Sydenhams Premier League (Wessex) Tuesday 25-01-11
Hamworthy were once again like the Arlesford game unable to overcome a team that never stopped harassing them from the kick off until the final whistle. The game was played at ninety miles an hour with the ball being in the air for long periods of the match. The Home team tactics were very clear right from the off. It was going to be route one whenever possible, and to close down the Hammers at every opportunity to prevent them getting their passing game going. To be fair to Laverstock the tactics proved to be very successful for them, but it was also very boring to watch. Simon Browne was able to name only one change to the side after George Webb reported fit after his knock on Saturday. Sean Lillington was given the chance to take over from Dan Ackerman in goal.
United began the game kicking up the slope on a very stodgy surface. The game started as it was going to continue for the next ninety minutes, played at ninety miles an hour. It was the Hammers who almost opened the scoring following a very good move. The ball was worked out to the right, and a dangerous cross into the six yard box was sent inches past the post by a Dave Ewen header. Hamworthy again went close this time a long throw into the Laverstock box was headed goal wards by one of their defenders. Luke Haviland did well to quickly react and punch the ball over when it looked destined for the top corner. The United defenders were having trouble all night with the long ball tactics of the opposition. This led to Dan Hayson bringing down his opponent in the box with a reckless tackle. Laverstock converted the spot kick to open the scoring, but luckily for Dan, and United the Referee kept his cards in his pocket on this occasion. Hamworthy were not behind for very long, and were soon back on level terms with a brilliant individual goal by Luke Bubidge. He picked up the ball midway into the Laverstock half before weaving his was past three defenders, and rolling the ball past the Keeper into the corner of the net.. This was much to the annoyance of the very vocal Laverstock Manager. That really was the last piece of constructive football in the game which deteriorated into a scrappy affair from that point on. Mike Antrobus had to come off following being hurt earlier in a goal line collision, and was replaced by Dan Spencer.
The second half continued in much the same way as the first, most of which was scrappy and with the ball in the air. You could not fault the Laverstock work rate and determination to get something out of the game. The Hammers were all too often hurried into making wrong decisions, and no one appeared to be able to put their foot on the ball and play the game at their pace. Sean Lillington did well to get down, and save at the feet of a Laverstock man put through on goal, That apart there was very few goal scoring opportunities at either end. Stuart Cannie worked hard and did well when he came on for Dave Ewing, but was unable to create anything. I think everybody was relieved when the Referee blew for time with the scores still level. This was probably a fair result, but oh what an awful game.
Team: S. Lillington, R. Murray, M. Antrobus (D. Spencer), G. Horlock, M. White, D.Hayson, G. Webb, W. Robinson, D. Ewen (S. Cannie), L. Burbidge, R. Jackson.
Unused Subs D. Ackerman, J. Slatterley