Saturday August 16th, 2014

Puma Engineering Hampshire League Senior Division

Liphook United 2, COMMON 1

Common did not 'turn up' for the first forty-five of this riveting encounter and, as a consequence, endured their first loss of the campaign.

Perhaps, after the opening two games from which we secured maximum points, we suffered a reaction and started to think we have 'arrived'; we haven't!

Curtis and Dan were forced into three changes from last Tuesday's excellent result at Stockbridge and the side opened by providing a couple of alarming moments in the hosts defence. Poor finishing, good defending and an apparent lack of Common desire (the mainstay of the opening two games) cost us.

Dan Hansford and Matty Wardlaw in the centre of Common's defence, flanked by Ben Mackay and Jamie Kerkhoff, were solid in front of Sam Treadaway but as the game progressed Liphook came closer and closer to scoring.

Meanwhile Jayda Chiutare, Aiden Reed and, in particular, Luke Dawkins were all causing the hosts defence problems. Aiden provided a couple of off-target strikes while Luke endured excellent defensive tackles when he looked to be working an opening. Scott Challis was working our midfield but it felt as if we were all firing 'blanks'.

Lewis Bridge, missing last Tuesday through injury, was making a significant contribution down Common's right but any excellent delivery suffered from a lack of 'forward desire'... that word again!

Five minutes after Liphook missed an open goal they took the lead. A corner from their left sailed over the Common defence and onto the head of Ryan Angear who netted with aplomb.

The final 15 minutes of the half saw Common find excellent position but disappointing desire while Liphook sought to increase the lead.

The second period provided a much more intense performance from Common following 'words' from Dave Hadfield, Dan, Curtis and Will Hindmarsh - son of Phil who played for us in the 1880's????

However, the chances were being created by Liphook and Common custodian Sam had to be alert on several occasions although a 'direct' threat was not apparent. Lewis Bridge  was still proving a handful down the right flank for Common.

15-minutes into the second period Liphook broke forward and fed the ball into the box and Paul Marshall controlled the ball before slotting into the net. 2-0... but disallowed for handball.... Liphook skipper, who has the gift of the gab, was not happy as the referee was directly BEHIND the action .... Paul Marshall was booked

Much of this half was played out in midfield although Liphook had cause  to celebrate another corner because, after 60 minutes, Paul Marshall delivered a diving bullet header to give the home side a 2-0 advantage.

Common now turned up the heat and after some 75 minutes created and scored the best goal of the game. Sam fed Ben who, in turn, released Luke down our left wing. He cut inside, looked up and fed AIDEN REED who slotted home with aplomb. 2-1

Will Hindmarsh continued to demand desire and his colleagues responded as two good opportunities were spurned. Joe Dawson - good to have you back Joe -, Steve Challis and Alex Huxford - all quality replacements having recovered from various injuries were introduced to the fray but Common failed to maintain possession and, indicative of the feel, went down to a 2-1 reverse.