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Team Solent
Hamworthy United Football Club
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - League Full time

Team Solent 4 Hamworthy United 1

Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 24th November 2018)

Team Solent 4 Hamworthy United 1
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 24th November 2018)

The Hammers were hoping to make it three league wins on the trot, and must surely have fancied their chances against the University outfit sitting one place off the league basement. Even more so against one that reportedly contained four Youth Team players in what looked a very young side. However, United had come a cropper in all the previous League fixtures between the two teams since Team Solent's promotion in 2015. The hosts also appeared to be recovering from their customary slow start to the campaign. In their last five League games they have won against Christchurch and Alresford drew with Fareham Town, and lost to the two top teams Sholing and Fareham by the odd goal. United’s team selection was forced somewhat by next weekend's crucial FA Vase match, in particular with regular captain Nathan Walker being held back, unable to risk a booking.
The omens for United looked positive when they plundered the lead with only five minutes on the clock. A neat build up ended with Adam Costello's perfect cross being powerfully headed home by Sean Wright on the edge of the six yard box. They almost added a second on 18 minutes but Luke Stone, often prepared to shoot from less than ideal positions, saw his angled shot from distance rebound to safety off the bar. What had started to looked a comfortable afternoon for the Hammers was soon turned on its head as Team Solent created a number of chances in the latter period of the half, with the United defence suddenly prone to concede possession easily and guilty of some indecisive clearances. It was only fine goalkeeping by Tom Rees that protected the visitors' slender lead until half time, including tipping a rasping shot from Hisham Kasimu just over, and then a fine double save from Ethan Taylor. This was very much a half of two halves, the students having the momentum at the half time whistle, with United having homework to do during the break.
H/T 0-1
A Solent equalizer always looked likely, and it finally came on 50 minutes. Hisham Kasimu picked up a long ball played out from defence, turned into space well, and, some 20 yards from goal, beat Rees with a finely placed finish into the bottom corner. Rees soon distinguished himself with more good saves, including touching Taylor's pile driver onto the bar. It was no surprise when the hosts edged in front on 68 minutes. A bouncing cross came in from left and was easily tucked home by Luke Mitchell through a gaping defence. The Hammers' situation looked as miserable as the weather when they conceded a third on 77 minutes. Rees lost the flight of Ryan Penny's corner, the ball sailing straight over his head and into the net at the back post. The students struck for a fourth time on 81 minutes with a top class finish, Taylor's free kick hammered low into the l corner of the net. Team Solent had no trouble holding onto their lead until the final whistle, even hitting the post late on. After a good opening, this was a curiously below par performance by the Hammers, who these days seem to either give a hiding, or take one. Their formation seemed to lack coherence after the promising start. Huge swathes of space on the sloping pitch were exposed especially on the top wing which was exploited by their hosts and used to their advantage. The midfield again struggled to give any sort of service for most of the game, and gave little width for the undoubted talents of their two front men to feed off. One bright spot was the return to form of Adam Costello after his long injury lay-off, including some delightful balls forward.
F/T 4-1
Hamworthy United: T Rees, J Filkins, D Randall (c), N Peprah-Annan (N Walker 80), A Costello, M Jamison, S Wright (E Hodge 55), J Gleeson, L Stone, M Finch (D Cann 55), S Bayston
Unused Sub: O Davis

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