A little cooler in the setting sun, the pre-season warm up continued with a trip to Merley who started brightly forcing Hamworthy onto the back foot without creating any real chances. As the half progressed, the Hammers started to dominate possession and a quick fire double from James Guthrie around the 20 minute mark set the tone for the rest of the match. 0-2 the Half Time score. Sillsy made the usual Friendly team changes though not a complete team swap at Half Time, but it was James Guthrie who completed his hat-trick on the 51st minute to put the game beyond doubt. The 4th goal was scored by Matty Neale after an unselfish lay off from Eddie Hodge (maybe a hint of offside?) and then young Cam Munn (a later substitute) again showed his promise. On 80 minutes, after a fine team move showing a lot of patience across the back followed by a great change in pace and direction, the ball ended up with Cam Munn who duly slid the ball past the advancing keeper. He followed that up with a fine strike from 20yds just 3 minutes later to round of a good all round performance and work out. Thanks to Merley Cobham Sports for their hospitality and we wish them well for the coming season.
On a blisteringly hot afternoon, Tim Sills was able to field an entire team of fresh legs for each half. Crit Clarke had to leave the field during the first half with a rib problem after a clash with an opponent. Apart from that it was a competent performance against a hard working Dorchester Sports side whose goalkeeper kept this side at 0-0 until the 40th minute when Matty Neale was slipped in and a deft touch over the advancing keeper saw the Hammers take the lead. With the fresh team on at the start of the 2nd half, Hamworthy started strongly and scored twice more inside the first 15 mins courtesy of Dan Cann and Cam Munn (a superb chip from the edge of the box). With Dorchester legs tiring, a loose ball about 25yds out was collected by them and they got a deserved goal for their afternoon's efforts. Into the last 10 minutes Dan Cann got his 2nd of the half to confirm a deserved victory on Hamworthy's first outing of the season. Next up is a visit to Merley Cobham Sport on Tuesday evening.