Tiptree Heath FC 3 - 0 Hedinghams United First

August 11, 2018 - 3:00 pm at Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall, CM9 8EU

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Tiptree Heath began their season with a comfortable win over Hedinghams utd.

It’s fair to say that having finished 11th out of 15 last season Hedinghams on paper were not expected to be much of a threat. Indeed in the early stages, both teams had a fair share of the ball but Heath were always the better passer of the ball whilst Hedinghams failed to keep the ball long enough in order to be a threat. Heath would comfortably build play out from the back and through midfield to either play the ball out wide or beat the offside trap. Typical passages of play would see through balls splitting the Hedinghams defence, though some were overhit or an offside decision given. However, it was Charlie Green that made his own luck on 17 minutes. In typical, bustling fashion he attempted to break through the defence and the ball rebounded off a defender to fall nicely in his path on the edge of the box where he ran on to slot the ball passed the keeper for 1-0.

Though Hedinghams reacted and attempted a fight back, when they weren’t being sloppy in possession they were forced into too many mistakes by Heaths constant off the ball work. On 35 minutes, Heath were rewarded with a second goal straight out of the school of classic goals.

Having won the ball in midfield, it was swiftly passed out wide left and a fine cross was whipped in which was met by the well timed run of Max Hawkins who rose like the proverbial to cooly nod in unchallenged for 2-0.

I was glad for half time that I could wet my whistle with a swift cuppa, mostly for the fact that my work was cut out this day having to give a pitch side running commentary to a certain Mr John Stancombe, who is a blind ‘groundhopping’ football enthusiast. Whereby for the last 30 years, he has been visiting local community clubs throughout the country to soak up the action via a volunteer relaying the action to him verbally (John Motty Motson eat your heart out). Whilst describing the lay out of the grounds in details for him to get a sense of his surroundings, he would periodically speak into to his dictaphone in order to write up reports of the match himself. He has visited over 1600 clubs . How I managed to keep up with the action I don’t know but by half time I was gagging for tea!

Early in the second half, it was clear that Hedinghams were intent on reducing the deficit, on one occasion Paddy ‘safe hands’ Hawkins parried a good effort from Hedinghams to deny them a good chance to equalise. Then on 55 minutes, Heaths typical neat passing game saw a fine low ball driven in across the six yard box from wide left and the resultant deflection was gathered up by Charlie Green being in the right place at the right time to smash the ball into the roof of the net from a yard out for 3-0. Hedinghams battled to the end but ultimately they did not possess the quality needed to cause Heath any real problems.

Hatfield Peverel will be a sterner test this coming Tuesday, that’s a given, as they have already beaten us during a previous encounter not so long ago. Whilst we created good chances against Hedinghams with a number of efforts on goal we were a tad wasteful so we must be sharp, clinical and ruthless in order to take what chances come our way on Tuesday, as I feel they will be few and far between.

PS any help to rope off the pitch, put up goals and nets, assemble the dug outs etc will be much appreciated .