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Willand Rovers
Hamworthy United Football Club
Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - Cup Full time Attendance 230

Willand Rovers 1 Hamworthy United 0


Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round (Saturday January 5th 2019)

Willand Rovers 1 Hamworthy United 0

Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round (Saturday January 5th 2019)

The Hammers had narrowly grabbed the spoils on their only two previous trips to their Devon based hosts.These were both in preliminary FA cup rounds at the start of 05/06 and 07/08 season. However the Willand team of today would clearly start as favourites, top of their Toolstation Western League with a massive goal difference of 44. United were also depleted by cup-ties and suspensions. However, new signing Olly Balmer, a prolific marksman through the Poole Town ranks, made his debut. For added nostalgia, the United captain of the afternoon Nathan Walker also wore the armband in their 07/08 success as a 19year old. The 05/06 captain Sean Bartlett was also watching the game.
On a rough and uneven pitch, it was clear both teams were up for the win. An early Dan Cann header from Adam Costello's pinpoint cross was unconvincingly pushed out for a corner by home stopper Mike Searle. He made a better job of holding onto Cann's long effort a minute later. The first real chance however fell to the Rovers on 12 minutes, Dean Stamp just failing to connect with a low cross by Joe Curtis. An impressive United move on 25 minutes deserved better. Cann superbly killed a high ball before playing it into the path of Jamie Filkins, who in turn met the run of Sam Bayston. However keeper Searle came off his line well to meet the danger. Three minutes later the Hammers spurned their best chance of the half. Another excellent delivery by Costello was this time headed just over the bar by Walker. In the closing minutes of the half, a static Tom Rees was relieved to see a 20 yard shot by Rovers' Luke Mortimore rebound to safety off the post. A Stamp header from a Brett Worbey's corner then just cleared the bar. A late United corner by Jamie Gleeson somehow stayed out of the net after a mad scramble on the line. With the half time whistle sounding, it looked as though the game could go either way, with perhaps one goal likely to settle the match.
H/T 0-0
That one goal did come after 57 minutes, and sadly for United it was poor defending which allowed the Rovers to break the deadlock. Rees had just distinguished himself getting down quickly flicking a close range shot from Willand captain Adam Hill onto the bar and into touch. From the ensuing left sided corner, both Walker and then Costello wasted opportunities to clear. The ball was played back in from the right for Mortimore to head emphatically past Rees.
Moments later, Rees was rather lucky to receive only a yellow card for handing just outside the penalty area. Worbey's resultant free-kick was cleared off the line. From that point, United went on to give it everything they had, including creating three clear chances, but the elusive goal would just not come. Midway through the half, Eddie Hodge produced a fine run before playing in Balmer who had only had Searle to beat, but saw his shot beaten just wide of the post by the Willand keeper. Five minutes later a trademark long ball by Walker was headed by Cann into the path of Balmer. The Hammer man's angled shot must have missed the far post by no more than a few inches, with some United fans already jumping in false hope. Almost at the death, substitute Sean Wright was agonizingly only a yard short of converting Balmer's low cross at the far post.
The hosts held on for the win, but had relied on solid defending around their box for much of the second half, particularly against the numerous long throws of Cann. For a Rovers' team which had been scoring goals for fun all season, they had been made to look very ordinary by a battling Hammers' outfit. Everybody connected with the Club should be proud of all of them for getting so close to making the last 16 of a national cup competition. Good luck to Willand Rovers in the next round.
F/T 1-0
Hamworthy United: T Rees, A Costello, D Randall, J Filkins, N Walker (c), M Jamison, S Bayston (S Wright 75) , J Gleeson, E Hodge, D Cann, O Balmer
Unused Subs: C Senior, N Patrick, J Delves

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