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Non-league: Set piece sadness for Hamworthy boss Browne
MANAGER Simon Browne questioned the time spent on Hamworthy United’s weaknesses after his best laid plans had gone up in smoke last night.
Having assembled his Hammers troops to work on set-pieces 24 hours before a 2-1 home defeat to Horndean, Browne could only look on in disbelief as Dave Sharpe nodded the visitors in front from a corner inside 15 minutes.
And the profligate hosts failed to heed their manager’s half-time warning when Sharpe snaffled his second immediately after the restart, leaving United staring down the barrel of a fourth straight defeat.
Browne’s boys continued to probe and halved the deficit through Greg Horlock with 20 minutes to play, but their efforts were in vain with the Hammers boss wondering whether the extra session had been worth it.
“When you put so much work into these things with younger players and it goes wrong after a few minutes, maybe it has more of a detrimental effect than when you don’t work on it,” said Browne.
“Sometimes, you can see it. The shortest player on the pitch headed in a corner and the players’ heads went down straight away.
“It was a shame because we had played pretty well.
“There were a few choice words at half-time, but we conceded another stupid goal right after the restart.
“We could have been two goals to the good before they got their first corner so I was in a pretty bad mood at full-time.
“Maybe I need to shuffle things round a bit to prove no one is guaranteed their place in the side.”
Hamworthy will attempt to get back on track when they travel to Totton & Eling on Saturday.
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