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Hamworthy United 0 Portland United 3

Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 29th December 2018)

Hamworthy United 0 Portland United 3

Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 29th December 2018)

The improving Hammers faced a big test against second placed Portland who had won their last six games in all competitions scoring 22 goals in the process. Both teams were not at full strength with Portland, including two 16 year olds, on the bench. Hamworthy with the crucial, and impending FA Vase match to consider had Dan Cann and Ollie Davis starting on the bench. Both were protecting slight injuries picked up at the last game. New signing James King a 19 year old left sided attacking midfielder, was also included in the squad. He had netted 9 goals in 20 starts for Christchurch this term, but as you would expect he too started on the bench. Last week's goal hero Micky Finch was away on holiday, with Brad Gale suspended.
In an uninspiring opening, it was the visitors who if anything had looked the greater threat. In the third minute Jamie Beasley's angled shot from distance just cleared the far upright. With the Islanders starting to get a foot-hold on the match, the same player spurned a great opportunity to put his team in front on 20 minutes. The ex-Hammer, from two yards out and unmarked, placed his stooping header from a right wing cross just over the bar. On the half hour mark another ex-Hammer Darren Watts just cleared the bar from a free kick. Five minutes later, a 20 yard "screamer" from Beasley bounced back off the bar and back into safety before the Blues finally made their pressure count. The Hammers failed to clear their lines in the final minute of the half, and Darren Watts, some 25 yards out, was on hand to rifle a loose bouncing ball into the top right corner of the net, that gave Tom Rees no chance to save. This had been a disappointing half for the Hammers. Short in attack, they had been allowed little time on the ball by the Portland defence that had been well marshalled by Lewis Whyton. Their only token effort on goal was a Chris Senior header on 25 minutes, from Jamie Gleeson's free kick that was easily held by Sean Lillington. Meanwhile the Blues would have wondered why they were not more than one goal up for all the possession they had.
H/T 0-1
Apart from the last few minutes, the second period was a far more even affair. The Hammers encouraged by the early entry of ex-Christchurch pair James King and Luke Stone, enjoyed more possession, but unfortunately were still unable to do too much with it. Their defence was now able to restrict the Blues to only a handful of half chances, with neither goalkeeper really being tested. Ironically with the hosts baying for time to be added on in their push for an equalizer, it was Portland who wrapped the game up with two goals in injury time. As Hamworthy pushed players up in the third minute of stoppage time, substitute Jamie Symes was able to run unchecked down the pitch before beating Tom Rees with a low shot from 20 yards. Three minutes later, Sol Ruche set up Billy Mitchell, who had the space to skirt round Nathan Walker, Mark Jamison and Rees before planting the ball into the far corner of the net. Although the three goal margin of victory for Portland made the game look more one sided than it was, it was a poor day at the office for the Hammers in a game rather lacking as a spectacle. However with no fresh injury concerns, greater player availability and no mid-week game, the team will no doubt be looking to bounce back for F/T 0-3
Hamworthy United: T Rees, C Senior (J King 45), D Randall, J Filkins (L Stone 55), N Walker (c), M Jamison, A Costello, J Gleeson, S Wright, E Hodge (D Cann 70), S Bayston
Unused Subs: N Patrick, O Davis

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