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Tue 2 Apr 19:45 - League Full time

Bournemouth 5 Hamworthy United 1

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Sydenhams Premier League (Tuesday 2nd April 2019)

Bournemouth 5 Hamworthy United 1
Sydenhams Premier League (Tuesday 2nd April 2019)
Nothing less than three points was needed by United from their trip to their near neighbours to keep alive their hope of a fourth place finish. Poppies, who themselves are aiming to finish in second place, have surprised many this season with their impressive results. However it was Hamworthy who took the honours 6-2 at the County Ground in November. After Saturday, James Rowe was unavailable, with Pepe Smith, a recent arrival from Poppies, starting. Chris Senior and Eddie Hodge were both fit enough to sit on the bench, alongside the returning Olly Balmer and Connor Cocklin. Bournemouth included River Smith who had played for United earlier in the season.
The Poppies started the brighter, and were in front on only 7 minutes. Captain Fawzi Saadi was in plenty of space when he picked up a loose ball some 25 yards out. His out-of-the-blue shot seemed to take Tom Rees by surprise as it crashed into the back of the net off the underside of the bar. The Hammers fell further behind in the 18th. There seemed little danger when Bournemouth’s Stepan Newonski's through ball was met by a River Smith run. With Smith still just wide of goal and not in complete control of the ball, both Adam Costello and Rees had ample time to clear. As it happened, neither reacted, and they appeared to leave it to each other to clear the danger. Meanwhile, the ex-Hammer rounded Rees, and from the very tightest of angles he squeezed the ball across the goal and into the far corner of the net. Things went from bad to worse for United on 27 minutes when they again let themselves down with more poor defending. A scramble from Saadi's left sided corner was picked up by the unmarked Chris Speers whose mishit shot came back off the right post. Unfortunately for Hamworthy the rebound fell to another free Poppies player Lewis Harvey, who easily put away. It was not until the last minute of the half the out-of-sorts Hammers managed their first real shot on target, but Olly Davis's free kick was easily saved by home stopper Sam Jones.
H/T 3-0
After the interval the hosts wasted no time in again stamping their authority on the game. A minute in, River Smith completed his brace with an angled shot into the far left corner of the goal, after he had picked up a good cross-field ball. In the 67th minute and with Poppies still well on top, there was more embarrassment for the visitors. Fawzi Saadi's free kick from just outside the right corner of the penalty area sailed high into the net, above the jump of the normally reliable Rees, who was not having one of his better United games. Two minutes later the Hammers finally managed to pull a goal back. A trademark low ball across the six yard box by Olly Balmer was tucked into the bottom left hand corner of the net by Luke Stone, the one Hamworthy player showing some real effort. United did at least start to show a little guile after that, Stone producing a fine save from Jones after good work by Wright and Davis. Another decent run by Balmer almost bore fruit before he ran into too much traffic near the line. Poppies also hit the bar late on. This must go down as a poor performance by Hamworthy. They were prone to leaving far too much space in the middle of the park, where they could perhaps have done with a tough verbal motivator. Poppies on the other hand competed hard, shouted for each other, and played with desire. The outcome could have been even worse but for some nice touches by substitute Balmer, and the passion shown by Stone. There was comfort on hearing that Portland had lost to Lymington. The Hammers still have an outside chance of a fourth place finish, if they can make up the three point gap between them, but they will certainly need to be play a lot better than this.
F/T 5-1
Hamworthy United: T Rees, J Filkins, R Watkins, S Wright, D Randall (c), A Costello, J King (O Balmer 60), P Smith, L Stone, O Davis, K Roberts (E Hodge 70)
Unused Subs: C Senior, C Cocklin

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