Barnston Reserves V Tiptree Heath FC
MANAGER : Steve Chester , COACH : Ian Dobbins
SQUAD : Luke Bartlett , Connor Brumpton, Charlie Briggs, Jack Tollhurst, Reece Speller, Jamie Chesney, Joe Chester, Louis Olymbios , John Newman , Ryan Jones , Alex Moore , Harry Hornsby , Costa Olymbios
Full Time : BARNSTON RESERVES 0 – 9 THFC
Yes folks it was literally a game of two halves for the Heath , whilst they had the run of the pitch with Barnston guilty of being second to the ball and doing nothing much other than a couple of long range punts it was Heath who made countless chances but failed miserably in converting their efforts into a goal in the first half. So yes they decided to score 9 in the second half where I was caught scribbling notes on the action and therefore missing the goals going in. Would you believe it?
After a quiet first ten minutes John Newman delighted us all with a cheeky dummy in the box for Connor Brumpton but nothing came of it unfortunately. Jack Tollhurst being in defence was again on top form and pulling the strings and crafted super passes from defence into attacking manoeuvres on various occasions. One such occasion allowed Ryan Jones a great opportunity to lob the keeper but it has to be said he was not having his best day and he fluffed it. And that’s how it was for the first half , many a chance created but with a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.
Harry Hornsby ON Alex Moore OFF
However at the restart whereas we were left frustrated in the first half it became a goal fest in the second. Before I have my pen at the ready a free kick from wide right was delivered in the box and Joe Chester was free to tap in 0-1. Not a minute later and after kicking off again Barnston immediately lost possession and Louis O made it 0-2.
Barnston then managed an attack resulting in a chance from within our box but young goalkeeper Luke Bartlett was quick to spread himself in classic ‘Schmeichel’ fashion to save well. Soon after Heath broke down the right to cross in with Ryan Jones finally taking his chance and tapped in for 0-3. On 55 minutes the ball was fed to Ryan Jones right side of the box who was quick to side step his marker and strike well where the keeper could only parry into the net 0-4.
Barnston were unable to stem the flow of the Heath passing and Harry Hornsby lifted a ball into Joe Chester from wide left who delivered a fine dipping shot from a tight angle that hit the post.
Barnston kept at it but it was Jack Tollhurst who got on the score sheet next by finding himself around the edge of the box after a flowing Heath move down the left and executed a fine curling effort into the top corner 0-5. A Heath corner saw Joe Chester hug the goal line and cut the ball back for Connor Brumpton to slot the ball in for 0-6.
John Newman was next to shield the ball well in the box and laid the ball off for Harry Hornsby to drive the ball home for 0-7. Some great working of the ball around the box was had and soon after a defence splitting pass was made for Joe Chester to nick the ball past the keeper 0-8.
On 83 minutes some one/two play down the right side saw the ball crossed in and Jamie Chesney had the last word and tapped in for 0-9.
It’s clear that Division 3 has good and bad teams in it I look forward to us moving out of it and what with there being a shake up of the leagues at the end of the season let’s hope we face a better overall opposition as it can only help us realise our potential. Facing tougher opposition and tighter games where the stakes are raised will surely make us more clinical in front of goal.
Our only injury concern was our one and only Mr Derek Gurney whose knee gave way during the second half. His enthusiasm is unquenchable though and a dodgy knee will not stop him I’m sure.
Respect goes to the Barnston player/manager who went off early through injury but continued the fight from the side lines and made sure his players did not give up even when losing heavily