Hanwell Town 3-0 Ware
By Clive Cooke
Back to winning ways
SATURDAY 20TH. OCTOBER 2018.
THE BOSTIK ISTHMIAN LEAGUE, SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION.
HANWELL TOWN (2) 3 V. 0 (0) WARE FC.
On the sort of beautiful autumn day that may well have sent John Keats scurrying to his writing bureau Hanwell returned to winning ways with a hard earned victory over a busy and competitive, but ultimately toothless, Ware side. After a string of cup matches, several of which were high profile but ultimately disappointing, it was a credit to the management and the players that they returned to league action so positively.
As early as the first minute Town demonstrated how the game would develop. Harry Kewell burst out of defence and made good ground before finding Tom Collins. The latter slipped the ball to new signing Harry Rush, who, in turn, played the ball across the face of the six yard box. However, there were no takers and the ball was cleared. Ten minutes later, after no further goalmouth action, Town went in front. The ever-threatening Ibrahim Olutade won the ball and was just trying to get the ball out from between his feet when Tom Collins seized upon the opportunity to flick the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. Two minutes later Harry beat his marker and laid the ball to Olly Duffy but his shot from distance was comfortably held by Anthony Page.
Then followed a lot of midfield action, mainly in the Hanwell half, with David Cowley pulling the strings and Albert Adu-Donyinah looking to be a real handful. However, the visitors were finding it difficult to find a way past the Hanwell back line and it was not until the thirty-fifth minute that the Town goal was seriously threatened when the latter striker headed wide when well-placed to score.
As the forty minute mark approached Town increased their advantage, against the run of play to be honest. Nonetheless, the goal came from a sparkling move involving Ibrahim, Harry and Harvey, the latter’s low cross being slid into the net by a fast-arriving Tom Collins. As the half was coming to a close Harry had a shot diverted for a corner from which Calum Duffy had a volley easily saved. The home supporters were able to enjoy their varied half-time refreshment all the better for holding a two goal advantage over a decent opposition.
The second half was a continuation of the first, with the visitors having more of the possession and field position but Town looking dangerous on the break. Just before the hour Hanwell scored the all-important third goal. Harvey made a strong run through the inside right channel and laid the ball to an overlapping Olly. With everyone expecting a cross the skipper pulled the ball back to the edge of the area to Tom Collins. He demonstrated ‘some quick feet’ and slotted the ball into the bottom corner, prompting long-time supporters to wonder when was the last time a Town player scored a hat-trick. The goal was a signal for Town’s ‘Massive’ support behind the goal to run through their entire repertoire of songs in celebration of an expected three points!
To their credit the visitors did not throw in the towel and continued their quest for a goal but Hanwell’s defence, with Harry Tamplin making one particularly good block and their own profligacy, preventing them from testing Aaron. As the half progressed the Town management introduced their full complement of three substitutes, enabling Charlie Barton and Tre Mitford enough time to demonstrate some of their potential.
The final fifteen minutes of the match saw the visitors continuing to strive for what would have been a consolation goal but inaccuracy, a scrambled clearance in the six yard box and brave blocks by Harry and Olly enabled Hanwell to retain a clean sheet. This win will take Town up to mid-table, with games in hand, as this season ‘of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ heads for the ‘bleak mid-winter’.
TEAM: 1.Aaron Bufton 2.Kieron Cathline 3.Calum Duffy 4.Olly Duffy © 5.Tom Duffy 6.Harry Tamplin 7.Louis Bircham (15.Charlie Barton 60) 8.Harry Rush 9.Ibrahim Olutade (16.Tre Mitford 65) 10.Tom Collins (14.Gareth Chendlik 72) 11.Harry Kewell Unused substitutes: 12.Andy O’Brien 17.Ismael Ehui.