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Plant's equaliser not enough for Robins
DOWNTON crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, but did at least become the first team to put a goal past Sholing this season.
Ashley Jarvis headed in from a corner to give the visitors a 20thminute lead, but Tom Plant levelled three minutes later with a low strike from 20 yards.
Barry Mason nodded Sholing back in front soon after the half-hour mark, and it was quickly 3-1 from Marc Diaper’s free kick.
“Sholing are a very, very good side,” admitted Robins manager Jeff Softley.
“We have a young side and it will take time. I think the top teams will be a bit too good this season.
“We are the only team to score against them so far though. It was a good strike by Tom Plant. He is a good find and I like him a lot.
“Three or four new players would make a massive difference to us.”
Softley has signed Lewis Coombes, a forward who was playing for AFC Portchester and Shaftesbury but has moved back to the Salisbury area.
He may be needed on Saturday as Downton have a selection crisis for the game at Moneyfields, with Declan McGregor out for three weeks with a foot injury, and Callum Coker, Harvey Coker, Danny Finnigan, Matt Palmer and Plant also unavailable. They then host Whitchurch United on Monday (3pm).
Sholing scored another three goals at Wick Lane on Tuesday night, this time in the league, and this time without reply. Lee Wort got two of them and Jarvis grabbed the other.