Match Report - Division 1
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Fleet Spurs v Hamble Club
Fleet Spurs 0 Hamble Club 4 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter
There are some defeats where you hold your hands up and say that the better side won. This was one such game, where a very good Hamble side showed why they are leaders of the division, having only dropped only five points this season. Spurs played well at times and created a number of good chances, but any result other than an away win would have been a travesty.
Hamble started off like a (non-Southern Railway) train, playing quick and accurate football, and always seeming to have a man spare. A quick check confirmed that the referee had counted correctly and that there were only 11 of them. They made a number of openings but a few good blocks by the home defenders, a good save by keeper Mark Appleby, a shot against the post and some wasteful finishing kept the score sheet blank, but only for eight minutes. Coby Wilson then crossed hard from the left and striker Nathan Lynch rose above the Fleet defence and guided the ball inside the post, giving Appleby no chance. At this stage, it seemed that Spurs would be overwhelmed, but they gradually came into the game, though the Monks continued to look more likely to increase the lead. However neither side managed to score before half-time, although Hamble hit the crossbar with Appleby beaten and Spurs missed a couple of good scoring opportunities.
Four minutes after the break, Hamble increased their lead when full-back Craig Shrimpton penetrated deep into the Fleet area and crossed low for Lynch to flick the ball neatly past Appleby. The game then became messy although both sides created a few chances but managed to miss them. Spurs still gave their supporters some hope, as with sharper finishing they could have given the Monks something to worry about, but it was not to be. Two minutes from the end of normal time, sub James Thomson killed off any hopes of a Fleet comeback with a low left-foot drive just inside the far post and then a minute into stoppage time drove the final nail into Spurs’ coffin with another left-foot shot, this time into the top of the net.
Spurs remain 15th in the league. Next Saturday they entertain relatively local rivals Andover New Street at Kennels Lane (kick-off 3.00).
Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Chris Barnes; Sam Lynham; Rob Colfer; Victor Mudonhi; Tom Slane (subs Adam Nash 13; Adam Bond 28); Dan Bone; Michael Bertoux; Jamil Olweny (capt); Sam Knowles; Chris Rose