Blandford United 1 Hamworthy United Reserves 6
Dorset Premier League (Saturday 6th January 2018)
After the disappointing result the week before against Sturminster Newton, Manager Nic Collins asked for a positive response from his players in this game. He was eager to start the New Year with a win, but this would not be easy on a difficult playing surface. Nic Collins made two changes from last week’s team with Jamie Kay not available, and Jonathon Nichols returning to the starting line up
It took the Hammers a full thirty minutes before they got used to the playing conditions, but when they did find their rhythm they were able to outplay their opponents for most of the game. In fact the Reserves young keeper Shane Cooper had to make a good save diving at the feet of a Blandford striker to prevent the Royals from taking the lead. In the 40th minute Liam Lindsay took a long throw that was flicked on to Nic Patrick. He brought the ball down, and laid it off to Sam Carter to score from six yards out. Hamworthy doubled their score just three minutes later after Kyle Spyers had broken up play, and gave a simple ball to Patrick. His pass out wide this time found Jordan Basing who sat his marker on the floor, before smashing the ball into the bottom of the net from the edge of the penalty box. When the half time whistle came it was the Reserves who were feeling much the happier with the first 45 minutes, and must have been looking forward to the second period.
Having been told to continue playing as they had been, it took the Hammers only four minutes of the second half to increase their lead. After some good inter-passing between five or six players down the left hand side, Josh Rose was released out wide. The Blandford defence made the mistake of stopping believing that Carter was in an off-side position. He was, but not interfering with play. Rose beat his man before crossing the ball to Nic Patrick, who volleyed it in off the crossbar from his position near the penalty spot. Patrick was again the provider for Jordon Basing, his through pass allowed Basing to slide the ball past the keeper in the 53rd minute for his second. Nine minutes later it was 5-0 when Josh Rose kept his head after receiving a cross-field pass, and dink the Keeper. The final Hamworthy goal came with fifteen minutes of the game still remaining. Substitute Todd Coombs played the ball wide to Spyers who put Sam Carter through to hit the back of the net from 25yards out for his second, and the Hammers sixth goal. Cooper must have been hoping for a clean sheet after making a couple of good saves during the match, but was beaten by a late Blandford goal in the second minute of time added on. The Reserves continue to climb the table, and have already scored seven more points so far than they did in the whole of last season. Things are looking good for the Hammers.
Hamworthy United: S. Cooper, J. Nichols ( L. Bragginton), L. Lindsay, C. Squire, J. Barton, L.Meldrum (Cpt), J. Rose, K. Spyers, S. Carter, N. Patrick (G. Deem), J. Basing (T. Coombs)
Unused Sub: J. Minett.