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Hamlet 3 Fingate 3

By Pink Panther (legacy user)24/9/2014 11:20Wed Sep 24 11:20:49 2014

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A very entertaining match that Hamlet really ought to have won on balance of play, but the visitors always looked a threat on the attack and went home with a well earned point.

The first half was goalless and took place mostly in the Wingate half, but clear chances were relatively hard to come by. Hamlet wern't helped by a string of ofside decisions going against our forwards, a couple of which were highly debatable, and one of which was clearly wrong when two of our forwards (I think it was McCoulsky and Vidal) timed their runs to perfection as a pass (I think from Carew) came straight through the middle from our own half. I was right in line with that and the last defender got caught flatfooted as two opponents went past him on either side. It would have taken a hell of a balls-up not to capitalise on the scoring chance had the flag stayed down.

The second half had only just started when a clumsy foul 25 yards from goal gave Carew a dead ball opportunity, but his venomous dipping effort over the wall smacked against the face of the crossbar just inside the near post. Soon afterwards we were behind from the penalty spot after a forward was brought down racing directly at goal from the left corner of the box. The equaliser was worth waiting for as Vidal received the ball on the edge of the box, coolly sized up his options as defenders rushed at him, then hit an inch-perfect chip shot over the players in front of him that cleared the keeper and bounced up into the roof of the net via the underside of the crossbar. The game really caught fire after that. Hamlet went in front with another great strike as Ibrahim Mansaray got free to the left of goal and whipped a fierce shot into the far corner. Wingate bounced back when a low cross from their left wing found its way beyond the far post and a forward coming in on the blind side converted from close range. Hamlet regained the lead with less than ten minutes to go when Carew sent a lobbed diagonal pass into the box from the left and Vidal arrived on the end of it with perfect timing to volley majestically past the keeper, but the visitors hit back again when a far post cross was headed in. After that I thought we seemed to apnic a bit and Wingate looked like they might nick all three points during the few remaining minutes.

An excellent contest, infinitely better than Saturday's scrappy win against Hornchurch, with Oshane Brown loooking solid enough in goal on his debut, while Fraser Shaw (ex-Billericay) slotted in at left back and looked impressive going forward, especially in the second half. Having Clunis back after five weeks out was a big help. On the whole though a bit of a sloppy performance as our brilliantly executed goals were negated by some more preventable ones at the other end. One way or another we seem to give away a huge number of free kicks inside our own half, often giving opponents a threatening set piece opportunity with careless challenges on players who were posing no immediate threat.

Team (4-3-1-2): Brown - Hibbert, Gonsalves(c), Pinnock, Shaw - Carew, I.Mansaray, Samuels - Vidal - Clunis, McCoulsky.
Subs: Robinson (for I.Mansaray), Kamara (for Clunis), A.Mansaray (for Hibbert), Hysi, Mendy (not used).
Attendance: 514

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