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Hamworthy United Football Club
Team Solent
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - League Full time Attendance 74

Hamworthy United 5 Team Solent 1

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Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 6th April 2019)

Hamworthy United 5 Team Solent 1
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 6th April 2019)

United still had an outside chance of a finishing fourth as they lined up against the Southampton Solent University side. Manager Alan Lay has adapted the team to the way he wants it to play, but he had to make do without James Rowe and James King who were both unavailable. Jamie Gleeson and Olly Balmer returned to the line up after the midweek game; with Eddie Hodge now fit to start. Among the substitutes was James Guthrie, signed recently from Verwood Town. Team Solent, were now up to eighth in the league after their customary slow start, and had not lost for seven games including a 1-5 win at Alresford last time out.
The hosts immediately took the initiative and were in front after only 6 minutes. Ollie Davis's corner was nodded back by Pepe Smith for Luke Stone to head powerfully into the roof of the net. Although the visiting stopper Oliver Pike got his hands to it, the pace took it in and would have beaten most keepers. With the Hammers now playing some fluent football that included some delightful long balls, they doubled their lead on 19 minutes, although with a bit of luck. Another good ball forward by Smith was met by the Solent keeper, but as he attempted to clear the ball it struck Luke Stone who then ran on to steer the ball into the empty net. Home keeper Tom Rees almost managed a freak goal of his own, after his long free kick bounced just over the bar. Solent then missed their best chance of the half, Hisham Kasimu firing wide when put through on goal after a good advantage had been played by the referee. United went on to give themselves clear daylight, bagging a third goal on 35 minutes with some remarkable one touch passing. Hodge picked up a clever back-heel, and his low cross then took out the keeper and provided an easy tap-in for Luke Stone to complete a first half hat-trick. Three minutes later Pike superbly clawed out Balmer's near post effort. After midweek, this was a much improved showing by United, who could have been even more goals up at the break.
H/T 3-0
Soon after the restart, Tom Rees had to be alert to Silvano Obeng's well struck shot as the visitors began strongly. However it was the Hammers who found the net five minutes later, again based on good teamwork. Gleeson played a fine ball into Hodge, who in turn met the run of Luke Stone to finish cooly just wide of the advancing goalkeeper. After Pike had made good saves from Stone and Balmer, United, with their big cushion, now appeared to take their foot off the gas which opened the game up for the visitors. After Obeng had put a free kick just over the bar, the same player pulled a goal back for the visitors on 65 minutes. Following a ball played in by Kasimu, the Solent danger man rammed the ball into the far right corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. Niall Brennan shortly after found the side netting with the students now enjoying their best period of the match. United however still managed to put an emphatic ring to the score on 85 minutes. Davis put in a masterful free kick from the right touchline after he himself had been pulled back to earn it. Substitute Connor Cocklin used his height well to power a close range header into the roof of the net, with the Solent defence in disarray. Despite the late tail off, this was a well merited win for Hamworthy against a side so often their bogey team, who had convincingly won the reverse fixture in November. To complete a good day for the Hammers, news of Portland's defeat at Christchurch meant that it is now only goal difference that keeps them in fourth place just above United.
F/T 5-1
Hamworthy United: T Rees, R Watkins (C Cocklin 80), J Gleeson, S Wright, D Randall (c), A Costello, O Davis, P Smith (C Senior 55), L Stone, E Hodge (J Guthrie 70), O Balmer
Unused Subs: J Filkins

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