Portsmouth won 2-0 in their third pre-season friendly against Thurrock FC at Ship Lane tonight with two first half goals in their preparations ahead of the fast approaching new season.
New signing Craig Westcarr’s brace was enough to see off Ryman North side hosts Thurrock FC at Ship Lane tonight in a 2-0 pre-season friendly.
Portsmouth could have converted more chances has they been more clinical mixed with determined defending from the hosts.
Portsmouth kept the ball neatly in the opening exchanges and had the first clear chance on the Thurrock goal as Johnny Ertl’s unchallenged header was straight at Andy Walker.
Charlie Stimson’s frustration showed early on from chasing down the ball after his reckless challenge on Jack Whatmouth, with only a stern word from the referee.
Portsmouth broke the deadlock 33 minutes in as Craig Westcarr was given time to hit a crisp volley on the turn low into the bottom left corner catching out Andy Walker to take the lead.
The visitors grabbed a second five minutes later as Westcarr got his second, once again with bags of time to cut inside Lewis Clark and slotted his shot in off the post to double their lead.
Although Thurrock had an appeal for a penalty just before the break as Lamar Reynolds was brought down but the referee ignored the appeals.
A flurry of changes in the second half as expected for the away side as Ben Close, Andy Barcham and Bradley Tarbuck were introduced. Thurrock made one change in Jordan Clark looking to turn things around for the hosts.
Substitute Tarbuck only lasted seven minutes as he was replaced by Rickie Holmes due to injury.
The first second half chance came ten minutes in after a superb block by Simon King denied Miles Storey from extending their lead after a well worked move from Portsmouth.
Substitute Holmes put the ball on a plate for Wynter from a corner 65 minutes in but mistimed his leap. Holmes again got down the left flank soon after and cut the ball back for substitute Close whose finesse shot bent wide.
Holmes for the second time put the ball on a tee for Wynter again whose header down this time bounce wide of the goal.
Thurrock almost got a goal back nine minutes from time as Remi Sutton burst into the box but his cutback was blocked and cleared.
Close had an open goal to score after Walker’s antics in the corner got the home side in trouble but his shot went wide.
Portsmouth’s final opportunity to end on a high came four minutes from time as Barcham’s cross was met by Ryan Bird which bounced off the crossbar and cleared away from danger to deny the third goal.
Thurrock play their next pre-season friendly at home to local Ryman Premier side AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.
Portsmouth Lineup: 1 Paul Jones (75), 2 Alex Wynter, 3 Dan Butler, 4 Johnny Ertl ©, 5 Adam Webster, 6 Jack Whatmouth, 7 Jed Wallace, 8 Nigel Atangana, 9 Ryan Bird, 10 Craig Westcarr, 23 Patrick Agyemang (starts), 11 Miles Storey
Subs- 12 Nick Awford, 13 Alex Bass (75), 14 Joe Devera, 15 Ben Close (45), 16 Nicky Shorey, 17 Ben Chorley(60), 18 Danny Hollands, 19 Andy Barcham(45), 20 Bradley Tarbuck (45), 21 Ricky Holmes (60),
Thurrock Lineup: 1 Andy Walker, 2 Lewis Clark, 3 Remi Sutton, 4 Rob Gilman, 5 Simon King, 6 Greg Stuart, 7 Brad Warner, 8 Lewwis Spence, 9 Robert Clark, 10 Charlie Stimson (60), 11 Lamar Reynolds
Subs- 12 Tarik Moore-Azille, 14 Jordan Clark (45), 15 Charlie Honeness, 16 Calum Ibe, 17 Conor Martin, 18 Lee Rome, 19 James Goode, 20 Frazer Williams
‘The Hammers’ overturned a six point deficit with five races remaining to win by four points as the stormy weather loomed.
Kim Nilsson returned to the side for ‘The Hammers’ in his first home meeting for the claret and blues after the departure of veteran Peter Karlsson as Eastbourne used rider replacement for Mikkel Michelsen.
Eastbourne took an early 4-2 lead in the first race after Richard ‘Awesome’ Lawson was excluded for falling. Bjarne Pederson got to the bend first and took the win holding off Davey Watt in second as Timo Lahti was third.
Lewis Blackbird won heat two keeping Adam Ellis and Ben Morely at bay to hold their slender lead. The visitors extended their lead as Joonas Kylmakorpi held off Lewis Bridger to extend their gap to 4-11.
Kim Nilsson got ‘The Hammers’ first win of the night in race four as Morely struggled to assist him but kept the meeting in the balance. The home side then stepped it up with a 5-1 as captain Davey Watt and guested rider Rory Schlein levelled up the scoreline.
Although this was short lived as ‘The Eagles’ rolled of two 5-1 reverses in races six and seven with Timo Lahti aided by Pederson taking the first and Cameron Woodwood followed up by Blackbird to lead 25-17.
The hosts fought straight back with their second 5-1 of the night as Bridger won heat eight aided by the fresh Nilsson. The away side stretched their lead to six with a 4-2, Blackbird won once again as Daniel Halsey followed in second.
‘The Hammers’ held on in race ten as the visitors claimed another race win for Pederson (R/R) but stopped Eastbourne from extending their lead with Lawson and Watt in second and third.
The comeback began in heat 11, owed to Schlein as he won and Bridger made a pass from the back to second on the third bend on lap one and stood firm for the 5-1 with the deficit at 32-34.
Blackbird replaced Halsey in race 12 and after his collision with Lawson brushed himself down and won as he took his third win of the night but ‘Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely and Lawson made second and third.
Lakeside went in front for the first time of the evening with a 5-1 as Schlein won another race assisted by Watt as he past Pederson on lap two to lead 40-38. Heat 14 was taken by the visitors as Woodwood won but after Morely replaced Ellis tactically the home side held on to their lead taking second and third.
In the penultimate race and as the rain started to fall the skipper stepped up to the plate for ‘The Hammers’ to secure the win and valuable guest Schlein helped in third to take the victory and two precious home league points.
Lakeside Hammers had an away fixture at Leicester Lions which was postponed due to bad weather on Saturday and will go on their travels again tonight at Wolverhampton Wolves.
Action at the Lakeside Arena will continue next Friday in the form of a challenge match as Essex play Kent featuring Ben Morely and Adam Ellis from ‘The Hammers’.
Heat 01: Re-run Pedersen, Watt, Lahti 2-4 60.3
Heat 02: Blackbird, Ellis, Morley, Halsey 3-3 5-7 60.4
Heat 03: Kylmakorpi, Bridger, Woodward, Schlein 2-4 7-11 59.9
Heat 04: Nilsson, Lahti, Blackbird, Morley 3-3 10-14 58.9
Heat 05: Watt, Schlein, Kylmakorpi, Woodward 5-1 15-15 58.8
Heat 06: Lahti, Pedersen, Bridger, Nilsson 1-5 16-20 58.7
Heat 07: Woodward, Blackbird, Lawson, Ellis 1-5 17-25 59.3
Heat 08: Bridger, Nilsson, Lahti, Kylmakorpi 5-1 22-26 59.7
Heat 09: Blackbird, Morley, Halsey, Ellis 2-4 24-30 60.0
Heat 10: Pedersen, Watt, Lawson, Kylmakorpi 3-3 27-33 59.2
Heat 11: Schlein, Bridger, Pedersen, Woodward 5-1 32-34 59.2
Heat 12: Re-run Blackbird, Morley, Lawson, Lahti 3-3 35-37 60.3
Heat 13: Schlein, Watt, Pedersen, Halsey 5-1 40-38 58.6
Heat 14: Woodward, Nilsson, Morley, Halsey 3-3 43-41 59.5
Heat 15: Watt, Pedersen, Schlein, Woodward 4-2 47-43 60.4
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The Lakeside Hammers end the league leaders King’s Lynn Stars 14 meetings unbeaten run with a 47-43 home victory at Arena Essex on Friday.
The Hammers came from an eight point deficit in heat six to overturn that into an eight point lead going in to the last heat.
The only consolation for the leaders was that they went back to Norfolk with a point which they picked up in the final heat.
Niels Kristian Iverson took heat one after he passed Richard Lawson off the first bend and the race win with stand-in captain Richard Lawson and Peter Karlsson following in second and third.
Adam Ellis lead off the first bend in heat two but Lewis Blackbird went by to take heat two with Ben Morely in third. Scott Nicholls guested for the away side and picked up three points in his first race as Rory Schlein followed for an early 7-11 lead.
King’s Lyn extended their lead to 15-9, as Blackbird stepped in and held off a great effort from The Hammers guest Ben Barker who had to settle for second. Heat five was split as Schlein won from the start as Karlsson and Lawson could not find a way round.
Nicholls gained his second win of the night and added to the Stars lead as Barker settled for second again as the visitors stretched their lead to eight points.
Lawson started The Hammers comeback in race seven as he held off Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis kept hold of third to draw the score back to within six. The real meeting changer was heat eight with Mikkel Bech and Barker’s 5-1 victory after Jan Graversen fell on the first bend which brought the score to 23-25.
Race nine was split after Blackbird beat Morely to the line with Ellis in third. The Hammers kicked on again and lead for the first time in the evening in heat ten as ‘The Awesome’ Richard Lawson with the victory and Bech held off Lambert all the way to the line and a two point advantage 31-29.
Karlsson increased the home side’s margin to four as he won race 11 but Iverson passed Bech to avoid the 5-1 which left the score at 35-31. Lawson and Morely reversed their eight point deficit to an eight point lead as Lawson allowed Morely to take the victory on the line.
The table toppers fought straight back with a 5-1 themselves as Iverson won and Nicholls supported in second after he passed Karlsson which brought the score to 41-37.
The Hammers were rewarded for their hard fight back with a guaranteed two home points going in to the final heat as guest Barker sped to victory followed by ‘Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely with the score at 46-38.
The final heat made sure The Stars went home with something to show for their efforts with an away point as Nicholls won another race with Iverson in support for second to complete the meeting at 47-43.
The Lakeside Vortex Hammers were delighted ending the away sides unbeaten run and finish the month unbeaten themselves. As they now have a deserved two week break until they welcome Wolverhampton Wolves to the Arena on the 5th of July.
Heat 01: Iversen, Lawson, Karlsson, Graversen 3-3 59.4
Heat 02: Blackbird, Ellis, Morley, Rose 3-3 6-6 60.1
Heat 03: Nicholls, Schlein, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 7-11 59.2
Heat 04: Blackbird, Barker, Graversen, Morley ret 2-4 9-15 60.3
Heat 05: Schlein, Karlsson, Lawson, Lambert 3-3 12-18 59.3
Heat 06: Re-run Nicholls, Barker, Iversen, Bech 2-4 14-22 59.0
Heat 07: Lawson, Lambert, Ellis, Rose 4-2 18-24 59.5
Heat 08: Bech, Barker, Schlein, Graversen frem 5-1 23-25 59.4
Heat 09: Re-run Blackbird, Morley, Ellis, Rose 3-3 26-28 60.3
Heat 10: Lawson, Bech, Schlein, Nicholls 5-1 31-29 59.3
Heat 11: Karlsson, Iversen, Bech, Lambert fell 4-2 35-31 60.1
Heat 12: Morley, Lawson, Blackbird, Graversen 5-1 40-32 61.1
Heat 13: Iversen, Nicholls, Karlsson, Barker 1-5 41-37 59.3
Heat 14: Barker, Morley, Blackbird, Lambert 5-1 46-38 59.8
Heat 15: Nicholls, Iversen, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 47-43 59.2
The Vortex Lakeside Hammers returned to form tonight, with a solid team performance, dominating the Belle Vue Aces, with a 58 – 32 point victory.
The Hammers set their stall out from the very first heat, with skipper Davey Watt leading home Richard Lawson, who smartly moved wide on the last two bends to keep Matej Zagar in third. Fast track reserve pairing Adam Ellis and Ben Morely continued the home domination in heat 2, as Stefan Nielsen delivered a 360 degree spin on the fourth bend.
Mikkel Bech and Peter Karlsson entered the Arena to keep the pressure on in the third, with the Danish star stalking and swooping round Nicholls to follow his team mate home. Former Hammer Richie Worrall finally managed to stem the home advantages in the next race, initially taking the lead after Lewis Bridger got slightly out of shape on the homestraight at the end of the first lap, but Bridger showed speed and his class to retake the lead by the fourth bend of lap 2.
Normal service resumed in the fifth, with Watt gating and Karlsson getting the better of Nicholls around the first and second bends. Zagar appeared as a nominated tactical in the following heat, but was left trailing after a sharp first and second bend by Bech and heat winner Bridger. Ellis and Lawson teamed up for further 5-1 before Nicholls and Bridger gave it the proverbial Hammer and tongs in the 8th, with the Aces star on a black and white tactical. Fourth after missing the start, a determined Bridger, made up ground on Nicholls, before the pair traded hard passes, with the home rider coming out on top. Words were exchanged as the rider left the track, as the Hammers established a 30 point lead.
Ellis was excluded for a second bend tumble in the second reserves race, the re-run of which Morley won at a canter. Watt again lead from the tapes in the 10th, with Nicholls and Worrall keeping Lawson at the back. Zagar gated in the eleventh, with Bech and Karlsson in hot pursuit, and the Danish star swooping round on the third and fourth to take the chequred flag.
After an initial re-run due to movement at the start, Richard Lawson was then excluded after coming down on the first bend in heat 12, in what could easily have been described as first bend bunching. In the third running of the race, Morley tried everything but couldn’t quite get the better of Worrall.
Zagar and Nicholls finally produced a maximum heat advantage for The Aces in heat 13, to add some respectability, before Bridger secured his third win on the night in the penultimate race, earning a heat 15 nomination, along with Peter Karlsson from the Hammers guest team manager Phil Morris. Zagar and Nicholls again teamed up to secure a 5-1 for the Aces, with Bridger suffering a puncture, but the three league points had already been safely secured on a confidence boosting night for The Hammers.
Heat 01: Watt, Lawson, Zagar, Worrall. 5-1…59.4
Heat 02: Ellis, Morley, Payne, Nielsen (Fell) (5-1)…10-2…60.6
Heat 03: Karlsson, Bech, Nicholls, Palm Toft. (5-1)…15-3…58.8
Heat 04: Bridger, Worrall, Morley, Nielsen. (4-2)…19-5…59.5
Heat 05: Watt, Karlsson, Nihcolls, Palm Toft. (5-1)…24-6…59.0
Heat 06: Bridger, Bech, Zagar, Nielsen. (5-1)…29-7…58.8
Heat 07: Lawson, Ellis, Palm Toft, Payne. (5-1)…34-8…60.5
Heat 08: Bech, Bridger, Nicholls, Worrall. (5-1)…39-9…59.7
Heat 09 (Re-Run): Morley, Payne, Nielsen. (3-3)…42-12…60.3
Heat 10: Watt, Nicholls, Lawson, Worrall. (4-2)…46-14…59.7
Heat 11: Bech, Zagar, Karlsson, Palm Toft. (4-2)…50-16…59.5
Heat 12 (Re-Run X2): Worrall, Morley, Nielsen. (2-4)…52-20…60.8
Heat 13: Zagar, Nicholls, Karlsson, Watt. (1-5)…53-25…59.3
Heat 14: Bridger, Palm Toft, Ellis, Payne. (4-2)…57-27…60.0
Heat 15: Zagar, Nicholls, Karlsson, Bridger. (1-5)…58-32…59.5
The Lakeside Hammers had a disappointing defeat to King’s Lyn Stars 45-48 in front of the Sky cameras at Arena Essex Monday.
Neil Vatcher put their loss down to “too many riders didn’t win enough heats” as they lost an eleven point lead and top spot of the Elite League, which could be a vital meeting come end of the season.
King’s Lyn Stars used rider replacement for the evening sharing rides in place of Kenneth Bjerre who was out injured, which made the difference as Neils Kristian Iverson rode the last four of the six races.
The Hammers bumped in to an in-form Neils Kristian Iverson who took heat one off Richard Lawson going into the last lap and snatched a 3-3 as Peter Karlsson slipped in third.
Heat two was much of the same as Lewis Kerr won with ease with Adam Ellis and Ben Morely unable to chase him down for another split race.
The following heat had The Hammers first win as Captain Davey Watt came through but Mikkel Bech was unable to assist him, as both sides were level.
King’s Lyn gained the first advantage in heat four as Nicklas Porsing gated quickest and won as Lewis Bridger got second but Lewis Kerr grabbed third to give the visitors the edge at 11-13.
Races five and six were level but the visitors won both heats as Rory Schlein and Iversen again won from the first bend with The Hammers unable to find a way past the King’s Lyn front runners.
Heat seven was the revival for the home side as Richard Lawson revved to victory followed by Adam Ellis. Lewis Rose fell early in the race and 15 year old Robert Lambert had a mechanical problem but decided not to pass the finish line, until influenced by his team to get the point which was stripped from them giving The Hammers a 5-1.
Race eight swept up another 5-1 for the home side as Davey Watt won and Lewis Bridger’s overtake early on over Rory Schlein gave The Hammers a 27-20 lead.
Heat nine was a third conceutive 5-1 for the home side as Ben Morely won with ease and assisted by Adam Ellis.
However the tide turned in the tactical ride as Iverson was slipped in to blow the home side out the water and bring the visitors within six as they got a 2-7 win.
Iverson rode again in heat 11 and won his fourth of the night backed up in second by Robert Lambert to bring them within two points at 35-33.
The Hammers restored some calm as Richard Lawson won race 12 and was aided by a great race from Ben Morely to open their lead back up to six.
The former Moto GP rider Iverson won his fifth race in the meetings final stages and nicked a 4-2 heat victory to close the gap again.
Race 14 summed up the night for The Hammers as Adam Ellis fell on the last bend of lap two but the referee awarded the 5-1 heat to the visitors for Robert Lambert with Lewis Rose in second.
The final heat was all level at 43-43 giving King’s Lyn the fortune of a guaranteed point before the race. The away side took inspiration from their secured point and snatched all three match points as Iversen made it a maximum 21 points and got a 4-2 last race win with Schlein in third, to conclude the match at 45-48.
Heat 01: Iversen, Lawson, Karlsson, Porsing 3-3 Time: 59.40
Heat 02: Kerr, Ellis, Morley, Mallett 3-3 6-6 Time: 60.20
Heat 03: Watt, Lambert, Schlein, Bech 3-3 9-9 Time: 59.70
Heat 04: Porsing, Bridger, Kerr, Morley 2-4 11-13 Time: 59.90
Heat 05: Schlein, Bech, Karlsson, Lambert 3-3 14-16 Time: 59.20
Heat 06: Iversen, Watt, Bridger, Porsing 3-3 17-19 Time: 59.00
Heat 07: Lawson, Ellis, Lambert – Retired 5-0 22-19 Time: 60.90 (Mallett – Fell / Excluded)
Heat 08: Watt, Bridger, Schlein, Porsing – Retired 5-1 27-20 Time: 59.60
Heat 09: Morley, Ellis, Kerr, Mallett 5-1 32-21 Time: 60.50
Heat 10: Iversen – Tactical Ride, Karlsson, Schlein, Lawson 2-7 34-28 Time: 59.80
Heat 11: Iversen, Lambert, Watt, Bech 1-5 35-33 Time: 60.40
Heat 12: Lawson, Morley, Kerr, Porsing 5-1 40-34 Time: 60.40
Heat 13: Iversen, Karlsson, Schlein, Bech 2-4 42-38 Time: 59.70
Heat 14: Race Awarded: Lambert, Kerr, Bridger, Ellis – Fell / Excluded 1-5 43-43 NO TIME
Heat 15: Iversen, Watt, Schlein, Karlsson 2-4 45-47 Time: 59.80
Lakeside Vortex Hammers vs Wolverhampton Wolves
The Lakeside Hammers continue their fine home form as they tame Wolverhampton Wolves 53-40 at Essex Arena on Friday.
The Hammers stay top of the Elite League and maintain the three point gap between them and King’s Lyn despite playing vastly more meetings than the chasing pack.
The opening heat was eagerly anticipated with the arrival of World Champion Tai Woffinden but Richard Lawson got out in front and dominated the race picking up the win with Woffinden struggling splitting heat one three apiece.
The Hammers put their foot on the gas and stretched to an early lead as Adam Ellis won heat two with Ben Morely who had to scrap for second place against Ashley Morris.
Captain Davey Watt guided his side to consecutive 5-1 victories as he won race three with guest for Mikkel Bech, Scott Nicholls to hold off Ricki Wells to gain a 13-5 lead.
Heat four was split as Lawson stormed to victory whereas Morely was blocked out by the visitors. The home side extended their advantage as Peter Karlsson went round the outside of Scott Nicholls on the last bend to take the race win as well as a 5-1 to increase their margin to 12 at 21-9.
The away side put the tactical ride to good use as Piotr Pawlicki and Woffinden picked up a one two and an 8-1 heat to bring it back to within five.
The Hammers edged heat seven as Richard Lawson gained his second win of the night with Ellis also picking up a point. The Hammers got back to 5-1 race wins in heat eight after the stoppage for Jason Thorsell who fell, as Davey Watt and Lewis Bridger picked up maximums points to maintain the away sides deficit.
Heat nine was split as Ben Morely revved to victory but Ellis despite accompanying Morely for three laps his chain snapped on the last lap. Race ten was a rare away win for Pawlicki narrowing the score to within nine points.
The last four heats were about consolidating the three match point and heat 11 was split as Davey Watt won the race but guested Nicholls span on lap three.
Race twelve involved the two in-form riders for The Hammers as Richard Lawson sped to victory with Morely in second to extend their lead to 13 at 44-31.
With the final three heats the World number one won race 13 and got a 4-2 to bring the score back to 46-35. In heat 14 Adam Ellis was swapped for Ben Morely as the safer option to make sure of the win as Bridger and Morely came through with another 5-1.
The final race made it three wins out of five for Pawlicki with Nicholls picking up second to bring the score to 53-40 and continuing The Hammers unbeaten home run, ahead of their next home game against King’s Lyn in the sky meeting this coming Monday.
The Hammers next meeting is away to Poole on Wednesday night and looking to improve on their latest away results despite their good performances.
Heat 01: Lawson, Thorssell, Woffinden, Karlsson 3-3 Time: 59.20
Heat 02: Ellis, Morley, Morris, Jacobs – Retired 5-1 8-4 Time: 60.40
Heat 03: Watt, Nicholls, Wells 5-1 13-5 Time: 59.20 (Pawlicki – Excluded)
Heat 04: Bridger, Thorssell, Morris, Morley 3-3 16-8 Time: 59.50
Heat 05: Karlsson, Nicholls, Wells, Proctor 5-1 21-9 Time: 59.00
Heat 06: Pawlicki – Tactical Ride, Woffinden, Watt, Bridger 1-8 22-17 Time: 59.30
Heat 07: Lawson, Proctor, Ellis, Jacobs 4-2 26-19 Time: 59.40
Heat 08: Watt, Bridger, Wells 5-1 31-20 Time: 59.40 (Thorssell – Fell / Excluded)
Heat 09: Morley, Morris, Jacobs, Ellis – Retired 3-3 34-23 Time: 61.00
Heat 10: Pawlicki, Karlsson, Wells, Lawson 2-4 36-27 Time: 59.80
Heat 11: Watt, Woffinden, Proctor, Nicholls 3-3 39-30 Time: 59.30
Heat 12: Lawson, Morley, Thorssell, Morris 5-1 44-31 Time: 60.40
Heat 13: Woffinden, Nicholls, Pawlicki, Karlsson 2-4 46-35 Time: 59.20
Heat 14: Bridger, Morley, Jacobs, Proctor 5=1 51-36 Time: 60.00
Heat 15: Pawlicki, Nicholls, Woffinden, Watt 2-4 53-40 Time: 59.40
At Wembley Stadium
Sholing FC win FA Vase Final in North vs South match-up
Sholing FC beat northern opponents West Auckland Town in a tense affair as Marvin Mclean’s goal separated the two sides and gave ‘The Boatmen’ The FA Vase Trophy for the first time.
The Wessex Premier side Sholing, three tiers below West Auckland matched them throughout and the five employees of Dave Diaper’s side as electricians put their bodies on the line for the victory.
West Auckland had the first opportunity of the contest five minutes in as clinical John Campbell was slotted in on goal but goalkeeper Matt Brown blocked the shot.
Sholing then responded with Lee Wort who already has 44 goals to his name this season. Ten minutes in he used his strength to beat Darrly Hall and his tight angled shot was saved by Jordan Nixon.
Just after the half hour the speedy winger Marvin Mclean was put through, as he beat the left back Neil Patterson for pace but he put his shot high and wide.
Minutes before half-time a central free-kick for John Campbell was heading in to the top left corner but for another great save by Matt Brown denied the lead for the northerners.
The rain poured at the start of the second half but Barry Mason sparked up the southerners as he beat the right back for pace and got his shot away but Jordan Nixon palmed it away from danger.
Sholing’s Marvin Mclean broke the deadlock with an important goal as he sprinted on to a long ball, took a touch and his shot deflected over Jordan Nixon and in to put Sholing 20 minutes away from lifting the trophy.
West Auckland nearly grabbed an equaliser ten minutes from time through Dennis Knight’s free-kick, on the edge of the box but was denied by a finger-tip save from man of the match Matt Brown.
In injury time West Auckland almost forced extra-time as a deep ball into the box was headed by Lewis Galpin onto the bar but Sholing’s never say die attitude, cleared the chance to give them the victory moments later.
Sholing’s Line-up: Brown, Carter, Diaper, Castle (Miller 53), Bright, Bowers (Brewster 76), Mason, Fennemore (Sawyer 77), Wort, Mason ©, Mclean
West Auckland Town Line-up: Nixon, Pattinson, Green © (Gibson 63), Hall, Galpin, Close, Vipond (Banks 78), Briggs, Moffat (Richardson 74), Campbell, Knight