Hanwell Town 0 Uxbridge 2
Bank holiday blues
For the second home league game in a row, Hanwell came away with nothing, having deserved more. With the temperature approaching 28 degrees at the ‘Powerday’, both teams did well to provide an entertaining game for the decent Bank Holiday crowd. The first noteworthy moment, in the third minute, saw Town custodian Xavi Comas called upon to punch a cross clear while under extreme pressure. Two minutes later a delightful Hanwell move, involving one-touch balls from Calum Duffy, Georges Ehui and Harvey Killeen sent Charlie Mitchell clear down the right flank. Unfortunately, the latter was tackled just as he entered the danger area.
Hanwell were playing well at this early stage of the game and went close to scoring four times before ten minutes were up. Firstly a deep cross from Glen Yala saw Charlie’s well-directed header saved by Paul McCarthy. Then Charlie’s deep cross to Glen was similarly kept out of the net. Two minutes later Michael Buckley’s free kick was well met by the head of Calum Duffy but McCarthy pulled off yet another save. The fourth near miss came from the resultant corner with Calum heading narrowly wide.
The game went into a lull after the early excitement with two long injury hold-ups preventing any continuity of pressure by either team. The Hanwell faithful became a little irate at a couple of heavy challenges but referee Michael Begley kept his cards in his pocket. Mr. Begley, who was considered by the club President to resemble Conor McGregor supplementing his income from Las Vegas, went on to have a very good game in charge of the proceedings. It was not until the fortieth minute that either goal was seriously threatened again. The visitors swung a ball into the box and it appeared to be turned into the net by an up-to-then immaculate Oliver Duffy. Fortunately for Hanwell Sadeed Cardalla had been adjudged to be offside, not for the first time that afternoon! The final minutes of the half saw Hanwell back on top but two good balls into the Uxbridge area from Jesse Kewley-Graham found no takers.
As they often do, Hanwell started the second half on the offensive. A through ball from Kyle Watson found Tom Hunt but his close-range shot was blocked. The rebound reached Harvey but his shot had the same result. A goal at that point may well have given the ‘Toon’ the confidence to go on and win the game, but it was not to be. Instead, ten minutes later, Anthony Thomas looked to have opened the scoring for the visitors. He dribbled to the side of Xavi and fired into a seemingly empty net. However, to the acclaim of the supporters in the Bob Fisher stand, Calum appeared from nowhere to head off the line.
As the game reached the hour mark Manager Ray Duffy made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to garner the three points on offer. Hanwell were indeed pressing for a goal at this stage but Charlie’s low cross saw McCarthy bravely block Harvey, then the same player’s dangerously flighted corner eluded everyone. However, it was Uxbridge who netted the vital first goal. With twenty minutes to play an innocuous looking corner was half-cleared to Rhys Rabbess who drove it back into the net. To their credit, Hanwell kept their heads up and went straight back down the other end, but a strong run and threatening cross by Charlie had no end result. To Town’s dismay, the Reds then scored a second goal in three minutes with a long clearance being lobbed into the net by Thomas.
The latter stages of the match saw Hanwell pressing for a goal, with Callum Wright going close after pivoting tightly in the box and Georges hitting a thumping, long-range drive narrowly over. Towards the end, Calum was thrown up front in an attempt to get someone on the end of the crosses put into the area but to no avail. In fact, it was Uxbridge who almost got the third goal of the game when substitute Jerry Chong raced through, drew Xavi, but fired wide.
Uxbridge left the ‘Powerday’ with nine points out of twelve while Town have none. A goal at the right time against Egham or today’s opponents may well have given Hanwell the points they have deserved but the next league table is going to look very disappointing.