NEW defensive signing Stuart Mott continued his pre-season scoring streak as FA Vase winners Sholing edged the battle of the Wembley finalists 4-3 against Gosport Borough on Tuesday, watched by a 156 crowd.
All four Boatmen’s goals were headers from set-pieces – a fact that did not go unnoticed by a “fuming” Alex Pike, manager of beaten FA Trophy finalists Gosport.
Barry Mason gave Sholing the lead from a first-minute corner before Lee Molyneaux and Stuart Green put Gosport in front.
After ex-Alresford man Mott had equalised, Green restored the Conference South visitors’ advantage, but Borough did not learn their lesson and were punished by further headers from Dan Miller and Mott.
“I’m fuming we conceded four goals from set-pieces. It’s disappointing to do that at any level, let alone a Conference South side,” raged Pike.
While pleased with the win, Sholing co-manager Dave Fear wasn’t entirely happy either, admitting: “The three goals we conceded weren’t very good. They all came from mistakes.
“Their first was a carbon-copy of ours and their second came after Stuart Mott had done well to cut the ball out initially, but it hit him and deflected into the path of their player. The third was a scrappy set-piece.”
Praising new signing Mott, Fear added: “He’s got great movement, he’s strong and quick and he reads the game well.”
Sholing have signed teenage full-back Kane Crisp from AFC Totton and are looking to add to their rearguard options with ex- Wimborne defender Patrick Wilson, head of education/coach for AFC Bournemouth, who is moving to the mainland from the Isle of Wight.