Sydenhams Premier League (Wessex) Tuesday 12-04-11
Hamworthy did not come to life in this game until the second half when they were already a goal down. Simon Browne had to make changes when Max Crow and Dave Ewen both phoned in sick, but he did welcome back Mat Oldring from suspension and Aaron Corby from Naval duties. Young Jack Satterley made his first Wessex League start, and Michael White returned after attending a wedding on Saturday. Greg Horlock took his turn on the bench in another back line shuffle that started with three at the back.
Fareham attacked from the first whistle and soon had the United defence under considerable pressure. They attacked on both flanks sending dangerous crosses into the box which had the Hamworthy defence at full stretch. The Home side needed a little bit of luck and some last ditch defending to keep the Town from scoring. Sean Lillington did particularly well at full stretch to tip a Bryn Mckie goal bound shot over the bar. The Hammers gradually weathered the storm and at long last began to create a few chances of their own. They did in fact silence the few rowdy Fareham supporters behind the goal when they took the lead against the run of play on the half hour. Keeper Tony Harrop and his defence appeared to leave it to one another to deal with what looked like a harmless ball in. This left George Webb with the simplest of tap ins to put United in front. The lead only lasted four minutes before Fareham were awarded a corner from which they scored. A pin point cross found the League’s top goal scorer Graham Lindsey unmarked at the far post to head the ball home. With the half time whistle looming some poor defending again from another corner led to Fareham taking the lead. This time through Dan Hayes.
It was a different Hammers team that emerged after the break, they were now on top, and it was Fareham that was at full stretch at times to keep them out. The Town did well to prevent United from getting many clear strikes on goal despite their good approach work, and gradually weathered the storm to get back into the game. With five minutes remaining goalkeeper Tony Harrop made a fantastic save from what looked to be a certain equaliser. He could only have seen the powerful volley very late, but somehow dived and pushed the ball over the bar for a corner. At the final whistle Simon Browne and the Hamworthy supporters were left wondering what the outcome might have been had their Team played the first half like they did the second?
Team: S. Lilington, D. Spencer, R. Jackson,M. Oldring, M. White, G. Horlock, G. Webb, S. Lanahan ( P. Mullins), J. Satterley (G. Horlock), L. Burbidge, A. Corby