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Macllenan scores as side finds winning ways
Published 22/04/14

HAMBLEDEN got their Wycombe and District League Senior Division campaign back on track following three successive defeats by winning 3-1 at FC Titans.

On four minutes Paul Reading flashed a shot wide after Dean Kemp had returned Adam North’s cross and Ryan Kemp headed over when found by a North corner.

After eight minutes Titans drew first blood with their first strike on goal. Duane Brian failed to deal with the ball when put under pressure and Markwell was caught out of position allowing a Titans player to skip towards goal. As Chris Brunning and the retreating Brian came to challenge the Titans player entered the penalty area before squaring the ball to a team mate who shot past Ross Hathaway in the Hambleden goal.

The goal made Hambleden unsettled and Titans advanced shortly after the restart. Brian and Ryan Kemp had to be alert with a ball bouncing around the edge of the area after it had been cut back from the byline and Hathaway had safe hands dealing with another delivery.

North worked hard down the Hambleden left and combined well with Macllenan to go close from eight yards out. Macllenan was finding space and delivered an inviting ball after North again had played him through, Reading just failing to get enough direction on his strike.

With Hambleden now composed it was Mike Wilkins who fashioned the opening that led to an equaliser in the 38th minute. Wilkins tussled to win a tackle in which he was not the favourite. North helped the ball to Macllenan who skipped past his marker to fire a cross into the path of the advanced Reading who slotted home.

Hambleden started the second half where they had left the first and although kicking against the breeze looked the most likely team to score.

Matt Cook broke up any Titans forward momentum. Markwell and Brian looked more certain in defence and were untroubled by any long high balls although on 51 minutes Hathaway had to rush from goal and clashed head on with the Titans winger leaving the goalkeeper stricken on the floor with the ball safely behind for a goal kick.

On 58 minutes and from a Titans clearance it was Markwell who started a Hambleden move from the back. His header found Ryan Kemp who played in Macllenan neatly down the left side. Macllenan’s run and cross refound Ryan Kemp who slotted home.

Moments after the restart Reading went close in a similar move that saw him unable to match Ryan Kemp’s classy finish as Hambleden strove to settle the fixture. North pulled a hamstring and was replaced by Paul Rodrigues who scuttled down the left but squandered an opportunity after Macllenan had undone the Titans’ back line.

Rodrigues struggled to find a turn of pace when set free by Ryan Kemp, rushing his resultant attempt as the defenders closed in, his shot ending up as a throw-in close to the corner flag.

In the 72nd minute it was Macllenan who completed the scoreline. Dean Kemp, Cook and Ryan Kemp crafted an opening down the Hambleden left. Macllenan’s high cross caught the swirling wind resulting in the cross drifting over keeper and onrushing striker to nestle in the top corner of the net.

Published 22/04/14

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