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Sydenhams Weesex League Cup 2nd Round (Saturday January 12th 2019)


Sydenhams Weesex League Cup 2nd Round (Saturday January 12th 2019)

The Hammers were at last able to fit in the re-match from the 2nd October encounter that was abandoned in the 82nd minute due to floodlight failure. United were leading at the time 2-1. Declan Randall took the captaincy in place of the suspended Nathan Walker, with Ryan Watkins and Ollie Davis returning from injury. Hamworthy had several players’ cup-tied or resting knocks, and Jamie Gleeson and was unavailable. It was a young United team that would be fighting to keep alive their one remaining chance of silverware. AFC Stoneham, also priding themselves on a strong youth setup, were still undefeated and top of the standings in Wessex One, whilst also relishing a move to their new sports' complex, with a 3G pitch, next season.
The match started on a note of sportsmanship, the Purples allowing Hammers' Olly Balmer an unobstructed run to score from the kick off. This restored United's one goal advantage from the earlier game. With both teams competing hard, United doubled their lead on 8 minutes. A precise ball forward from Sean Wright was picked up by Brad Gale who had managed to force his way just in front of Purples' stopper Luke Eaton. The Hammers' man then rounded the keeper before slotting the ball into the left corner of the net. Only a fine diving save by Eaton on 17 minutes kept his side in the match, tipping over Ollie Davis' venomous free kick. Eaton then put the icing on the cake with a clean take from Davis' resultant corner. Stoneham managed to reduce the arrears on 21 minutes with another well worked goal. Ronan Galloway's short low cross from the right looked defendable enough, but Will Harris did extremely well under pressure to stoop low and direct his powerful header to the left of Tom Rees, and into the net. The game was held up on 27 minutes when a well struck ball was deflected into Chris Senior’s face knocking him out cold. Prompt action by a Stoneham player to release his tongue, followed by the assistance of both trainers, eventually saw Hammers' man back onto his feet with a bleeding nose. He was fortunately well enough to be driven home without hospital treatment, and all at the club wish him a speedy recovery. On the stroke of half time Olly Balmer left wing run carved up the home defence, before playing in Ollie Davis. However his shot was deflected for a corner. Apart from the "free" goal, the half time score was probably a fair reflection of play. Both teams were playing to similar styles and were looking to hit on the break, with the young Hammers perhaps moving the ball forward just that bit quicker.
H/T 1-2
The higher league status of the visitors soon started to show after the interval. Ollie Davis in particular was having a fine match and set up chances for Balmer and Gale, who each fired just off target. Stoneham still threatened at times, but their shots, if accurate, were generally tame and comfortably handled by Rees. However it took until the 72nd minute for the visitors to restore their two goal cushion. After being played through by Eddie Hodge, Sam Bayston ran in from the left to beat Eaton with a well placed shot and made it 3-1. The Hammers were now in full flow and on 85 minutes they added a fourth. Olly Balmer, who five minutes earlier had seen his penalty being well saved by Eaton, latched onto a another fine ball from Adam Costello, before picking his spot well to complete his brace. United had no problems holding onto their three goal advantage. The Purples put up a decent fight, but the Hammers were progressively just that bit sharper in their approach play and shooting in front of goal. United now play Downton another Wessex One Club in a belated 3rd round tie (last sixteen).
F/T 1-4
Hamworthy United: T Rees, D Randall (c), R Watkins, S Wright, A Costello, C Senior (S Bayston 30), J Filkins, B Gale, O Balmer, E Hodge (N Patrick 80), O Davis

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