Belle Vue Social Club 1 - 4 Tiptree Heath FC

November 25, 2017 - 2:00 pm at Mile End Recreation Ground 2, Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO4 5FP

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SQUAD : P Hawkins L Thurston J Tollhurst C Briggs T Turner M Hawkins J Chester J Chesney C Green H Hazel R Speller R Jones J Newman

FT : BELLE VUE 1 – 4 THFC ( Green 2 Hazel 1 Ward 1 )

Belle Vue are a good side they have strength at the back and throughout the team with pace up front and some quality players, and given a sniff they’ll punish teams for sure. But they rarely had a sniff on goal which is testament to a Heath team that continues to grow in stature and which ran the show in the first half. Though Belle Vue showed their spirit and appetite for the fight throughout the match it was Heath’s sublime first half performance that secured a fine victory.
At the start of play Heath literally flew out of the starting blocks playing their typical brand of skilful football and in the second minute Heath pressure saw Belle Vue forced into a back pass where Heath won the ball and after striking at goal the ball found Harry Hazel unmarked in the box to drive a well placed ball low into the net 0-1. Heath were already in full flow playing a good tempo of football with every player lively and hungry for the ball and after more good work it was Chesney in a good position to score inside the box but unfortunately made a hash of it. Next Toby Turner playing right wing back skinned his marker superbly to cross in, having then gained a corner Max Hawkins rose well and glanced and excellent header that flew agonisingly wide.
Then a failed Belle Vue attack saw Hawkins gain possession in midfield and slide a neat ball through to Ward who then found Green where he shot through a melee of players to make it 0-2 on 17 minutes. You could say that Belle Vue were under siege at times with Green firing one just over the bar after more great work from Turner on the right. A wicked low cross in from the left wing by Green found Chesney 3 yards out where he executed a impressive fluff with the ball somehow bouncing up and over the crossbar.
Belle Vue themselves were undaunted, although they would move the ball swiftly forward at every opportunity I couldn’t help thinking that they were feeding off the scraps of play and when they did find an opening Paddy Hawkins was well placed to make a fine save to his right from a well struck Belle Vue effort, the parried ball fell in the box and was pounced on by Belle Vue to tuck it in but Heath defender Briggs put his body on the line to stop the ball and clear it off the line.
Heath responded immediately as Ward had a shot saved from close range, and another fierce shot saved soon after. Heath were persistent in their efforts throughout the first half with no let up in tempo and any Belle Vue attacks were snuffed out by a solid Heath back line, Belle Vue would resort to long forward balls or play would break down by way of a wayward pass due to excellent Heath pressure. One such breakdown in play saw Heath swiftly work the ball out of defence forward to Ward where he worked some space along the edge of the box found a gap and struck a fierce shot beating the keeper well to make it 0 – 3 on 40 minutes.
After their keeper skewed a kick into touch Heath took a quick throw in from within the Belle Vue half, a cheeky Cruyff back heel saw the ball worked to Green near the left edge of the of the box where he struck a first time effort that curled sweetly inside the right post for 0-4.
Belle Vue kicked off for the second half and began a spell of possession though but Heath were happy to soak up the pressure and hit them on the break.
On 53 minutes Belle Vue’s efforts were rewarded with a corner where the ball fell loose in the box and was scrambled in for 1-4. The game then intensified with a Belle Vue pressing hard, and another attack saw the ball delivered across the face of the Heath goal but behind their incoming striker though shadowed by a Heath defender and the ball shot by with no one to else to pick it up.
Jones replaced Hazel and immediately set about making a nuisance of himself up front snapping at heels and stealing the ball and one such occasion was deep in their half and he whipped the ball in with Ward stealing into the box and almost got to the ball in time. The game finished finished with Belle Vue fouls aplenty and Jones capping off a good battling display by almost catching the keeper of guard with a delightful chip.
Belle Vue were tough in the tackle all game but resorted to cynical fouls and persistent barking at the ref throughout the second half to try and influence play. The ref handled the game well enough in that sense and it’s fair to say that Heath gave away a number of fouls themselves but a low point was an off the ball incident where a Belle Vue defender was seen to kick out and punch to the back of Ward when the ref was not looking.
Ultimately though Heath were seen to Dish it out to Belle Vue in the right fashion by playing them off the park in the first half with 4 goals to the good.
Wards attitude toward a contemptible Belle Vue defence was admirable and he answered best by scoring a fine goal. Charlie Green is on fire with Five goals in two games. All in all this was a very good performance against a very good Belle Vue team.