THEY say what goes around comes around in football.
With just 40 seconds gone in Saturday’s home game against newly-promoted Shortwood United, visiting defender James Coates guaranteed himself an even earlier bath by allegedly stamping on Byron Mason right under the referee’s nose.
The Boatmen quickly made the most of their numerical advantage as the outstanding Tyronne Bowers launched a 25-yarder past keeper Tom King with ten minutes on the clock.
King then made a rod for his own back, bringing down tricky winger Marvin McLean inside the box and inviting Barry Mason to complete a 2-0 Sholing victory from the penalty spot with the half-hour mark approaching.
The Boatmen struggled to pose the same goal threat after the break but, after starting the season with just one point from their opening three games, Sholing were just relieved to register their first win in the Evo-Stik Southern One South & West.
“Shortwood having a man sent off was good for us, but we needed to make it count quickly against the ten men or you can get frustrated if you don’t score,” said manager Dave Diaper.
“Tyronne Bowers was superb today, the man-of-the-match. He’s no spring chicken, but he put himself about and scored a great goal from long distance.
“We then got a penalty and it was debatable whether the keeper should have been sent off too.
“We lost our way in the second half and it was a bit of a non-event.
“Lee Bright headed one off the line, but it looked as if our goalkeeper Matt Brown was right behind it anyway.
“It was all about getting the three points today and setting ourselves up for what will be a difficult game at North Leigh tomorrow. We can go there with confidence now.
“We had no Lee Wort up front today, he was away for the weekend. We played Byron (Mason) in a more advanced position to give us more of a physical edge up front – in the air more than on the ground.”