The Imperial Club

Many thanks to James Beattie for cutting the ribbon today to open our new facility, which will be called "THE IMPERIAL CLUB" ! Thank you to Neil Smith & Imperial Cars for their support and for all the local businesses & volunteers which have provided financial and hands-on help to make it a reality. Also, we will never forget the original amazing donation from Budweiser that has meant so much to the club and allowed us to progress redevelopment - More photos & details here



Sholing 1-2 Larkhall Athletic

A great day for the club off the pitch, but a frustrating day on it as we slipped to a narrow defeat in a game dominated by the Ref's decisions.  A strong start saw us take the lead on 7 mins when Brad Targett latched onto a weak defensive header to go through on goal and finish well. We could have doubled our lead on 23 mins when D-Dan was twice denied in the 6 yard box, before Larkhall were awarded a generous penalty, from which they scored. To rub salt in the wound, soon after D-Dan was hauled to the floor in the box, but no pen was given. Poor play by the Boatmen straight from the restart saw the visitors take the lead. On 66 mins, Dan Mason was shown a second yellow card when it was questionable if his two infringements were even fouls, let alone worth a caution.  Down to 10 men, Green & Targett went close, but we go away empty handed in a game where we admittedly weren't at our best, but didn't deserve to lose - Match Report


Sholing 0-0 Paulton Rovers

Boatmen created enough chances to have advanced in the FA Trophy, but will have to do this tie all again at Paulton next week after repeatedly missing the target when well placed.  The majority of the Sholing players had efforts go narrowly wide, with Sawyer, Targett & Wort going closest to scoring in a lively & entertaining match.  Paulton had a couple of good chances of their own and managed to get them on goal, but were twice thwarted by Gosney - Match Report


Sholing 3-1 Slimbridge

Not for the first time this season, the Boatmen had to fight back after conceding an early goal to turn things round in the second half and register the club's 1000th League win.  Slimbridge took the lead with an 8th minute penalty and were then twice denied by brilliant saves by Gosney as they dominated the first half.  Sholing upped their game after the restart, forcing the equaliser on 59 mins when Hoole's low freekick into the box was collected by Stu Green who rolled the ball in.  Boatmen went in front with 4 minutes to go with a terrific goal. Targett found Wort with a pass and he returned the favour, putting over a great cross for Brad Targett to sidefoot volley home from 12 yards.  Deep in stoppage time, Greener was fouled by the keeper and Dan Mason fired in the penalty - Match Report & Videos



Blackfield & Langley 1-1 (2-4 Pens) Sholing

Ryan Gosney was the shootout hero, making a great save and then scoring the winning penalty as Sholing advance in the Southern League Challenge Cup.  In an uneventful first half, Gos made a great save and Targett went close, but there was more action after the restart, although most in the Sholing half of the pitch. Blackfield looked to have won it with a downward header on 76 mins, but only 3 mins later, we were level when Owen Roundell's low cross into the box was watched by everyone as it gently nestled into the far corner.  Game went to penalties, Gosney making a fantastic stop for Blackfield's 2nd spot kick. Green, Lauder & Hoole all confidently coverted their pens and when the home side blasted their 4th over the bar, it was Gosney who stepped up to send his opposite number the wrong way and win the tie - Match Report