Hanwell Town left frustrated as they were defeated by Salisbury FC
By Joe Acklam
20th Feb 2023 | Football
Hanwell Town lost their third game in a week as they were defeated 3-0 at home against Salisbury in the Southern League Premier South.
Olutobi Ogundega and James Plant both found the back of the net in the first half as the Geordies got off to a poor start.
Daniel Fitchett then made absolutely sure of the three points heading back to Wiltshire with 15 minutes to go in the contest.
It was a third defeat in the space of eight days for Hanwell, leaving them closer to the relegation places than the play-offs.
The Geordies almost got off to the perfect start as after four minutes Kain Adom received the ball just inside the Salisbury half and drove towards the edge of the box and got a shot off that crashed against the base of the post and into the grateful arms of Gerard Benfield.
The post was the Whites' best player in the opening exchanges as Tom McElroy took aim from the edge of the area three minutes later and once again it hit the woodwork and bounced away from danger.
Salisbury worked the ball well down the right and cut the ball back to Plant and he tried to curl his shot towards the top corner, but Matteo Salamon produced an acrobatic dive to turn it wide.
The visitors took the lead after 17 minutes as a corner was delivered short to the near post, where Ogundega flicked a header in at the near post.
Just after the half hour mark Dan Carr seemed to have intercepted a through ball, but he got his feet mixed up and was dispossessed by Plant, who steadied himself before slotting into the bottom corner.
The Whites had the ball in the back of the net for a third time before the break as Michael Elias-Fernandes kicked the ball out of the hands of Salamon and slotted home, but the referee had already blown his whistle.
The Geordies nearly had a route back into the game as a looping cross from deep was flicked on to send Mat Mackenzie through on goal, but he slipped and got the ball caught under his feet and couldn't get a shot off, the ball was then scrambled to Jack Hutchinson, who blasted over the top.
Hanwell were considering changing the goals after 70 minutes as a corner drifted to the edge of the box, where a backheeled flick teed up Calum Duffy and he hit it on the full volley and the shot came back off the inside of the post.
Salisbury made it three with a clinical counter as a poor pass forward was intercepted by Calvin Brooks, he drove into the Hanwell half and split the defence to send substitute Fitchett through on goal and he poked his shot past Salamon.