Victories for First and Reserves as Dallies see Red
21 May 2013
Hamersley Rovers 4:0 Spearwood Dalmanatic
A return to league action saw Hamersley comfortably defeat Spearwood at Carine Open Space with two goals in both halves.
The game started brightly with both sides working hard and fighting to assert themselves on the game.
The first goal of the afternoon came on 13 minutes, after the ball was pulled back from the left by Dan Guggisberg to Ricky Andrews, who slotted his left foot strike neatly into the bottom right hand corner.
Soon after a corner from the left somehow found its way through traffic to the far post and, as it was scrambled away, the ball found itself set for a volleyed effort from Guggisberg, though it was always going to be a stretching effort and the wide man couldn’t keep his effort down.
As Hamersley continued to gather momentum Andrews found himself through on goal with a chance for his second, though the defender did just enough to ensure that Andrews was unsteady as he struck his effort wide.
Hamersley were on the ascendency and were in firm control of the encounter, their dominance being characterised by solid effort, good communication, plenty of running off the ball and some excellent link up play. Yet another Rovers break down the right saw a fantastic one-two between Conor Fullard and Dan Fowler, the former managing to cut the ball back neatly from the by-line to Daniel Scudder, who was unable to take advantage on this occasion.
The concern would be that only one goal from such dominance could lead to a precarious second half situation, but fears were soon allayed when Shaun Gibbons, on his first outing since his return to the club, finished off a delightful team goal with an expertly executed chip just before half time.
Gibbons bagged his second and extended Hamersley’s lead to three ten minutes into the second half with another accomplished finish, cutting in from the left and curling his right-foot shot away from the Spearwood goalkeeper.
Daniel Scudder finished off the scoring on 67 minutes with a neat left foot slip past the keeper, after good inter-play between Scudder and Daniel Fowler.
Hamersley could have added to their total with a flurry of chances in the second half, including a Daniel Scudder header that thundered off the upright and a curled left footed effort from Declan Peters that was well saved.
The only chance of Spearwood’s afternoon came when a momentary lapse of concentration allowed the Dalmanatic striker through, but his effort was stopped superbly by Ian Norgrove.
Four goals down and a long way off the pace, insult added to injury for the visitors after they had a player sent off late in the game for a second bookable offence.
It was a solid win for Brad Brooks’ men, and they will look forward with confidence to next week’s league encounter.
Hamersley Rovers Reserves 8:1 Spearwood Dalmanatic Reserves
Hamersley Rovers Reserves continued their rich vein of goal scoring form as they hit eight past Spearwood ressies in the early encounter.
A hat-trick for Steve Kruit, two from Daniel Malatesta, and one each from Dave ‘Fingers’ Howell, Nick ‘Julia’ Hage and Matt Austin secured the points for Tel Stupple’s men.
After being three goals up at half time, the only blot on the copybook was a lapse of concentration that allowed Spearwood to nick one just after the break, though Rovers quickly asserted their authority once more.
The goal count could have been a lot more, with a number of chances coming close and the Spearwood goalkeeper making an outstanding save after a fierce strike from Scott McGowan.
However, Rovers will certainly settle for the goals that they did score and another three points as they head into their next league fixture.
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