First Team Star
Sep 11, 2019, 10:38 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
Hampshire Premier League
Locks Heath 1 Stockbridge 4
admission/programme none (whiteboard used) attendance 45 h/c
15th v 6th/16
Game marred by a 40-minute delay in the first half as an ambulance was called to deal with a dislocated knee for Stockbridge's Walsh. Wishing him a speedy and full recovery. The visitors were clinical in the first half and raced into a three-goal lead. Locks battled well, especially in the second half, and got a consolation near the end.
The visitors took control early on and scored in the fourth minute as, to my eyes, an inswinging corner from the right by R.Hunter-Brown appeared to go straight into the net via the keeper's hands. The goal was officially credited to Carr, however. The home team came back and a dangerous long ball was just cleared by keeper Roberts in front of the onrushing Winterburn. A good Stockbridge move then saw McCann thwarted by an excellent last-ditch tackle. On 17 minutes came the unfortunate injury to Walsh; he was kept on the pitch, the ambulance came after 20 mins, a further 20 mins to load him up, and we were back in action. Because there is a local limit on how long the lights are allowed to be on, there was some concern that we might not finish the game, but in the end we had 10 minutes to spare. After the delay McCann came close again with a header, then on 28 minutes, the visitors extended their lead as McCann finished well, running through, with Locks thinking that he had tripped a defender on the way. Another goal soon followed as a lovely through ball saw McCann finish well again. Soon afterwards Graham had a shot saved by A.Smith, who did even better near to half time with a good save from R.Hunter-Brown's free-kick followed up with an even better block from the rebound. HT 0-3.
Just after the restart Graham's powerful shot crashed off the underside of the bar and away, but this half was more even as Locks had more possession. A defensive error saw a break by the hosts down the right was laid back to Alford, who skied it from a few yards out. R.Hunter-Brown had a couple of good cross-shots narrowly wide from crosses to the far post, and then the visitors scored their fourth on 69 mins, Graham being put clear, not offside, a good finish. Son afterwards a free-kick by sub Davis on the right hit the top of the Locks' bar and bounced out. The home team pressed near the end and a decent Wall shot was deflected wide, and another break down the right saw the ball crossed for Alford to blast over. The visitors also had a couple of efforts, McCann's blockbuster being well tipped over by Smith. Finally Locks got their goal as a good move down the right saw the ball crossed and Stevens in the middle found the corner with a nice finish.
No changes at Locks Heath Rec from last season, the clubhouse and car park next to the main road, the long walk across the cricket pitch to the football pitch on the far side. Barriers around the pitch and dugouts on the far side, put into a cage with the goals after the match. HPFL Rep side was the conversation topic as Splodge and the manager of the side were here tonight.
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.
(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Sep 11, 2019, 10:44 PM)