Sholing left Meadowbank on Saturday with all 3 points thanks to a hat trick from Lee Wort. The visitors showed real economy of effort converting three of the four real chances they created while Shortwood created many more chances – especially in a frantic last 15 minutes.
A lot of the Shortwood’s play in the first half was scrappy and their passing was poor but even so they managed to create early chances – Alton Axton missing the best of them when he miss directed a free header. Shortwood took the lead after 26 minutes with a goal of real quality. Tustain crossed and Gullick knocked the ball back to Bohane who found the time and space to control the ball, turn and send a terrific strike past Brown from just outside the area. Bennett then tested Brown with a drive before Sholing levelled after 31 minutes. Wort cut inside and shot low inside King’s post. Sholing then constructed a move from a free kick after 38 minutes and again Wort shot just inside the post. Although Wood enjoyed the majority of the play for the rest of the half they were unable to unduly trouble the visiting keeper.
Wood pressed from the restart and a Bennett cross was just too high for Bohane and then Gullick did well to get on the end of a fierce cross shot from Tustain but could not divert his effort on target. Just after the hour Sholing broke away and Wort completed his hat trick when he had far too much time and space and scored comfortably.
Langworthy was thrown on and took up a position wide and his impact was immediate as he twice provided excellent crosses for Gullick who just failed to get on the end of the first and then forced Brown into a fine save with the second. Gullick then repaid the complement but Langworthy could not force the ball home.
Shortwood enjoyed almost total control in the last 10 minutes but their shooting was wayward. In added time man of the match Pritchett headed home Parrott’s corner to give Wood hope and they came close to pinching an unlikely point as Gullick and then Coates just could not turn the ball home in those frantic last moments.
John Evans said: We left our come back too late! We were 10% off our game today and in this league you will get punished! Mark Pritchett was again our man of the match today!
Team: King, Coates, Axton (Brown 86), Pritchett, Thomas, Baldwin (Benneyworth 75), Tustain, Parrott, Bohane (Langworthy 65), Gullick, Bennett