Deans have four factor at Hammers

Dan Hayes helped fire Horndean to victory at Hamworthy
Dan Hayes helped fire Horndean to victory at Hamworthy
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Horndean keep moving up the Wessex League premier division after a fine 4-0 win at Hamworthy United.

A Dan Hayes double and second-half goals from Rob Desport and Jack Warren handed Dave Carter’s men another three points.

Boosted by their 3-1 victory at Romsey in midweek, the Deans pushed forward with confidence early on. Alex Miroy’s inspired through ball so nearly got Andy May in for an opener.

Another neat-and-tidy move followed involving Miroy and Hayes, presenting Jack Burden with a chance but his effort lacked power and was plucked from under the crossbar by Hammers keeper Andy Knight.

On 20 minutes Nathan Paxton cut a path through a lazy hosts rearguard and his pass across the edge of the area was met by Louie Castles, who brought a sprawling save by Knight at his near post.

As the Deans continued to dominate, the nearest Hamworthy came to getting a goal was a couple of long-range shots from former Gosport striker Lee Chudy and Stef Penny that hardly troubled keeper Derek Harding.

On the half-hour mark Horndean finally took a deserved lead thanks to Hayes letting fly from 25 yards to send the ball racing into the net before Knight had time to react.

Harding preserved his side’s slender lead by diving away to his left to turn aside Penny’s goalbound free-kick.

And that proved crucial as Hamworthy doubled their advantage when Hayes scored his second before the break, charging in to meet Miroy’s corner and heading high into the net.

Carter’s side kept up the pressure in the second half, with both Miroy and Aaron Fennemore going close to extending the lead.

Hamworthy sprang to life briefly but Horndean’s Burden and Neil Purkins kept out Chudy and his striker partner Carl Bradley.

On 70 minutes, the away side made it 3-0, with Fennemore and May creating a chance for substitute Desport who turned his marker and fired an unstoppable shot low into the corner of the net.

Horndean were not finished, though, and Jack Warren emerged from a scrum for possession to set up May, who duly blasted a fourth from close range.

Wessex League premier division


HORNDEAN UNITED 4 (Hayes 2, Desport, Warren)

Hamworthy United: Knight, Murray, Hester, Horlock, Wyatt, Lanahan, Pekun, Penny, Bradley, Chudy, Carlile. Subs: Shovelton, Head, Sturgress, Staines, Basiriki.

Horndean United: Harding, Burden, Perkins, Hayes, Ayres, Warren, Castles, Fennemore, Paxton, Miroy, May. Subs: Cansfield, Desport, Bailey, Spurway, Carter.