Hamworthy United Reserves 4 Balti Sports 3
Dorset Premier League (Saturday 3rd February 2018)
The Hammers have been on a fine ruin of form of late, winning all but one of their last eight games. They were therefore eager to go one better than the 3-3 draw that they played out against to-day’s opponents back in September in the away fixture. Balti were able to field a stronger team than of late, and included the ex Hamworthy first team favourite Ryan Dovell in their starting line up.
The first half got off to a quick start with both teams trying to impose themselves on the opposition. It was the Sports who settled first and looked the more dangerous in the opening few minutes, and it did not take them long to take the lead. A good cross from the right to the edge of the box just evaded Hamworthy’s defender Liam Meldrum’s head as he attempted to clear, but it was met with a bullet header by the Balti attacker following in behind that gave Shane Cooper no chance. Things got even worse for the Reserves when Balti scored again with another well struck shot, this time low into the net with barely fifteen minutes on the clock. Manager Nick Collins made a couple of positional changes, and this led to the Hammers slowly getting back into the game, with their defence now looking far more secure. United gradually got back on top in the latter part of the half, and were rewarded with a goal that started from their keeper. He picked out Declan Randle that began a fine move involving Josh Rose and Kyle Spyers and finished with top scorer Sam Carter finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area. When the half time whistle came soon after, Hamworthy must of felt confident that they could get back into the game.
United began the second period in much the same way as they had finished the first, playing the better football and having the edge on their more experienced opponents. It therefore came as a bit of a downer when Balti, a bit against the run of play broke away and scored from a goal that brushed the right post before going in as Cooper came off his line to close down the attacker. Very much to their credit, and the difference in the team this year was Hamworthy did not give in and continued to press their opponents. The comeback started in the 69th minute when Meldrum broke up play and released a first time ball over the Sports defence. Jordon Basing jumped with the Keeper who dropped the ball leaving him with a simple tap in for the first of his hat-trick goals. A Balti player was sinned binned for protesting too much to the Referee for what he considered to be a foul on the keeper. This left his team down to ten men and on the back foot as the Reserves took full advantage of the situation to dominate play. Following a corner from the Sports only attack in that period, the ball was cleared out to Nick Patrick who in turn found Carter. Carter over hit his pass, but Patrick won it back and fed Spyers who took one touch before delivering a pin point cross for Jordon Basing to powerfully head home in the 77th minute. With the comeback complete the Hammers were now looking for a winner which eventually came three minutes from time. Following a series of corners the Hammers finally made one count from another fine cross from Coombs which was met again by Jordon Basing to head home for his third and Hamworthy’s winner. This was another excellent team display by the best Hamworthy United Reserve Team for years, and they deserve all the credit coming their way from the ever increasing number of supporters now watching them.
Hamworthy United: S.Cooper, D. Randall, S.Jackson, D.Randall, L.Meldrum (c), L.Lindsay (N. Patrick 61) , T. Coombs, J. Rose, K. Spyers (Workman 83), J Basing, S. Carter (Nicholls ).