Hanworth Villa v Knaphill
Saturday 5th September 2020 @ 3pm
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier
Rectory Meadow, Park Road, Hanworth, TW13 6PN
Entry £7 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s free
The opening game of the shiny new season ended all square following another man of the match performance by the opposition goalkeeper and some determined defending by his team mates.
Right from the kick off it looked as though we were carrying our pre season form into the new league campaign. We were seeing a lot of the ball and some neat passing produced enough first half chances for us to put the game to bed. Unfortunately for us Kennedy in the Knappers goal was up to the task, producing more than a handful of saves to thwart our forward line and, with his team mates playing with gritty determination, we had to be content with going into the break goalless and level.
For these socially distanced times there was a decent number of spectators and the Villains among them were hoping that the half time talking too would make our boys adjust their sights and start to take the chances created. The break also gave the Knaphill management team an opportunity to rally their boys and, although we still had the majority of the ball, the second half was a tighter affair.
Although the chances were fewer than in the first half we were still looking like the team most likely to score and a penalty awarded in the 60th minute for a foul on Sam Merson (pictured) gave us the chance to take the lead. Sam, who hit he post from the spot in the previous game, elected to take the kick himself and calmly rolled the ball into the bottom left corner. At last a goal, keep playing and we could have an opening day win for the first time in a while.
Wasn’t to be though. Knaphill had been dogged in defense all game and although their attacking opportunities had been limited they made the most of a chance in the 74th minute when blocked shot fell to Lambe who tucked the ball into the bottom corner.
End of the game we were disappointed not to have taken all 3 points but thats what happens if you fail to convert as many chances as we did. Lets hope our finishing improves before Wednesday when we travel to Colliers Wood. Good luck to Knaphill for the new season.