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Bemerton Heath
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - League Full time Attendance 114

Hamworthy United 2 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 0

Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 29th September 2018)

Hamworthy United 2 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 0

Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 29th September 2018)

A minute’s applause was impeccably observed before the game in remembrance of Ben Scott Hamworthy’s Goalkeeping Coach who so tragically passed away at the start of the week, aged just 42yrs old. Callum Brooks had to make several changes to the team from the previous game and his case was not helped when Adam Costello failed a pre-match fitness test. Dan Cann, James Rowe, Jamie Gleeson, Chris Senior and Edi Batista were all unavailable from last week’s squad for one reason or another.
The Hammers started much the better of the two teams, and had three good chances to take the lead in the first five minutes. Sam Bayston found himself in a one on one situation with the Bemerton keeper Matty Fredricks, but was unable to squeeze the ball past him. Oli Davis cut in from the right and sent a shot just past the far post before Bayston once again could not make the best of another one on one with Fredericks. This time the keeper again made a good save, diving at the United’s man feet to smother the ball and prevent a shot. Hamworthy did take the lead in the tenth minute from a corner when James Filkins got to the ball first, and fired it low into the net. A good Hammers attack involving four players ended with Fredericks palming Hodges shot over the bar. Down the other end United had a let off. Some poor marking from a corner allowed the Harlequins a free header which just grazed the top of the crossbar before going over. Despite having the edge in play United were unable to make it pay. They appeared to be playing a lot of long high balls in the hope that River Smith could run on to them, but many ended up running straight through to the keeper. Apart from striker Jack Slade the visitors never really created very much and Tom Rees had only routine saves to make. At the half time whistle Hamworthy must have thought their narrow lead should have been at least couple of goals more, and the Harlequins must have felt they were still very much in the game.
H/T 1-0
The second half continued in much the same way as the first with the Hammers not playing out from the back and passing the ball as they usually do, but continued to use a lot of long ball. The Quins did raise their game as the half continued, but neither team really stretched the opposing defence, and were canceling one another out. With a very much restricted bench Manager Callum Brooks was unable to change much to improve things. River Smith and Eddie Hodge were working hard, but unfortunately they were unable to create very much. This changed however in the last minute of normal time when Hodge broke through the middle and threaded a perfect pass into the path of Sam Bayston. This time he did draw the keeper out and slipped the ball past him into the net to double the score and ensure all three points. This was not the most entertaining of games but in the end the result was right, allowing the Hammers to climb a few places up the league ladder.
F/T 2-0
Hamworthy United: T Rees, N Peprah-Annan , R.Watkins, S. Wright, N Walker (c), D. Randall, O. Davies (N.Patrick 85 min), J. Filkins.R Smith, E Hodge, S Bayston
Unused Subs: A. Costello S. Cooper (GK)

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