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THFC V BRANTHAM ATHLETIC A : BORDER LEAGUE DIVISION 2 18/11/2017
SQAUD : P Hawkins H Hazel J Tollhurst T Turner J Chester J Chesney M Hawkins C Green R Jones C Ward J Newman R Speller C Briggs
FT : THFC 4 – 1 BRANTHAM ATHLETIC A
HEATH WIN UGLY
Charlie Chester is not one to shout from the rooftops about Tiptree Heath after a game of football but what he does say hits home. With a determined look upon his face he said’ sometimes you’ve got to win ugly’ which was a fair assumption. Brantham were a well drilled team and showed good organization with their central defender constantly barking orders at his team.
They were strong in the tackle and determined to upset the Heath wagon that is literally rolling steadfastly along without any sign of de railing.
And so it took 15 minutes before Heath chalked up their first goal and what a fine goal it was having been worked out of defence through midfield with a switch of play before Toby Turner put in a fine cross for Charlie Green to head in with aplomb. After that Brantham worked hard at shutting up shop, they put men behind the ball tackled hard but on numerous occasions unfairly and committed a number of fouls disrupting the Heath tempo, but ultimately it was Heath who dominated possession through their footballing prowess.
As the second half began the tactic was to move play out wide as Brantham were blocking play through the middle of the park, however Brantham were to gain a penalty early on but crucially squandered the chance. Heath were let off the hook and duly turned the screw, on 51 minutes another cross in from wide right by Toby Turner saw the ever alert Charlie Green dart in front of a hesitant defender as the ball bounced in the box and head in for 2-0.
Brantham showed good resolve, their heads didn’t drop and they continued to battle hard, however Heath were simply too good, they put on a fine display of football, at times simply running rings around Brantham.
A forward ball by Heath was headed away by Brantham only to fall into the path of Charlie Green on the edge of the box where he again was lightning quick to thunder in a low left footed angled drive that beat the keeper to his left 3-0.
A change of personnel and tactic saw Ryan Jones and Joe Chester sacrificed and Reece Speller and John Newman go on with Harry Hazel moving up front. On 70 minutes a defense splitting ball was put through to Cam Ward who did excellent work to gain ground and hustle the defender off the ball and round the keeper ( defender clearly pulled Him back ) and slot in for 4 – 0. More good work from Ward saw him hold the ball up well on the edge of the box and lay it off to Charlie Green to smash in another super shot but the goalie did well and made a good double save.
Brantham’s appetite for the game though was unrelenting and they continued to attack and hit a speculative high looping effort which crept in under the crossbar 4-1. The game went back and forth as Heath responded by going up the other end and gained two successive corners with Green hitting another two accurate strikes on goal. A third corner brought about a goal mouth scramble off the line. Brantham then hit the Heath crossbar with another long range effort. Hawkins for the Heath made a defence splitting pass where Brantham failed to clear, Green was unlucky to extend his hat trick as he hit a thunderous shot which sailed inches over. The game was almost over before Green had the last word with another super effort on goal, the keeper parried with the ball bouncing off the crossbar.
It has to be said that Brantham made it difficult for the Heath with a determined and resolute performance. Heath though passed the test with flying colours. They all worked hard as a team Cam Ward and Charlie Green were a dynamic duo up front. The midfield engine room with Hawkins Chester and Chesney were firing on all cylinders. Tollhurst and Briggs at the back provided a calm assured and solid performance. Hazel is proving very capable in different positions, Turner consistently solid whilst getting forward providing great crosses. Jones, Newman and Speller collectively add meat to the team and not forgetting Paddy Hawkins in goal who made that crucial save at an important time in the game.