Hamilton Football Club Rage returned to home field action on Tuesday (June 7) at Brian Timmis Stadium to face London Forest City in a Premier Development League game.
London would leave Hamilton with a 2-1 win.
The first half was pretty evenly matched with the Rage enjoying a few more chances than London. Evan James rose to meet a corner kick from Anthony Di Biase, heading just over the bar at the 20 minute mark. Hamilton striker Scott McCoubrey created a couple of good scoring chances midway through the first half. The best came when he timed his run to perfection, latched on to a Will Grocott through pass to go in alone on the FC London goalkeeper. McCoubrey managed to chip the onrushing goalie only to have his effort drop just wide of the post.
London enjoyed a good spell of pressure just before half-time forcing three corner kicks. Fortunately for the Rage, the visitors could not make anything of the pressure and the half finished scoreless.
The second half started brightly for the Rage as James took the ball into the London penalty area, skipped past two defenders and laid a great ball across the face of the goal. McCoubrey was able to direct it into the London net from close range. McCoubrey’s goal takes his season tally to three in four games.
The next 20 minutes saw HFC applying good pressure in the London end and they narrowly missed making it 2-0 when a close range effort went wide of the post. Hamilton would rue their missed opportunities as Forest City did a great job of holding them off and the London squad began to exert its authority in the latter stages of the second half.
Their perseverance paid off when Carl Howarth and Christian Castillo scored in quick succession at the 85th and 86th minute marks to stun the Hamilton squad.
With a significant amount of stoppage time added, Hamilton made some late changes to try to pull back the equalizer but the effort was in vain.
All in all a solid, entertaining football match that will no doubt be disappointing for HFC but gratifying for London. Hamilton’s next game is Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at Brian Timmis Stadium where they will face the visiting Toronto Lynx.