Pre Season Friendly
Hamble Club 2
(Matt Burt, Jordan Parker)
Alresford Town 1
Attendance: 44 (approx headcount)
Hamble Community Facility
A third game and a third new ground in as many days is a ground hoppers dream so there was nothing stopping me heading over to an early evening kick off at Hamble Club FC.
Alresford, the night before had hammered Hampshire Division One side Colden Commen 12-0 so I was confident of goals at the Hamble Community Facility.
On arrival to the ground it was clear that they weren’t playing on the main pitch. Having just been promoted to Wessex Division One, the club were obviously making some adjustments to meet the league criteria. The field next to the ground was good enough for the matter in hand- a pre season friendly against a team one league above.
Looking away from the diggers and building equipment, Hamble Club looks to be a team in transition. Having gained promotion in May there was clearly a need for improvement to match the standards of the other teams in tier nine of the English Football Pyramid.
Having said all that, the ground looks like it will be nice once the season rolls around in early August, a run down tea bar ruins the views and I am guessing it will be replaced once all the work has finished. What I can only assume is the clubhouse and the single stand have both had a fresh coat of yellow paint, very smart indeed.
For the game in hand, the pitch next door would be the arena of battle for 90 minutes.
A last second strike from Luke Turner wasn’t enough to prevent Wessex Premier side Alresford slipping to a 2-1 defeat to newly promoted Wessex Division One outfit Hamble Club.
First half goals from defender Matt Burt and striker Jordan Parker was enough to give the home side a win against an experimental Alresford team.
Former Horndean central defender Burt put his side 1-0 up in the opening minute of the game when he was left unmarked in the six-yard box to side foot into the goal.
Alresford had beaten Colden Common 12-0 the night before but the team against Hamble was a chance for other players to impress.
The home side had a perfect chance to double the lead but the Hamble striker failed to convert his one-on-one with the ‘keeper.
Babucarr Bojang wasted a golden chance to equalise for the visitors when he tried an acrobatic overhead kick that went high over the crossbar.
With Alresford’s central defender on the touchline receiving treatment, Hamble doubled their lead through striker Parker. The pacey frontman beat the offside trap to calmly place the ball into the bottom corner to give the home side a 2-0 lead going into the break.
Town were given a lifeline in the second half when Bojang was fouled in the box, however, the Alresford number 10 blazed his effort wide to keep Hamble two goals clear.
As the sun was disappearing behind the trees and game winding down into the final attack of the game, Alresford did manage to nick a goal back through Turner who tapped in a low cross, however it was a too little too late and the game finished 2-1.
2016/17 Games: 5
2016/17 Grounds: 6
Total Grounds Visited: 153