FOLLAND Sports manager Danny Bowers praised the impact of substitute Dan Mason after he ignited his side’s late comeback in the 3-1 Sydenhams Premier Division win against Romsey Town.
Mason – younger brother of Sholing duo Barry and Byron – sparked Follands’ revival cancelling out Craig Vigar’s opener less than two minutes after coming on before Jamie Barron and Matt Burt sealed the Planemakers’ tenth win in their last 11 games.
Bowers said: “Dan Mason made a massive difference, scoring almost straight away to get us back into the game and we looked much better going forward after he came on.
“It was a brilliant performance and he was unlucky not to start as he’s done well recently but has been overshadowed by Jamie Betteridge and Ryan Long who have been in great form lately.”
After riding early Folland pressure that saw Long and Burt hit the post and bar, Vigar gave Romsey a surprise lead with a superb long-range half-volley that crashed in off the underside of the woodwork.
Follands’ fight back began with Mason’s instant impact before Barron’s fifth goal in three games put them ahead and Burt sealed the win in stoppage time with a trademark towering header.
Romsey co-manager John McFarlane summed up: “I don’t think 3-1 was a fair reflection of the game.
“But it shows how far we have come as a group that we are disappointed to be losing against sides like Follands and Sholing. If we keep playing the same way we will get our luck eventually.”
Follands will look to stretch their unbeaten run tonight at home to a Fareham Town side, who got back to winning ways with a 1-0 home win over Whitchurch United on Saturday.