Title Decider Agony
By jamie bishop
Brunswick Beat Town for Title
Hanwell welcomed Brunswick to a sunny Elthorne for a match which could see the winner of the league decided.
After last week’s disappointing defeat the pressure was off Hanwell to win this match because they now needed other teams to beat Brunswick if the league title was going to W7.
The HTYFC injury list grew again with key midfielder Adam Bello now out for the rest of the season with a torn knee cartilage and Finley Thomas with flu.
Both teams were at the top of the league for a reason and it showed with the game in deadlock and both playing some nice football. Ted Perrin playing in his first start since November only lasted 20 minutes before pulling up injured again; adding to the growing Hanwell injury list.
The deadlock was broken by Brunswick on 28 minutes when a long throw-in was met and despatched into the HTYFC net and so ending a tight first 0-1.
HT = 0-1 – The Hanwell players ½ time team talk was about confidence and winning the match.
The positive team talk worked because 1 minute after the restart it was 1-1 thanks to a great strike from Jehovanie Djela who received the ball on the left side of the box after great passing play from Rene Barnes and Ibrahim Al-Libawi.
The game then became tight again with both sides playing well with Brunswick scoring 2 goals; the second being a screamer from 35 yards.
Hanwell continued to battle and play nice football which was rewarded on 25 minutes when a Che Regis cross was met by Rene who claimed his 23rd goal of the season; 2-3 and game on with 10 to go plus HTYFC playing well.
Brunswick stepped up a gear and responded 3 minutes later to kill off any Hanwell comeback, in fact Brunswick finished very strong, attacking the HTYFC goal with ease finishing the match 2-5 winners, which would have more if not for some fine saves by Tom Sloley.
Hanwell were defeated by a good football team, the best of the season so far but a big improvement for HTYFC from the first encounter at the start of the season (12-3 Brunswick win), but again with key players missing who knows what could have been
MOM = Kiran Ladhur, Tom Sloley & Albi Balaj – all had solid performances