Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Hamworthy United v Baffins Milton Rovers 22/01/19

Hamworthy United 3 Baffins Milton Rovers 2

CIRCUMSTANCES dictated that it was a swift return to the Specsavers County Ground for me, with the Hammers hosting Portsmouth based Baffins Milton Rovers. A keenly contested game that saw the hosts collect the points despite going a goal behind.

Hamworthy’s Ryan Watkins got forward early on and had a half chance from a long throw in a crowded area in the 3rd minute with Baffins almost immediately having a chance at the other end when a Tommy Tierney shot from distance was deflected wide for a corner. The visitors did go ahead on 12 minutes Callum Dart won the ball and with the home defence caught in two minds, Carel KAYEMBE made no mistake from close in to make it 0-1.

The equaliser came around a quarter of an hour later. A long through ball from Sam Bayston saw Dan CANN take the ball on, into the area and guided it wide beyond Cameron Scott, the Hammers came close to going ahead on the half hour mark when Ollie Balmer saw his effort well stopped by Scott after a poor clearance was returned into the danger area by a United midfielder. It wasn’t all one way though and ASHTON LEIGH restored Baffins’ lead with three minutes left in the first half from close range, but as if to emphasise the twists and turns the game was throwing up, the Hammers again pulled themselves back into the game making it two apiece at the break when all the hard work was done by Bayston in central midfield sending BALMER on his way- he jinked into the area to fire it home beyond Scott. HT 2-2

After the break the game settled down and both sides tried to play but the ball was given away too readily in each camp. The first real chance of the second period saw Tommy Leigh have a half chance but blazed it high from around 25 yards and a few minutes later Tierney had a similar result from a similar distance. The third and what turned out to be the winning goal came just after the hour mark, when Bayston and Cann combined going forwards up the left flank, WATKINS finishing off the move cutting in from the left and shooting home from an acute angle giving Scott no chance in the Baffins goal.

It wasn’t all over though as Baffins sought an equaliser and the Hamworthy defence needed to keep their discipline with the best chance falling to substitute Joe McLean for Baffins but his fierce cross from wide left didn’t find anyone coming in to finish, Ashton Leigh and Tierney both had chances with the latter seeing a shot well blocked by Hammers’ skipper Nathan Walker. The last action of the game saw the home keeper make a super one handed stop at the foot of his left hand post to see the Hammers home with another win although it was a mighty close run thing. FT 3-2 (Mike Robins)