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Hamlet 4 Leatherhead 1
A fairly comprehensive victory ensured a happy new year as Hamlet hit four goals for the first time this season. The visitors barely threatened our goal all afternoon other than from set pieces, of which there were a number thanks to a referee who consistently penalised the slightest infringement, unless it was by a defender inside his own penalty area. Whereas free kicks in the middle third are of limited use to the Hamlet, as we simply resume our patient passing game, they gave Leatherhead opportunities to push plenty of players into our area and put us under direct pressure.
It took almost twenty minutes for the Hamlet to take the lead, with the play up to that pint having taken place mostly in the visitors' half. abnett made a brilliant run into the box, sidestepping two defenders before flicking a pass wide to Carew, whose first-time shot flew in at the near post off a defender's body to leave the keeper with no chance. With less than ten minutes until half time Dixon was penalised for a marginal infringement outside the right edge of our box, and when Wilson chased the high cross to his far post he failed to get a decisive touch and the loose ball was bundled into our net. It was a foul, but of the type referees often choose to ignore. The visitors barely threatened our goal all afternoon other than from set pieces, of which there were a number thanks to a referee who consistently penalised the slightest infringement, unless it was by a defender inside his own penalty area. Whereas free kicks in the middle third are of limited use to the Hamlet, as we simply resume our patient passing game, they gave Leatherhead opportunities to push plenty of players into our area and put us under direct pressure, which they weren't achieving in open play.
Hamlet were back in front after less than five minutes of the second half when Carew's far post cross from the right was nodded in by Dixon, drifting unmarked into the six yard box. For the next fifteen minutes or so Hamlet continued to look like scoring more, but we had one disallowed for offside and other chances went begging. When Ottaway and Clunis were substituted in quick succession I felt we were in danger of losing the initiative, but after a narrow escape from one of those threatening free kick assaults on our goal our two substituted combined to extend out lead. The ball was cleared to Jarrett on the left, who took the ball into the box, paused for support to arrive, then jinked past his marker on the outside and square a pass into the middle for James to fire home. Hamlet were denied a blatant penalty when Abnett made a driving run into the box and was bowled over from behind, but as the game moved into stoppage time Forbes forced the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Team (4-3-3): Wilson - Abnett, Forbes(c), Pinnock, Shaw - Carew, Vidal, Dixon - Wanadio, Ottaway, Clunis.
Subs: James (for Ottaway), Jarrett (for Clunis), Hibbert (for Wanadio), Kamara, Maan (not used).
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