Football: Manager Graham Kemp calls for Hamworthy United to get back to basics after Brockenhurst defeat

SECOND SETBACK: Hamworthy United manager Graham Kemp

SECOND SETBACK: Hamworthy United manager Graham Kemp

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MANAGER Graham Kemp vowed to get back to basics as Hamworthy United paid the price for their alarming defensive lapses in last night's 2-0 defeat to Brockenhurst.

The unmarked Harry Jeffries converted a corner from close range in the seventh minute, a lead Brock might have extended before the break as Hammers struggled to defend set pieces.

Martin Warren spurned United’s best chance of the first half, while the hard-working visitors stood up manfully to spells of second-half pressure before visiting winger Will Tickle was sent off for a second bookable offence eight minutes from time.

Dominic Allen’s free kick drew a fine save from Sam Cousins in the latter stages and with a minute to play, Hamworthy substitute Ben Osborne inadvertently blocked a certain equaliser from one of his team-mates.

But the game was up when Brock striker Daryll Phillips scrambled home a deep cross at Dan Ackerman’s near post, consigning Kemp’s charges to back-to-back defeats from their opening two Wessex League Premier Division matches.

United’s manager told the Daily Echo: “It was the same old story, the two goals we gave away were awful and we gave ourselves the problem of chasing the game again.

“When you can’t keep clean sheets it gets a bit desperate and we have to get the basics right. It’s alright working on passing and playing with a tempo but the back four’s initial job is to keep a clean sheet.

“Brockenhurst showed more desire in their defensive third than we did. Every time we looked like pulling the trigger they threw bodies in the way.

“We took the game to them and created the majority of the chances second half. I thought we were going to get an equaliser but we got caught in the last minute with another poor goal.

“They didn’t really open us up too much but they have scored twice. It’s getting repetitive and I’m bored saying it.”

Hammers: Ackerman, Yelland, Legg, Donachy, Haysom (Martin, 55), Blackburn, Allen, Hubbard, Cook, Warren (Osborne, 82), Hester. Unused subs: Cole, Penny, Pidgley.

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2:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

GetOnTheBeerSon says...

I went over to watch this game last night and was very disappointed in the Hammers. Brock were first to nearly every ball and certainly first to every second ball. They did not give Hamworthy a chance to settle on the ball and there was at least one or two Brock players challenging for every ball. I think it is a bit harsh to blame the defensive all of the time although the 3 man defence in his setup last night looked lost at times with little help from their midfield although Backers had a good game IMO. I was looking forward to seeing some of the ex WTFC players (yes I am a Magpie). Young Donachy who I believed was blamed unfairly for the 1st goal by his older more experienced team mates even though he ran in with 3 Brock players, he had a better 2nd half when he played in the centre of defence. Mickey Hubbard no change there he gave the ball away more times that I would care to remember and always looked for someone to blame same old Mickey. Ackers good solid keeper I would like to see him back at The Cuthbury challenging for the No1 jersey. They have a good team the Hammers and I wish them all the best for the season, hopefully will get over again when we are playing away.
I went over to watch this game last night and was very disappointed in the Hammers. Brock were first to nearly every ball and certainly first to every second ball. They did not give Hamworthy a chance to settle on the ball and there was at least one or two Brock players challenging for every ball. I think it is a bit harsh to blame the defensive all of the time although the 3 man defence in his setup last night looked lost at times with little help from their midfield although Backers had a good game IMO. I was looking forward to seeing some of the ex WTFC players (yes I am a Magpie). Young Donachy who I believed was blamed unfairly for the 1st goal by his older more experienced team mates even though he ran in with 3 Brock players, he had a better 2nd half when he played in the centre of defence. Mickey Hubbard no change there he gave the ball away more times that I would care to remember and always looked for someone to blame same old Mickey. Ackers good solid keeper I would like to see him back at The Cuthbury challenging for the No1 jersey. They have a good team the Hammers and I wish them all the best for the season, hopefully will get over again when we are playing away. GetOnTheBeerSon
  • Score: 15

3:08pm Wed 6 Aug 14

#dorset says...

Getonthebeerson I agree, its a shame to see the same old players who could be good blaming someone else! Kempy has a great set-up and will see it thrive I'm sure.
Some deadwood will soon go and new/old players will take the hammers in to the top 3.
I thought the young guy alex who come on in the second half worked hard, great feet and wanted to win each ball that is how all the team should be! The ref well don't even go there, just wanted to be involved obviously loves the colour yellow!
I look forward to watching again! Shame I can not be there for Winchester game!
Getonthebeerson I agree, its a shame to see the same old players who could be good blaming someone else! Kempy has a great set-up and will see it thrive I'm sure. Some deadwood will soon go and new/old players will take the hammers in to the top 3. I thought the young guy alex who come on in the second half worked hard, great feet and wanted to win each ball that is how all the team should be! The ref well don't even go there, just wanted to be involved obviously loves the colour yellow! I look forward to watching again! Shame I can not be there for Winchester game! #dorset
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Heathrowboy says...

Hamworthy were 2nd best all evening to a lively and energetic Brock side who could and should have scored more.
Looked as if Kempy doesn't yet know his best 11 or best formation.
Hamworthy were 2nd best all evening to a lively and energetic Brock side who could and should have scored more. Looked as if Kempy doesn't yet know his best 11 or best formation. Heathrowboy
  • Score: 14

4:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

thenewforestboy says...

Kempy's team will be fine. Hubbard is a talent who will come good again, he just got closed down very quickly by the old Xchurch midfielders Bernard & Magookin who didn't give him a moments rest and are only going to get better! Another former Xfc player Jeffries marshalled the backline & the front lad worked his socks off & deserved his goal at the end. A good game without histrionics & a good advert for the Wessex League.
Kempy's team will be fine. Hubbard is a talent who will come good again, he just got closed down very quickly by the old Xchurch midfielders Bernard & Magookin who didn't give him a moments rest and are only going to get better! Another former Xfc player Jeffries marshalled the backline & the front lad worked his socks off & deserved his goal at the end. A good game without histrionics & a good advert for the Wessex League. thenewforestboy
  • Score: 4

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