Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Hamworthy United v U.S. Portsmouth 26/02/19

Hamworthy United 3 U.S. Portsmouth 2

BRILLIANT cup tie between two attack minded sides, but in the end the Division One side were denied an upset by a late flurry from their higher league hosts. The visitors were well on top in the first half and had already wasted a couple of good chances before eventually taking the lead on 33 minutes when James FRANKLYN latched onto a lovely through ball and calmly rolled it into the bottom corner. In truth Hamworthy were poor in the first half but they got their act together just before the break – Sam BAYSTON curling a lovely shot into the corner after picking up a dreadful pass out from a defender. HT 1-1

The second half was much more end-to-end with Hamworthy almost trying to walk it in at times, but the visitors defended doggedly and were always a threat on the counter. And 13 minutes from time they caught United out. A long ball forward fell in between the striker and the keeper. The keeper took him out for a penalty which was calmly rolled home by Harry POTTER.

Hamworthy had to go for broke and they thought they’d evened it up within seconds of the restart – Bayston pulling it back on the by-line to Nathan Walker at the back post. He didn’t get a clean connection and somehow the Keeper recovered to stop the ball when it was probably halfway over the line [Ed- The whistle had blown for an infringement so any goal would’ve been ruled out]. But it was only a temporary reprieve and having struggled to deal with the Hammers corners all evening USP finally paid the price 3 minutes from time with WALKER heading into the roof of the net at the near post.

It looked like it was destined for penalties, but Hamworthy stole it as the clock ticked into injury time with Luke STONE picking it up on the edge of the box, doing brilliantly to turn the defenders before rifling into the bottom corner to break US Portsmouth hearts, and set up a semi-final clash at home to fellow premier division side Baffins Milton Rovers for Hamworthy. FT 3-2 (James Spring)