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.
SATURDAY 9TH OCT
HVFC 4 – 0 READING CITY
A very satisfying performance from the lads. Controlled the game from the kick off and Tel boy was, once again, rarely troubled, in our goal.
Despite all of our pressure it took us until the 37th minute to breakdown the Citizens defence. Meshach won the ball deep in our half and hit a lovely long pass into Sam Mersons path. Sams first attempt to chip the onrushing goalkeeper was parried out but he met the ball with his head to loop the ball into the net. 1 nil, a lead we took into the break.
The Boss was not happy with our lack of ruthlessness during the opening 45 but he must have been feeling better during the 2nd half as the lads scored 3 unanswered goals.
Sam Merson scored his 2nd of the game in the 67th when Meshach Williams skipped past his full back and squared to give Sam a simple tap in for his 9th league goal of the season. Theo Crawford, who very recently became a new dad, celebrated by jabbing home our 3rd before “Supersub”, Ben Merson, came on for his brother to finish off a lovely team move to score, what is becoming, his habitual goal.
Good performance. Away to another new ground next Saturday when we take of Wokingham & Emmbrook.
With our injury list starting to finally shorten the boss had a good selection of players to chose from and the team looked settled from the first whistle. We had total control of the game until the 15th minute when our hosts took the lead with their first foray into our box when a long free kick from Jack Buckle caused hesitation in our defence and Pinder reacted first to force the ball home.
Despite the setback we continued to press Spelly back into the half but all our efforts were thwarted by the hard working home defence.
With half time upon us we got a bit of good fortune. With no concession to the atrocious conditions the ref awarded us a soft free kick just outside the box. Sam Merson took the kick, keeping the ball low on the wet surface, and the unfortunate keeper, would had a great game up until then, let the ball slip under him and we were level at the break.
With the weather worsening we continued to press after the restart and when Brandon Barzey put us in front after 74 minutes most of the watching Villains assumed that the points were in the bag but, with 10 mins to go Spelthorne, and McCalmon in particular, had other ideas. He scored twice in 5 minutes and all of a sudden the points had slipped from our hands. However the game still had a couple of twists left and the Merson brothers stepped up.
2 minutes into overtime Ben Merson pulled us level with an effort that seemed to take forever to cross the line. All square. We would happily taken that but 2 minutes later Sam Merson got his head to a “hail Mary” punt into the box from Jim Fenlon and his header found the net via the underside of the bar. Incredible scenes followed and the bar was buzzing after. What an ending.
Up into second spot. Home to Reading City on Saturday.
Saturday 25th Sept
HVFC 1 – 0 VIRGINIA WATER
Virginia Water are new boys to the Com Co and to date it’s true to say that they have been struggling to come to terms with a different style of football than they have been used to in the Hellenic league. Their first visit to Rectory Meadow also co-incided with a recent change of management as well.
It was obvious from the outset that the new management are starting their rebuild by making the Waters difficult to beat. They defended very deep in good numbers, limiting their attacking to the occasional counter attack. However our defense is looking a very orgainised, tight unit at the moment and Terry was rarely called into action in our goal.
With the visitors defending so deep our pacey wingers found it difficult to get into the game and their central defenders stuck very tightly to our central attackers. The few strikes on goal we did have were dealt with by the capable Waters goal keeper.
Despite having the vast majority of both pocession and territorial advantage it took us until the 80th minute to score the goal that would give us the 3 points. A shot from debut boy Immad Sankoh needed a deflection off of a defender to finally beat the stubbon defense, an element of luck but surely nobody could deny that we deserved the win.
Away to the Spelly next week