Sydenhams Premier League (Wessex) Saturday 18-02-12
After Tuesday night’s win at Horndean Simon Browne kept the same starting line up that began that game, despite having Sam Lockyer and Karl Yelland back for selection. Brading played in the Hammers black and yellow change strip having left their kit behind on the Island. Hamworthy were looking to build on their mid-week win to help erase the memory of their last home game. This they certainly did.
In the first half the weather was far from ideal with a swirling wind which made playing conditions very difficult for both sides. The Hammers kicked towards the Irvin Brown Stand with the wind behind them, and kept Brading in their own half for much of the first thirty minutes. The Visitors well led by the experienced Ollie Fleming defended in depth, and prevented any real clear cut chances in that time. United’s first real opportunity came with a snap shot by Luke Burbidge from just inside the penalty area. Keeper Gareth True did well to dive to his right and turn the ball round the post. Hamworthy almost scored from the resulting corner when the ball was cleared off the line by a Town defender with the keeper beaten. The Hammers also went close with a free kick that flashed past the far post. Brading had a little flurry of attacking play five minutes before the break, and it was Simon Evans who had to be on his toes to pull off a good save to keep the score goalless at the break.
By the time the second half started the wind had dropped considerably, and the teams were now able to get the ball down and play a bit. Hamworthy still had the upper hand and were beginning to get their passing game going. When Brading did get forward they often shot from distance, and that gave Simon Evans and the United back four few real problems. Town Keeper True pulled off another good save when he saved a Lee Chuddy header from close range when it looked as if the United striker must score. The hard working Aaron Stacey was seeing a lot of the ball in midfield and it was him who had a hand in both Hamworthy goals. The first came after seventy nine minutes when following a good run down the left wing he cut in down the byline, beat a defender, and crossed the ball into the six yard box. A United shot was blocked on the goal line, but the ball rebounded to Steve Whitcher who picked his spot to open the scoring. Five minutes later, and following another good run in mid field Stacey picked out Luke Burbidge with a great ball over the Town defence. Burbidge took the ball to the by line and picked out Lee Chuddy coming in at the far post to double the lead. Hamworthy had left it late but ended up worthy winners at the final whistle.
Team: S. Evans, J. Wyatt, G. Horlock, M.White, D. Haysom, A. Stacy, S. Lanahan (J. Wakefield), W. Robinson (S. Lockyer) , S. Whitcher, L. Chuddy (T. Hunt) L. Burbidge.
Unused Sub: K. Yelland, R. Voysey (GK)