Hamworthy United Reserves 3 Bridport Reserves 0
Dorset Premier League (Saturday 20th January 2018)
The Hammers welcomed a Bridport Reserves team that despite their lowly position in the League had shown considerable improvement in recent weeks They beat Sturminster Newton 3-0 who had taken all three points off of Hamworthy the week before, and then went on to beat Swanage away 2-3 last week. Manager Nic Collins was again able to field another strong side with a full squad to pick from, but unfortunately this meant having to drop some players who have done nothing wrong to be left out.
The game began at a slow tempo with Hamworthy having the majority of the ball. Bridport opted to sit back, and look for the quick ball forward on the counter. The first 15 minutes was played in the centre of the pitch as Hamworthy tried to find a way through Bridport’s well drilled back line, but to no avail, The visitors main striker was lively, and was willing to chase every ball in an attempt to apply pressure on the Hammers defence. The first United chance arrived on 22 minutes following some good work from Brandon Randall. After turning two players he found Josh Rose, who then fed the ball out wide to Edgar Zanin. Randall had continued on, and got his head onto a very good delivery and head the ball just over. Bridport were now being pinned back as Nic Swann, Rose & Randall started to dictate large parts of the half. However United’s final ball was not good enough, and so they failed to take any advantage of some good football. On 33 minutes Bridport broke away with Sam Handyside down the left wing. He ran through on goal, but his shot only found the side netting. The best chance of the half then followed as Hamworthy played some very good football from the back to the front. Captain and centre-back Liam Meldrum had ventured forward and found himself one on one with the keeper, and wide right of the 6 yard box. Being not used to being in that position he took a second too long before shooting. This allowed the keeper to save, and his shot only hit the left post.
The second half began with Hamworthy showing a lot more forward intent, and they started to move the ball much quicker. With both wingers staying much wider Bridport’s defence was stretched, and the chances began to flow. First Jordan Basing cut inside on his right foot and let fly with a tremendous shot, but unfortunately he was denied by the bar. Soon after, in the 55th minute, the Hammer’s at last got the goal their play richly deserved. Following good build up play, the ball found its way out wide to Zanin. He played a quick 1-2 with Swann before quickly picking out Josh Rose on the penalty spot. He shot first time, but this was brilliantly saved before he then made no mistake with the rebound to score. The visitors now had to look for an equaliser, and the gaps began to appear. Seven minutes later it was 2-0 as Zanin & Patrick linked up. Patrick whipped in a cross onto Sam Carter’s head, and he rarely misses a free header from 4 yards out. To make certain of the result and in search of a 4th clean sheet, Hamworthy introduced new signing defender Shane Jackson with thirty minutes to go. United were now keeping possession of the ball and were looking to kill the game. This was until the 76th minute when Liam Lindsay fed Sam Carter out on the wide left. He took on four players before eventually slamming his shot into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out. This goal now takes him just one goal behind the leader in the League’s goal-scoring charts. There was some entertaining football from both sides in this game, with Hamworthy climbing up to 4th position in the league, the highest the reserves have seen themselves for a long, long time. To top things off they also
managed another clean sheet to go with it.
Hamworthy United: S.Cooper, N.Patrick ( S.Jackson 62), D.Randall, L.Meldrum (c), L.Lindsay, N.Swann, B.Randall (T.Coombs 51),E. Zanin (K.Spyers 72),J Basing, J.Rose, S. Carter.