A number of fans made the short 5 minute walk to The Cocked Hat public house before the game. A cheap pint sat outside in full sunshine, the trip had started well. Unfortunately it was bad timing given we were missing the “Live payday weekend entertainment”!
Hanwell had some decent chances in the first half but we struggled to make our pressure pay off, especially with missed chance by Tom. It felt like it was sadly going one of those days again.
At half time we were treated to the footballing skills of the younger generation of the Moore family. Young Rory scored the first of Hanwell’s goals for the afternoon.
Hanwell started the second half with a great deal more urgency and you could sense the team had been given some strong ‘words of encouragement’ at half time.
The team started to pile on the pressure and pepper the Gosport goal. Corner after Corner and a series of good crosses into the box but we weren't getting any luck.
The Hanwell crowd sensed the breakthrough was coming and it did at the 50 minute mark. A wonderful cross came in and Mat Mckenize was there to guide in a lovely header. We had scored first, I couldn't remember that last time that had happened.
After the pain of the quick reply against us at Chesham last week, the Fans were slightly nervous. Especially as Gosport did have a chance not long after however, it was nothing to be worried about as Ravan with some very intelligent goalkeeping was able push the attacker wide to a too tight angle.
After some great work in midfield Tom McElroy was 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper. The pressure was on as a defender was charging back but again there was no need to worry as Tom slotted it home. Hanwell were 2 goals up.
Gosport tried to throw everything at us but our back 3 of Duffy, Duncan and Robinson held firm.
Tom could have gotten a second but for a smart save from their goalkeeper.
Then the sounds all Hanwell fans wanted to hear the referees whistle: 2-0 to Hanwell, a clean sheet and a fully deserved 3 points…what a feeling and a few victory beers were well overdue.
The attendance was 706…apparently.
On Tuesday night we play Poole Town at The Powerday. Currently 5th in the table, Poole be keen to maintain their play-off position.
On Friday there’s a supporters curry night at the Samrat in Pitshanger.
On Saturday we have Non-League Day 2023. Click here for the link to find out more about the day itself as well as the plans we have at Hanwell.
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