PROGRESS IN THE CUP
6 August 2022 – Abbey Rangers 0 – 3 HVFC
An early goal and a strong performance were enough to ensure that we avoided a repeat of last season and a first hurdle exit from the FA Cup.
A quick start put Abbey under immediate pressure and they soon found themselves a goal down. In the 4th minute a free kick was swung in from the wing and new signing, Duncan Culley, was first to react to open his goal scoring account for the season. Just the start we needed.
We continued to look strong, forcing Abbey deep into their own half, and it was no surprise when Jordan Ellis added a second, providing a tidy finish to Meshachs cleaver pass between a couple of defenders. A very good half and a well earned 2 nil lead at the break.
Abbey went for broke after the re-start, throwing good numbers forward in an effort to get back into the game, but our defence, which was so strong last season, once again proved to be up to the task and held firm. Once we had ridden the storm we took control again but, despite a number of chances, we had to wait until the 90th minute to finally seal the game when another new signing, Jared Myers, scored with a very smart finish. 3 nil. That will do very nicely. Tough game at home to Chertsey Town in the next round.
THE ISUZU FA TROPHY 2022-23
This season sees our debut in the FA Trophy. Our maiden game in the most senior non league competition is an away fixture to fellow Isthmain South Central side Northwood FC. “The Woods” strong finish to last years league campaign saw them finish in a comfortable mid table position so this will be an interesting game. the tie is due to take place on Saturday 10th September.
The winners of this tie will be at home to either Littlehampton Town or Ramsgate. Both sides we have come up against in recent years.
8 June 2022
We are pleased to announce the first of our new signings for the upcoming campaign. Duncan Culley has agreed to join us from last seasons league champions Bracknell Town.
Duncan made a few appearances for us in the 2019/20 season, scoring twice in his 3 appearances before injuries ended his time with us. Now over his injuries he is looking forward to adding to his Villa total.
GROUND IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY
13 June 2022
Admittedly we’ve been a bit quiet on the website and social media front recently but that doesn’t mean that we’ve been resting on our laurels off of the back of last seasons fantastic achievement. Far from it, the ground has been a hive of activity. In addition to the usual freshening up of dressing rooms etc a number of major projects have been undertaken.
The old post and rail that surrounded the pitch has been replaced with a brand new fence that meets the spec required in the Isthmian league. New fences have also been erected around the perimeter of the ground.
Work is well underway on opening up the “4th side” which runs behind the goal at the A316 end of the ground. Post and rail has been erected, footings have been dug and concrete for the new hard standing should be poured before the start of the new season.
The match day toilet block is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to increase both the quality and the quantity of facilities available. Work on a new snack bar in the container block has also begun.
Orders have also been placed to upgrade the existing floodlights to the latest LED lighting. Long delivery times on the fittings mean it might be a bit of a squeeze to get the work completed before the season but they will be ready by the first time we need to use them.
NEW SHIRT SPONSOR
10 June 2022
The club are delighted to have partnered with TOIKIDO who will sponsor our home kit this season and will also assist in raising awareness of the club.
Founded by Darran Garnham in 2020, Toikido are a new type of toy company and have quickly established themselves in the market and are now selling millions of products all over the world. They also have partnerships with Netflix and major gaming studios.
You may not be aware of the toys but your children will almost certainly have heard of their offerings, especially the “among us” series.
Darran and his staff at Toikido are at the leading edge of their field and the club are only too pleased to have their expertise to call on. Check out their website Toikido.co.uk