Hanwell bowed out of the Middlesex Charity Cup having put in a lacklustre performance against a spirited and well organized Spelthorne side who showed why they currently at the top of the Combined Counties League table.
Filip Chalupniczak retained his place in goal from the Hertford game but management opted for change employing a 3-5-2 wingback system with Harvey Killeen and the returning Jack Waldren either side of a three man defence and captain David Taylor restored in midfield together with Jack Hutchinson and Danny Julienne. From the off it seemed as though Hanwell would steamroll Spelthorne. Gareth Chendlik found himself through on goal in the first minute and with the keeper stranded he hooked the ball back over himself and over the bar. Hanwell forced three early corners and whist Harvey tested the front post of Gannon in the Spelthorne goal the defence did enough to repel the chances.
Within a frantic first 5 minutes Jack Hutchinson did beat Gannon from with a shot from outside the box only to see it hit the bar be cleared to safety and it looked as though a long night lay ahead for the home side. Their cause was not helped when an early injury to Sekani McCalmon saw him replaced by what proved to be a lively Billy Frost. Having weathered the early storm it was the home side who took the lead with almost their first serious attack of the match on thirteen minutes. A long ball into right hand channel from Jamie Ross found Jack Mills who beat Harry Tamplin to cross for Nathaniel Mensah to tap it past Filip for the opening goal.
Jack Waldren had a shot charged down and a cross from Rob Laney saw Gareth head the ball down for a defender to clear it to safety for a corner. A punch out by Gannon fell to Rob Laney who got the byline and pulled it back for Dave Thomas to hit straight at the keeper. A miskick by Filip almost gifted Spelthorne a second but he made amends with a sharp save from Chris Martin Thomas who couldn’t believe the gift he’d just been offered. Jack Mills was then fortunate to receive only a yellow for a bad challenge on Hutchinson as many present thought it warranted more.
Town equalised in the early stages of the second half and a good move involving Gareth and Harvey out on the right with Dave Taylor heading home Harvey's cross from close range after some composed play in the final third. At this stage it seemed likely that Town would go on to win the game but it was Spelthorne who regained the lead when a long ball forward found substitute Frost clear in acres of space down the left wing and he cut in to confidently steer the ball past Filip as he came out of his goal to narrow the angle. Worse was to follow ten minutes later when Flatman wriggled his way into our box and his shot was saved by Filip but the ball rebounded to the feet of Mensah who scored his second and Spelthorne's third of the evening. We used all three of our substitutes as we fought to get back into the game and the Spelthorne goal lived a charmed life on occasions but the final whistle came with a resolute Spelthorne side worthy winners on the night.
Hanwell Town: Filip Chalupniczak, Harvey Killeen Jack Waldren, David Thomas, Dwayne Duncan, Harry Tamplin, Danny Julienne, David Taylor, Gareth Chendlik, Rob Laney, Jack Hutchinson
Substitutes used: Brendan Matthew for Chendlick, (70), Callum Woodcock for Waldren (75) Terlochlan Singh for Julienne (82)
Not Used Giania Chrichlow and Harry Rush