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THFC V BOXTED LODGERS RESERVES : BORDER LEAGUE DIV 2 2/12/2017
SQUAD : P Hawkins R Speller C Briggs L Thurston T Turner J Tollhurst M Hawkins J Chester J Chesney J Newman C Ward J Hart C Green
FT : THFC 13 – 1 BOXTED LODGERS RESERVES
( Ward 4 Green 2 Turner 1 Chester 3 Chesney 1 Newman 2 )
RAMPANT HEATH RACK UP THE GOALS
This was never going to be a test for Tiptree Heath given the fact that prior to this game Boxted had lost 9 games out of eleven whilst drawing the other two. However manager Steve Chester took no chances and sent the team out with the the right mindset and focus as he would have done with any other game.
Heath admittedly started quietly before going 1 nil up on 8 minutes after Turner won a tackle as Boxted attempted to play out of defence, he slotted the ball to Ward who nonchalantly struck the ball with the outside of his boot beating the keeper well by bending it high and around him. Heath were simply too quick too clever and too fast for Boxted. Though they looked a team that given time and space could play some nice football they weren’t given time and Heath closed them down quickly at every opportunity. And so it soon followed that the ever reliable Turner found J Chester out on the right wing who put in a low cross which found Charlie Green in the six yard box to slot in for 2-0, another goal followed on 16 minutes with Green scoring again, this time as the ball ricocheted high in the Boxted box Green hit a low volley on the run 12 yards out for 3-0.
Ultimately it was Heaths slick play that was Boxted’s undoing, no matter how they tried they could not handle Heaths movement off the ball. When Boxted did find themselves in front of goal they had their effort charged down, Heath then responded with two goals in two minutes near the half hour mark. A switch of play from the left wing over to the right with neat interplay saw the impressive Toby Turner craft a one-two play and dart into the box and score for 4-0. Next a failed Boxted attack saw Heath recycle the ball forward quickly and efficiently ending with Turner close in on goal able to shoot but selflessly squared it to Cam Ward to tap in for 5-0.
If Boxted weren’t entirely frustrated by now then they were admirably battling away but guilty of simply hitting too many ball’s up front to a lone striker that was isolated and alone, and when in possession they made too many stray passes. On 35 minutes Max Hawkins scuppered a Boxted attack by making a super sliding tackle on the edge of the the Heath box where he then quickly got to his feet in possession of the ball and turned defence into a swift counter attack, the quick transition of play saw Cam Ward execute a neat back heel inside the Boxted box close to the touchline where it found Joe Chester in the right place to put it away comfortably for 6-0.
Charlie Briggs was rested at half time with Jack Tollhurst replacing at central defence with Reece Speller playing alongside Speller had played a commanding first half himself, he was calm under pressure and distributed the ball well. Hawkins was rested on 55 minutes with young Joe Hart entering the fray.
A low point for Boxted occurred when a goal kick from Paddy Hawkins was allowed to bounce in the middle of the park and follow on straight into the path of the unmarked Cam Ward without a single touch from a Boxted player, Ward ran on goal and scored easily for 7-0. It then went from bad to worse as the Boxted goal keeper skewed a weak goal kick straight to Joe Chester who picked out Jamie Chesney to score for 8-0. Collectively Boxted were surely going through the motions without much of a fight as it soon became 9-0 from another poor goalkick out, the ball was picked up by Heath with Chesney squaring to Ward who simply rolled it lazily into the goal.
Boxted could not bring anything new to their game and their play broke down at will paired with long punts forward. 0n 70 minutes it became 10-0 then Turner was the architect for goal No 11 as his boundless energy and verve saw him make a fine marauding from wide right, across the box to pick out a composed John Newman where he coolly stroked the ball home for 11-0.
Boxted, though having huffed and puffed all game and having been extremely slack defensively endeavored to get themselves a goal, of which they did, and it was to their credit a nicely worked goal. They managed to work the ball down the right wing to cross into the box where the ball was met with a well timed header from an in coming Boxted player, it flew into the top right corner leaving Paddy Hawkins with no chance. Not to be outdone it was Joe Chester who crafted a cheeky and sublime repost by shooting at goal immediately from the centre circle on Heaths resultant kick off. It went in and has to be a goal of the season contender if not the cheesiest, 12-1. John Newman had the last word, though he plays his part in the team he doesn’t score too often ( surely a work in progress ? ) I for one was pleased to see him not only bag a goal but two as yet another Heath attack saw the ball find the feet of John Newman lurking in the box where I am ‘reliably’ informed by master Newman that he executed a ‘Lewandowski’ ( Robert Lewandewski striker for Bayern Munich ) turn to drill the ball in for a final score of 13-1.
It’s fair to say that Boxted being bottom of the table and having not won a game were never going to be give Heath much of a game but scoring 13 goals shows them to be in rampant form.
Finally it was nice to see Mick Farley watching the game from the side lines, he is of a certain age and a former Heath player from many a year ago. A True Heath supporter no less.