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GREAT BENTLEY FIRST V THFC 1-9-2018
FULLTIME : GT BENTLEY 1 – 6 THFC
HEATH TOO GREAT FOR GREAT BENTLEY
On Saturdays game 1st September, Tiptree Heath dished up a footballing treat against Bentley as opposed to, making a meal of their win over Wormingford the week before by not taking their chances.
Heath were right on target this time and with not 5 minutes gone a loose ball from a Heath corner found the feet of John Newman where he delicately chipped the ball into the top right corner for 0-1. He is a popular squad member and all players were quick to congratulate him getting on the score sheet. Not long after, Charlie Green did well to put an accurate early cross in, from just inside the halfway point, to pick out Cam Ward who had two defenders for company either side, but as the ball bounced Ward was well placed to cooly lob the keeper for 0-2 with 15 minutes gone.
Bentley were combative in midfield and were intent on making a game of it, they would get the ball out wide and forward to a degree but the Heath were equal to it and were quick to break forward when recycling the ball. More Bentley pressure resulted in a number of corners and with them having many tall players they should have done better but for Heath and Paddy Hawkins working well to snuff out the threats. Heath’s ability to work the ball quickly and skilfully forward saw them mount another swift attacking movement. Where Ward looked to shoot then split the defense with a neat feinted pass into Green leaving him with a one on one with the keeper but no goal came as Green was stretched and was unable to get the crucial touch.
Bentley would build play and Heath pressure gained possession and break quickly, then on 35 minutes a Heath free kick resulted in the ball being chipped over the Bentley defense for the live wire Ward to latch onto and dart forward into the box and slip the ball neatly past the on coming keeper for 0-3 .
In the second half Bentley made it 1-3 as Heath momentarily switched off allowing a player time and space to curl what was a fine shot into the top right corner. Heath’s momentary lapse was short lived and any other threats were dealt with comfortably with Reece speller, jack Tollhurst and Charlie Abrehart-Briggs working well in defence. Bentley would continue to fight hard but as their play broke down Heath drove forward time and again before Chesney got in to the box from a throw in to shoot and score from a tight angle for 1-4.
A defiant Bentley continued to chase the game but ultimately left themselves open to attack and Heath player Callum Hunt found himself with time and space to hit a wonderfully timed strike from the corner of the box which flew like bullet into the net for 1-5. Ward was rested with Glenn Drain replacing and he was quick to make his mark late on by netting well close in for 1-6 before the whistle blew for full time.
Cam Ward has reached his 50th and subsequent 51st goal for the Heath today and we all congratulate him on reaching that target. Furthermore, Heath continue to impress wherever they go as a Bentley fan was kind enough to state that Heath are the best team he has seen play in the past two seasons, always good to hear!