Monday, 19 March 2018

Macllenan hat-trick helps sink visitors

Macllenan hat-trick helps sink visitors
HAMBLEDEN gained revenge against Penn and Tylers Green last Saturday after losing out to a last minute goal earlier in the season.

In doing so the hosts bagged seven goals in the only match in the league that survived the wet weather, thanks to the hard work by the Hambleden groundsman.

The visitors took the lead after two minutes when a long throw-in was flicked on to an unmarked player at the far post who volleyed home.

After 15 minutes Dawson found Dean Kemp in space allowing the winger to play some neat football with brother Ryan. A strong challenge resulted in a free kick 35 yards from goal. Stuart Macllenan stepped up and although not cleanly catching his drive the dipping shot skipped off the wet surface and dashed between the Penn keeper’s legs as Hambleden equalised.

On 30 minutes and after Chivers and North had forced the ball forward Macllenan threatened, the Penn keeper raced from his line before visitors’ centreback tackled well. The free ball ran to Ryan Kemp eight yards inside the Penn half and seeing the keeper retreating he launched an audacious driven lob back towards goal. The keeper, not quite returned to position, stood aghast as the ball wrapped itself down the back of the net to give the hosts the lead.

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