Dorset Premier League (Saturday 13th January 2018)
On paper this was going to be a difficult game for the Hammers against a team two places and one point above them before the start. Nic Collins however must have felt confident having a strong squad to pick from.
The game burst into life direct from the kick off ,with Hamworthy scoring a great goal from their very first attack. Edgar Zanin on the wide right robbed the ball off the Town defender before cutting inside at pace and striking a low shot into the far corner of the net from twelve yards. From the restart Gillingham went on the attack, and they took full advantage of some slight hesitation by the home keeper Shane Cooper in coming off his line to gather the ball, and found the back of the net with another great strike. With a few late comers still coming into the ground, United retook the lead with only five minutes on the clock. Following some good approach work Nick Swann picked out Owen Nicholson in an attacking position. He in turn found Sam Carter out on the left, who following a good first touch put himself through to force a save from the keeper who palmed the ball away. However an alert Edgar Zanin was there to react first and prod the ball in to retake the lead and make it three goals with only five minutes of the game gone. Gillingham were certainly not out of it and looked dangerous in attack especially their wide right player who was giving the Hammers defenders problems. However in the 14th minute and perhaps against the run of play United increased their lead still further. This resulted after the tricky Swann was fouled just inside the opposing half. Nicholson’s freekick found the head of Jordon Basing standing close to the penalty spot to fire home. The rest of the half saw the Town very much still in the game, but some good defending, and some poor final balls meant that Cooper only had to make routine saves. However he was perhaps fortunate to only receive a yellow when he rushed out of his area to bring down a Town attacker who had looked in on goal.
For the first fifteen minutes of the second half Gillingham were on top , but they could not get passed a resolute Hamworthy defence with centre backs Declan Randall and captain Liam Meldrum at the heart of it. In fact it was the Hammers who were to score again in the 60th minute. Chris Squire broke up a Town attack and gave the ball to Carter who passed it on to Swann who after exchanging passes with Zanin found Jordon Basing. He took one touch before striking a low shot under the keeper, and just inside the post. Gillingham were now left chasing the game and looked to have lost a bit of heart, and they were now guilty of leaving holes in their defence. United took full advantage to score again following an interception by Meldrum, before Jon Nicholas found Josh Rose. His pass went to Nic Patrick who on the half turn picked out Sam Carter to score his first of the game, and his 16th of the season. With still seven minutes left Hamworthy scored another well worked goal after Rose won the ball off a Town defender as he tried to shield it out of play for a goal kick. Rose used his pace to run around his man to toe end the ball back. As he was falling he found Nick Swann in the six yard box who turned his marker inside out before finding the bottom corner of the net, and complete the scoring. This win meant the Reserves jumped up to 6th position in the league.
Hamworthy United: S. Cooper,L. Lindsay, L. Meldrum (c), D. Randall, J. Nichols, N. Swann, C. Squire ( N. Patrick 67) O Nicholson (K. Spyers 67), J. Basing, S. Carter, E. Zanin ( J. Rose 59)
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.