After the midweek trip to Brockenhurst, the Hammers returned on Saturday for part 2 of the early season double header. Here's the match report:
Brockenhurst 1 Hamworthy United 2
Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round (Saturday 7th August 2021)
The Hammers were making their second trip to the Meadens Skoda Arena in five days, having taken the honours in last Tuesday's very entertaining and closely fought League game. With a large squad at his disposal, Tim Sills elected to make four changes to the midweek starting eleven. However, perhaps the most significant change came in the opposition ranks, Badgers' dangerman Silvano Obeng, such a handful on Tuesday; today being obligated to attend a Wedding.
Once the game settled down, it was United, who although not having the cutting edge of Tuesday, were always looking the more likely to open the scoring. In a host of decent chances, Matty Neale chipped the ball against the bar on 25 minutes, this followed some very good work out of defence by Jack Lovell. Jamie Beasley and Neale also saw efforts deflected narrowly over the bar by defenders. Connor Cocklin and Jack Lovell both drew tidy saves from home stopper James Mayo who was having another fine game. In the 38th minute however the Hammers thought that they had finally pierced the blue resistance. Matty Neale's square ball from near the corner flag was turned into the net by Dan Cann. Agonisingly for the Hammers, the "goal" was deemed offside although it must certainly a very tight call. It was quite against the run of play when the Badgers' opened the scoring on 41 minutes, but a gem of a goal it was. Lyle Simpson was not closed down as he received the ball out on the left, and set himself up to fire an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net off the underside of the bar. The hosts had not even managed a shot on target before that point, with a certain scrappiness in their approach play, but this only made the goal shine even better. Hamworthy wasted no time in attempting to repair the damage, but the ball would just not find the net. On the stroke of half time, Lovell just missed his connection with the ball from a teasing Beasley cross when he was positioned almost on the goal-line.
United continued to chase that elusive goal after the interval. However, they were given a stark reminder four minutes in; not to be careless at the back either. This was when Jamie Filkins' under-hit his pass that was then intercepted by Simpson. The Brockenhurst man would have been very disappointed that after rounding Shane Murphy, and with still a reasonable angle to work with, he could only find the side netting. Connor Cocklin was then forced to give way for Tony Rolls; after clearly feeling the effect of a back injury. Filkins then drew another good near post save by Mayo, but ironically this was just before he was substituted for Cam Munn. Just as United were wondering if it was ever going to be their day, it was with some relief that the referee Mr Pratt pointed to the opposition penalty spot on 55 minutes. He had spotted a clip by Badgers' Pat Wilson on Munn in a scramble just inside the bye line. Jamie Beasley kept his nerve to fire the ball into the bottom right-hand corner, sending Mayo the wrong way. The Hammers were clearly intent on finishing the job off at Grigg Lane, and another strong effort by Lovell was well pushed out by Mayo. The Badgers though were now starting to raise their own game. Simpson at the far post headed Jack Broad's decent cross inches over the bar. A retreating Tony Rolls did well to just beat Frankie Monk to a dangerous through ball and prevent another Badgers attack. The Hammers did finally manage to complete the recovery on 85 minutes. Harvey Wright played a neat one-two with Beasley on the left, before laying the ball back to Cam Munn who slotted it home just inside the near post. Hamworthy saw out the final few minutes to repeat Tuesday's winning score-line. Although they lacked that final quality; in the FA Cup it is the result matters most, whilst the winning prize money of £1,125 will not go amiss. Brockenhurst it should be said gave it all they had, but United's quality, experience and depth in squad was always likely to tell in the end. We now look forward to a trip to Westbury United of the Hellenic League on Saturday 21st August.
Hamworthy United: S Murphy, D Randall, H Wright, J Filkins (C Munn 55), C Cocklin (T Rolls 50), A Costello, J Lovell, L Francis (c), M Neale, D Cann (M Wilcock 65), J Beasley
Unused Subs: D Ecott-Young, B Walker, E Hodge