Match Data 2005/2006


Fareham Town 0
Havant & Waterlooville 3

Friendly - Mon Aug 01, 2005

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Colin Matthews
Neil Champion
Jason Chewins
Seb Wallis-Tayler
Tom Jordan
Neil Sharp (Pearce, 46)
Neil Davis (Awford, 74)
Geoff Pitcher
Jo Flack
Dean Holdsworth (Town, 70)
Brett Poate (Collins, 62)

Substitutes
Sam Pearce
Andy Awford
David Town
Jamie Collins

Goals


Hawks
Jordan (5)
Holdsworth (pen, 25)
Flack (82)

Fareham Town

Att: 0
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In Fareham the Hawks faced their fifth opponent of the pre-season selected from last year’s Wessex League first division. Recent team talks though seem to have had the desired impact, with the side producing a competent display that ended with a more acceptable 3-0 than Friday’s shaky draw against Gosport Borough.


The visitors were helped to an early lead through virtue of a Geoff Pitcher free kick. The midfielder enjoyed a committed and enthusiastic game and his effort bent round the wall from outside the box, but hit the post at exactly the right angle to bounce back into the path of oncoming Tom Jordan, eager to shin home the rebound.


The Hawks followed with further chances let down only by the final touch. Brett Poate’s long throw picked out Dean Holdsworth well and the striker knocked the ball down for Jo Flack to get tangled with a Gosport defender as he tried to shoot. The roles reversed minutes later when another ball from Poate on the left met Flack at the back of the box, who rolled a neat pass to Holdsworth to fire wide.


Fareham’s only reply at this stage was a free kick caught ably by Colin Matthews, and the home defence then yielded a penalty when the overworked keeper sent Flack tumbling in the 25th minute. Holdsworth stepped up to put away his second penalty in two games.


Jordan head a Poate corner into the keeper’s arms, and a deep cross from Jason Chewins allowed Poate, Holdsworth and Flack all chances that were kept out by the outstanding Fareham keeper. On the whistle, trialist Seb Wallis-Tayler, playing this time inside Poate on the left midfield, scooped a shot just wide of the post when set up by Flack.


Half-time:



Fareham Town 0

Havant and Waterlooville 2

Into the second half the Hawks upped an already controlling pace and dominated the game, rarely allowing Fareham a sight of Matthews’s goal. The home keeper continued his impressive performance with a one handed diving save that denied Flack at the opening, and seconds later an excellent through ball from Holdsworth set Neil Davis free, but one on one the keeper made another solid save.


Fareham did gain a chance from a nicely placed free kick, but with an arcing dive Matthews pushed the shot away as it head for the far corner. The other chance the hosts carved out in the half would surely have provided a consolation had it been on target, a straight effort from the edge of the box that foxed Matthews but bent just far enough to slip outside the post.


The Hawks meanwhile continued to enjoy some excellent passing play, with the midfield actively involved much more than in recent games. Coming forward to provide the strikers, the criss-cross passing and instinctive distribution was a revelation to see, with Davis, Pitcher, Poate and after his arrival, Andy Awford all creating space for Flack and Holdsworth to play with. Sam Pearce too continued to show why he has earned himself a first team contract.


With Fareham’s defence remaining stubborn though it took until the 82nd minute for the Hawks to find the net again. The keeper came forward to punch away Jordan’s long ball from the back but managed only to drop it into the path of Flack, whose composure allowed him to finish from a narrow angle as the Fareham number one tried to scramble into his path.