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THIS all-Wessex Premier clash in the FA Cup had a remarkable twist in its tail. With the watch THIS all-Wessex Premier clash in the FA Cup had a remarkable twist in its tail. With the watch ticking into the 89th minute, Team Solent had retained a 2-1

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THIS all-Wessex Premier clash in the FA Cup had a remarkable twist in its tail. With the watch ticking into the 89th minute, Team Solent had retained a 2-1 lead through the
second half, but the Hammers levelled the scores and, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, went on to notch a further goal and win the tie.
Hamworthy put on early pressure but Solent struck when Wallace played a through ball which was left by a defender to his keeper and WALLER-LASSEN, with razor-like
sharpness, nipped in between them to lob his shot home. Solent almost added to their lead when Penny found Kasimu who forced keeper Rees to parry at the near post.
The Hammers were looking dangerous from set plays and from a corner a powerful downward Walker header drifted wide. The home side got level when Sparks keeper
Londors parried a Davies header and CANN was in the right place to follow up and fire home. A home free-kick saw Walker again win a header in the box but Cann scooped
his shot over the bar.
Solent retook the lead with a fine counter attacking goal as a corner was knocked out to Bennett in defence and he laid a fine pass to WALLER-LASSEN who ran through the
inside-right channel, shimmied past a defender and coolly placed a precise low finish beyond the diving keeper and into the far corner. Solent took their lead into the half-time
break. HT: 1-2.
Kasimu latched onto a short Waller-Lassen pass but his shot rebounded from the post whilst Cann cut inside a defender but Londors made a good diving save. The second
half was a distinctly different story than the first as Solent dug deep with Obeng moving back for set pieces to quell the Walker threat but their attacking play also became less
of a problem to the Hammers back-line.
Smith had an opportunity at the far post for the home side but he was swiftly closed down and found the side netting. Cann showed good control on the left but his shot
rebounded off the Solent post. Waller-Lassen shot against a home defender whilst Davies for the Hammers thought he’d levelled but found the offside flag. Rees got down well
to save a Kasimu shot.
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It was getting late and the Hammers understandably got forward with Solent holding on to their lead. But a goal did materialise when Gleeson skipped past a Solent defender
on the right and played it across goal for CANN to apply the finish.
The Hammers were now on the front foot and looked to win it, Londors making a fine save from Filkins after a corner had got through to the far post. They won it too, with
stoppage time into the fourth minute, the ball bounced up in the Solent box and that man CANN did it again with a low volley. The contrasting fortunes for Cann, he’d been
shown a yellow card for simulation a minute earlier! There was still time for Solent’s Penny to hook the ball over the advancing Rees but a defender covered well to clear and
the Hammers were through to the Preliminary Round and keep their FA Cup dreams alive. FT: 3-2.
The new Solent blend of youth, students and alumni put up a decent show on the day but, in the end, the pressure eventually told. The Hammers have now won two games
(having defeated Bashley 2-1 in midweek) and, on their own admittance, have not played particularly well in either match. But, whilst good performances are desirable (and at
risk of using a phrase that’s probably now ‘non PC’) it’s never over until that well known ‘rotund’ lady sings!
Hamworthy have collected £2,250 for this win, whilst Solent have the consolation of receiving £750. Win or lose, the Hammers will also get some more money when AFC
Totton visit at the next stage.
Author: Gary Day

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