The teams take the field


Jim Taylor

There were 7 Middlesex FA affiliated clubs involved in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Isuzu FA Trophy on Saturday, 8th October and your roving team received their usual warm welcome to the Powerday Stadium, for Hanwell Town’s tie against Cray Wanderers.

The attendance of 201 people witnessed a good competitive cup tie, which the Geordies won 3-1, to progress to the 1st Round Proper of the competition.   The visitors started strongly but Hanwell Town gradually took control and went into the lead in the 25th minute.   Wanderers fought back well but the Geordies remained in charge, scoring twice more in the second half.   The visitors’ goal came with the last kick of the match.

Cray’s Danny Bassett was hurt in a clash with Calum Duffy, in the first minute and required a lengthy period of treatment.   The visiting contingent felt very strongly that the yellow card shown to Calum was the wrong colour.   The resultant free kick, taken by Sam Wood, was cleared after a goalmouth melee.

Wanderers remained on the offensive and a good build-up enabled Tom Derry to set up Danny Bassett, who skewed his close range shot off target.

A spell of Hanwell pressure followed.   Wanderers’ keeper, Shaun Rowley took a high cross from Mat Mackenzie.   Chid Onokwai worked his way through but the ball was hacked away.   Dan Rowe’s high ball flew across the goalmouth without attracting a touch.   Shaun Rowley then parried a low shot from Adam Laaref.

Dan Rowe heads Hanwell Town's first goal

The Geordies’ pressure eventually paid off in the 25th minute, when Dan Rowe headed home, after Mat Mackenzie’s long throw had been headed on to him by Chid Onokwai.

 A long range shot by skipper Harry Rush, who was the inspiration behind most of Hanwell’s attacks, was saved by Shaun Rowley.

Cray fought back and Tom Derry’s run through the middle ended with him shooting over the crossbar under pressure.  Billy Crook tried his luck from outside the box but he didn’t quite time his shot.   Then Billy’s free kick to the far post was headed wide by Mitchell Chapman.

The half ended with the Geordies again taking the initiative with balls into the box by Harry Rush and Adam Laaref keeping Shaun Rowley busy.

Score at half time: Hanwell Town 1   Cray Wanderers 0

Shaun Rowley tips Harry Rush's free kick over the bar

Hanwell Town continued the pressure after the break.   Kain Adom’s shot was blocked, Harry Rush fired just too high and then Kain’s drive was deflected for a corner.   A curling free kick by Harry Rush from the left of the penalty box was tipped over the bar by Shaun Rowley.

Shaun Rowley pushes Sham Barnwell's shot onto his crossbar

Adam Laaref was fouled just outside the box.   The resulting free kick from Harry Rush was headed over by Calum Duffy.   Then Shaun Rowley pushed Sham Barnwell’s shot, from Kain Adom’s centre, onto his crossbar.

Adam Lareef hits Hanwell Town's second goal...

Adam Laaref doubled the Geordies’ lead from close range in the 64th minute, when Dwayne Duncan headed Dan Carr’s long ball back to him.

...and accepts the congratulations

Sham Barnwell heads Dan Carr's cross...

Hanwell Town made it 3-0 three minutes later through Sham Barnwell, who headed home Dan Carr’s cross.

...into the Cray net for Hanwell Town's third goal

Cray didn’t give up easily and forced a succession of corners.

Hanwell Town force the ball home, but the score is disallowed for a foul

Town came back and a low shot from the right by Sam Saunders was repelled by the Cray keeper.   They then had the ball in the Wanderers’ net twice more.   The first score was disallowed for a foul and the second for offside.   Then Sham Barnwell skimmed the crossbar from around 28 yards.

Hanwell Town net again but this one is ruled out for offside

Tom Stagg struck the visitors’ consolation goal in the last minute of added time.

Tom Stagg hits Cray's goal

Final Score: Hanwell Town 3   Cray Wanderers 1

Hanwell Town’s Patron, Steven Pound MP, who had impressed as matchday announcer throughout the afternoon, presented the Man of the Match Award, voted for by the supporters, to Adam Laaref                                                                                                       


Hanwell Town: Hugo Sobte, Dan Carr, Isaac Olorunfemi, Calum Duffy, Dwayne Duncan, Harry Rush (capt), Adam Laaref, Mat Mackenzie, Chid Onokwai (Sham Barnwell 46 mins), Dan Rowe (Sam Saunders 71) and Kain Adom (Mark Waters 78).

Unused substitutes: George Nicholas, Mack Miskin and Connagh Wilks.

Manager: Chris Moore

Cray Wanderers: Shaun Rowley, Sam Wood, Sam Skeffington, Jalen Jones, Danny Bassett, Billy Crook, Tom Derry, Anthony Cook (capt), Mitchell Chapman (Tom Stsgg 46), Michael Ademiluyi (Roman Charles-Cook 55, Nyran Clunis 83) and David Ijaha.

Unused substitutes: Nathan Boamah, Cerny Ado and Jargal Enkh.

Manager: Neil Smith.

Referee: Thomas Whay (Essex) Assistant Referees: Adrian Newby and Philip Jones (both Surrey).

Three of the other Middlesex clubs engaged in this round were successful.   Hayes & Yeading United and Uxbridge both recorded 1-0 home wins against New Salamis and Walton & Hersham respectively.   Hassan Jalloh scored from 30 yards for Hayes & Yeading and Dan Williams hit the winner for Uxbridge.

Harrow Borough progressed via a penalty shoot-out after drawing 2-2 with Corinthian Casuals, in an away tie that was switched to Earlsmead.   Their goals were scored by Billy Leonard and Kai Orioko Brosnan.  They won the shoot-out 3-1 after Casuals had missed with 3 of their first 4 attempts.

Hanworth Villa suffered a narrow defeat at Burgess Hill Town.   Their goal was scored by Jonathan Hippolyte.    Enfield Town crashed 4-0 at home to Chesham United.    Hendon exited 5-4 on penalties following a home draw with Binfield.

We thank Chris & Jim for covering an entertaining match in the FA Trophy, as ever, Chris and Jim have reviewed the photos from the match, picking out their favourites, which can be reviewed throughout the report. Chris has kindly provided a full album of imagery from the match.

Chris & Jim's Picks

Full Album courtesy of Chris Benn