Hamworthy United v Christchurch FC – 23rd March 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 23 March 2019

The defences were on top in the early exchanges as Christchurch tried to get used to the artificial pitch.  Christchurch took the lead after 10 minutes, when a free kick on the left taken by Ash Pope found Harvey Wright who passed the ball on to LUCAS MURRAIN, who slotted the ball home.  With Billy Walker struggling with an injury, a cross from Hamworthy was missed by everyone but Brad Cherrett managed to clear the ball off the goal line to safety.  Billy then had to go off and was replaced by Kieran Douglas.  Over the next 10 minutes, Hamworthy had several free kicks for fouls but chose to send them along the ground where they were cleared upfield by a resolute Christchurch defence.  A delightful passing move between Ash Pope, Dan Haynes and Brad Cherrett led to a cross which was just over Lucas Murrain’s head.  Towards the end of the first half, a shot from Hamworthy from some 25 yards out was parried by Max Frampton with the rebound being cleared for a throw in, leaving the half-time score at 0-1.

Early in the second half, a pass from Max Wilcock found Ash Pope but his shot was just wide of the near post.  Hamworthy were then given a free kick which the referee had initially waved play on but intervention by the assistant referee persuaded the referee to award the kick which was overhit and went out harmlessly for a goal kick.  Another move involving Max Wilcock and ASH POPE led to the latter heading wide of the goalkeeper into the net to increase Christchurch’s lead.  Shortly afterwards Hamworthy reduced the deficit when a free kick on the right was headed past Max Frampton into goal.  Midway through the half, Christchurch had a chance to increase their lead when a cross on the goal line by Max Wilcock rolled along the top of the cross bar and back into play where it was cleared by the home defence.  Both teams had further chances until in the 89th minute a cross from the Hamworthy right rebounded several times amongst Christchurch defenders until it went to a home attacker who headed the ball just past Max Frampton into the far corner of the net to equalize.  This was the final action of a pulsating game from which Christchurch earned a valuable point but could so easily have been all 3!

Christchurch – Frampton, Cherrett, Cooper (Rogers 70), Wright, Walker (Douglas 16), Haynes D, Swann, Murrain, Pope, Wilcock, Kirkham (Butler 81).  Unused subs – Whitehouse, King O