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Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - League Full time Attendance 89

Hamworthy United 3 Lymington Town 1


Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 30th March 2019)

Hamworthy United 3 Lymington Town 1
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 30th March 2019)

On a fine sunny afternoon the Hammers welcomed 13th placed Lymington. James Rowe was back in action after a long absence. However, Chris Senior (shoulder) and Eddie Hodge (hamstring) were both still unfit, with Connor Cocklin, Olly Balmer and Jamie Gleeson unavailable. This gave an opportunity for two of the club's aspiring under-16 players, Cam Munn and Neemo Nixon, to gain some senior team experience off the bench. The Town had beaten high flying Portland and Horndean earlier in the month and had made good headway in the FA Cup. They included Micky Finch, who had played for United earlier in the season in their starting line up.
With play fairly evenly divided, both teams went looking for chances in the opening period. Tom Rees safely gathered a close shot from Luke Ansell, before snuffing out a run towards goal by Jake King. At the other end, a fine ball down the right flank by United's Sean Wright met the run of Luke Stone, whose tight angled shot was well held by Town keeper Henry Newman. A cross from Kieran Roberts was then caught by Newman before Stone could get his head to the ball. It was United who opened the scoring on 25 minutes from a penalty. A long through ball down the pitch by Rowe set Stone free, and in on goal. The United striker was then pulled back just inside the box by Town’s last defender Callum Davies. Following Davies’s red card Kieran Roberts rammed the spot kick home, sending Newman the wrong way. The Hammers doubled their lead almost immediately. Wright sent a cheeky ball forward, using the outside of his boot that bisected two Town defenders, and found Kieran Roberts in space. He then went on to beat Newman with a fine finish into the far corner of the net. To their credit Lymington did not buckle and Ron Frost was perhaps a little unlucky to see his netted header disallowed for a nudge on Wright. However the visitors did pull a goal back on 41 minutes. Lewis Ross's left sided corner was headed clear by Rowe, but only as far as Frost standing on the edge of the area. Frost then drilled in a low shot that was cleverly back heeled into the net by Jake King.The United response was immediate. Two Town defenders made a mess of dealing with a low cross from the right from Stone. It was met at the near post by Kieran Roberts who swept the ball home across the goal to complete a first half hat-trick. The Hammers would have been well satisfied with their first half performance, showing good urgency up front, and taking their chances well.
H/T 3-1
United had the vast majority of second half possession, but were unable to add any further goals.
Jamie Filkins had the ball in the net on 57 minutes, but was caught by a very marginal offside decision. On the hour, Wright saw his firm header from King's corner brilliantly headed off the line by Ryan Fuller. Lymington's Micky Finch after being fouled found the side netting from his own earned free kick, but the Hammers continued to remain in control. Newman saved well at the feet of Ollie Davis, and then, while still grounded, did enough to disturb the follow up of Roberts whose final effort was again cleared off the line by Frost. In the closing stages, Stone finished off a good move placing his shot just over the bar. After which, the United youngsters Munn and Nixon were brought on and showed some nice touches in front of goal, which could auger well for the future. Although the second half was rather a non-event, it was fair play to ten men Lymington that they did not concede further. United's win now leaves them three points below Portland, and six below Poppies who they visit on Tuesday, in their hunt against the odds for a highest ever fourth place finish.
F/T 3-1
Hamworthy United: T Rees, J Filkins, R Watkins, S Wright, D Randall (c), A Costello, J King, J Rowe (P Smith 70), L Stone (M Nixon 85), O Davis (C Munn 85), K Roberts
Unused Subs: C Senior

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