12th March 2018 - Riley Taylor (Brockenhurst FC)

Photo by: Andy Orman

After a dominant 6-1 away win at Petersfield midweek, Brockenhurst hoped to continue their spell of strong form away to second place Hamworthy United. 

Both teams started the game very sedately with the opening five minutes seeing neither team press for a chance, both teams wary of each others strong attacks.

The first real chance came in the 7th minute when a Will Tickle free kick from 45 yards was floated in but countered quickly by Hamworthy. However the following attack resulted in a cross being easily plucked out of the air by 16 year old Luke Deacon, who was making his first team debut for the Badgers.

The first corner of the game went to Brock and just moments later they thought they had scored when Cassius Newton headed home, however the referee ordered the corner to be retaken.

The corner was retaken and eventually the ball fell to Matt Sheedy who's shot was cleared off the line and away by the Hamworthy defence.

The Hammers began to attack more after the opening 10 minutes with the first shot coming from Jamie Beasley but it was easily saved by Deacon.

Three minutes later there was another chance for Hamworthy as yet again Beasley created errors from the Brock defence before shooting low but Deacon denied him yet again.

Brock struggled to create chances early on with a free kick to the visitors being hit straight into the hands of Andy Knights in the 16th minute.

Moments later, a Hamworthy corner was floated in and the ball fell to a player on the edge of the box, but his effort was deflected just wide. The following corner from this was attacked but the effort from the edge of the box was put behind by Tommy Barnes.

Brock were starting to get back into the game around the 20th minute, when a free kick from Tickle was floated in, but cleared away by Hamworhty as far as Newton who fired over.

Hamworthy were attacking well but were struggling to get the ball past Deacon, as in the 25th minute a cross was whipped in by Beasley and found the head of a Hamworthy player but Deacon made a great one handed stop to deny Hamworthy the lead.

During the 28th minute, Brock really started to trouble Hamworthy but couldn’t produce the end product when Tobi Falodi found Dammy Bada down the left and he produced a great ball into the middle, but it was caught by Knights and cleared away.

Despite this, in the 31st minute, Hamworthy looked well on top as another cross from Beasley threatened the Brock goal but no one got on the end of it. However despite all the dominance from Hamworthy, Brock took the lead in the 33rd minute when Mitchell Speechley-Price flicked on a ball to Matt Sheedy who calmly curled his shot beyond Knights.

Hamworthy looked to respond almost instantly, when they had a free kick on the edge of the box, it was taken short and crossed in but yet again Deacon was out to claim.

Another shot came from Hamworthy moments later but Deacon again saved to keep Brock ahead. The Badgers almost had another when Bada put a dangerous ball into the box for Sheedy but he couldn’t quite get his head on it.

Hamworthy began to push for an equaliser before half time when a chip went out of the reach of Deacon, but luckily for Brock went just over the bar.

The last kick of the half went to Hamworthy as a free kick was crossed into the box onto the head of Nathan Walker, who headed back across goal for another header to be put in but it went over the bar.

Brilliant defending coupled with good attacking play had lead to Brock taking the lead at half time. Despite clear domination from Hamworthy, Deacon had played brilliantly to deny them a way back into the game.

The first chance after half-time saw Brock double their advantage when a ball through found Tickle in space who played a delightful ball across, it was laid off inside the box to Speechley-Price, who smashed his effort into the top left corner.

With Brock now 2-0 up, Hamworthy needed a goal but they failed to force Deacon to make a tough save until the 53rd minute when a shot was well saved by the young Brock 'keeper and cleared away.

Brock almost sealed the game in the 59th minute when a free kick was floated into Matt Burt at the far post but he couldn’t control it before it went out for a goal kick.

A great through ball from Tickle found Speechley-Price in space but he was beaten to it by Knights. Hamworthy almost scored a wonder goal in the 63rd minute when a free kick from 45 yards out was taken by Randall, the strike went into the box and bounced over both defender and attacker, then finally Deacon, before hitting the bar and going out.

Down the other end, Brock almost scored a wonder goal of their own when Bada went down the left before crossing in a dangerous ball that was going in before Knights tipped it over for a corner.

Hamworthy were creating lots of chances but were just not scoring: a free kick, taken weak and low, was cleared away. It was whipped back in for Walker to head just over.

After all the domination, Hamworthy finally pulled one back when Beasley went down the left hand side and thundered a shot past Deacon.

Brock soon went close to retaining their two goal lead when Tickle whipped in a free kick which just went past the outstretched foot of Newton.

With just minutes to go a ball was hit from distance by Hamworthy but it was tipped round the post by Deacon. However despite Deacon’s best efforts, Hamworthy equalised in the 77th minute when a ball was not cleared by Brock and it was whipped into the far post for Edgar Zanin to slot home.

The last 15 minutes saw Brock soak up the pressure from Hamworthy and stopped them from taking the lead. However the last moments of the game saw Speechley-Price take a nasty knock and to be substituted for James Shorey.

The full time whistle went and Brock will have been disappointed to have thrown away a two goal lead but a point against second in the league is still a good result for the recovering Badgers.

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