The south-coast rivalry that met in the Southampton Senior Cup

The Mackoy Stadium hosted one of the south-coast’s most fierce rivalries when Sholing FC faced off against local neighbours Hamble FC in the Southampton Senior Cup.

A derby that was decided by a stunning overhead kick from Sholing’s Dan Mason as the Boatmen came out 2-1 winners to progress to the next round of the competition.

Sholing FC hosted this derby cup tie Credit: WikiMedia

Sholing captain, Byron Mason, who made his 599th appearance for the club, hailed the importance of having a contested rivalry with Hamble when he said; “It’s always a hard game whenever we play Hamble.

“Every time we play them, we go down to their level and it becomes a very scrappy game, and we start doing things we don’t want to do.

“They want to get in a fight with us.”

Tensions were high throughout, with Mason getting into a volatile confrontation with Hamble’s Liam Cork.

However, Monks goalkeeper Rory Anderson, who made a remarkable penalty save during the 90 minutes, says that there’s a family influence in this south-coast feud.

Sholing captain Byron Mason Credit: Ethan Evans

“We know each other so so well” said Anderson

“There’s so many friend groups in the teams, brothers and cousins and we have just played football together for so long.

“We always seem to cancel each other out, but apart from having a couple of draws against them, they always seem to get the win.”

Sholing continued their unbeaten run against their rivals, with this big local contest bringing an attendance of 126 people who filled out the terraces to enjoy this entertaining cup-tie.