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Diaper challenges Sholing to lead by 12 points at Christmas
11:03am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
Sholing manager Dave Diaper has challenged his team to celebrate Christmas with “a 12-point lead” after his side thumped Fareham Town 6-0 to ensure they spent last night night top of the Wessex Sydenhams Premier Division, writes Samuel Price.
“It’s still early days but we’ve won ten and drawn two of our 12 games,” he said. “I did say to the lads that we need to win our games in hand and then we’ll be out in front, and we’ll be looking to go in at Christmas with at least a 12-point margin.”
For now, Diaper will have to be content with their two-point advantage heading into this afternoon’s fixtures, but the Boatmen produced the commanding performance of a team capable of topping the division when they eased past Fareham.
Centre-half Lee Bright opened the scoring on a windy evening at the Silverlake Arena when he turned in Lee Wort’s parried effort, and Barry Mason made it two with a low cross that squeezed past an awful Luke Douglas in the Fareham goal.
Wort scored a sensational lob from just inside the opposition half for three before Pete Castle nodded in to give the hosts a comfortable half-time advantage.
Two more followed in the second half, Douglas let a tame Barry Mason header slip through his grasp and some good passing between Wort and Captain Byron Mason put Ashley Jarvis through to complete the rout.
“It was really pleasing to win against a Fareham team who have come here with a good reputation,” said Diaper. “I mentioned to the lads before the game that it was probably going to be one of the toughest games of our season.
“But as it worked out we scored at the right times.
“The second goal was a key goal, once that one went in there was only one outcome. I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve only conceded seven goals this season so I didn’t think we were going to let a two-goal lead slip.”
The stand-out moment of a dominant performance was an outrageous lob scored by forward Lee Wort from just a few yards within the opposition half.
He said: “When I turned from their corner I had no one in front of me and I looked up to see the keeper back-peddling so I thought I’d try my luck.
“The manager said before to just shoot on sight, so I went for it and luckily it came off.”
Diaper added: “He’s got a habit of doing that, he scored one last year at Swindon Supermarine too, he’s quite capable of doing it.
“To be fair the goalkeeper’s held his hands up and admitted he’s had a nightmare, I think it was just one of those nights for him.”
Sholing were so confident of victory that there was even time for left-back Marc Diaper to try to emulate Wort’s strike, but his effort smashed the underside of the bar.
“I told him in the changing room that I’ll teach him how to do it,” laughed Wort “but he was unlucky really.”
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