Hammers v Fareham
The game started at a terrific pace and Fareham were the fastest out of the blocks as it took Hamworthy a few minutes to settle in. However once they did, the away side dominated and had several chances to score as they put Derek Harding in the home goal under pressure. Particularly from corners his handling looked uncertain at times but he also made several good blocking saves.
The opening goal for Fareham came against the run of play after 27 minutes when Nathan PAXTON struck a sweet shot from the edge of the penalty area across keeper Rees into the corner of the net.
Hamworthy continued to dominate but just before half time Simon WOODS, whose first game this was since his return from AFC Portchester, scored with a strong shot from the edge of the penalty area into the roof of the net to put Fareham two up.
The Hammers hit back immediately and striker River SMITH, who was lively all game, provided a clinical finish. All three goals were excellent strikes in a half that finished at 2-1.
The early exchanges in the second half were even but the decisive moment came in the 58th minute when Lewis Plackett was brought down just inside the penalty area. WOODS was trusted with the penalty kick which he tucked safely away.
Shortly after Hamworthy were reduced to 10 as James Rowe was dismissed for a rash push on a Fareham player, after earlier being cautioned. Worse was to follow as they were reduced to 9 when Nathaniel Peprah-Annan was also sent off for a second yellow card for a shove in the back of an advancing Fareham forward.
And that was the end of the game as a competitive match. Hamworthy knew that their numerical shortfall meant they were going to return home with no points and Fareham were content to play out the game without forcing the pace
Author: Roger Allen
Last changed: 10/10/18 14:30
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