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Shaftesbury on receiving end of a Hammering
HAMWORTHY United reserves ended their lengthy wait for an away win in the Dorset Premier League with a stunning six-goal salvo at Shaftesbury.
After a steady opening, the Hammers showed no mercy following Marc Harvey’s own goal and ripped into the hosts with Callum Perry doubling their money with a thumping header from Scott Logan’s swinging free-kick on 25 minutes.
Matt Morris’s men were in rampant mood and it came as no surprise when teen sensation Brad Miles centred for fellow rookie Alex Martin to plunder the |third eight minutes before the interval.
The visitors could have scored more before the break but despite Shaftesbury making a double substitution at half-time, there was little change to the course of events after the restart.
Within a minute, Martin had another goal chalked off for offside while skipper Dan Manuel quickly got in on the act to pounce upon a wayward throw and score moments later.
The captain almost burst the net when he volleyed home number five before Martin eventually snaffled his second with Miles again the provider late in the day.
And after watching his young duo cause havoc after returning from first-team action, manager Morris pointed to their availability as a major factor in United’s success.
United’s boss told the Daily Echo: “Over the past month, we have had key players out with injury or we have had to hand over some of the better young lads to the Wessex side.
“The two or three that came back in were very important for us and that was the catalyst behind a really good team performance.
“We were by far and away the better side and won hands down. That happens when you have your full side available.
“We have had some bad luck on the road and have lost out to some physical, direct sides when we have been stripped of personnel for one reason or another.
“The away games have been very difficult. The lads have competed well in but got pipped to the post in the last few minutes.
“But I was pleased we managed to build on our strong start at Shaftesbury because we had dominated previous matches without killing off teams.”
Hammers: Shear, Vernon, Perry, Ayling (Hollingsworth, 74), Geddes, Hampton- Brown (Molyneaux, 68), Logan, Basing, Manuel, Martin, Miles.
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