Sholing are champions of the Sydenhams Premier Division

Daily Echo: Sholing are champions Sholing are champions

Sholing are champions of the Sydenhams Premier Division with two games to spare.

A 3-0 win at Moneyfields tonight confirms that the overwhelming favourites have done as expected and taken the Wessex crown.

Lewis Fennemore gave the Boatmen the lead before late goals by Lee Wort and Ashley Jarvis gave them victory against a dogged Moneys, who hassled Sholing up until the final whistle.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Diaper, whose team played their 67th game of the season against the Portsmouth based side.

“It’s a brilliant result against a great team; they worked hard and gave us a few problems for the first 15 minutes with their shape.

“I’m really pleased, we had to dig in, we got our shape in the end and stopped them from playing and that second goal was the all-important one, I’m very happy we’ve done it.”

Diaper’s side struggled to contain Moneys for the first 20 minutes. Their sustained pressure saw Stuart Green try an audacious overhead-kick, which Lee Webber saved.

Full-back Rob Evans delivered a peach of ball across the face of the Sholing goal by neither Warren Hunt or Jake Raiwe could get a touch to turn it in the net.

The FA Vase finalists, who were without Matt Brown, Barry and Byron Mason and Marc Diaper, started to play better and found their feet.

Tyronne Bowers hit long balls into the box from a trio of free-kicks on the halfway line and powered a free-kick at ‘keeper Dave Hook, after Alex Sawyer was fouled.

The resulting corner saw Pete Castle head powerfully at the stopper, who was excellent all night.

On 36 minutes Fennemore flicked a header from Bowers’ corner into the net for the vital first, as he darted to the near-post, losing his marker, before finding the target.

Diaper said before the match that he expected a tough game and that’s exactly what he got. Despite having little to play for Moneys were keen equalise.

After a quiet first-half Marvin McLean, who returned from injury, began to show his trickery and pace. It saw him dance past a couple of Moneyfields defenders before thundering a well struck effort against the bar.

Wort got his 52nd goal of the season in all competitions on 79 minutes. The dangerous McLean jinked in from the right wing before passing across the box to substitute Kevin Brewster whose shot landed at the feet of Wort for him to turn and shoot home.

The third came as sub Nick Watts squared from the right to Jarvis who took a touch and slotted into the net.

Sholing are again in action on Thursday against Christchurch at the Silverlake Arena.

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11:39pm Tue 29 Apr 14

CarlyKin says...

Woohoo!!!!! We did it get in!!! Now on for the double at Wembley on 10 May!!! The whole club is having a phenomenal season right from the youth, reserves and first team. It's great to be a Boatmen. Congratulations and well done to all the players, managers, coaches and supporters of the Club. Trophy will be presented at our last home game of the season on Saturday v AFC Portchester and it's FREE ENTRY!!!! :D
Woohoo!!!!! We did it get in!!! Now on for the double at Wembley on 10 May!!! The whole club is having a phenomenal season right from the youth, reserves and first team. It's great to be a Boatmen. Congratulations and well done to all the players, managers, coaches and supporters of the Club. Trophy will be presented at our last home game of the season on Saturday v AFC Portchester and it's FREE ENTRY!!!! :D CarlyKin
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12:45am Wed 30 Apr 14

Heathrowboy says...

It's a bit of a hollow victory really. Sholing resigned from the Southern League to earn a few quid via the Vase and won the Wessex League on the way. Top 5 Southern & South West squad should win the Wessex Prem - especially with their budget.
It would be a bit like Everton or Spurs asking to go into the Championship and then shouting from the rooftops if they won it. A bit embarrassing really!
I'm from Southampton, but I hope West Auckland win the Vase
out of principal.
It's a bit of a hollow victory really. Sholing resigned from the Southern League to earn a few quid via the Vase and won the Wessex League on the way. Top 5 Southern & South West squad should win the Wessex Prem - especially with their budget. It would be a bit like Everton or Spurs asking to go into the Championship and then shouting from the rooftops if they won it. A bit embarrassing really! I'm from Southampton, but I hope West Auckland win the Vase out of principal. Heathrowboy
  • Score: 41

9:21am Wed 30 Apr 14

Sholingista says...

No club can target getting to the final in something like the FA Vase or Trophy, cup competitions are a lottery and Sholing had to beat some very tough teams on the way like Larkhall & Wisbech.

Historically, the club with the most resources have won the Wessex League in recent times (Blackfield, Winchester, Poole, Gosport & Totton all had the biggest budgets). Funny enough, the same happens in the Premier League as well. That's football.

There are some very well run clubs in the Wessex League and good luck to them. Sadly, also a few who are stuck in the past and almost revel in having no fans & sponsors. Some clubs don't have a playing budget simply because they don't generate enough money or engage with their community to ensure the clubs are there for future generations.

I'm sure a few in the Wessex League will be glad to see the back of Sholing, although they may next season look at their reduced income due to Sholing fans often outnumbering the home fans and ponder on that.

Up the Boatmen!
No club can target getting to the final in something like the FA Vase or Trophy, cup competitions are a lottery and Sholing had to beat some very tough teams on the way like Larkhall & Wisbech. Historically, the club with the most resources have won the Wessex League in recent times (Blackfield, Winchester, Poole, Gosport & Totton all had the biggest budgets). Funny enough, the same happens in the Premier League as well. That's football. There are some very well run clubs in the Wessex League and good luck to them. Sadly, also a few who are stuck in the past and almost revel in having no fans & sponsors. Some clubs don't have a playing budget simply because they don't generate enough money or engage with their community to ensure the clubs are there for future generations. I'm sure a few in the Wessex League will be glad to see the back of Sholing, although they may next season look at their reduced income due to Sholing fans often outnumbering the home fans and ponder on that. Up the Boatmen! Sholingista
  • Score: -27

1:37pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Non_leaguer says...

Fair dues, Sholing have won the league, and look good for the Vase. But what will be the view of everyone in the non-league, as they yo-yo between Southern League and Wessex? How can this be good for the game, or the respective leagues ? Perhaps the Southern League might not take too kindly to them going straight back up.

Dave Diaper stated "we need to get back to the Southern League where we belong". So why drop down in the first place then? Allegedly it was because of placing finances together to improve facilities at Portsmouth Road… no sign of anything major going on there yet one year down the line.

Or am I being cynical, was it with one eye on the cash prize for winning Vase? In that case I wholly concur with Heathrowboy.

Dave Diaper stated "we need to get back to the Southern League where we belong". So why drop down in the first place then? Or am I being cynical, was it with one eye on the cash prize for winning Vase? In that case I wholly concur with Heathrowboy.
Fair dues, Sholing have won the league, and look good for the Vase. But what will be the view of everyone in the non-league, as they yo-yo between Southern League and Wessex? How can this be good for the game, or the respective leagues ? Perhaps the Southern League might not take too kindly to them going straight back up. Dave Diaper stated "we need to get back to the Southern League where we belong". So why drop down in the first place then? Allegedly it was because of placing finances together to improve facilities at Portsmouth Road… no sign of anything major going on there yet one year down the line. Or am I being cynical, was it with one eye on the cash prize for winning Vase? In that case I wholly concur with Heathrowboy. Dave Diaper stated "we need to get back to the Southern League where we belong". So why drop down in the first place then? Or am I being cynical, was it with one eye on the cash prize for winning Vase? In that case I wholly concur with Heathrowboy. Non_leaguer
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1:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

lowe esteem says...

Well done Sholing, which I will repeat, everyone else on here seems to.

Well done Sholing, good luck against the former World Cup Winners- no complaints about them 'dropping down' aficionados?
Well done Sholing, which I will repeat, everyone else on here seems to. Well done Sholing, good luck against the former World Cup Winners- no complaints about them 'dropping down' aficionados? lowe esteem
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3:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Helz_18 says...

As i believe it they dropped down so that they could get the finances together and plan the improvements to the ground. This isn't a straight forward job to do and takes time. Now they have had the time to do this and got all the planning permission ect i'm sure we will start to see things happening outside of the season. Would have been a bit of pain doing all this work during the season...
As i believe it they dropped down so that they could get the finances together and plan the improvements to the ground. This isn't a straight forward job to do and takes time. Now they have had the time to do this and got all the planning permission ect i'm sure we will start to see things happening outside of the season. Would have been a bit of pain doing all this work during the season... Helz_18
  • Score: -9

9:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

CarlyKin says...

Pointless arguing as the haters will still hate - damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Pointless arguing as the haters will still hate - damned if you do and damned if you don't. CarlyKin
  • Score: -4

8:07am Thu 1 May 14

Sholingista says...

Fact is, Sholing won the league fair and square.

Fact is, Sholing are going to Wembley. If you don't want to support a small local team in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then bully for you. The majority of us will have a fantastic day out, no matter what the result.
Fact is, Sholing won the league fair and square. Fact is, Sholing are going to Wembley. If you don't want to support a small local team in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then bully for you. The majority of us will have a fantastic day out, no matter what the result. Sholingista
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