HAMWORTHY boss Tim Sills can’t remember the last time his side lost at home, with the former Torquay man hoping that their streak will last a little longer as they host Glebe in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

Since taking over the helm at the County Ground in October 2019, Sills has helped turn Hammers’ home into a fortress.

Their last competitive defeat at the headquarters of the Dorset FA came in January 2020, in a 3-2 defeat to Downton in the Bournemouth Senior Cup. Whilst the last two campaigns have been thwarted by COVID, Hammers have still managed to string an impressive run of 29 games unbeaten at home.

When asked about the streak, Sills told the Daily Echo: “I’m trying to think actually, the last time we had a competitive home loss – I can’t remember, so that’s a good thing!

“But yes, at home we have been very strong. We have been strong away as well, to be fair, our couple of loses have come away from home.

“It’s been nice to get a home advantage.

“We've had so many away draws in the FA Cup and Vase this year.

“And this is the first one that's been at home. So we need to make sure we take advantage of that.”

Hammers strong run of form this season has seen them up amongst the promotion hopefuls leading the league, but unlike their title rivals Brockenhurst and Horndean, Hamworthy have seen their goals spread out, rather than relying on a targetman to bag the majority of the goals.

Explaining the side’s ethos, Sills stated: “For us it has been very much about having a solid foundation.

“Really defending well as a team and making us hard to break down and then obviously that takes a little bit of pressure off, in terms of, most of the time, we don't need score four to win a game.

“So, yes, it's nice to spread the goals out. There’s plenty of people who can score goals, but that is one thing I'm challenging my squad to do is for a good few of them step up and actually score more goals because they’re more than capable.”

If Hammers stretch their unbeaten streak to 30 games, they will secure a place in the last 16. Alongside a berth in the fifth round, winners will receive £1,875, whilst the side knocked out will be compensated with £600. With no replays in this year’s competition, the match will be decided on the day – with matches going straight to penalties if the two sides cannot be separated during standard time.