Sydenhams Premier League (Wessex) Saturday 02-10-10
This was yet another disappointing result, against a Fareham team that clearly were no better than Hamworthy on the day. This coupled with a series of missed gilt-edged chances, which otherwise could have given Uniteda clear win
.Hamworthy started lively with good possession, and an early move down the right brought the first strike at goal. Aaron Corby tried to place a shot from 25 yards but unfortunately skied it over. A second effort followed shortly after on 5 minutes. Stuart Cannie had the home ‘keeper scrambling across the goal with a right footed shot which only just missed the post. Fareham overcame this early pressure and started to exert their own style of football on the game. They forced a series of corners on the left hand side, where they were stronger, but the Hammers held firm. The first gilt edged chance for United came on 37 minutes, when a Stuart Cannie free kick found an unmarked Greg Horlock in front of goal. Unfortunately his rushed effort was ballooned over. A touch more composure surely would have resulted in the Hammers taking the lead. Shortly before the break Luke Burbidge broke away on the right, and he was able to fend off two defenders before passing to the supporting Cannie. Although his long distance effort forced a save, it was still disappointing. The half time whistle brought an end to a poor first half display of football from both sides.
Aaron Stacey replaced Martin Lawrence for the start of the second half. The Hammers appeared to up their game from the whistle, but they had early scare when Ackerman spilled a shot which fortunately ran away from the Fareham forwards. Hamworthy’s best moment of the match followed. It came down the right hand side, which turned the home defence. The ball was taken to the goal line and pulled back across goal. Aaron Corby was on hand to meet the ball from 6 yards running in, but somehow he completely sliced the ball wide, when it seemed easier to score. It was an opportunity missed, as the Fareham keeper then delivered a ‘route one’ clearance up field. The ball was played out onto the left hand side, where the resulting cross was sent into the Hammer’s 6 yard box. Ackerman was always struggling to get to the ball, and it ended with a simple glancing header for Fareham’s opener. 1 - 0 Fareham. In fairness, this did seem to inspire the Hammers, because instead of dropping their heads, they created a number of chances. They should have not only equalised, but taken the match away from Fareham, but poor finishing prevented this. Aaron Corby tried to make up for his earlier miss, when he unleashed a 30 yard bullet which was tipped over. Luke Burbidge, as ever running his socks off up front on his own, cut in from the left hand side to sting the keeper’s fingers with a rasping shot at the foot of the post. Steve Llewellyn came off the bench to replace Will Robinson on 76 minutes, and went straight up front in a bid to add some aerial power. He almost had an immediate impact, when a cross from Burbidge on the right wasn’t cleared, and fell to him about 6 yards out. His shot however was easily saved by the home keeper at the expense of corner. A more clinical effort would surely have found the net. It was not all one way however, as the pressure Hamworthy were applying left them vulnerable to the break. Only the intervention of Ackerman kept Hamworthy in contact with the home side. He knocked the ball away when presented with a one on one situation. Time was now beginning to run out, but two more chances should have provided the Hammers with a goal. A Cannie corner found Dan Haysom at the far post. His header back across the goal found Horlock, but his header was put over from close range. Another by-line run by Murray found Stacey on the pull-back, but again, composure deserted Hamworthy and the kick was sliced. An apparent final ditch corner gave the Hammers a final opportunity to send everyone forward to try to rescue a point. For some reason only known to him, Cannie lost possession in the corner attempting to take a short one. Despite a courageous defensive effort by Aaron Stacey who was out muscled by three breaking forwards. He could not prevent Fareham from making it 2-0. As the game drew to a close, a free-kick into Fareham’s penalty area resulted in Dan Haysom smashing the ball into the net to reduce the arrears. The restart was the final action, and so in the end the Hammers lost 2 - 1. Despite a fairly quiet first half, Hamworthy made so many good clear goal scoring opportunities in the match, but they simply failed to tuck them away. This was another disappointing result for Boss Simon Browne and all the travelling Hammers fans.
Team: Ackerman, Murray, R Jackson, Horlock, White, Haysom, Corby, Lawrence (Stacey 46), Burbidge, Robinson (Llewellyn 76), Cannie Unused subs : Roberts (GK), Antrobus