Hanwell town 1 Beaconsfield Town 5
A loss to league leaders
For almost half an hour Hanwell and the league leaders were evenly matched but in the quarter of an hour preceding the interval, Beaconsfield showed why they are doing so well this season. In the first few minutes, Lee Barney had presaged things to come by breaking clear twice. On the first occasion Sam Bunting had got down well to parry his shot and Calum Duffy managed to dispossess him on the second. Hanwell responded and a move involving Wayne Carter and Luke Alfano set up Dan Fleming but he was tackled as he shaped to shoot. Hanwell then went ahead in the ninth minute when Wayne picked out Charlie who cut inside and drove the ball into the far corner.
Beaconsfield went after the equalizer and a full-blooded drive by Bajram Pashaj was bravely and painfully blocked by Calum. Mergim then dribbled half the length of the pitch at full speed before firing over. The Rams equalized, in the fourteenth minute, rather fortuitously. Sam ran out of his area to clear an over-hit through ball but did not make the best contact and the ball went straight to Nathan Webb who found the back of the net from a good forty yards. To their credit Hanwell did not let the setback deter them and a particularly intricate move involving Imedd, Dan and Mergim deserved better than the resultant blocked cross.
Beaconsfield looked dangerous when going forward and Sam did well to tip away Scott Cousins’ ‘cross-cum-shot’ that appeared destined to dip into the top corner of the goal. Up the other end, Mergim threatened but his strong run and shot did not produce a goal. As the half-hour mark approached there was a long delay prior to a Beaconsfield free kick forty yards out. It was suddenly played low into the box by Cousins towards a sprinting Barney who latched on to it to score. Hanwell had been caught napping by a ‘training ground move’ that actually worked! In the next five minutes, Barney was thwarted by Sam before making it three goals to one in the thirty-fourth minute.
It was not all one way and Peter Dean went close with a shot across the goal in the fortieth minute. Hanwell’s hopes of a pre-interval come-back were then dashed when Bajram Pashaj cut across the area and fired high into the net in the forty-fourth minute.
The second half was not half so eventful as the first had been, the only really significant features being a fifth goal for the visitors and a number of worrying substitutions for injuries by Town. Early on in the half Aaron Minhas had fired tamely at Sam when well-placed to score. Then Mergim had totally miskicked the ball on the edge of the area following good work by Dan. In the sixty-third minute, Sam did well to save from that man Barney but the ball ran to substitute Kezie Ibe who made no mistake. It looked as if Barney was going to complete his hat-trick on sixty-five minutes but Sam saved well at his feet and skipper Olly Duffy was on hand to tidy up. Barney then skied the ball over from close range after Luke had cleared a previous shot off the line. During this period Wayne, Olly and Luke all sustained knocks requiring treatment and were eventually substituted.
The final twenty minutes of playing time saw Hanwell, admirably, striving hard to get a goal back. However, the nearest they came was when Dan volleyed wide after Peter’s free-kick was cleared out to him and when Charlie’s low free-kick went narrowly wide. The final whistle, blown by referee Jim Patterson who had refereed firmly and well without the need for continual bookings, meant that the visitors went top of the league. We wish them well for their busy run-in, though we will be sorry to lose the A/M40 derby if they are promoted.
TEAM: 1.Sam Bunting 2.Calum Duffy 3.Nick Turner 4.Oliver Duffy © (12.Mason Welch-Turner 71) 5.Wayne Carter (15.Chris Moore 64) 6.Luke Alfano (14.Jarmal Joseph 72) 7.Mergim Qarri 8.Immed Kartita 9.Dan Fleming 10.Peter Dean 11.Charlie Mitchell.