Parkway fall to defeat in the capital

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Parkway travelled to Hanwell Town starting a run of 5 consecutive away games looking to extend their 6 match unbeaten run with the hosts no doubt hoping to halt their run of 5 successive defeats.

Parkway made 3 changes to their line up from their last game with Oxford City on 19 November having had 3 successive postponed games since then. Aaron Goulty, Callum Rose, and debutant Ollie Hulbert replacing Harrison King who was unavailable, Toby Down and Jack Crago respectively.

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The game got off to a cagey start with Hanwell creating the first chance on 4 minutes with Kain Adom releasing Conor Lynch who turned well on the edge of the 18 area with his low shot being comfortably saved by Adam Parkes.

Parkway responded with Austen Booth powering forward along the right with his deep cross finding Ryan Lane whose header flew narrowly over. Play settled into a pattern switching from end to end with neither side able to gain control in midfield with too many passes going astray and little quality in the final third.

On 11 minutes Booth, who continued to impress defensively and going forward, launched a long diagonal ball to Lane who cut in from the left and fired in a fierce angled drive which Josh Strizovic finger tipped on to the bar and eventually being cleared away to safety.

Play continued at a lively tempo but lacked too much quality as the sides cancelled each other out with defences remaining in control with the hosts Dwayne Duncan particularly prominent, winning numerous headers and tackles.

Parkway continued to work hard in midfield but were unable to maintain possession for too long as the hosts pressed high denying Parkway any time or space to gain forward momentum. On 28 minutes a Parkway break along the left saw Callum Hall and Lane link well with the final cross lacking direction or penetration.

Play continued to be fairly even and at times scrappy with neither side able to dominate and clear cut chances few and far between. On 34 minutes good build up play from Hanwell resulted in a shot from around 18 yards by Lynch taking a wicked deflection which looped up forcing Parkes into a smart save high to his left.

Play continued to fluctuate with both sides battling hard in midfield but defences remaining on top. On 38 minutes a Parkway break saw Ben Seymour and Hulbert link well setting up Goulty who fired narrowly over from around 20 yards. On 43 minutes Parkes made a superb save pushing away a rasping drive from Adom after a period of Hanwell pressure almost breached the Parkway back line.

The final action of the half saw Parkway on the offensive with Goulty releasing Booth whose dangerous cross was punched clear by Strizovic with Hall firing the loose ball well over from around 20 yards.

A fairly even half with both sides competing well but lacking any great quality in the final third with defences generally on top.

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Parkway started the 2nd half the sharper forcing an early corner after good work between Hulbert and Seymour but despite seeing plenty of the ball in midfield, their final ball did not match their approach play.

On 58 minutes a Hanwell break along the right saw Adom go clear with his cross being comfortably gathered by Parkes. Toby Stephens replaced the industrious Hall on the hour with the hosts taking the lead shortly after. A long ball in behind the Parkway defence resulted in a mishit back pass which was capitalised on by Mark Waters who rounded the exposed Parkes and squared the ball to the unmarked Lynch who slotted home from close range.

After lengthy Parkway protests and a consultation between the referee and his assistant, the goal was allowed to stand. Hanwell almost doubled their lead on 64 minutes with Adom shooting just wide after going clear along the left. Parkway began to increase the tempo as they went searching for an equaliser forcing the hosts to defend deeper with the imposing Duncan continuing to dominate the aerial exchanges.

On 67 minutes good work along the left saw Lane and Seymour link well with the latter’s shot being blocked and in the next attack Lane went clear again with this time his angled drive only finding the side netting. Parkway continued to threaten, restricting the hosts to counter attacks but their defence remained strong with Strizovic rarely tested.

On 69 minutes Parkway almost grabbed the equaliser. Good work along the right between Stephens and the impressive Booth saw the latter’s well directed cross into the 6 yard area find Seymour who, under pressure, mishit his close range effort downwards which then bounced up and over on to the roof of the net.

On 71 minutes Parkway sent on Crago for Garside and with Billy Palfrey being replaced by the returning Dan Rooney after his lengthy injury lay off. Lynch was replaced by Justin Obikwu for Hanwell at the same time. Parkway continued to press but were unable to penetrate the host’s solid back line or create any clear chances.

On 77 minutes another Parkway attack saw Seymour and Hulbert link well with Hulbert picking out Goulty on the edge of the 18 yard area who was quickly closed down and unable to get his shot away. With Parkway continuing to push forward, and Hanwell playing on the counter, they broke away on 79 minutes with Adom releasing Sean Moore who fired narrowly wide when well placed.

Hanwell continued to absorb pressure with Parkway unable to find a way through or provide the necessary quality with their final ball. George Nicholas replaced the hard working Moore on 84 minutes as the hosts looked to contain and see the game out.

Despite Parkway continuing to dominate possession and search for the equaliser, the hosts held firm and in the 4 minutes of added time the final action saw Adom pick up the loose ball from a Parkway corner, race the length of the field only to be forced wide by a good piece of Parkway defending.

A fairly even game of fine margins with Parkway not allowed to be at their best by a well organised and gritty Hanwell side who defended well throughout with their man of the match Duncan outstanding at the heart of their defence.

Whilst not lacking desire or commitment, Parkway displayed a certain amount of rustiness after their enforced 2 week layoff and were unable to continue the momentum gained in their previous unbeaten run. Despite defending and competing well, they were unable to convert any of the few chances they created. Other results on the day saw Parkway drop a couple of places to 19th but they still have between 4 and 7 games in hand over other teams in the bottom half of the table.

Parkway’s busy schedule continues this week with visits to two in form sides. Tuesday sees them travel to 6th placed Bracknell Town followed on Saturday by a visit to 3rd placed Chesham United both of which are expected to be tough challenges.  

Match Info

Hanwell Town

1 Strizovic, 2 Carr, 3 Olorunfemi, 4 Rush ©, 5 Duffy, 6 Duncan, 7 Cole, 8 Waters, 9 Moore (Nicholas 84), 10 Lynch (Obikwu 73), 11 Adom

Substitutes: 12 Laaref (unused), 14 Obikwu, 15 Miskin (unused), 16 Nicholas

Plymouth Parkway: 

1 Parkes, 2 Goulty, 3 Lane ©, 4 Palfrey (Rooney 73), 5 Rose, 6 Booth, 7 Williams, 8 Garside (Crago 73), 9 Seymour, 10 Hall (Stephens 61), 11 Hulbert.

Substitutes: 12 Crago, 14 Stephens, 15 Down (unused), 16 Rooney.

Attendance:  213