WE’VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT…….CHAMPIONS
Tuesday 22nd MARCH
HVFC 1 – 0 SOUTHALL
A late 94th minute winner from Jordan Ellis was enough to beat our closest challengers and to make us Champions of the Combined Counties Premier North.
As so often happens when two good sides face each other the game was a pretty sterile affair with both sides cancelling one another out. But none of that mattered once Jordan turned in the box and slotted past the keeper. The Ranch went mad as players and supporters celebrated what has been a fantastic season. Champions, and promotion, without losing a game.
Praise must go, not only to the players, but also to our amazing management team. Simon, Paul, Leon, Chris and even Floydie have been top class all season and fully deserve their success.
Our attention now turns to remaining unbeaten in the league for the remainder of the season, starting with Wembley ay home on the 2nd April. We also have the small matter of a Premier Cup quarter final match against high flying Badshot Lea later in the month.
Well done boys. A fantastic acheivement.
1st TARGET ACHIEVED
SATURDAY 19th MARCH
VIRGINIA WATER 0 – 1 HVFC
A narrow victory, on a windy day, against a determined Waters side was enough to ensure that we will finish in the top 2, and therefore win promotion.
Playing up the hill, and against the wind in the 1st half, the boys had to dig in to keep our hosts at bay and ensure that we went into the break level.
The 2nd half was a different affair. We dominated play right from the restart and, 10 minutes in, Sam Merson used the wind to his advantage to fire home from 30 yards. Despite continuing pressure we couldn’t add to our tally but the single goal was enough to take all the points. Points which saw us reach a total that only Southall can beat.
Tuesday night we take on Southall at the Ranch. A big game for us. A win will see us crowned as champions, a draw will mean that we will need to take one point from our remaining 4 games to ensure that we finish top of the pile. It’s bound to be a tense game. Make sure that you dont miss it. 7.45 kick off.
Tuesday 8th March
North Greenford 0 – 1 HVFC
Another clean sheet as, once again, the highest scoring team in the league failed to score against us.
In truth it wasn’t a great game and certainly not the best performance from us. Both sides were guilty of playing too many long balls, probably due to a firm, bumpy, sloping pitch.
We controlled most of the first half, and wasted a number of chances to take the lead, before Elliott Simpson twisted and turned to set up Meshach who finished with his usual aplomb in the 36th minute. Terry Buss made sure that we held the lead into the break with a very smart save to turn a nice shot around the post.
In the second half NGU came into the game more, pressing us back but, apart from hitting the post after the linesman missed an off side, they didn’t really cause us many problems.
Greenford a new to the league this season and, despite having a young side, have had a very good season. I think we can expect good things from them next season.
RUN CONTINUES AT HOME
Saturday 12th Feb
Villa 3 – 0 Egham Town
A fixture against Egham is usually tough enough but it was made all the tougher by an ever increasing injury list. Missing Ben, Bruno, Jimbo, Theo, Rory and Feds the Boss was forced to re-jig his squad and the boys stepped up to the challenge with a convincing 3 nil victory over a robust “Sarnies” side.
The game began with the visitors on the front foot, and whilst their forward line was keeping our makeshift defence busy they never really created any clear cut chances. The possession that Egham had was troubling but, as usual, our management reacted and a bit of re-organisation had immediate effect and for the last 15 minutes of the half we started to cause problems at the other end, but to no avail, and we went into the break goal-less.
Within 5 minutes of the restart we were in front. Sam Merson converting from the spot after Jordan Ellis had been felled in the box. 15 minutes later we pretty much ensured the points when Jerome Federico scored his 2nd goal of the season (a career record I believe) with a very smart finish. The 2nd goal took all the heart out of our visitors and it wasn’t a surprise when, in the dying minutes, Meshach Williams added a 3rd to keep our winning run at Ranch going.
Yet another tough fixture this coming Saturday as we travel to free scoring North Greenford. Fingers crossed we may have a few players returning.