On Saturday (14th August) the Hamworthy United Reserves side faced a tough game against an experienced Merley Cobam Sports FC side at home at the County Ground in a game full of chances Merley Cobham came out on top with a 5-0 win against a young Hamworthy team who will learn a lot from this opening league game. This was the sides first game back in the Dorset Premier League after a years absence. After the game manager Bradley Kendrick was full of praise for his team.
Listen to the full interview above. More interviews coming after the first home game for the first team against Portland on Tuesday the 17th.
How was that from your perspective?
"I thought the first half we played really well - we played really good good football - we struggled to deal with a bit more of a direct approach from the opposition however I couldn’t fault how we tried to play I think we just came up against a more experienced side went unbeaten last season and there’s absolutely no shame in coming away with the result today half time could have been different could have been level we had a good chance after half time and I’m proud of the lads for trying to implement a new style of play that will hopefully get us results but when you come up against a team who have been there and done that you are going to be on the end of results like that".
What positives can you take from the game?
"We have an extremely young side - our centre halves are 16 and 18 and yet they have matched a player who has played National League so credit to them - the football we tried to play was absolutely brilliant we tried to knock it around them I believe what we tried to do was a bit more of an attractive style of football compared to the opposition - the second half despite conceding three and five we didn’t fault from there because it could quite easily go to six seven eight (goals) we got back into the game tried to play and get back into the game and even the opposition have come and credited us for what we tried to do today and I think that’s a real bonus and credit to the lads because I don’t think 5-0 was an accurate reading of the game".
How do you pick the players up after a game like this?
"Their not disappointed with the result because they are young and they are going to learn from this - so its not so much picking them up from this but more releasing how we can learn from the mistakes and how we learn - this is a project not something we are going to get right straight away - its all a learning experience and making sure they know that".