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Hamworthy United 3 Fawley AFC 1

Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round (Saturday 15th September 2018)

Hamworthy United 3 Fawley AFC 1

Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round (Saturday 15th September 2018)

After their brave FA Cup exit in midweek, the Hammers now had a more realistic chance to progress in the Buildbase FA Vase against Fawley AFC from Wessex Division One. The Oilers had not made the best of starts to their season, but with a win and draw from their last two games had perhaps turned the corner. Callum Brooks left out Adam Costello who was still nursing a groin strain, and he also rested some players in order to keep all his squad match-fit, and motivated.
Tom Rees was called upon to make an early save, holding on to Mike McLeod's decent effort at the second attempt, but the hosts were soon to start applying the heat. On 13 minutes River Smith and Ollie Davis had thumping close range shots successively charged down by Fawley’s Reece Macey and captain Dane Sayce respectively. However it was the visitors who opened the scoring on 15 minutes, but in the most bizarre manner. A long speculative shot from Harry Hawkins looked to be a routine gather for Tom Rees. This was before the ball spun up off the ground, and looped right over the astonished goalkeeper’s head and into the net. Top scorer Dan Cann leveled matters for the hosts 10 minutes later, with a masterful free kick that curled into the bottom left corner of the net. The visitors then had their best spell of the match. Declan Randall did well to shield the ball from danger-man Zac Willis, who would otherwise have been through on goal. On the half hour Rees somehow clawed out MacLeod's effort when he had been put clean through, and then did enough to frustrate the follow up. It was the Hammers though who took their chance and edged in front on 32 minutes. A low cross by River Smith was "buried" into the bottom far corner of the net by Sam Bayston, from just inside the penalty area. Rees kept that lead intact by again advancing well and used his legs to outwit MacLeod in his second one-on-one shortly before the break. Fawley were certainly still at the races at the half time whistle, having created some very good chances. The favourites United still had plenty of work to do to win the game.
H/T 2-1
As the second period wore on, United increasingly took control as Fawley started to tire, and found it harder to keep hold of the ball. Cann soon served notice of intent, putting a ball which had fallen kindly to him just wide of the far post. The Oilers then had a penalty appeal turned down when Elliot Earl's powerful shot flew straight into the upraised hands of Nathan Walker, who was standing only a yard away. The referee however quite rightly decided that the United captain could not have known much about it, and allowed play to carry on. Midway through the half, Smith was unlucky not to extend United's lead, putting the ball just wide following a good passing move involving Cann and Bayston. Although Willis, who had bravely returned to the field with a new shirt after receiving a blooded nose, put a good chance into the side netting, it was the Hammers who called the tune until the final whistle. Their play however was still at times a little labored, and it took until the 79th minute for United to make the game safe. River Smith kept his cool to drive the ball into the bottom far corner of the net after some good work by Cann. Although it is Hamworthy who progress to the next round and collect £750 prize money, it was not easy, and they were made to work hard for the win. The visitors can take pride, particularly from their first half performance where they created three clear cut chances, but the higher ranked Hammers finally proved just one step too far for them.
F/T 3-1

Hamworthy United: T Rees, R Watkins (N Peprah-Annan 75), D Randall, J Rowe, N Walker (c), C Senior, O Davis (J Filkins 75), J Gleeson (S Wright 85), R Smith, D Cann, S Bayston
Unused Subs: E Batista, N Patrick

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