Hamworthy United Reserves 0 Holt United 2
Dorset Senior Trophy
This was a game that the Hammers would have to be at the top of their game to win, especially as Manager Nick Collins had three players who would have been selected had they not been cup tied in the mid-week Senior Cup game. The two teams had drawn 1-1 earlier in the season at the County Ground in a very competitive game, and another one was expected today. It turned out to be a game of two halves, with Holt on top for a lot of the first half and Hamworthy having most of the play in the second period.
The game started at a very quick pace with the Bulls very much taking the initiative. For the first ten minutes the Reserves were under constant pressure, with the defenders still trying to sort themselves out. Luckily the Holt finishing did not match their approach work and they missed several chances to take an early lead. As the half progressed Hamworthy came more into the game and began creating a few chances of their own, but it was still the Bulls who looked the more dangerous. They did take the lead midway through the first period with a well taken goal that gave Shane Cooper no chance to save. The Hammers nearly got back on even terms shortly afterward when the ball appeared to be heading for the top right hand corner of the net before the Holt keeper flung himself across goal to make a tremendous save. Disaster struck a few minutes before the half time whistle when a routine cushion header back to Cooper was not hit hard enough allowing the Holt attacker in on goal to score a second goal.
Nick Collins half time talk certainly appeared to have been listened to, because it was Hamworthy who were now taking the game to their opponents. Holt were now creating less chances than the home team and were now concentrating more on defending than attacking. However the Reserves were unable to finish off the good chances that they had created two of which should have put them back into the game. First Jordan Basing had the goal at his mercy from a good cross, but somehow headed over from close range despite being unmarked. The second miss was very similar when substitute George Deem also missed the target from close range whilst under no sort of pressure. To their credit Hamworthy continued to try and get something out of the game, but some good goalkeeping and defending made sure they did not.
Over the ninety minutes a draw would have been a fair result, but this was not to be and so extra time was not required. Last year the Reserves would have lost this game by at least another three or four goals, but Nick’s Team are now showing a lot more fight, and are heading in the right direction.
Hamworthy United: S. Cooper, L. Lindsay, Meldrum (c),T. Sonner, J Minett, K. Spyers
(N. Collins 81), C. Squire (T. Coombs 74), N. Patrick, J. Rose, J. Basing, S. Carter ( G.Deem 81)