LNER Hold off Town
By jamie bishop
22 shots on goal but only 2 hit the net
Hanwell travelled to LNER FC which was more like a home game with it being at Gurnell just across the road from Reynolds Fields the home of Hanwell Town FC.
With the HTYFC injury list now with 3 players (Heyes, Bello, Perrin) plus Finley still ill, and another call off pre-match with Albi Balaj turning up sick and unable to play it meant some players playing in new positions; making an easy game on paper against the bottom team LNER a much tougher challenge.
The Hanwell worries were shorted lived all thanks to the players starting the match on fire and attacking with pace resulting in a 2nd minute goal by Rene Barnes who met a Che Regis cross with some part of his body which also injured his nose.
Hanwell raided the LNER goal all the way through the first half with a total of 11 efforts on goal compared to 3 or 4 LNER chances.
HT = 0-1
HTYFC players told to keep trying the long range shots and to move the ball across the pitch to transfer play and test the fitness of LNER.
The 2nd half started badly for Town when a LNER corner was scrambled into the HTYFC net in the 2nd minute.
Hanwell kept playing good football; passing and linking up well plus transferring the play along the back line.
The HTYFC defence kept any long ball LNER attack covered and with Patrick Przybysz bossing the midfield Hanwell always looked in control.
It took another Rene goal to make the game more comfortable for Town, on 19 minutes Jack Maiden won the ball in midfield and put through a lovely weighted pass for Rene to run onto with just the keeper to beat, which he did with ease.
Hanwell continued to boss the game with the midfield winning their battles and setting up chance after chance again resulting in another 10 efforts on the LNER goal. Game total = 23 + 2 goals.
At 1-2 LNER were still in the game but the players got more frustrated and heavy with their challenges; with one elbow to the face on Jack, un-noticed by the ref and which caused the HTYFC players to lose focus.
The non-action by the ref for the elbowing seems to have been the fuel for the final whistle trouble between the two sets of players.
Although the players showed good team spirit; all the Hanwell players were reminded of their responsibilities of being a Hanwell Town FC player and to be respectful before, during and after the match but especially don’t let dirty players get the better of them.
A good football performance by HTYFC and a positive reaction to the last 2 home defeats, plus 3 points nearer to promotion.
MOM = Patrick Przybysz – A great all round midfield performance showing great strength & turning defence into attack