Rovers lose 2-1 away to Sholing with a cruel late winner.
Possibly our longest away journey of the season, Sholing is situated some 3 miles from Southampton FC St Mary’s stadium. Our opponents had been in mixed form of late with play off aspirations over, while Rovers needed points to be mathematically safe to ensure Southern League football again next season and were hopeful of getting something out of the game.
Willand got off to a bright start testing Sholing goalkeeper Luke Deacon and were subsequently rewarded for their efforts in the 16th minute when Joe Wylie slotted the ball in the right hand corner of the goal. Sholing’s Dan Mason hit the bar just before half time but Willand maintained their lead at half time. Ht 0-1
Willand could have gone 2 up in the 51st minute but for a fine save from Luke Deacon. On 62 minutes Sholing equalised when Dan Mason met a pin point corner to head home. Willand keeper George Burton made a succession of fine saves to keep Sholing at bay and earn the Man of the Match award. With the game heading to a justifiable 1-1 draw Sholing substitute Fatah Makhloufi drilled a shot from the left across the goal to beat George Burton and seal the win in the 92nd minute.
The players were clearly devastated after the game but will dust themselves down ready to go again on Monday at home to Bideford.
|David Steele (Assistant Manager)|