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AFC Porchester
Hamworthy United Football Club
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - League Full time

AFC Portchester 1 Hamworthy United 3


Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 9th March 2019)

AFC Portchester Hamworthy United 3
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 9th March 2019)

Off the field issues was the main topic prior to the Hammers' trip to Crest Finance Stadium. Alan Lay stepped up to take over as the new Manager (with his new Assistants Ben Sullivan, Brian Churchill and Sean Leadbetter). This followed Callum Brook’s move to take over Dorchester Town. United Captain Nathan Walker although playing today is set to follow him, but on a joint registration forms. On the field, the Hammers were hoping to do much better than their two successive defeats against the two bottom teams in four days. AFC Portchester however have managed to win convincingly all the recent meetings between the two clubs. However they are now surprisingly finding themselves below mid- table. Their midweek success over Hamble Club was in fact their first win in eleven matches. After midweek, James King and Eddie Hodge came in for Chris Senior (on the bench) and Ollie Davis, with captain Nathan Walker reverting back to defence.
The home team started the stronger, with United stopper Tom Rees called into action after just one minute, tipping Charlie Cooper's angled low shot around the post. Five minutes later Royals' captain Steven Ramsey's long range swerving shot just cleared the bar. Rees again saved well from Nathan Kirby, who had seized on the United keeper's own scuffed clearance to rifle in a 20 yard left foot half volley. Hamworthy gradually got more into the game, Luke Stone's effort on the quarter hour from a tight angle hit the post before going out of play. Royals' Ben Buckland, was put clean through following a quick break, but was flagged off-side. It was the Hammers never the less who grabbed the lead midway through the half. James King crossed the ball to Sean Wright at the back post to score. United soon doubled their advantage on 31 minutes, Eddie Hodge met King's cross and coolly side-footed the ball home from the edge of the six yard box. The Royals moved up a gear towards the end of the half in an effort to reduce the arrears before the break. Rees again saved well from Cooper, but on the stroke of half time he had no chance with Mike Turvey's low drive into the bottom right hand corner of the net from the edge of the area.
H/T 1-2
There was little to separate the teams after the restart, although on 57 minutes Stone who was having a good game for the Hammers somehow missed an open goal from a few yards out. The home side then started to take control and five minutes later Rees rescued the Hammers with an excellent save from Craig Hardy's close range header. Midway through the half Rees again kept out Royals' substitute Marco Giambelardini's first time effort, before Hardy's free header passed narrowly too high. With 75 minutes gone, Kirby just failed to get his head to Olly Searle's dangerous free kick to the far post. Rees again denied Kirby who had fired in low and hard from the edge of the area. Rees reacted instantly to keep out Turvey's close range effort, and keep intact Hammers' tenuous one goal lead. Portchester were now becoming frustrated by Rees’s brilliant second half performance as they fought for an equalizer. As so often happens things then got worse for the home side with a minute to go. Luke Stone with an assist from Morgan Oliver broke away to score and put the game beyond Portchester’s reach. New boss Alan Lay will have been delighted to start off his new job with a win especially after a difficult week for the Club His team played some good football on a heavy mudded pitch, and it was a good team effort. The three points, inspired by three top class saves by Rees, keeps United in fifth place, and still with the potential from games in hand to catch neighbours Poppies after their defeat at Hamble Club.
F/T 1-3
Hamworthy United: T Rees, D Randall, R Watkins, S Wright, N Walker (c), A Costello, J King (N Patrick 70), B Gale (C Senior 90), O Balmer (M Oliver), E Hodge, L Stone
Used Subs: J Tregaskas (gkp)

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