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BOXTED LODGERS RESERVES V THFC
SQUAD : P HAWKINS, L THURSTON, R SPELLER, C BRIGGS, TOBY TURNER, J TOLLHURST, J CHESTER, J CHESNEY, M HAWKINS, C TURNER, C GREEN, J HART, H HAZEL. R JONES
FULL TIME : BOXTED LODGERS RESERVES 1 – 6 THFC
HEATH BREEZE ANOTHER WIN
Heath started brightly and were 0 – 1 up on 7 minutes from a corner with the ball falling to the feet of Luke Thurston ( playing left back ) about 8 yards out for a simple strike to open the scoring.
Heath got into their rhythm early, they were bright and sharp looking with quick balls forward that worried the Boxted defence constantly. And on the quarter hour it became 0 – 2 from some neat play in midfield which saw the ball go wide for Toby Turner to surge forward and get a low cross in for Chesney to dart in beating the keeper to the ball and nick it in at the near post 0 – 2.
Though our back line was rarely threatened Charlie Briggs was assured and cool at the back mopping up any threats with ease. Whilst Boxted finally managed a threat on goal on 25 minutes another chance went begging for the Heath with Ryan Jones executing a chip that flew just over the crossbar after another defence splitting pass set him up.
It was evident that Boxted were no match for the lively and silky smooth play of the Heath. They played the ball around in patient style, it was calm and measured football.
Boxted soon became frustrated and could only stop the Heath by making fouls, the referee however gave an assured display and controlled the game well. Chances were missed by the Heath though in the final third through snatching at shots or again not being clinical enough. Lovely build up play with no end result left a tinge of frustration but the chances kept coming, Charlie green was always sharp up front and a constant thorn in the side of the Boxted defence.
On 41 minutes a Heath corner saw Max Hawkins glance the ball across the face of goal with his head where Jamie Chesney found the ball at his feet to tuck in for 0 – 3.
At the restart Ryan Jones made way for young Joe Hart making his debut and did himself proud, he was assured, skillful and brought his own brand of creativity to the game.
Heath began where they left off with Jack Tollhurst marauding down the left wing and whipping in threatening balls but the tempo was lost in this half, I thought the game was won at half time as Boxted offered no threats and Heath simply eased off the gas so to speak.
70 minutes Toby Turner having given another solid display as wing back was rested and Charlie Turner came on. Though the game had become fractious Heath still created chances as Charlie Green made a swift one two on the edge of the box where upon receiving the return struck a fine effort to make it 0 – 4.
Soon after it was Joe Chester having put in a stock performance of tenacity and vigor that found himself receiving the ball right side of the box and with a deft first time touch beat his man to deliver the ball across the six yard box for Harry Hazel to tuck into an open goal 0-5.
Boxted managed a consolation goal from a corner late on that was scrambled over the goal line, as a result it stung Heath into action and on the 88th minute defence was turned into attack and Joe Chesters spirit and determination was admirable as he chased down a loose ball going into touch to whip in a cross for Charlie Green to head in well for 1-6.
Well done lads for delivering another fine display, next week will see Heath facing an in form Flitch Town who have played 3 and won 3 it will be a stern test but a game to savour no less.