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Sholing boss lauds keeper Brown
7:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Sport
SHOLING manager Dave Diaper praised “brilliant” goalkeeper Matt Brown after he kept his seventh clean sheet in ten league games in the 3-0 win over Totton & Eling at Little Testwood Farm.
Brown was in dominant form throughout as goals from James Taylor, Ashley Jarvis and Byron Mason extended the Boatmen’s lead at the top of the Sydenhams Premier Division to two points, writes Tim Prescott.
Diaper said: “The strikers are getting all the headlines for our start to the season with all the goals that they are scoring, but Matt is every bit is as important.
“He is in a brilliant vein of form at the moment and we have a tremendous defensive record so far this season, with only seven goals conceded from 13 games which reflect his performances.”
After a tight opening, Brown, pictured above, came to Sholing’s rescue by brilliantly blocking Brad Doyle’s 14th-minute effort after the young winger had been played through by Bill Puckett. Totton & Eling co-manager Stuart Hussey rued his side’s missed opportunity.
“It was a decent effort by Brad and a great save. If we had scored then it would have given us something to defend and fight for which would have made for a very different game,” he said.
Sholing made the all-important breakthrough seven minutes before half-time when Taylor brilliantly fired in after capitalising on poor communication between T&E ’keeper Kevin O’Rourke and captain Luke Ansell.
Jarvis doubled the lead 12 minutes into the second half when he raced onto Mitchell Fear’s long ball before slotting past O’Rourke.
And Sholing captain Byron Mason sealed his side’s fourth straight away win in the 66th minute, swivelling and powering home after Kevin Brewster’s fine cross was only half cleared.
Diaper reflected: “The conditions and the fact we were missing three or four key players made today a real test, but I think we have come through it very strongly.”
Sholing tonight visit Lymington Town in the Russell Cotes Cup.
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