hamworthy recreation fc

Sam Jones

Tom Biles

Luke Geddes

Rikki Walden

Lewis Proudley

Marc Fairbrother

Ash Boyt

Ross Hampton-Brown

Brad Hill

Chris Long

Ali Garrard


Harry Stokes
for Fairbrother

Lorne Cooper-Blaney
for Biles

Callum Charlton
for Hill

Long 13 & 86

Boyt 75

Garrard 26

12/8/2017 League

Merley Cobham Sports 3 Hamworthy Recreation 4

Rec opened the new season with a seven goal thriller at old rivals Merley Cobham. It was a terrible start for the visitors who found themselves two down in the first ten minutes, but they fought back to level by half-time, only to gift the hosts a third at the start of the second half. But two goals in the last quarter of an hour clinched the points.

Rec were aware of Merley's threat from set-pieces and corners, but that counted for nothing in the third minute when Rec failed the clear a corner and Asa Phillips slammed in the loose ball for 1-0. And it was to get worse for Rec when, on 10 minutes, a slack back-pass gifted a second for Dan Edwards - 2-0.

Back came Rec and on 16 minutes a fine pass from Ash Boyt set up CHRIS LONG, who cooly fired in for a goal on his debut for the club. Rec were dealt a blow when Brad Hill was forced off with an injury, but substitute Callum Charlton made an immediate impact with a fine through-ball to ALI GARARD to rifle high into the net for 2-2 after 24 minutes. Garard then saw another chance deflected over. HT 2-2.

Merley were back in front right at the start of the second period when poor defending from another corner gifted them a free header (Dan Edwards again) for 3-2.

Garard and Long were causing problems for the home defence with the former having his shot beaten away for a corner from which Long's powerful header was just over. Long then turned provider on 77 minutes when his left-wing cross was turned over for a corner from which Rec drew level. The ball was half cleared, but fell nicely for BOYT to drill a great half-volley low into the net for 3-3.

Both sides went for a winner and Sam Jones, making his debut in goal, made a couple of vital blocks, but Rec went close with Boyt shooting narrowly wide and Lorne Cooper-Blaney having his low shot pushed away.

But on 88 minutes Rec notched the winner. Harry Stokes, on as a sub, weaved his way into the box, Garard touched on to LONG who gleefully smashed in to claim the win.

All credit to both teams for a highly entertaining game - a great advert for the league.