South Park 0-3 Hanwell Town
By Chris Moore
Hanwell win in the road
SOUTH PARK (0) 0 v HANWELL TOWN (3) 3
BOSTIK ISTHMIAN LEAGUE SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION
SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2018
After the shambles of the game against Marlow earlier in the week, it was a treat to be at a game where there was not a bad tackle throughout the entire ninety minutes and where not a single card of any colour was given. It could be said that this was because we enjoyed a comfortable three goal win but much of this was due to the match referee whose control of the game was excellent and who often had a smile on his face as he exchanged words with players from both sides.
This was our first ever game against South Park and it was also the first game as manager for South Park's Jay Lovett who was taking over a club struggling towards the bottom of the table.
Our side showed just one change from that which had begun the game against Marlow. With Williams Danquar only allowed to play two games following the demise of former club Thamesmead Town, Rhys Paul dropped back into the centre of our defence to play alongside Ollie Duffy enabling Andy O'Brien to switch to left back. Gareth Chendlik came into the side to replace Danquar playing up front alongside Tom Collins. We were gifted our opening goal in the seventh minute when Gareth chasing a loss cause as the ball ran towards and behind the goal line was pushed in the back by the home side's Jake Hill and match referee Mr A Harris had little option but to point to the penalty spot. Gareth made no mistake from twelve yards and we were ahead. South Park fought back strongly and Aaron Bufton who had an excellent game, made a fine save to stop a shot from the South Park right back, Giani Ashley, who had acres of space as he cut in from the right to move onto the ball played into his path.
On the quarter hour mark we doubled our advantage, when Louis Bircham who was industrious throughout won the ball in a tackle and played it through the centre of the South Park defence into the run of Tom Collins who made no mistake as he drilled the ball past the South Park keeper Michael Eacott into their net. We came very close to scoring a third goal almost immediately, firstly when Eacott turned a shot from close range by Gareth round the post and the the ball was scrambled clear from their goal line as we pressed forward. However, goal number three was not long in coming as a corner from the right was emphatically headed home from the unmarked Calum Duffy, his fifth goal of the season. South Park should have reduced the deficit just before the interval when Luciano Osbourne was right through on goal but with only Aaron to beat he shot wide, a real let off for us as had they scored at that stage, South Park would have come out for the second half with their tails up.
As it happened we were quicker out of our blocks in the second half and Eacott did well to block a shot by Harvey after he had been played through by Tom. Gareth then should have done better than to weakly shoot straight at Eacott from close range.
South Park made two substitutions in quick succession as their new manager rang the changes but chances at both ends were now in short supply, the exceptions being when Aaron denied the South Park centre forward Sebastien Oseie-Obengo saving low down to his right whilst at the other end, a good interchange of passes between Tom and Harry Rush saw the latter drill the ball just over the South Park cross bar. South Park made their third and final substitution of the evening and we then made two changes in quick succession, Anis Nair replacing Harvey and Tre Mitford coming on for Tom.
South Park enjoyed the better of things in the final fifteen minutes of the game but without ever troubling Aaron, although they could well have done when centre back Charlie Alexiou out jumped everybody from a right wing corner but directed his header just wide of the post.
As the minutes ticked away to the final whistle, Wayne Carter made his first start in a first team game this season replacing Gareth. His one touch of the ball was impeccable !!!!!
The three points gained sent us up to seventh place in the table with much to play for in the remainder of the season.
Team: Aaron Bufton, Keiron Cathline, Andy O'Brien, Ollie Duffy, Rhys Paul, Calum Duffy, Louis Bircham, Harry Rush, Gareth Chendlik, Tom Collins and Harvey Killeen. Substitutes used: Anis Nair for Killeen (65), Tre Mitford for Collins (73) and Wayne Carter for Chendlik (84).