Molesey came out victorious in this pre-season friendly; a game which never really got out of second gear. There was an interesting contrast in playing styles throughout the game, with Molesey playing a neat 2-touch passing game whilst Hanworth adopted more direct tactics. The direct football was more effective early on but in truth neither side had any great chances. Molesey's defence was solid and restricted Hanworth to long-range efforts. Quick freekicks provided the best opportunities for Molesey in the first half - the closest they came was when a deflection carried a shot just wide of the far post. However it was an effort from the Hanworth Villa goalkeeper that was the closest either side came to scoring in the first half. The Molesey keeper did well to recover after his opposite number spotted him off his line and shot from within his own half!
Early on in the second period the Moles had a goal disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper, which appeared to be the correct decision. It was then Hanworth's turn to have a goal disallowed, this time for offside. The game livened up a bit after this and both sides went for a winner in a fairly even game. A goal did eventually come for Molesey; a great strike from the edge of the area finding the bottom left corner. This spurred Molesey on to look for another, and whilst they could not add to their goal tally their attacking play prevented the hosts from having any opportunity to get back into the game, meaning the match finished 1-0 to Molesey
It wasn't pretty, but both sides got a good workout in a physical game. Molesey enter the Ryman Division 1 South next season, knowing it will be a great challenge for them. The foundations have been set and the side are playing decent football, which will be much, much better by the start of the season in August. Hanworth were disappointing last year and ultimately lucky to stay up. But they've finished much higher in past seasons and will be determined to do so again. Confidence should be high, and they gave last season's Combined Counties Premier Division champions Molesey a good game in this on. We wish both sides all the best in the upcoming 15-16 season