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Hamworthy United Football Club
Tadley Calleva
Tue 12 Mar 19:45 - League Full time Attendance 56

Hamworthy United 3 Tadley Calleva 1


Sydenhams Premier League (Tuesday 12th March 2019)

Hamworthy United 3 Tadley Calleva 1
Sydenhams Premier League (Tuesday 12th March 2019)
A win for the new look United would help cement their quest for a fourth place finish, whilst a win for the visitors would lift them to within two points of Hamworthy. Newly promoted Tadley have proved they can compete with the best, including very recent wins against Poppies and Lymington. After Saturday, Chris Senior and Brandon Randall (recalled from his loan with Merley Cobham Sports) stepped in for Nathan Walker (now with Dorchester Town) and Brad Gale (resting a knock). Declan Randall took over the captaincy from Nathan. Included on the bench was new signing Connor Cocklin, an Ex-Hammer who had previously played for Winchester City earlier in the season and for 2nd placed Andover Town last season.
The Hammers started off positively, Olly Balmer twice working the Tadley keeper Sean O'Brien in the opening minutes. In fact it took the hosts only 7 minutes to go in front, when James King's corner was knocked on by Chris Senior for Sean Wright to score at the far post. Tadley
Responded well, Connor Thorne saw his effort stick in Tom Rees' mid-rift. However United now playing some good passing football doubled their lead on the quarter hour. The visitors gave the ball away cheaply in defence, and it was seized on by Eddie Hodge. The United man laid the perfect ball forward to Olly Balmer who finished well. After Tadley's George Hallaham’s deflected strike passed narrowly wide, poor home defending on 24 minutes allowed the visitors a lifeline. Chad Abrams' cross at first looked a routine catch for Rees. However, possibly distracted, the United keeper only got a weak punch on the ball which rebounded off the head of a Tadley player, and fell at the feet of Brett Denham to slot home. The goal though did not upset United's rhythm. On the half hour mark, Luke Stone had the ball in the net after being set up by Balmer, but was caught narrowly offside. Sean Wright then swept a perfect ball down the right touch-line into the path of Hodge who saw his deflected near post shot saved by O'Brien. As Hamworthy continued to dominate play Brandon Randall just missed his connection in the six yard box to a low dangerous cross from Stone. The Hammers must have been well satisfied with their first half performance, but disappointed that they had only a slender one goal lead to show for it. They also must have regretted their missed chances and the sloppy goal conceded.
H/T 2-1
For the second time this season at the County Ground, a visiting keeper succumbed just after the break to an injury sustained in the first half. A few minutes in, Sean O'Brien's strained hip seized up, and the unlucky keeper needed to be helped off on a stretcher after a long delay. The gloves were taken over by Tadley's 20 year old substitute Shemar Pettet, normally a full-back. In spite of having to regroup, the visitors put up a much better fight in the second half, with Rees much the busier keeper. The pick of his saves was to push over a fierce drive from Denham who was through on goal after substitute Connor Cocklin had slipped before being able to intercept. The Hammers now looked uneasy at times, failing to win many second balls, and wasting some free kicks in good positions. It was against the run of play when the Hammers baring a catastrophe finally made the game safe on the stroke of the regulation 90 minutes. After being played through by Balmer, Luke Stone rounded Pettet to find the back of the net. In the long period of injury time, due to the time needed to attend to O'Brien, Tadley's stand in keeper, who had looked sound throughout the second half, superbly tipped over Balmer's effort from a good pass by Wright. A few minutes later his opposite number Rees made a difficult save look easy, clutching from the air a rasping high shot from the busy Denham. New manager Alan Lay was rightly pleased with his second successive win, especially after the mini bad patch previous to his appointment. Although Tadley deserve credit for taking the game to United in the second half, the Hammers good performance in the first half, and in the last 10 mins meant they probably merited the win.
F/T 3-1
Hamworthy United: T Rees, D Randall (c), R Watkins, S Wright, C Senior (C Cocklin 60), A Costello, J King (J Delves 80), B Randall, O Balmer, E Hodge (N Patrick 60), L Stone
Unused Subs: J Tregaskas (gkp

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