First Team Star
Nov 20, 2019, 10:30 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
Hampshire Premier League
Locks Heath 4 Chamberlayne Athletic 0
admission/programme none (whiteboard used) attendance 23 h/c
15th/16 v 14th/16
Six-pointer, even at this stage of the season, and in the end a convincing win for Locks, in a poor game livened up by an impressive meltdown by the visitors in the last 20 mins. The total at the end as far as I could see was 2 red cards, several yellow cards, four sin-bins, and a linesman who either walked off or was sent off.
Both halves saw Chamberlayne start well until the home team got into gear about halfway in and dominate the game. In the first half the visitors started with three efforts on goal in the first ten mins; a long shot by Penfold went wide, Simpkins headed wide from a corner, and Osborne ran onto a long ball and his chip went over the keeper and over the bar. Locks slowly came into it and Moore had a long shot wide. Harvey-Grey then provided a cute finish from a free-kick but was given offside, and Alford shot wide. The home team then started to take over and Wall was unlucky to hit the post, and Hale had a header saved. Alford then put Peppall in, but his chip also went over the keeper and over the bar. On 42 mins Locks took the lead with an Alford free-kick from the left which everyone missed and it ended up in the corner of the net. At the other end Osborne's cross gave home keeper Gardiner all sorts of problems, but drifted wide, and in injury time a good cross from the right saw Peppall score but was again given offside, so it was HT 1-0.
Again after the break the visitors had the better of things, but the only good chance they had was another Osborne shot, saved by Gardiner. Locks again grew into the game and extended their lead on 65 mins as a high cross from the left was dropped by keeper Cole under pressure, and Alford hooked it in. Two mins later Alford turned provider as a good cross saw Peppall run in to head powerfully into the net, and on 70 mins Peppall returned the compliment with a cross from the right setting up Alford for a tap-in and his hat-trick. Three goals in five minutes. Soon afterwards the visitors had a break on the right but indecision reigned and the ball was cleared, but the home team could have had more as sub Bath ran through and was denied by a good save by Cole, a Hale header went just wide, and Bath had a volley saved. We also had an amusing moment when a forward broke through; Simpkins stopped doing his laces up, dispossessed the forward with a good tackle, passed the ball to a teammate, and then went back to doing up his bootlaces. Coolness personified - unlike the rest of his team (and bench), whose frustration got the better of them and started abusing the ref and home linesman at regular intervals. After several yellows and sin-bins, C.Fielder received a straight red for some choice language, and at the final whistle a second yellow was shown to another visitor. Four League officials and a referee assessor were there to witness the entertainment......
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.
(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Nov 20, 2019, 10:32 PM)