Kenilworth Wardens Sunday side lose out to Hampton Magna

By James Smith

18th Sep 2022 | Football


Two long range throws cost Kenilworth Wardens against Hampton Magna
Two long range throws cost Kenilworth Wardens against Hampton Magna

Kenilworth Wardens Sunday side were punished for a lacklustre performance as they let an early lead slip against Hampton Magna.

Cameron Holden had given the visitors a first half lead, but scrappy goals from long throw ins in each half for Magna saw them come away with the three points from the Leamington and District Sunday league clash.

And despite his side producing little quality throughout the match, temporary manager Eamonn Richards was philosophical about the result.

"We're a new side with good players, for 15 minutes we were brilliant and should have been three or four up," he said.

"We became negative after that and we ended up playing their game, which is not what I like to see.

"Second half we had more control but created very little, but neither did they.

"Felt a draw was a fair result considering the lack of goal mouth action in the game, but we were sucker punched with a late, probably handball goal."

On 15 minutes Dan Twigger burst to the byline, pulling the ball across the face of goal for Holden to tap in, putting Wardens into a deserved lead.

And he could have added a second minutes later when a loose ball fell to him on the edge of the box, but he was unable to keep his shot from sailing over the bar.

The hosts thought they had equalised on 20 minutes when a flick on from a throw in led to chaos in the Wardens box, seeing the ball fired under keeper Alex Brown. But the flag was raised for an offside in the build up, and following lengthy discussions between the referee and the linesman, the goal was ruled out.

With the decision not going in their favour the Hampton players became more aggressive, and were able to disrupt Kenilworth's passing play as the game became increasingly stop-start.

Following a succession of corners and balls into the box the hosts found an equaliser when a long throw was flicked on by Alex Waters past his own keeper and into the back of the net.

Wardens never really recovered from conceding and created little of note for the rest of the game - a long range strike from Charlie Waters on 65 minutes straight at the Hampton keeper their only effort on target following the restart.

And it would be another scramble in the box that led to the Hampton winner seven minutes from time when another long throw was not cleared by the Wardens defence.

Brown made a fantastic close range save but - despite questions of handball - the Hampton striker was quickest to the rebound and clinched the three points for the hosts.

Richards added: "As we learn as a team and group we'll continue to improve."

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