Clanfield v Hamble Club

2pm  28 December 2015

Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
Clanfield 0 Hamble Club 0 (att 22)

Until the start of this month I'd gone 139 games without seeing a nil nil draw, since then this was my fourth in just 11 games.

A glance at the league table shows the absence of goals was a surprise, as high-flying Hamble had scored 74 in their previous 18 league games. Two points dropped at Clanfield is a serious blow to their title hopes, and their desperation to win was exemplified by their keeper joining the attack for a couple of late corners.

From one of them, in stoppage time, the keeper thought he'd scored with header, only for the referee to rule it out, correctly I thought, for a foul.

Hamble should have had the match won in the first half. Chances came and went, twice they hit hit the Clanfield crossbar, and a penalty was saved.

Hamble dominated possession, but as the game wore on, particularly in the second half, they ran out of ideas and became increasingly frustrated.

Clanfield is a small village a few miles north of Portsmouth. The football club play at Peel Park, a village recreation ground with a car park, pavilion, and an undulating football pitch. Most of the pitch was roped off, but there's a rail, and a footpath, along one side.

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