First Team Impress on Hamersley's Big Day
25 September 2012
Hamersley Rovers edged closer to securing 2nd place on their return to the Premier League with a resounding 5-1 win against Kingsley F.C. It was a return to winning ways after two consecutive defeats to North Perth and BB United respectively.
With the club hosting its 30th anniversary there was a large crowd in attendance of former Hamersly players and members, a few of them amoung the club founders. It was fitting then that the first team put on a great show.
In blustery conditions, both sides started at a frantic pace with little time for either side on the ball as they looked to establish a foothold on the game.
It was Kinglsey that got the early break as an arching, looping cross deceived Haig Kingston in the Hammers goal. The big shot stopper was agile enough to push the ball onto the underside of the cross bar before it ricocheted back in to play before fomer Rovers player Jesse Higgins rifled the ball home from close range.
Hamersley didn’t have to wait long for an equaliser and it came from the penalty spot thanks to Matt Emery. It was a needless penalty to concede as a Kinglsey defender stumbled in the box chasing a Hamersley through ball to no one and then proceeded to rest his arm on the ball to support himself.
The Hammers took the lead with a lovely goal from a flowing piece of football. After some smart interchanges in the middle dictated by the sublime Shaun Gibbons, Dan Scudders slipped an angled ball in to the path of Steve Kruit whose deft stepover completely flummoxed the Kingsley keeper and the ball trickled over the line.
The second half was pretty much a Hamersley centric affair. Kingsley were struggling to release Gardner and the turnover of possession and lack of midfield engine, meant that Hamersley were able to keep the ball for long periods and pull the Kinglsey team shape about.
The defence of Ben Ashton and Ricky Cashin was rock solid while Ricky Andrews worked tirelessly on the left hand side. Ryan Sochanik broke up Kingsley attacks in midfield which freed Dan Scudder to make dangerous runs into the opposition half which created many opportunities.
A second from Steve Kruit and a smart finish from Dave Howell put the game out of reach for Kingsley. A fitting goalscorer for the day as Dave has been at the club all the way through juniors and father Stu Howell was a one of the finest players to pull on a Hamersley shirt in the great teams of the 90's.
First team coach Craig Doble made a few changes to bring on fresh legs as Martin Ireland, Paul Broom and Stu Simmons came on to shore up the game.
The final goal was probably the highlight of the game as the Hammers worked the ball from back to front via a series of quick interplay passes before the ball was stoked home with aplomb by Dan Scudder. Another goal for a player who came through the juniors and has been at the club almost 20 years.
The team were joined in the changrooms for the club song by the "old boys" as the roof was almost lifted off, the soon to be replaced, ageing clubrooms. Bringing many fond memories it was a fitting way to celebrate a great win on a special day.
Just one match remaining for season 2012 away to International Calcio which has already been a resounding success following last years promotion.
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