Tiptree Heath FC V Shoebury Town Reserves : QUARTER FINAL OF ESSEX JUNIOR CUP
MANAGER : STEVE CHESTER , COACH : IAN DOBBINS
SQUAD : Lee Greenwood , Connor Brumpton , Charlie Briggs , Sean Dobbins , Kameron Dock , Ryan Scillitoe , Louis Olymbios , John Newman , Jamie Chesney , Joe Chester , Max Hawkins , Charlie Green , Reece Speller , Jack Tollhurst , Cam Ward
Heath got back to winning ways in style by overcoming a hard and in-disciplined Shoebury Town. They didn’t have much to offer and whilst being hard in their tackling it was apparent that was all they could offer to try and unsettle a good footballing side that the Heath are.
The first 20 minutes saw Heath quickly into their stride producing pressure early on, Max Hawkins was instrument in midfield exhibiting good vision and excellent distribution of the ball such that manager Charlie Chester exclaimed him as being ‘easy on the eye’ which I thought summed him up nicely.
A loose ball on 20 mins was poked inches wide of the Shoebury post where a resultant corner saw Louis Olymbios rising like a salmon to head in from close range 1-0. Next an effort was saved at feet by the Shoebury keeper after Charlie Green latched onto a defence splitting through ball. Shortly after Heath quickly broke forward out of defence and sent Connor Brumpton charging down the right wing to strike well at the keeper where he spilled it and the ball ran on into touch as Charlie green couldn’t quite get there to slot it home.
33 minutes in and Jack Tolhurst replaced Charlie Briggs after Shoebury committed a nasty challenge on him. He was scythed down by an awful challenge from behind and landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Shoeburys lack of creativity other than tackles did for a time unsettle our young team by effectively knocking them out of their stride and so it was on 41 minutes Shoebury were awarded a penalty for a foul in the box and put it away for 1-1.
More cynical fouling earned Shoebury a yellow card for holding back a Heath player (lucky that he wasn’t deemed the last man). A free kick was delivered in by Joe Chester where Sean Dobbins surely cast a mirror image of his old man Ian Dobbins by jumping well and executing a classic strikers headed goal for 2-1. Then its happy days for Heath as we were swiftly awarded a penalty of our own for a handball in the box. Jack Tolhurst coolly banged it home 3-1.
At the restart Heath put in a corner on 49 minutes and the keeper could only make a weak parry that the ball fell loose and Sean Dobbins poached the ball into the net for 4-1. On 55 minutes Shoebury managed a shot from outside the box, Lee blocked the awkward bouncing ball then reacted well albeit clashing with a Shoebury player. He did well enough to see the ball into touch, good lad. Soon after, Shoebury then got forward down the left wing, crossed in and managed to nick the ball in at the near post for 4-2. Shoebury continued to battle hard and consequently whilst challenging a certain large man in Louis Olymbios, a lesser man…. landed a thinly disguised punch to his face (he shrugged it off).The referee needed to be stronger and send him off but instead gave out a yellow. The atmosphere was now potentially incendiary and the ref was in danger of losing control of the game. The game became scrappy but Heath remained composed whilst endeavoring to apply their own brand of football. Shoebury though were resilient themselves and continued to push for a goal and managed another effort at our near post. On 83 minutes a breakdown of play in the Heath half saw Louis Olymbios gather up the ball and stride forward 25 yards unchallenged and with players either side of him he timed his lay off superbly well to the supporting Jamie Chesney on his left, he had time and space to pick his spot with only the keeper to beat which he did with a cool curling effort in at the right post. 5-2.
Almost time up now but there was a late scramble in the goal mouth where Lee was fouled. Heath then got a number of free kicks from persistent Shoebury fouls where a player finally got a red card for a second bookable offence.
Whistle blew 5-2 full time.
Spare a thought for poor Max Hawkins as having featured on Saturday and brought a different dimension to our midfield is now sidelined again having suffered the same set back as before. A tear was in the eye of Coach Ian Dobbins (bless) having seen his son put away a fine headed goal and scoring two in the game. He played well in defence, brings a physical presence in the opposition box, is getting fitter and with his size it can only bode well for a strong defensive lineup. He has been patient to wait his turn to show what he can do. Well done Sean .