Brightlingsea Regent v Tiptree Heath:
Tolleshunt D’arcy Memorial cup
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 3 – 0 THFC
Brightlinsea Regent are the current holders of the D’arcy cup, they play at a much higher level than us, four divisions above. So this was always going to be a tough game, one to be viewed as a means of gaining vital experience for the Heath. The score does not do the Heath justice at all, as Regent were made to work hard and be at their best to score their goals. The goals were well crafted and came by way of very sharp and clinical football from players with pace and trickery to match.
The difference in the first half, where Regent led 1-0, was a case of them taking their chance and us not taking ours. In the second half when it became 2-0 the Heath responded how you would expect them too. The resultant sting of conceding a second goal saw Heath dish up a spell of play that had Regent on the back foot; with balls played in behind the Regent defence and balls crossed into the box only needing that vital touch but for an imperious Regent defence that stood tall time and again.
Regent were mostly a reserve side with the addition of five first team players on field (two in defence), a very strong team and, without a doubt, the strongest team we have played to date.
Our lads were the epitome of desire and fighting spirit and whilst frustration became evident during the second half their unerring commitment to the task was more than admirable.
In the dressing room, the debrief comments were spot on from manager (Steve Chester) and assistant coach (Woody) where they praised the team in all areas as well they should.
Much confidence can be had from this fixture in that I think it has set the bar for future performances and of course, for their opening game this Saturday against Hedinghams United.
I hope to see you there, cheers.