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Cyril sends us to Croydon

Two quick fire goals from Arale Mohamed and “Nice one” Ocansey saw us overcome Crowborough Athletic and gave us a trip to AFC Croyon in the Preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The first encounter on Saturday was a bit of a battle and the replay was no different.

Our visitors started on the the front foot and for the opening 15 minutes we had to rely on the defensive talents of Bernie Tanner and Louis Taylor to keep us in the game. As the nerves settled we started in get into the game more and began to cause a few problems for the Crows defense.

We took the lead in the 28th minute when the lively Arale got on the end of a Charlie McKee knockdown to put us in front for the second time in the tie. The cheers had hardly subsided when Cyril all but sealed our victory by running through the visitors defense and slipping the ball past the advancing goalie. A comfortable lead to take into the break.

The second half wasn’t the most lively of affairs. Our defence, directed by Bussy in goal, were comfortable through out and there were very few scares at all. The Boss made a number of changes including the introduction of Levi King for his first 15 minutes of the season. Levi looked as though he lacked a bit of fitness but let’s hope that he’s back to his best in time for the our visit to AFC Croydon on the 25th August.

Before that the team travel to newly promoted Cobham on Saturday and host another promoted side, Badshot Lea, on Tuesday evening. 7.30 kick off.

Online Fixture diary

This year, in addition to this web site, we intend to publish an online diary containing all of our fixtures along with social events that are orgainised by the club. The advantage of the diary is it is always available either on your PC or on your very cleaver little phone. At the moment we are still awaiting news of the leagues format let alone the fixtures, but in anticipation, you can access the diary by either, or both, of the following methods.

On your PC.
Paste the following link into your browser and bookmark the resulting page:

On your mobile
Download and open the TeamUp app and enter, or paste, the following calendar reference


If using your mobile it is best to go into the app settings and turn of the “Display empty days” setting. Now your up and running you should remember to tap on any event you are interested in as there may be further details behind the banner.

Rufus to stay

The club are very pleased to announce that Rufus Brevett has agreed to stay with the club for another season.

Despite last season being a bit of a strange one and Rufus expressed his desire to try to get to grips with the oddities of managing a Hanworth Villa team. Whilst it is expected that the current coaching staff will also remain this has still to be confirmed by the Boss, as has news of any additions to his back room staff.

I know that all the clubs committee, and the majority of the fans, are pleased that Rufus has made this decision. We can only hope that the players will also be as committed.

Charity champs again..

A fiercely contested last game of the season saw us finish the 2017/18 campaign with a Trophy, our 3-2 win over Spelthorne Sports meant that we won the MIddlesex Charity Cup for the second time in three seasons.

The final was held on Bedfont Sports 3G pitch so a scorching hot day was the last thing either side wanted, but the conditions didn’t prevent the teams providing an exciting game played a very high tempo.

After a frantic opening Levi King opened the scoring in our favour, and what a goal it was. Finding himself in space 5 yards outside the penalty area, Levi turned and fired an unstoppable shot into the top left hand bin. Typical Levi goal. Brilliant.

The goal settled us down and we began to knock the ball around, but the Spelly boys worked very hard to ensure that we didn’t add to our lead before half time.

The half time team talk certainly fired up Spelthorne as they came out an equalised within a minute of the restart. A swift attack lead to a corner that a Spelly player managed to head home despite a crowded penalty box.

The goal shook us and for the next 15 minutes it was Terry Buss against the opposition forwards. Luckily for us Terry has got himself back into good shape and he was well up to the task, making 3 or 4 great saves as well as being very commanding when taking the ball from crosses.

Once we weathered the storm the game settled into a pattern where the teams started to trade attacks. In the 78th minute we won a corner which was eventually finished by a cute little flick from Cyril Ocansey. Cyril showed great form towards the end of the season, scoring a lot of goals but none more important than this one.

With our noses in front again we decided to sit back and play on the break. With a minute to go, Lovers intercepted a ball in midfield and played a great ball through the Spelly defence. Levi got their first, held off a defender, and finished, as he does, with a cheeky chip over the keeper. 3-1, minute to go.

Spelthorne however hadn’t given up all day and they weren’t going to start now. Deep into injury time they won a corner which was headed home by their goalkeeper to set up a nervy end to the game. Fortunately for us there was no time for the restart. The refs whistle sparking great scenes of delight.

All in all a very good game. A number of good performances from our boys but it was Levi that the County gave the man of the match award too. I thought that could have easily gone to Lovers or Jermaine as well. Nice that the boys won something for their efforts this season. We had a very dodgy spell for a couple of months early in the New Year but credit to the boys knuckling down and finding the form to win 9 of their last 10 games. Let’s hope that form and desire continues at the start of the forthcoming season.


Player of the year awards

The end of season awards were presented after our Cup final win. The worthy recipients were.

Golden Boot – Cyril Ocansey
Cyril finished the season very well scoring the lions share of our goals. Shame about the one’s that got away in the first half of the season eh Cyril.

Young Player – Alfie White
It’s true to say that Alfie didn’t get many opportunities to prove himself this season but in the chances he did get he showed himself to be a very capable player. Had an excellent game in the cup final.

Chairman MVP – Jermaine Queenborough
Big J has been very solid alongside the skipper all season and deserves his award. Be nice to see a fewer yellow cards next season.

Supporters Award – Levi King
The fans votes were spread among a number of the players but it was the effort shown by “The King” in every game he played in that swung the vote his way. We love you Levi.

Managers Player – Levi King
It wasn’t only the fans that noticed Levi’s efforts, the Boss did too. He praised Levi for his never say die attitude especially when were going through a very dodgy couple of months during the season. He also mentioned that he could rely on Levi to score just when we need it.

Players, Player – Tom Dilloway
Good old Dillers. Always dependable, always gives his all, also great for a laugh (mainly at). A Villain through and through.

Well done to all the winners and thanks to all the others for their efforts this season.