Hanwell Town v Arlesey Town
By Clive Cooke
Match report by Malcolm Paice
On another dismal afternoon, so murky in fact that the referee asked for the lights to be turned on at three o’clock, this result did nothing to lift the spirits of the home supporters. Hanwell, once again playing with two advanced players, had started brightly and before the game was six minutes old had had three penalty appeals turned down. The two handball claims were debatable but when Calum Duffy controlled a header from Olly he was clearly fouled in the eyes of everyone except the one who mattered. In addition Town had gone close to scoring when Bradley Simmonds, seeing visiting ‘keeper Nick Thompson well off his line, sent the ball just over the bar from well over fifty yards.
Having overcome Hanwell’s early efforts Arlesley came more into the game and looked the more likely to score first. Dylan Gittens crashed the ball against the crossbar from the edge of the area and then Tony Williams directed a header that hit the foot of the upright. Gittens was looking lively and made a strong run that was finished with a low cross that was missed by everyone in the six yard box.
Up the other end Ryan Kinnane had gone close with a volley from beyond the far post following a deep free kick from Bradley. Hanwell did manage to get the ball into the net after a corner but it was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
Hanwell went in search of a goal at the start of the second half and Bradley caused visiting ‘keeper Thompson to fumble with a powerful long-range drive but he recovered well. Gavin hit a threatening low cross into the danger zone but it evaded all and Calum was thwarted by Thompson after a skilful chest control in the area.
However it was Arlesley who grabbed the opening goal in the sixty-fourth minute when Williams latched on to a through ball and stroked it into the bottom corner. Hanwell tried to strike back quickly and Gavin had a shot blocked and in the ensuing pinball the goal-bound ball was handled. Bradley stepped up to the plate to take responsibility for the spot kick but hammered the ball over the bar. Ten minutes later the visitors doubled their advantage, with Jevani Brown slotting the ball past Martin. Four minutes later, in the eighty-first, Lewis Wilson extended the Blues advantage to three.
To their credit the home side kept battling away and a clever ball from Danilson to Calum saw the latter deliver a nice run and cross but Thompson intercepted well. So Hanwell’s poor results at Reynolds Field continue, this result being all the worse for it being a proverbial ‘six-pointer’.