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Friday, February 02, 2007

Hamble ASSC

Hamble ASSC 0 Fareham Town 3
Sydenhams Wessex Premier League
Follands Park, Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire

Hamble ASSCMy last report on Hamble ASSC was based on a view of the ground made by peering over a fence in 2005, but tonight I’m taking in the view from the inside as bottom club Hamble ASSC take on mid-table Fareham Town in Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division action.

Hamble are one of a number of clubs in the League with links to local industry. And intriguing initials. In Hamble’s case the ASSC stands for Aerostructures Sports and Social Club. There is also VT (Vosper Thornycroft) FC, US (United Services) Portsmouth, BAT (British & American Tobacco) Sports and, my personal favourite, QK (Queens Keep) Southampton.

Hamble ASSC, then known as Folland Aircraft FC, enjoyed their finest hour shortly after their formation in 1938 when, bolstered by players from nearby Southampton and Portsmouth, employed in the Folland factory during WWII, won the Hampshire League and the Hampshire Senior Cup (twice).

Tonight’s game was a replay of a fixture played back in October in which the visitors had run out 6-1 winners. However, the game was ordered to be replayed as it was subsequently discovered that Fareham had inadvertently fielded a suspended player. Their home game with Alton Town also has to be replayed for the same reason and they have also suffered a one point penalty deduction. Despite being quite easily the divisions top scorers too many games in the drawn column leaves them mid-table some fourteen points behind leaders Gosport Borough.

The last time I had seen them play was during the 2005-06 season at the aforementioned Alton Town, and, as at that game, they had brought with them a healthy following of fans, tonight easily outnumbering the home supporters in a crowd of just under a hundred. So Match Programme perused, and fortified by a rather splendid cup of tea, time for the action, viewed from a seat in the main stand, a low roofed affair with two rows of seats that occupies about a third of the length of one touchline.

While the visitors weren’t quite able to match the six goals they netted in the original game they made easy work of ASSC who couldn’t muster a single goal attempt in the entire ninety minutes. They did however enjoy the better of the opening half-an-hour but it was shortly after that they fell behind, Fareham going ahead from the penalty spot after a contentious hand ball decision. Just before the break Town went further ahead following a well worked moved that saw their number 8, Dean Blake, fire home from a yard or so inside the box.

Another penalty award early in the second half, this time for a trip, saw the ASSC number 1 and captain Nick O’Donnell save high to his right. O’Donnell was kept busy most of the evening, pulling off a string of decent saves, but was unable to do anything about the third and final Fareham goal which was scored just before the end by Jamie Laidlaw.

Match Number: 1352

posted by chevblue at 10:46 pm






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