Hampshire Combination League

QK Southampton Reserves 4

(Kacper Markowski, Nathan Gray, Steven Spacagna, Chris Hamilton)

Michelmersh & Timsbury Reserves 0

Attendance: 32 and 4 dogs (approx. headcount)

Lordshill Recreation Ground

Returning to QK for the second time this season, having sat through a below average 1-0 friendly in July, I had put all that behind me and decided to catch some local football after a long day at work for game 16 of my 2016/17 adventure.

The Ground

To see my comments on the ground, head over to my previous article ‘Travelling To- QK Southampton’ detailing my last visit to the Lordshill Recreation Ground in July 2016.

The Game

QK Southampton’s second string got their league campaign off to a perfect start against an under par Michelmersh & Timsbury outfit.

Taking in a 3-0 lead at the break before adding a fourth late on sealed an early three points for QK in the Hampshire Combination League.

QK took an early lead through Kacper Markowski when he managed to beat the offside trap and coolly round ‘keeper Daniel Pemberton in the Michelmersh goal.

The home side managed to double their lead through winger Nathan Gray who latched on to a speculative long ball and he managed to take a leaf from Markowski’s book to also round the onrushing Pemberton.

With Michelmersh seemingly unable to keep the ball or string a few passes together, QK added a third through Steven Spacagna. The winger picked up the ball from the full back and rifles a shot from 35 yards into the top corner, a brilliant strike at any level.

The visitors looked shaky at the back and QK failed to make it four when Gray skipped through with just the ‘keeper to beat, only to try a cheeky dink over him which went high over the crossbar.

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QK dominated possession in a half that was almost pedestrian leading into the break, Michelmersh could do nothing but watch the Lordshill outfit calmly spread the ball around the pitch.

The visitors’ most notable chance came from a free kick just before the interval, however Sami Miah’s effort was hit straight at the wall.

QK came out for the second half too complacent and allowed Michelmersh to have more of the ball. Sunday Oshikoya missed an open goal with a header from a corner following Sainsbury’s failed attempt to catch the ball.

Callum Millar then had a good chance for the away side but could only blaze his shot over the bar.

Jake Plummer came close to adding another goal for the home side when he collected a low cross from substitute Ben Moody, but his effort took a slight deflection off the defender and onto the bar and out for a corner.

The woodwork came into action again to save Michelmersh when Shane Grist rifled a shot from a tight angle against the post.

Chris Hamilton rounded off the victory in the closing moments when QK played on the referee’s advantage and the striker slotted in under the keeper to make it 4-0.

Moody thought he had managed to get the ball in for a fifth in stoppage time but the flag was raised for offside after a defensive mix up.

2016/17 Games: 16

2016/17 Grounds: 17

Total Grounds Visited: 159

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