Hamworthy Utd Reserves 1 Sturminster Newton Utd 2
Dorset Premier League (Saturday 30th December 2017)
Going by their recent form this should have been one of the easier games for the Hammers, and one that they would have been expected to win, especially just having won against the League leaders Dorchester United in their previous game 3-0. Nic Collins was in the rare position of having his strongest squad to pick from so things had looked good before the game to get a result.
It was soon clear from the kick off that the visitors were not just going to lie down, and they looked determined that they were not going to go down without a fight.
The game started at quite a pace with Stur working hard to stop the Hammers from getting their passing game going, closing them down whenever possible. Although play was fairly even it was Hamworthy who were creating the better scoring chances, and looked the morelikely to take the lead. They missed several good chances amongst them a looping header by Jordon Basing from a cross that just missed the angle between post and bar with the keeper beaten. When the half time whistle came it was Sturminster Newton who went in the happier of the two teams with a clean sheet rather than being two or three goals down, had the Hammers taken their chances to score.
Nic Collins’s half time talk appeared to have done the trick as his team looked much livelier after the restart, and they took the game to the visitors. They were at last rewarded with a great unstoppable goal from their leading scorer Sam Carter. His shot from at least 20 metres found the top corner of the net before the Stur Newton keeper could move. The Home fans thought that now the pressure was off the Hammers that they would now go on and get more, but the opposition had other ideas. Hamworthy continued to miss chances as the visitors defence and keeper kept them at bay. They held on until a controversial decision by the Referee in the 70th minute changed the game. Following a rare quick break by Stur, he allowed play to continue after what appeared to many a blatant push in the back of a Hamworthy defender by an attacking forward as they tussled for the ball. This allowed a free run in on goal and gave the visitors the chance to equalize, which Ivan Ivanov did to make it 1-1 with their first real goal scoring opportunity of the match. The Hammers were knocked back by the decision and were again struggling in front of goal. It had the opposite effect on Sturminster Newton who were now playing with a lot more confidence especially their keeper who made one or two really good saves when Hamworthy did get through. The home side were now beginning to panic and began to lose their shape, and they were caught again as they pushed forward to regain the lead. A now confident Stur took full advantage of some slack Hamworthy defending to add a second goal scored by Jamie Danoris. Jordan Basing was very unlucky not to draw his team back level when his fierce strike hit the bottom of the post with the keeper helpless to do anything about it. Sturminster Newton to their credit kept their heads to go on and win a game that at one time did not look likely. For the Hammers perhaps they were a little too confident, but these sorts of games are all part of Football. They have to pick themselves up dust themselves down and go on and beat Blandford United in their next game, which is never easy on that sloping pitch.
Hamworthy United: S. Cooper, L. Bragginton, L. Lindsay, J. Barton. T. Coombs, L.Meldrum, J. Kay (K. Spyers), N. Patrick, S. Carter (G. Deem), J. Rose (C.Squire) J. Basing