A BATTLING WIN
Sat 15th Jan – Windsor 1 – 3 HVFC
A well earn’t win on the road against a Windsor side with a game plan. After our first meeting a few weekfs ago, our hosts had obviously earmarked Meshach Williams as a main threat and began the marking him very tightly, a number of occasions a little too vigourously. It was from one of these fouls, in the 14th minute, that we opened the scoring when Sam Merson fired in a free kick that the keeper could only parry. Micky Kamara was first to react to turn the ball in at the far post.
3 minutes later we were 2 goal up. Meshach firing home from just outside the box, the bounce catching the keeper slightly unawares.
We continued to press but had to wait until the 42nd minute for our 3rd. Once again Meshach wa fouled, this time in the penalty area. Sam Merson making no mistake from the spot to give us a good lead to take into the break.
The second half sas Windsor up their game and we spent most of the half on the back foot, relying on the occasional break away attack. The defense however held strong and, apart from falling asleep at a corner from which Windsor pulled a goal back, managed to nullify the attacking threat.
All in all a very hard fought victory and a very handy 3 points.
New Year starts with a bang
Saturday 8th January
HVFC 8 – 0 Burnham
A very good performance from the lads, especially when you take a very wet pitch and the freezing rain into account.
This was the reverse of our opening day fixture which ended in a goal less draw, but there was no shortage of goals in this game once Ben Merson broke the deadlock in the 27th minute with a smart near post header. The next 15 minutes saw us score a further 4 times. Sam Merson scored number 2, from the penalty spot, & number 3 when he rounded the keeper to roll the ball home. Not to be outdone Ben then scored his 2nd with another thumping header before Sam completed his hat trick by capitalising on a poor clearance which he smashed into the top corner. 5 nil at half time.
Sam Merson was replaced by Elliott Simpson at half time and he took over the goalscoring reins by scoring our 6th and 7th goals in the 60th and 77th minute. Both goals scored from close in.
With the clock running down Ben was determined to match his brothers hat trick, and he got his oppourtunity when we were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Ignoring the pleas of his teammates to not shoot he fired past the keeper to complete what was an excellent days work by him.
A very important win for us, especially as most other games were called off. We managed to get some minutes under our belts after the Christmas layoff and certainly did our goal difference no harm at all.
20TH NOV – FA VASE PENALTY SHOOT-OUT EXIT
We suspected that our tie against Glebe may be a tough game and so it proved. The game itself wasn’t a classic as both sides cancelled one another out.
The first half finished goalless, with neither side having many chances. The 2nd half was a slightly more open affair but chances were still few and far between, and any chances that did arise were wasted with some shoddy finishing.
68 minutes in Glebe hitman, Jamie Philpot took advantage of some lax control and poor defending by our boys to fire home, smartly, from outside the box. The type of skill required to split the two sides.
The goal brought a bit of urgency to our game and we started to apply pressure in an effort to score the equaliser. With the game deep in overtime our opponents were defending deep in their own half and just when it looked as though they were going to hold out, Elliott Simpson smashed a half hit clearance but the huge Glebe keeper. We had levelled with the last kick of the game. Late but probably deserved.
The game deserved a period of extra time but current rules dictate that the tie goes straight to pens. The shoot out finished 5-4 to the hosts. Neither keeper made a save but unfortunately MK missed with his effort.
Thanks to Glebe for their hospitality and good luck for the remainder of the season.