Hamer Blow

The People (London, England), January 1, 2012 | Go to article overview
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Hamer Blow

Byline: Steve Goodman

He sees red as O's Spring into action SPRING is the time of year when Charlton intend to win promotion.

But Orient's Matthew Spring made it a bleak midwinter for Chris Powell's table-toppers - sentencing them to only their second league defeat of the season.

The midfielder struck midway through the first half to give Russell Slade's men a well-deserved win over the title favourites.

But Charlton will put this shock down to the fact they went lost a man almost from the off when keeper Ben Hamer was shown a straight red card.

The Addicks stopper went after just five minutes for what was adjudged to have been deliberate handball.

Hamer, 24, had misjudged Lee Cook's clever through pass and lost his bearings under pressure from David Mooney.

The keeper has been a revelation since his summer move from Reading. But he should have no complaints at ref Dean Whitestone's decision, and manager Powell sacrificed winger Scott Wagstaff to send on reserve keeper John Sullivan.

Orient, watched by their biggest crowd of the season - 5,097 - took the game to their strongly-fancied rivals.

And they got their reward on 25 minutes with Spring bursting through the middle of the Addicks defence and letting fly from 12 yards.

His shot deflected off centre-back Matt Taylor and looped beyond Sullivan.

Scare Former Charlton loanee Mooney shot just wide on the turn and defender Chris Solly cleared another attempt off the visitors' line as the red-shirted O's scented blood.

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