Hatfield Peveral V. Tiptree Heath FC: BORDER LEAGUE KO CUP : 10/12/2016
MANAGER : Steve Chester : COACH Ian Dobbins
SQUAD : Lee Greenwood, Connor Brumpton, Kameron Dock, Charlie Briggs, Michael Lamb, Charlie Thompson, Dan Warring, Jack Tollhurst, Joe Chester, Jamie Chesney, Sean Dobbins, Ryan Jones, John Newman, Reece Speller
Heath bow out of knock-out cup.
In the first minutes of play it’s clear that Hatfield Peverel are a good footballing side and are well established as a premier league outfit . They were quick out of the starting blocks working the ball well with crisp passing. They had a shot from outside of the box and played searching balls from out of their defence on a regular basis. Admittedly it was a long ball game but when done right ( angled passing into the corners, weighted well and accurate ) it is very effective .
When they didn’t have the ball HP were quick to close Heath down and admittedly Heath today were off the pace a little, we didn’t have the usual zip about us . We battled well, with good effort but were second to the ball.
HP were making most of the play and we didn’t have the bite in midfield required to retain the ball enough. They had themselves a free Kick on 16 minutes after Heath made a clumsy foul from behind on a HP player that was driving into the box. The shot was well over then on 18 minutes another fine searching angled ball was played over the defence where Michael Lamb backtracked and on the turn knew he had to get his foot to the ball to somehow touch it into play, he desperately stretched every sinew of his body but just fell short as the HP player gathered the ball to then have the freedom to drive in low across the box, Charlie Briggs was in the right place to clear but it was a fierce ball in and clattered off his legs into the net for 1-0, no chance for Lee to make a save.
Heath reacted well and Jack Tollhurst being up front beat his man wide right and crossed the ball in only for it to fly across the six yard box with no one was there to stab it home! We got a resultant corner, soon after Joe Chester beat his man wide left in the box but HP cleared his low drive in
HP were soon pushing forward with their neat play, we didn’t seem to have the bite in midfield to hold them back and they got another free kick, then an immediate corner where they retained possession of the ball well by efficiently recycling it back to their defence. We were under the cosh a bit with their sustained pressure. Lee greenwood though was vocal in barking orders to keep the lads focused. Lee was soon into action as HP lofted another ball forward, Lee contested the ball with a Peverel player, it squirmed free and Lee jumped on the ball again and was scrambled into touch.
On 34 minutes Heath had the ball on the right wing and worked it well down the touchline to Joe Chester just outside the box where he slid a delicious ball through to Jack Tollhurst who latched onto the ball, the keeper came rushing out to narrow the angle but Jack was able to slot the ball past him In a cool manner like a seasoned professional, 1-1.
That was excellent play well done lads but there was no let up and on 40 minutes Lee greenwood clattered into a challenge, again taking no prisoners and both players were down for a while before play resumed. 42 minutes Connor Brumpton lofted an accurate ball over the HP defence to search out Jack Tollhurst who was driving forward, he wasn’t quite able to position himself to bring the ball down onto his feet as it bounced off a trailing leg.
HALF TIME : Manager Steve Chester hits the nail on the head and made the point that we are at half pace and that we need more Zip and more ooomph!
Reece Speller is rested and Ryan Jones comes on.
On the restart HP flew out of the starting blocks to make it 2-1 on 47 minutes. HP were in possession wide left of the box and we stood off the player for him to step right to loose off a well placed curler into the far right, Lee dived well but had no chance . HP were soon to have a free kick on the edge of the box that brought about a fine save by Lee. We also managed to play out from midfield via Charlie Thompson laying off a ball out to Connor Brumpton who whipped in a curling cross but HP were quick to turn it into an attack that became a one on one with Lee greenwood who steamed out of his box to do enough to put the player off where the ball rolled just wide of the left upright.
The game then upped a gear as HP sensed Heath were pressing for the equalizer. HP were continually shouting their corner to influence the ref though it has to be said it would fall on deaf ears as John Watson is a good ref and he had the game under control and took no nonsense.
HP are were continually pressing and Lee greenwood was often called into action, either from corners, one time scrambling the ball into touch or making fine fingertip saves ! Heath were finding it tough to make headway at times but continued to doggedly fight it out such that in the last ten minutes HP were making fouls on Jack Tollhurst and Connor Brumpton, Joe Chester didn’t get the contact he wanted and blasted a free kick over from outside the box (70 minutes John Newman and Sean Dobbins go on ). Connor Brumpton rampaged forward late on and laid the ball off to Ryan Jones who had the goal in sight on the edge of the box, he tee’d it up but scuffed it wide left !
84 minutes and Heath this time give away a free kick square in front of goal 20 yards out. The HP No 8 stepped up and I have to say drove a stunning pile driver of a shot into the top left corner for 3-1. There was more pressure from Peverel with a free kick and a corner, then Charlie Thompson had an effort go just wide. The ref finally booked a Peverel player for dissent. (gobbiness in my book )
FULL TIME : 3-1
So we bowed out of the Border league KO cup but we hold our heads up high for fighting to the bitter end. We have another test next week against another good side being Brightlingsea Regent so we must dust ourselves down and prepare for battle. I don’t mention a man of the match in my reports but today it goes to Lee Greenwood for a dogged and spirited display where he constantly rallied the troops and gave no quarter in his goalkeeping exploits. Let’s have ourselves a spirited display next week and show Dobbo himself what bounceback ability is all about