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Tue 26 Feb 19:45 - Cup Full time Attendance 64

Hamworthy United 3 United Services Portsmouth 2

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Sydenhams Wessex Cup Quarter Final (Tuesday 26th February 2019)

Hamworthy United 3 United Services Portsmouth 2

Sydenhams Wessex Cup Quarter Final (Tuesday 26th February 2019)

In the past the Hammers' home record in this cup against Wessex One opposition has not been great. Many remember U.S. Portsmouth's 2-0 success here in October 2015. With both clubs high in their respective leagues, a tough match was on the cards, although the Hammers again started as favourites. Ex-Hammer Tom Jeffes, now a striker with the Portsmouth outfit, was present, but he was suspended for this match. United Services’ team also included stopper Jason Harvell, now 33 and making his debut for his new team. Although he was never a Hamworthy player, he played for a handful of local clubs, including Wimborne and Bournemouth Poppies. Some Hamworthy players were still unavailable; however they welcomed back a fit again Sean Wright and Sam Bayston, along with the returning Ollie Davis.
Both keepers were called into early action in a fast moving competitive game, with Jason Harvell denying both Sam Bayston and Olly Balmer. Tom Rees also made two good saves from James Franklyn. In the 27th minute, Hamworthy unsuccessfully contested that Luke Stone's effort had already crossed the line before it was clawed out by Harvell. Harvell must also have been relieved to have eventually held on to the ball following the resultant goal mouth melee. A minute later a superb long range effort by Stone passed just wide of the post. It was however U.S. Portsmouth who took the lead on 33 minutes. After collecting a neat through pass by Harry Sargeant, James Franklyn ran on to drive the ball into the bottom left corner of the net as Rees came off his line to cover. The Hammers almost equalized in the 42nd minute when Balmer deflected Bayston's cross onto and just over the bar. However, one minute later, Sam Bayston's exellent finish, that had followed a teasing run, did manage to find the top corner of the net and level the score. On the stroke of half time, Rees managed to bravely get in a vital touch just before a Services player could get his shot away following an Elliot Turnball corner.
H/T 1-1
The match continued in the second half in much the same manner after the restart. The visitors almost restored their lead in the 51st minute. Harry Potter muscled his way through a couple of challenges before laying the ball off to Callum Glen. His bullet shot was superbly tipped over by Rees. With the visitors now starting to tire a little, the more dominant Hammers could still not find a way past the busy Harvell. However when game-changer Dan Cann emerged off the bench on 70 minutes, he almost scored with his first touch, but Harvell again made the crucial save. It was starting to look a case of deja vu for Hamworthy when the Services retook the lead in the 79th minute. As Rees and Potter competed for Jordan Pile's long looping ball into the box, the goalkeeper's momentum took him right through the player wiping him out. The resulting penalty was put away by Harry Potter himself, giving Rees no chance to redeem himself. Two minutes later, it looked as if it was not going to be United's day. A Cann strike looked as if it might just have crossed the line before being held on to by Harvell, but again no goal was awarded. With another upset on the cards, the Hammers finally managed to even the score on 87 minutes. Captain Nathan Walker rose well to head home Davis's corner. In the 89th minute, Hamworthy finally completed the recovery job. Cann headed the ball forward into the path of Luke Stone who rammed the ball low and hard past Harvell. Not for the first time this season, a great late Hammers' cup comeback was again witnessed. Whilst the result was probably justified over the 90 minutes, the United Services team certainly proved a tough nut to crack, and in the end it was a mightily relieved Hamworthy who now host Baffins at home in the Semi-Final.
F/T 3-2
Hamworthy United: T Rees, D Randall, R Watkins, S Wright, N Walker (c), C Senior, O Davis, B Gale, L Stone, O Balmer (D Cann 70), S Bayston
Unused Subs: A Costello, J Filkins, J Delves, N Patrick

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