Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Hamworthy United v Tadley Calleva 12/03/19

Hamworthy United 3 Tadley Calleva 1

TWO early goals from the hosts and it essentially looked like game over, however an early back pass that put the Hammers keeper under some pressure hinted otherwise. In the first five minutes both Olly Balmer and Eddie Hodge came close to opening the scoring for the Hammers, and Tadley keeper Sean O’Brien did well to smother a chance in the opening minutes. The opening goal came on six minutes a corner was met by Chris Senior who saw his header come back from a combination of crossbar and defender- for Sean WRIGHT to volley home from close range.

The Hammers doubled their lead some seven minutes later when Hodge robbed a visiting midfielder that saw BALMER sprint into the gap between defenders beat a challenge and slide the ball home from around ten yards out. Tadley came back into it on 23 when Brett DENHAM made the most of some slack defensive play to fire home. HT 2-1

Having enjoyed the better of the opening period, Hamworthy were very much on the defensive for long periods of the second half. Things didn’t augur well though for Tadley. Barely ten minutes in O’Brien collapsed after clearing the ball and there was a lengthy delay due to a very nasty hip injury whilst a stretcher was sought. Young full back Shemar Pettet stepped up to the plate and pulled on the Number One jersey.

There were waves of chances for Tadley, but they couldn’t turn possession into goals. Denham set up a good opening for George Hallahan on 70 minutes, but he wanted too much time so couldn’t convert. A fine strike somehow stayed out as the stopwatch dropped into single figures left, with Tom Rees scrambling the ball to safety. Denham again was unlucky with five left making the most of debutant Connor Cocklin slipping at a crucial moment but the cross was dealt with and Shaun Dallimore was also unlucky when his header was just off the mark from a corner moments later.

Against the overall run of play, just as we entered added on time, Luke STONE put the game to bed with a close range effort latching on to a cross from Balmer, and moments later the replacement keeper made a superb acrobatic leap to keep the ball out again from Stone. Overall the hosts did enough to bag the three points in what was a well contested battle in cold and windy conditions. FT 3-1 (Mike Robins)