Hamble Club 4 Baffins 3
Written by Ollie Cook
19 Nov 2022
Baffins surrender three-goal lead after spending the majority of the second half with ten-men.
Kelvin Robinson returned to the matchday squad after serving a three-match ban to face his former club Hamble at The Abbey.
And his side raced into an early lead as Joe Johnson set up an inviting cross at the near post and winger Miles EVERETT was there to notch home the header to break the deadlock.
Rovers scored their second and third goals of the match within four minutes towards the end of the first half. Everett turned supplier as Jason PARISH tapped home his cross, before Johnson's strike was converted on the rebound by Tom VINCENT.
The hosts struck a goal back in first-half stoppage time through Braydon Douglas, meaning that the away side's lead was just two at half time.
Within a minute of the restart, Baffins thought they had a fourth goal as Vincent's outside of the foot effort was tipped onto the bar by the goalkeeper before Harvey Wellham was adjudged to have been in an offside position, ruling out what would've been his first goal for Rovers.
Charlie Oakwell was shown a second yellow card on 53 minutes following a foul midway through the Hamble half and the hosts began to take control of proceedings.
Douglas netted his brace after his strike from outside of the area took a deflection off of Ed Sanders and found its way into the net. On 70 minutes, the home side drew level after Bailey Honeysett headed home at the far post.
Shortly after, Hamble were awarded a spot-kick. Roux Hardcastle pulled off a strong save to deny the penalty, but no one contested Will Gange to the follow-up, and the striker tapped home the eventual winner.
Baffins: Hardcastle, Evans, Francis (Brewer 83), Oakwell, Giddings, Sanders, Everett, Wellham, Parish (Paige 55), Vincent, Johnson (Robinson 65). Subs not used: Scammell, Kamara.
Sent off: Oakwell