Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Hamworthy United v Hamble Club 4/12/18

Hamworthy United 4 Hamble Club 1

JUST three places separate these sides in the league and there was nothing to separate them on Saturday, so it was somewhat surprising to see such a resounding win tonight.

Hamworthy flew out of the traps and took an early lead when Ollie DAVIES finished off a brilliant flowing move – flicking a cross into the corner. The ball was in the net again in almost identical fashion shortly after but the flag was up for offside, before Hamworthy hit the bar. Hamble though weathered the storm and began to come back into it.

Ultimately the game would turn decisively midway through the half. Hamble had a corner and following a game of pinball it was poked over the line before being palmed back out by the keeper. I was stood behind it and was obviously a good foot or 2 over the line, but the linesman didn’t give it and Hamble were left feeling aggrieved and rightly so. Their frustration was compounded minutes later as Dan CANN doubled the home sides lead, before Nathan WALKER added a 3rd to leave Hamble with a mountain to climb. The game was effectively over as a contest thanks to a comedy own goal right on half time as Hamworthy goalkeeper Tom Rees launched a big kick up field. Defender Jake Newton tried to head it back to his keeper but he was in no-man’s-land, and the ball looped into the corner of the net. HT 4-0

Predictably the second half was a bit of a non-event. Hamworthy could’ve easily ended up with half a dozen but some poor decisions in the final third stopped it becoming a real thrashing. Hamble kept having a go to their credit and did manage a consolation with the last kick of the game, through Richard BRIDLE, but in the end it was a comfortable evening for United who make the 4th round for the first time in their history, where they’ll travel to Western Premier league side Willand Rovers. FT 4-1