Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hambleden maintain push for league title

HAMBLEDEN gained revenge for their heaviest defeat of the season as they ran out 4-1 winners at Great Missenden on

HAMBLEDEN gained revenge for their heaviest defeat of the season as they ran out 4-1 winners at Great Missenden on Saturday in the Senior Division of the Wycombe and District League.

The wet conditions underfoot allowed limited passing football to be played but although away from home Hambleden adapted the better.

Matt Cook got to grips with the midfield and repeatedly forced the ball forward. After six minute Lewis Brown troubled the Missenden fullback while Andy Shed fired a cross that the Missenden keeper failed to hold but Dean Kemp couldn’t find the desired touch when in front of goal.

Shed then beat the offside trap after Cook fired another ball clear of the Missenden defence but failed with a lob over the advanced keeper.

Within minutes Shed found himself clear again but another lob over the Missenden keeper had a similar outcome with the ball falling agonisingly wide of the mark.

Hambleden were nearly made to pay for their early missed opportunities when Mick Trendall fired in from distance but keeper Ross got his fingertips to the drive, turning it on to the post and away to safety.

On 18 minutes Lewis Brown started a move that combined neatly with Dean Kemp on the edge of the Missenden box. Brown, receiving Dean Kemp’s returned pass made no mistake guiding the ball past the Missenden keeper.

Missenden’s Trendall flashed a drive across the Hambleden goal to suggest they were still capable, after Nikolai Lakovic, Oz Dawson and Duane Brian all struggled to clear the Hambleden lines.

It took Hambleden until the 38th minute for them to break down the Missenden defence once more after Shed, Kemp and Lewis Brown all had efforts dispelled. Powell won the ball in midfield and after a move involving Dean Kemp and Shed the ball was played into the path of Adam North who fired home.

Shortly after the restart Brian was withdrawn but not before the Hambleden central defender had inadvertently deflected a Missenden corner past Ross Hathaway in the Hambleden goal.

Adam Markwell slotted into Brian’s vacated position and he soon found Lewis Brown from distance whose cross saw Shed go close at the far post.

With 20 minutes remaining Ryan Kemp replaced Dean Powell and immediately started to pull strings with a resultant move ending with Brown latching on to the ball just inside the Missenden area and firing home into the top corner.

Keeper Hathaway was booked for dissent after Shed had found himself clean through but was flagged offside. Dean Kemp then did beat the offside trap with a graceful run, collecting a weighted Cook delivery, rounding the keeper and beating team mate Shed to the ball and squeezing it home from a tight angle. Simon Hathaway replaced scorer Dean Kemp late in the match.

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