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Sat 19 Jan 15:00 - League Full time Attendance 94

Hamworthy United 5 Fareham Town 0


Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 19th January 2019)

Hamworthy United 5 Fareham Town 0
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 19th January 2019)

Ninth placed Hammers were playing at home for the first time this year. They knew that with games in hand and a good return from their three home matches on the trot, they could significantly help their quest to at least match last year's 5th placed finish. Top scorer Dan Cann returned after injury, and despite a couple of players being unavailable, United were still able to field a strong squad. The Town, in 13th place, but only 2 points behind Hamworthy had won their two league games including last weekend's away 5-0 trouncing of Bemerton.
It took only one minute for the Hammers to open their account. Following a Town handball on the edge of the penalty area, Dan Cann fired an unstoppable free kick into the top far corner. United were soon well in control, and five minutes later a quick long throw by Cann released Brad Gale, who saw his shot on the run hit the legs of Town keeper Declan McCarthy. McCarthy was called into action again on 22 minutes, getting a good hand to low strike again by Gale. The rampant United doubled their lead on the half hour. Town's Tom Froggatt only succeeded in clearing a long cross by Ollie Davis into the path of Dan Cann. Before McCarthy could move he slammed the ball back first time into the bottom right corner of the net. Five minutes later, the Hammers gave themselves clear daylight with a third. Cann swept a long ball across the pitch to Sam Bayston on the left. Bayston had no trouble rounding his marker Castles, before releasing a teasing low cross along the six yard line. Town defender Shawn Benjamin missed his clearance, allowing Dan Cann an easy finish to complete a remarkable first half hat trick. United could well have scored more goals by half time. McCarthy did well to push Bayston's curler to the far post in to touch. Adam Costello then saw his goal bound effort deflected to safety off the back of the busy Froggatt. It was not until the stroke of half time that Tom Rees, was called into making his first real save, beating away Froggat's effort from close range.
H/T 3-0
Although the Town did seem to move up a gear after the break, with a couple of near misses, the Hammers still showed the greater sting. McCarthy produced a point blank save from Olly Balmer's header to a fine cross from Davis. Balmer then put away the rebound after Davis' shot had been blocked by McCarthy. Unfortunately it had been flagged marginally offside. On-fire Dan Cann managed both his and United's fourth goal on 56 minutes. Turning onto his own knock down on the edge on the penalty area, he left McCarthy helpless with a lethal left foot finish into the bottom right corner of the net. With the Town at last coming more into the game midway through the half, it needed what at first appeared to be a hotly disputed penalty decision for the Hammers to net their fifth goal on 70 minutes. However the Refeee’s decision was proved right when viewed on the playback in the Club after the game. Froggatt’s outstretched arm clearly made contact with a bouncing through ball. McCarthy in fact managed to get a hand to Luke Stone's spot kick and almost kept it out. The last twenty minutes of play was far more balanced. McCarthy displayed some good handling while his opposite number Tom Rees was now having his busiest period of the match, beating out a number of shots. He was perhaps a little fortunate however not to concede a penalty in the dying minutes after clattering with, and then appearing to catch, Town substitute Lamin Jatta. This was a well merited victory by the Hammers who never looked in any danger of losing it. They will now be looking for wins against visiting Baffins on Tuesday and Alresford on Saturday, both just above them in the standings, which may have a strong bearing on the final table.
F/T 5-0
Hamworthy United: T Rees, D Randall, R Watkins, S Wright (L Stone 65), N Walker (c), A Costello, O Davis, B Gale, O Balmer, D Cann (J King 70), S Bayston (M Finch 75)
Unused Subs: J Filkins, E Hodge

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