen Roundell, who smacked a ferocious shot off the underside of the crossbar for a 3-0 lead.
Roundell then claimed his brace with a stunning left-foot volley that flew into the top corner with the half-time whistle five minutes away.
After the restart, an improved Lymington raised their tempo and dragged themselves back into the game with two goals in five minutes.
Left-back Luke Churchill reduced the deficit after contriving to squeeze a low long-range effort under a diving Ryan Gosney in the 56th minute.
Then, just after the hour mark, 19-year-old attacker Freddie Bullard skilfully cut in from the left wing before firing an accurate shot inside the near post.
Sholing renewed their attack, and Makhloufi struck the outside of the post from a narrow angle before Dan Mason finally settled the match with his second from close range while surrounded by defenders.
Lymington Town: J. Coombes, R. Drake, L. Churchill, B. Gale, R. Fuller, J. Gorman, S. Shearer, A. Biss, B. Williams, F. Bullard, R. Taylor. Subs: D. Walker, J. Brookes, R. Viner, N. Pierce.