Metropolitan Police FC - 13/09/22

Hanwell Town 0 - Metropolitan Police FC 1

This match was played on a momentous and eventful evening at The Powerday with the Queen’s coffin being driven along the well-wisher-lined A40 and past the ground just half an hour before the start. An immaculately observed minute’s silence then preceded the kick-off.

Hanwell began on the front foot and won a corner ‘early doors’ after one of Hugo Sobte’s missiles had found Jack Hutchinson deep in ‘enemy’ territory. The corner became three corners in succession, the latter two both being met by the head of Dwayne Duncan, but too far out to go directly for goal. Up the other end it was Dwayne again who got his head to a threatening in-swinging corner. The ball fell to Rudy Appiah-Allen thirty yards out who unleashed a rocket shot that went just a foot over the bar. After that Hugo was called upon to parry a powerful shot from William Wickham, the ball bouncing to Oliver Knight whose shot was diverted for a corner.

Most of the play was taking place in the middle third but the occasional half-chance was being created. A weak shot from recent Geordie Dan Carr was easily saved by Hugo who then rolled the ball out to Calum Duffy, a rare form of distribution for the ‘keeper with outstanding long-range passing ability. Jack and Daniel Rowe then combined well for Hanwell but the latter’s shot missed the target.

Around the half hour mark Calum was in action at both ends. Firstly he did well to get his head to a threatening ball in his own area before heading narrowly over from a free kick up the other end. Hugo was then back in action, holding on to Carr’s shot at the second attempt. Town were getting on the ball more as the half was coming to a close but only created one decent chance, with Conrad Lucan firing into the side netting from a difficult angle.

The visitors came out early for the second half despite the steady rain and started the session well. Knight hit the post early on and Thomas Read shot wide when through on the right. Playmaker Sam Saunders, who had replaced George Nicholas at the interval for Town, put Isaac Olorunfemi through on the left. The first to the full back’s dangerous low cross was disappointingly a defender. Five minutes later another great ball across the box from Isaac found no Hanwell takers.

As the half wore on Town were having the greater share of possession and territorial advantage but not troubling Liam Beach in the visitors’ goal. As so often happens in football, the team under pressure then broke away to go in front. With seventy minutes on the clock Read’s shot was parried out to Dan Carr, of all people, who scored in the bottom corner.

Being a goal down spurred Hanwell on to greater efforts and they almost levelled five minutes later. Harry Rush’s free kick was cleared out to Calum who chipped the ball back into the box. It was scrambled out to Harry whose ball back in was bundled away under pressure. Beach then did well to punch clear under pressure from substitute Shomari Barnwell, while Mathew Mackenzie’s long throw almost resulted in an own goal.

In the last minute Isaac combined well with Shomari to set up a chance but the final chip was grabbed by Beach. The result was extremely disappointing. Hanwell had not played well but had done enough to deserve a draw despite not forcing Beach to make a serious save!


1.Hugo Sobte 2.Mathew Mackenzie 3.Isaac Olorunfemi 4.Calum Duffy 5.Dwayne Duncan 6.Harry Rush © 7.Mark Waters (17.Kain Adom 72) 8.George Nicholas (12.Sam Saunders 46) 9.Daniel Rowe 10.Conrad Lucan (15.Shomari Barnwell 62) 11.Jack Hutchinson.

Unused substitutes: 14.Gareth Chendlik 16.Connagh Wilks.

Malcolm Paice