IT was a bittersweet afternoon for goal-getter Lee Wort as Sholing drew their penultimate home match 1-1 with Blackfield & Langley in the Sydenhams Premier Division.

Having fired the Boatmen ahead, the prolific marksman hobbled off with a hamstring injury ten minutes before the break, writes Jamie Spoor.

With two finals – the Southampton Senior Cup and the Sydenhams League Cup – still to play, Sholing need Wort fit and firing.

Manager Dave Diaper said: “I’d hope we’ve caught Worty’s injury early enough. We took him off and he’s had treatment, so hopefully he’ll be fit in time for the cup finals.

“Hamstrings can be a difficult injury to predict, but I’d say he’s probably looking at two weeks out.

“It was a mixed day for him. He scored a very good goal but then to get injured is disappointing.”

Wort’s goal – his 18th of the season and fourth in as many games – arrived on 25 minutes when, from Jake Hoole’s assist, he thumped in an unstoppable shot from 15 yards.

With five first-half minutes remaining, Dan Mason had the chance to double Sholing’s lead but flashed his header wide.

Instead, Blackfield equalised against the run of play deep into first-half stoppage time.

Home ’keeper Ryan Gosney fumbled Jordan N’Galo’s shot from distance and then thwarted Jamie White on the rebound. But the ball fell for Harry Jackson to control and finish well from 20 yards.

Both sides had chances after the break and, ten minutes from time, Sholing stalwart Barry Mason made a welcome reappearance following ankle surgery.

Summing up a tight fourth-versus-third affair, Diaper concluded: “It was an even game as it usually is when we play them.

“A draw was probably fair. I felt we edged it, but they had chances as well and it was disappointing to concede when we did.

“It consolidates fourth for us. We could have been one point behind them with a win, but I’m reasonably pleased.”