3 days after his 1st Senior hat-trick, Cam Munn was at it again. Read the full report below:
Sydenhams Premier League (Tuesday 27th October 2020)
Logically with Top playing Bottom, the only uncertainty appeared to be Hamworthy's margin of victory. However, Amesbury have upset the odds against the Hammers before. They put up two good showings against United last term, winning their home game and narrowly losing the return. This only after a very late Hammers' comeback. In their previous game they overcame the highly rated Horndean outfit 3-0, in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup. United kept the same starting eleven that did so well at Fleet at the weekend, with the exception of Connor Cocklin replacing Tony Rolls who was still suffering a little from his sustained dead leg. Max Buckler returned to the bench following suspension along with Oliver Davis returning from injury.
The hosts as expected took control right from the start. The Blues' stopper Chris Wing was quickly called into action when two close-range (if tame) efforts by Cam Munn and Eddie Hodge were palmed away to safety. Hamworthy duly opened the scoring on 8 minutes. Cam Munn carried on where he left off on Saturday, by firing home just inside the right post after an excellent flick on by Dan Cann. The Hammers continued to be on top, but the Town were closing them down quickly; trying to prevent them from getting into their usual passing game, and were using the long ball; hoping for a quick break. However, a sudden quick through ball by Cann was put just wide by Munn. Captain Lee Francis's then saw his effort just clear the far post after a flowing criss-cross move that also involved Hodge and Munn. Cann’s first time shot from Neale's lay-off was well saved by the impressive Wing. The Hammer's second goal arrived more by luck than design in the 38th minute when the ball broke kindly to Cam Munn in the six-yard box. Munn had no trouble poking the ball past the exposed Wing to double United's lead. Cam Munn was still not finished, completing his second successive hat trick on 41 minutes. This was when another fine ball in by Hodge was gently nudged in by Munn beneath the keeper who was probably anticipating a firmer connection. The Blues had still not managed a shot on target, but just before the break they finally managed to draw Shane Murphy’s attention when Chris Booth's blistering effort passed narrowly wide.
United continued to press after the break. Wing superbly tipped over Cann's header, and then pushed into touch Neale's firm near post effort. Yet another good cross by Hodge was then cheekily back heeled by Munn just wide. It was only a question of time before the Hammers would find the net again, and they did so in the 59th minute when Eddie Hodge's cross-come-shot curled in at the far post. United's fifth soon arrived on 62 minutes. Matty Neale at the far post got a good head on yet another exquisite Hodge cross and found the back of the net. It was of some concern to the Hammers when Munn had to pull up with a slight hamstring strain, and was taken off as a precaution, no doubt with Saturday's FA Vase game in mind. His fellow U18 replacement Christie Ward also showed some nice touches seeing one well hit effort draw Wing into a clean catch at his near post. The latter stages of the half saw Hamworthy's quality of football give way somewhat to a rather feisty resistance by the visitors, both in terms of some over-zealous challenges, and the tone of words spoken. This manifested itself in a sin bin visit for substitute Kieran Benitez and, near the final whistle, Booth being shown a red card for a late tackle on Jamie Filkins. The United players did very well to by and large keep their composure. During this changed complexion of the game, Amesbury at least showed they could still compete, Murphy having to make one decent save and seeing two shots just clear the bar. Another fine, if expected, result for Hamworthy, their ninth win in a row, cemented their position at the top of the league. This has started to create a real buzz around the County Ground with attendances well up. It will be a very interesting test when they start to play their co-challengers, starting at Lymington Town next week.
Hamworthy United: S Murphy, D Randall, C Clarke (J Beasley 65), J Filkins, C Cocklin, A Costello, E Hodge, L Francis (c), C Munn (C Ward 75), D Cann, M Neale (M Buckler 65)
Unused Subs: T Mallett, O Davis