Hamworthy Utd Res 4 Blandford Utd 0
Hamworthy Reserves win at Home
Dorset Premier League (Saturday 7-10-17)
This was the Hammers first Saturday Home Game, and due to fist team commitments only their third one for the season. The Reserves were still without the influential Jordan Basing who was serving a one match ban, whilst Blandford were missing their two main strikers the two Ford Brothers, one of whom Mark is still being signed for Hamworthy first team.
After having no game the previous Saturday it took the Hammers a little while to settle down, and play was a little scrappy at the start, as both teams battled for possession. It was apparent from the early stages of the game that the pace of Josh Rose and Sam Lench were going to cause the Blandford back four problems with their pace. That was the case in the 14th minute when Lench picked up the ball on the wide left. He cut inside onto his favoured right foot before delivering a neat pass to Sam Carter who in turn played through a first time ball to Rose. He got to the ball first, only for the oncoming Ban Robbins to arrive late and bring him down for a penalty. Jamie Kay duly dispatched the ball low into the corner of the net giving the diving keeper no chance. The Blues now looked rattled and were struggling to get a toe hole in the game. It took only a further eight minutes before they conceded a second goal. Sam Carter latched on to a loose ball which put him through one on one with the keeper, but unfortunately he hit the post with his shot. The ball however rebounded back to him and he was able to slot it into an empty net. It was looking a comfortable afternoon for the Hammers until the Referee Danny Corbin sent Chris Squire to the sin bin for dissent. The next ten minutes were fairly even with Blandford hitting a few high balls into the box, but to no avail. Blandford were soon three down when Carter turned provider to tee up a neat Josh Rose finish. Just before half time, and already down to ten men, Hamworthy saw Sam Lench sin binned for disputing a line decision when he thought the ball had gone out and kicked the ball away.
The Blues got on top at the start of the second half as the nine Hamworthy players concentrated more on defending their goal. Blandford had a few pot shots at goal, but Shane Cooper had still not had to make a difficult save. As the half progressed the two sin binned Hammers rejoined the play making Blandford’s task that much more difficult , and it was helped even less when in the space of eleven minutes they had a player sin binned, two yellow cards, followed by a red one. The sending off looked a little harsh to a lot of people watching, and looked to deserve no more than a yellow. Rose had broken through wide on the right before Saul Boulton brought him down just outside the penalty box, but there appeared to be still a covering player and the keeper to beat. The Referee however after discussing it with his Assistant, produced a straight red. Hamworthy were now completely in control, but failed to take any of the many chances they were now creating. 16 year old Jake Workman almost made an instant impact when he was introduced in the seventy fifth minute. He ran through on goal and looked likely to score only to be stopped by a last ditch tackle as he went to get his shot away. Workman was also involved in the move that led to the Hammers fourth and final goal four minutes from the end. He received the ball out on the left before playing it inside to Liam Lindsay who in turn laid the ball off to Josh Rose. The Hamworthy striker took on two defenders before rifling a shot into the top corner of the net for his second goal of the afternoon. This was a dominant display by the Reserves that was rewarded by a well deserved victory and their first clean sheet of the season.
Hamworthy United: S. Cooper, L.Lindsay, J.Minett, L. Meldrum (c), R. Watkins (L. Braggington) , C. Squire, K. Spyers (T. Coombs), J. Kay, S. Lench, S. Carter (J. Workman) J. Rose.