Hanwell Town 3 Egham Town 5
By Clive Cooke
Hnawell bow out of League Cup
Our all too brief run in the League Cup, this being the first time that we have reached the second round in memory, came to an abrupt end when we were decisively beaten 5-3 at home by Egham Town, the second time in successive home games that our opponents have found our net five times.
However, the very small crowd were treated to an entertaining open game of football and it is difficult to remember a poor foul by either side. However, the referee was not hesitant in showing a yellow card for any instance of dissent and this played a major part in the game when Jesse Kewley-Graham having received a yellow card in the first half made an inappropriate comment inside the first five minutes of the second half and referee Mr Zack Ellis had no hesitation in flourishing a second yellow card followed by the inevitable red card. It is to Hanwell's credit that they matched their opponents throughout the remaining minutes in the game.
Egham commenced the game on the front foot dominating possession and took the lead in the fifteenth minute when former Hanwell Town player, full back Ryan Phillips with his favoured left foot sent an in swinging corner into our box from the right flank and another former Town player, this time centre half Devate McKain headed home from close range.
However, our response was almost immediate when we broke from defence and a clever through ball by Jesse, sent captain Ollie Duffy racing clear to confidently clip the ball bast the advancing Egham keeper Pat Ohman into the Egham net. This goal gave us a lot of confidence and it was now our turn to be the dominant side and we might have taken the lead when a long ball forward found Peter Dean clear on goal but under pressure he failed to get any force behind his shot and Ohman was able to make a comfortable save. Minutes later, Ohman did well to turn a left footed shot from Tom Hunt destined for the bottom corner of the net around the post. We were then thankful for Georges Ehui's clearance from the goal line to prevent an almost exact replica of Egham's first goal, a header from McKain from a Phillips corner. However, our relief was short lived as Egham scored a rather fortunate second goal, with a shot that was going well wide struck Lewis Cole's foot and the ball bounced back into the path of Egham's prolific goalscorer Brendan Matthew and he swept the ball past the helpless Sam Bunting from close range. Worse was to follow as minutes later, Nick Turner failed to clear his lines and Matthew shrugged him off the ball before unerringly stroking the ball past Sam into the far corner of the net.
We then almost pulled a goal back when a superb chipped pass from Ollie found brother Calum unmarked on the far post, but as he chested the ball down he was crowded out and the chance had gone. On the stroke of half time, a free kick by Peter Dean from out on the left was flicked on by Ricky Pither but unfortunately straight into the arms of Ohman.
The second half commenced with Jesse's sending off and shortly after Egham went further ahead. In a similar fashion to their opening goal it was from a corner kick, this time Phillips from the left side drove the ball towards the near post where McKain flicked the ball into the far corner of our net.
We might have been awarded a penalty when Calum racing to get onto the end of a cross from Georges was bundled over in the box but our appeals were waved aside. Just after the hour mark we made a double substitution with Charlie Mitchell and Gabriel Piorkowski coming on to replace Ricky Pither and Tom Hunt. However, they had only been on the field for a couple of minutes before Egham made it 5-1. Matthew completing his hat trick as he turned sharply on the edge of our penalty area before curling a left footed shot into the far corner of our net to complete his hat trick. We continued to play some attractive football and an excellent move involving several players down the left side resulted in Charlie being tripped as he moved inside the Egham penalty area and the referee had little hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Peter Dean opened his scoring for the club with a precision kick from the spot giving Ohman no chance. With twenty minutes left, Egham made three substitutions including the withdrawal of Matthew, his work for the night done !!
We ourselves then made our third substitution. Daniel Pritchard replacing Nick Turner. Play continued to flow from end to end and Joe Chandiram curled in a beautiful free kick from the edge of the area leaving Ohman helpless to provide a final score of 5-3 to Egham, a scoreline that more accurately reflected the game overall.
Side: Sam Bunting, Georges Ehui, Joe Chandiram, Nick Turner, Ruddock Yala, Oliver Duffy (c), Tom Hune, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Ricky Pither, Peter Dean, Calum Duffy and Charlie Mitchell. Subs; Charlie Mitchell and Gabriel Piorkowski for Tom Hunt and Ricky Pither (62) and Daniel Pritchard for Nick Turner (82). unused substitute Rasheet Lal.
Sent Off Jesse Kewley-Graham. Booked Calum Duffy.