Hanwell Town 0 Egham Town 4
By Clive Cooke
Match report by Malcolm Paice
Hanwell were robbed at Kings Langley, a trifle unlucky not to rescue a point against St Ives but beaten fair, square and soundly by high-flying Egham on a damp and miserable Tuesday evening at Reynolds Field. The visiting Sarnies took just five minutes to go in front. Wide man Bajram Pashaj cut in from he left and his cross ricocheted to Brendan Mathew who slotted home from close range. Town’s first decent move came five minutes later when a well-executed one-two between Joe Chandiram and Bradley Simmonds saw the latter just failed to get a touch on the ball before onrushing ‘keeper Jamie Norris knocked it clear.
Although Egham had the majority of the possession Hanwell looked dangerous from set pieces. Firstly a dangerous in-swinging corner resulted in a spot of head tennis in the box. Then Tom Duffy headed a cross to Calum, in space on the right, but his volley was high, wide and not very handsome. A minute after that Tom was down the other end, kicking the ball off the line.
With twenty-six minutes played Martin Herdman did well to hold Chris Henry’s fierce shot from wide on the right. Just two minutes later the Sarnies doubled their lead following a contested free kick. The ball into the area fell to Luke Neville who set up Pashaj to find the back of the net. The visitors almost added a third in added-on time at the end of the half but Martin did exceptionally well to save Aaron Morgan’s shot from just ten yards out.
With the second half less than five minutes old Oliver Duffy was involved in a serious-looking clash of heads but thankfully the blood was staunched and he was able to return to the fray after lengthy treatment. With fifty-two minutes played Hanwell came close to reducing the arrears when a nice exchange of passes between Simeon Armstrong and Bradley saw the latter’s goal-bound drive brilliantly saved by Norris.
Just before the hour Manager Ray Duffy made a double substitution, with Ryan Egan and the fit again Tyler Christian-Law replacing Simeon and Joe. However, it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score the all-important third goal of the game, which almost came in he seventy-fifth minute when Wes Daly smacked a free kick against the crossbar. Three minutes later Hanwell put together a good move involving Ollie, Ryan and Bradley but Tyler’s shot was blocked.
As the game headed towards its close the contest was fairly even with the visitors seemingly happy with their two goal advantage and Hanwell striving for a first goal. However the final five minutes produced two more Egham goals making the result even more disappointing for Town. Firstly Aaron Morgan latched on to a ball from the left and drove it into the far corner. Then, in added-on time a low Sarnie free kick caused confusion in the Hanwell six yard box and Mitch Gutteridge was credited with a goal. Egham had deserved to win but the final score of 4 -0 was somewhat hard to take.