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BROCKENHURST
Hamworthy United Football Club
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - League Full time

Brockenhurst 2 Hamworthy United 2

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Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 16th March 2019)

Brockenhurst 2 Hamworthy United 2
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 16th March 2019)

Fifth placed United were hoping to make it three league wins in a row on their short trip to the New Forest. The Badgers meanwhile were hoping to halt a bad run that had seen them take one point from 12. After midweek, the Hammers welcomed back Jamie Gleeson after a long work related absence, with fitness trainer Nick Patrick handed a rare start. Eddie Hodge was still about a week away from fitness after his midweek hamstring strain. Fit again Jamie Filkins made the bench, joined by Pepe Smith just signed from Poppies, and had played two pre-season friendlies for the Hammers.
United, started with the gale force wind in their favour in very difficult conditions. They tried to play their usual passing game along the ground on an uneven pitch, but lacked any real threat in their final shots on goal. Their closest effort came when Sean Wright had a strong claim that his near post effort from a James King's corner had been handled on the line, but play was allowed to continue. In another close chance, Olly Balmer displayed some remarkable foot work in front of goal, his final effort almost sneaking in off the keeper. By contrast the Badgers, with Leon Carbayo-Borges acting as their main play-maker, showed good approach work at times. However their ball control in front of goal was not so good, and tended to finish good moves with wild off-target shots. Their best effort came when Gerson Ramos put the ball a fraction wide of the near post, after picking up Matt Sheedy's well worked free kick. A little later Carbayo-Borges scooped the ball just over after an excellent ball in by Ramos. With the ever increasing wind advantage about to be handed to the hosts after the goalless first half, it was clear that the Hammers would have their work cut out in the second period to get anything from the game.
H/T 0-0
With Brockenhurst soon taking control as expected in the second half, they finally broke the deadlock on 54 minutes. A sudden break down the left touchline ended with a teasing low cross into the six yard box by Mo Nyang. As Ryan Watkins, facing the goal, attempted to clear in front of the lurking Ramos, he could only steer the ball into his own net. Five minutes later, United's Luke Stone was toppled on the bye-line, with the referee finally awarding a penalty after his assistant had flagged. Matt Taylor did well to beat out Stone’s spot kick, but had no chance with Chris Senior’s follow-up. In fact the visitors soon had the ball in the net again, but Balmer's conversion of King's excellent cross was narrowly flagged offside. Despite United's brief respite, their goal continued to live a bit of a charmed life. Rees made a number of good saves, while Matt Burt's wind-assisted effort from near the half way line almost resulted in a freak goal. It did though require a controversial penalty to enable the hosts to retake the lead on 82 minutes. Declan Randall appeared to make the slightest of nudges on Sheedy who had cut across him in the penalty area. Joe Chamberlain slammed the spot kick home to the right of Rees who did well to get a touch. In the dying minutes, the Badgers ironically had a much stronger case for a penalty turned down. The clean through Carbayo-Borges appeared to be brought down by Rees, but was instead harshly booked for diving. Remarkably, the Hammers equalized for the second time on 90 minutes. A teasing diagonal ball was played in along the ground by Stone. Olly Balmer nipped in front of the hesitant goalkeeper to slot the ball home, much to the joy of their travelling fans. United deserved immense credit for hanging in there to snatch a point. On the one hand, it needed some heroic defending at times to avoid being blown out of sight by the gale force wind. On the other hand, especially after the home side had led for the second time, they rallied and despite the odds created a few breakaway chances of their own, met in turn with some quality finishing.
F/T 2-2
Hamworthy United: T Rees, D Randall (c), R Watkins, J Gleeson, C Senior (J Delves 85), A Costello, N Patrick (P Smith 60), S Wright (C Cocklin 80), O Balmer, J King, L Stone
Unused Subs: J Filkins

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