First Team Star
Nov 14, 2018, 10:33 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
Hampshire Premier League
Locks Heath 3 Sway 5
admission/programme none attendance 42 h/c
14th v 11th/16
1930 kick off started 1958 due to traffic light failure on slip road off M27 causing major delays - thanks to Alan at Locks for keeping me informed.
Game well worth waiting for, as Sway played some lovely counter-attacking football but then almost self-destructed with about seven yellows and a red for dissent (plus one on the bench). Locks kept going and came back to 3-4 but were undone by a breakaway near the end.
A fast start to the game by both teams but Brading and Petty, the front two for the visitors, prompted by the left foot of L.Churchill, caused the Locks defence, playing a high line, problems all night. An early flick-on saw Petty almost in for a shot but he was well blocked. However, he did score the opener for Brading on 8 mins after nice work down the left by Brading. He then had another shot over. After 15 mins the ref warned both sides about their language. On 17 mins a raking ball from left to right by L.Churchill found Richie on the right who produced a superb first-time volley into the net from a ridiculous angle to make it 0-2. Eagle then had the home team's first shot, just wide. But it was three for Sway on 22 mins as L.Churchill sent Petty clear on the left, and he produced a good finish. Brading went clear again soon afterwards, rounded the keeper but his shot was well cleared off the line. Bockhart went clear on the right but this time the angle was too tight for him. The game quietened down a bit after this, and the home team came into the game. After a header over the bar from a free-kick, they got a penalty on 41 mins for what looked to me like a hard, but fair, tackle. Wall converted efficiently. Bockhart nearly set up L.Churchill for another near half time but his shot was well blocked to leave it HT 1-3.
Much the same after the break, and it was 1-4 after 51 mins as another cross saw a first time volley from Bockhart on the right into the net. Brading almost extended the lead further, and he almost set up Petty for another one. However, by now Sway's frustrations with the ref were reaching fever pitch and they had several players booked for dissent. The ref also wanted to send off one of the officials but he didn't, because 'he was the first-aider'. Then Sway conceded another penalty - a good run by Eagle saw him cut in, and was fouled. Wall scored efficiently again. A free kick by Bruce almost cut the deficit further but home keeper Coombes mad a good save low down by his post. At the other end a good ball picked out L.Churchill, he showed some great skill to beat his man but his shot was well saved by Gardiner with his legs. Locks pulled it back to 3-4 on 76 mins as a good ball saw the ball moved out to the right and Chambers finished well, although there were appeals for offside. Shortly afterwards Jones for the visitors saw his second yellow and Sway were up against it. Locks had a couple of chances, and in the 85th minute had a decent shout for another penalty. Instead the ball went up the other end for Brading to score and seal the win for Sway, a win which should have been much easier if they had kept their discipline.
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 14, 2018, 10:33 PM)