HAMBLEDEN maintained their push for the Wycombe and District League Senior Division title with a comfortable victory away to basement
HAMBLEDEN maintained their push for the Wycombe and District League Senior Division title with a comfortable victory away to basement side Stokenchurch on Saturday.
Early in the game Matt Cook fired over from distance after Adam North had worked the ball down the left and then Paul Reading was frustrated as his goal-bound shot was blocked on the line.
Whilst Stokenchurch fielded three new signings they struggled to trouble Ross Hathaway with any meaningful effort.
On 25 minutes Ryan Irving worked hard to force the ball forward and Andy Shed’s timed run forced a Hambleden attacking corner. North’s deep cross was turned goalwards by Lewis Brown and although Stokenchurch cleared from the line Paul Reading pounced from three yards out to claim the opener.
Ten minutes later Hambleden claimed a second from another North corner. This time his drilled delivery eluded all players and found its way directly into the net.
Stokenchurch pressed higher in the second half and caused Lakovic and Brian to be uncertain. Ross Hathaway, in the Hambleden goal, had to be strong to turn a shot round the post.
Simon Hathaway replaced Shed before Matt Cook’s centre from a deep throw found Reading alert in the Stokenchurch box but neither he or Simon Hathaway could get a clear strike on goal. Cook then fed Lewis Brown whose cross eluded the Hambleden strikers.
Aaron Lopez replaced Lewis Brown and immediately caused the Stokenchurch defenders problems latching on to Simon Hathaway’s flick but sending his cross too deep. Soon after Adam Markwell came on for the injured Irving.
Markwell intercepted a pass from his left back position and glided down the wing past the Stokenchurch defence. Markwell’s cross was pounced upon by first Reading and then Simon Hathaway but again Stokenchurch defended stoutly.
With 12 minutes to go Hambleden sealed their victory. Markwell’s drilled clearance found Reading on the halfway line who held off a challenge and turned to send in Simon Hathaway who outpaced the defence before calmy stroking the ball home past the advancing the keeper.