TEAM SOLENT appeared in Round 3 of the FA Vase for the very first time this afternoon. The teams observed a minute’s silence to pay tribute to those killed following the air crash that included members of Brazilian football side Chapecoense who were travelling to play a match in Columbia earlier this week.
Solent got out of the traps quickly as Thorn scored his very first Team Solent goal in the opening minute. When Solent skipper Waller-Lassen jinked his way down the right and put in a cross which the Solent full-back headed just inside the far post , and via the palm of the diving Bodmin keeper Moore. So, a goal in 28 seconds and what a start for the Sparks against a team who had been unbeaten on their away trips so far this season.
Bodmin attempted to hit back as some good passing produced a brief opportunity for Matthews but he was superbly closed down by Solent full-back Olumuyiwa and keeper Banda was there to collect. That was followed by Carter, a strong looking centre-forward, having a shot on goal from the right but Banda tipped his effort past the far post for a fine save. Banda was in action again a little later, having to block with his foot from Ash after a Bodmin corner was only partially cleared.
At the other end, Mitford appeared to have put in Waller-Lassen but Moore was able to gather and, with the same Solent players again prominent in the build-up, Obeng’s shot was well closed and deflected clear by Davies.
Both sides had opportunities as a gripping first half of fine accurate passing by both sides was drawing to a close. Solent’s came first when a fine right-wing cross by Olumuyiwa saw Mitford sneak in to win a header, despite the presence of two Town defenders, but the ball went just over the bar. Banda again saved Solent with a further block from Town’s Martindale.
Two Solent defenders were shown yellow cards during the first half. HT: 1-0.
Solent searched for that second goal which would give them more breathing space following the resumption. Waller-Lassen made one of his fine trademark runs which resulted in a pass to Mitford who drove over. That was followed by an excellent cross-field pass by Olumuyiwa who released Waller-Lassen but, this time, it was Moore who blocked the shot with his legs and Bodmin survived.
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Bodmin gradually wrestled back possession again and Solent were under the cosh, allowing their dangerous opponent to make the approach play as they put up a solid and disciplined defensive show to keep the Cornish team at bay with Ash, under heavy pressure from a defender, putting the ball wide from close in. Solent had made changes with Obeng and White, who had both made considerable contributions to the team effort, being replaced by Adekunle and Sheedy; this resulted in Orvis moving from right-midfield to right-back and Olumuyiwa moving across to partner the ever dependable Nolan in the centre of the defence. Solent were clearly going to allow the visitors further possession as Sheedy was in a deeper role than normal in the middle of the park whilst the fresh legs of Adekunle were intended to help alleviate the pressure where possible.
The moves worked well as the Solent defence continued to be solid. On a move forward Waller-Lassen turned a Town defender inside out with such wonderful wizardry and his cross found Sheedy whose header was well pushed round the post by Moore. It was now 73 minutes and, not surprisingly for a side a goal down in a cup match, it was Bodmin who finished strongly.
But could they penetrate a Solent defence that was in a mean mood? Well, they certainly gave it a good try as Olumuyiwa put his head in the way to a dangerous cross into the Solent box from the right. Adekunle had space and moved inside from the flank and looked to finish it for Solent but his shot was denied by a Moore save.
The game moved into stoppage time and Bromhead tried an effort from just outside of the box that was off target, which was the case for a few of his side’s chances on the day. But, even at this late stage, Town were still prepared to throw the kitchen sink at it, and who could blame them. Solent were prepared to stay deep and disciplined and soak it all up.