Hamworthy United 4 Bridport 0
Dorset Senior Cup Quarter Final (Tuesday 7th December 2021)
Hamworthy welcomed their West Dorset visitors from the Toolstation Western Premier League. With Bridport's league standing being as poor as Hamworthy's is good, the outcome on paper looked to be in little doubt. However, as we all know strange things can happen in cup football. United rested several regulars and included two of their promising young reserves in their starting line-up; with three more coming on later. Therefore, the Bees would at least have a chance to make a game of it and maybe even spring a surprise.
The hosts were in the driving seat from the off and the match took only ten minutes to go to script. United captain Lee Francis laid the ball down the right channel into the path of Jack Lovell whose square ball was firmly slotted into the net by Sam Lanahan from about 7 yards. The Hammers continued to create chances. This included a notable one touch passing movement that involved Ethan Quarchioni, Billy Walker, Max Wilcock, and finally Sam Lanahan whose close-range shot was blocked by a defender. The Bees to their credit did threaten at times; ex-Hammer Antony Carlile just failed to connect with a dangerous cross. Bridport defended well to keep the one goal deficit at bay until 38 minutes. In a similar build-up to the first goal, Tony Rolls laid the ball down the pitch to Max Wilcock. The United man's long cross from almost the right bye-line presented a simple header into the net by Sam Lanahan lurking at the far post. On the stroke of half time, Jamie Filkins unluckily saw his effort from a free kick scooped over the bar by a defender. The Bees had done well to keep the Hammers lead to just two goals at the break. United's defending was also at times not as tight as it could have, and that had enabled the visitors to get in the odd decent cross.
Just after the restart United's young keeper did his confidence no harm by pushing Adam Steele's fierce struck free kick onto the bar and catching the rebound. The Bees however were stung for a third time on 50 minutes, courtesy of a fine move started and finished by Max Wilcock. Wilcock threaded a long diagonal ball between two defenders which was picked up by Sam Lanahan towards the right of goal. Greg Taylor did well to block the first two shots by Lanahan and then Lovell’s on the rebound. The ball then rolled towards the left -hand post, leaving the keeper powerless to stop MaxWilcock's tap in. The visitor’s stopper again distinguished himself by pushing Harvey Wright's fierce drive onto and over the bar. At the other end, two long Bridport efforts were not too far off target as they refused to buckle under pressure. The hosts however made it four in the 57th minute. Wilcock showed great determination to keep control of the ball on the left, before turning and cutting it back for Lee Francis to neatly tuck it home. A 50-yard ball from Rolls was later picked up by Wright, but his pinpoint cross was headed just over by Lanahan. Play again switched ends, Barringer showing his capabilities by beating out a shot by Dominic McAllister. Hamworthy continued to dominate and had several shots just off target. Jack Lovell later hit the post, after being put through by a superb flick on by substitute Joe Wearden. Keeper Taylor did very well to catch Jamie Filkins' wind assisted corner at his far post, before the bar denied Lanahan his hat-trick on 88 minutes. The result was never really in doubt in what was always going to be a very one-sided game, but the Bridport players gave it their all. Starting with their keeper, they should feel proud at holding the fort for the last half hour. The Hammers can also take some satisfaction that the youngsters they drafted in also put in some nice touches, and all looks good for the future of the club.
Hamworthy United: L Barringer, H Wright, C Clarke, J Filkins, B Walker, T Rolls (L Middlewick 75), E Quarchioni (J Delves 70), Lee Francis (c), M Wilcock (J Wearden 60), S Lanahan, J Lovell
Unused Subs: C Munn, S Murphy (gkp)