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Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - League Full time

Bashley 2 Hamworthy United 1


Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 13th April 2019)

Bashley 2 Hamworthy United 1
Sydenhams Premier League (Saturday 13th April 2019)

United arrived at their New Forest hosts knowing two points from their final three games would guarantee a fifth placed finish. Bashley also needed the points to finish as high as possible in a very congested mid-table. Keeper Tom Rees was unavailable, allowing a start for the promising youngster Shane Cooper. Also unavailable were Eddie Hodge and Adam Costello, with Pepe Smith and Jamie Gleeson both resting knocks. The Bash, with an illustrious non-league history, still command a good following, with 219 turning up for this their final home game, making it their best attendance for the season.
The hosts soon shocked the Hammers with a goal on three minutes with their first attack following some early United pressure. A corner floated in from Brad Strickland was headed back by Bash captain Dan Thompson into the path of the unmarked Dan Munday on the edge of the area. The Bash striker's left footed effort managed to find the corner of the net through a crowd of players, leaving Cooper helpless. Bashley soon almost added to their lead, but, with Cooper grounded and out of his goal, Connor Cocklin showed great anticipation to get back and clear the follow up shot off the line. The Hammers then came more into the game. A Sean Wright header being finally clawed off the line by Bash stopper Cameron Plain after making a slight fumble. However on 14 minutes the equalizer did come, but keeper Plain this time was perhaps a little unlucky. The Stags keeper had got down superbly parrying out Luke Stone's header from Declan Randall's cross, but Ollie Davis adjusted his body well to head the loose ball into the far corner of the net. With both defences a little suspect, chances came and went at both ends until the interval, but with Bashley looking to have the greater threat. United's Stone did fire just wide of the far post after he had beaten a couple of defenders. Bashley dangerman Munday also charged down Cooper's hesitant clearance, before turning and shooting just over the bar. The same player, so often adept at losing his man, turned well on Hugh Dathan's cross before again firing just over.
H/T 1-1
The hosts had the majority of the early possession after the restart. Jessie Gould fired just wide after a fine long ball by Thompson. A little later, following a rash challenge from Ryan Watkins on Jack Smith a long delayed Thompson free kick from near the half way line ended up just over the bar. A goal kick perhaps surprisingly was awarded, as Cooper appeared to get a vital touch on the ball before it went over. The Hammers had always been a threat on the counter and almost grabbed the lead midway through the half. Olly Balmer robbed the ball from Tony Rolls, before hitting a low shot that looked goal-bound. Stone, backing up and with the attention of a couple of defenders, tried to make sure. He successfully found the far corner of the net, but his effort was chalked away for him being given offside. In the latter stages of the half, United had a very good shout for a penalty turned down after the Stags keeper appeared to barge into Balmer who had picked up a good ball from Watkins. Shortly after that, Chris Senior had a shot well tipped over. It was Bashley however who applied the very late pressure and, agonizingly for the Hammers, they snatched the lead on 88 minutes. Following pressure on the United goal, the ball fell to Jessie Gould who weaved past of a couple of defenders, before making himself space for a low drive which finished just inside the near post. In a close game that could have gone either way, with both teams on top at different periods, there was no way back for United after that late goal. Alan Lay's team was probably not his ideal one, but it certainly provided no shortage of effort. Portland's defeat of Fareham now probably puts a fourth placed finish beyond them. Hamble and Baffins drawing now means Hamworthy can only lose 5th place on goal difference.
F/T 2-1
Hamworthy United: S Cooper, R Watkins, D Randall (c), S Wright, C Cocklin, C Senior, O Davis, J Filkins, L Stone (J Guthrie 75), J Rowe (J King 80), O Balmer (N Patrick 85)

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