Sydenhams Premier League (Wessex) Saturday November 27-11-10
If Hamworthy needed a bit of a boost before their next match against Weymouth FC in the Dorset Senior Cup, they certainly got it from this result. The Hammers welcomed back Max Crow from injury, and Mike Antrobus replaced duel signing Dan Hayson who had been recalled by Wimborne. The main highlight of the game was a thirty minute hat-trick by new signing Dave Ewing who has now scored five goals in three games since joining Hamworthy. Fellow striker Luke Burbidge also returned to scoring form with two goals that included a penalty.
Hamworthy again not for the first time in recent weeks conceded an early goal, this time in the first minute of play. A ball was not cleared when the opportunity arose from Hayling’s first attack. The ball reached Lee Oliver whose fierce shot hit the underside of the crossbar before bouncing down just over the line giving Dan Ackerman no chance. To their credit the Hammers soon got back into the game playing some good passing football on a difficult pitch. It was not this however that led to the equaliser in the eighth minute, but it came from a long clearance from Richard Jackson. Dave Ewing outpaced the square Hayling defence and kept his cool to level the score, slotting the ball past keeper Dan Ayres. Hamworthy continued to have the better of things going close on several occasions before the Dave Ewing found the net once again after fifteen minutes. This time he was found at the far post by a Stuart Cannie corner where he forced the ball home to give the Hammers the lead. The Islanders were now restricted to the odd break, but Greg Horlock and Michael White at the heart of the Hamworthy defence kept their shots on goal to a minimum. Dave Ewing got his hat-trick on the half hour after collecting the ball in the left hand corner of the field and cutting inside. He then found the far top corner of the net with a ball that may have been intended to be a cross. Hayling had their best attempt of the match a minute before the interval when they broke quickly out of defence. A good ball out to the right picked out a Hayling player who took the ball to the by-line before making an accurate cross to his striker in the centre. The resulting shot saw Dan Ackerman at full stretch to divert the fiercely struck goal bound effort round the post, and keep the two goal lead.
The Islanders started the second period with a bit more purpose, and held their own for the first quarter of the second half. They were always however open to being hit by the counter attack, and this is what happened when Ryan Murray was put through to score his first goal in the Hamworthy colours. The game was now won, and perhaps one or two of the Hammers were now understandably a little guilty of easing off. Simon Brown made changes to give his players on the bench a run out, and it was one of these that was brought down for a penalty. Jack Swann was put through one on one with the keeper, but was brought down by Ayres as he went to go round him in the box. The Hayling man was shown a second yellow and dismissed by the Referee before Luke Burbidge stepped up to score from the spot. After not scoring for a few games, Luke Burbidge again found the back of the net two minutes later, to complete the scoring. This was after the stand in keeper had made a great save, but could only direct the ball into the path of the Hamworthy striker, who made no mistake. To their credit Hayling tried to pull something back in the last six minutes, but on the day they were well beaten by a team now lying fifth in the table.
Team: D. Ackerman, M. Antrobus, R. Jackson,G. Horlock, M. White, M. Crow, R. Murray ( D. Spencer), W. Robinson, D. Ewen (J. Swann), L. Burbidge, S. Cannie
Unused Subs: E. Roberts