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Next up Camberley Town..

HVFC v CAMBERLEY TOWN
SAT 16th August @ 3PM
Combined Counties Premier League

Always a tough game against “The Krooners”. Last season they took the honours 3-2 at Kroner Park and we “fought out” a goaless draw here at the Ranch.

Full nameCamberley Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Krooners
Founded1895
GroundKrooner Park, Camberley
Capacity1,976 (196 seated)
ChairmanChris Goff
ManagerSteve Brown & Carl Garstang
LeagueCombined Counties League Premier Division
2018–19League 16th of 20, FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round, FA Vase – 2nd Qualifying

We progress, just..

A far post header, from Turnell Sinclair, in the 80th minute was enough to see us book an away fixture at near neighbours Bedfont Sports in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Make no mistake this was a very tough game against Fisher FC from the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, but we got off to a flying start when Geoff Twumasi scored with our 1st attempt after about 30 seconds. Great start, and did we need it.

Fisher played a quick passing game and they applied almost constant pressure, limiting us to the occasional counter attack. Our defense was holding strong though and we doubled our lead from one of our rare attacks in the 40th minute. This time it was Chis Regis turn to hit a super long range shot which gave the Fisher keeper no chance.

2 nil, a good result to take into the break, especially against the run of play. At least it would have been if we could have held out but the excellent Billy Brown pulled a goal back for the visitors with almost the last kick of the game. A good half by our guests but a good display from The Lord and his defence.

Within 5 minutes of the restart the tie was all square again, Brown with the equalising goal (didn’t see it so can’t provide any detail). The boss brought on the returning Luke Bersey to add a bit of steel to our midfield and the change made an almost instant difference. All of a sudden the space in midfield had gone. We started to get our foot on the ball and our passing game began forcing Fisher onto the back foot. This was much better, we were starting to have the best part of the tie for the first time.

Despite the strong wind both sides continued to pass the ball short and it made for an exciting game. We were now doing most of the pressing but the East London boys were always dangerous but both defences, and their respective keepers, were on top of the game.

It looked as though a replay was the most likely outcome but with 10 to go we broke down the right wing and a great cross to the back post found an unmarked Turnell who easily headed home to put us through.

All in all a very good, tight game. Well played Fisher but we are more than happy to make the arduous trip to Bedfont Sports in the 24th of the month.

Next Up…..

HVFC v southall
tues 6th August
Combined Counties Premier League

This will be a tough encounter. Last season “The All” took all 6 points with a 2 nil victory at the Robert Parker Stadium and a 4 nil victory here at the Ranch.

Full nameSouthall Football Club
Founded1871
GroundRobert Parker Stadium, Stanwell (Ashford Town FC)
ChairmanSanjeev Sharma
ManagerMax Howell
LeagueCombined Counties League Premier Division
2018–194th of 20
WebsiteSouthallfc.com

League Constitution announced

The new league lineup for the 2019/20 season has been announced and, as usual, there have been a number of comings and goings.

Champions Chertsey Town have been promoted to Step 4 and will play in the Bostik South Central Division. Bottom clubs Walton & Hersham and AFC Hayes have been relegated down to Division One. Horley Town also leave us after being moved sideways to the Southern Combination League.

The departing clubs have been replaced by Egham Town and Molesey following their relegation from Step 4. Both clubs have been recent former members of the CCL. They are joined by Division One champions Sheerwater and Ascot United who have been moved from the Hellenic League, where they finished in 7th place last season.

 

The FA Allocation of clubs for next season (19-20) was revealed today and the CCL welcomes five different clubs from last season into the League.

Not all are new to the League as both Egham Town and Molesey return to the competition following their relegation from Step 4. Brand new to the Premier Division though are Ascot United who have been moved from the Hellenic League, where they finished in 7th place last season. Nobody had forecasted that one but we are pleased to welcome them, as indeed we are both Egham and Molesey. Sheerwater make up the constitution having been promoted as Division One champions.

In Division One, there are two newcomers, one being Westside, promoted from the Surrey Elite League in which they finshed in 4th place. They will be ground sharing at Chessington & Hook United next season after moving from AFC Croydon Athletic. The other is Jersey Bulls FC as they become the second Channel Islands club to join the Non-League System.

Click here For the full Premier Division line up

Just the 3 for the boys

What a season for Nigel James and his Under 18’s squad.

A 4-2 win over close rivals Ascot United in their penultimate league game meant that a victory over bottom of the table Hartley Wintney would see them win the Allied Youth League (Central Division) at their 1st attempt. As it turned out the edge was taken of the achievement slightly when Hartley were unable to fulfill the fixture meaning the boys become Champions by default. Chances are they would have had a comfortable win anyhow.

Winning the league meant the lads were entered into the Champions Cup, a knockout competition with the winners of the other 3 Allied Counties leagues. We were drawn to play away to Didcot Town the winners of the North Division. Goals form Hassan Habimana and Scottie Walker saw us through to the final with a 2 nil win.

The final was played at Bracknell Town FC against Camberley Town the winners of the South Division. Camberley progressed to the final by beating East Division Champions North Greenford Utd by 5 goals to 1. Over the years, of all the team our 1st team have faced, Camberley have proven to be the hardest to beat. This appears not to be a problem for our young guns. They produced a fantastic performance on the night and ran out easy winners with a goal from Teo Kurtaran, 2 from Kevin Nyarko and just the 4 for Golden Boot winner Scott Walker.

Not content with winning all the trophies that the Allied League had to offer, Nigel and his boys also decided to plunder the Combined Counties League walking away with the Grant-McLellan trophy, and what a way to do it.

After defeating Dorking Wanderers, on their own patch, in the semi final the boys had to face Walton & Hersham, at Abbey Rangers, to complete the treble. Prepared to the maximum as usual by Nigel and Cec the boys made very short work of putting this final to bed. A goal after 3 mins was followed in very short time by 2 more in the next 10 minutes and the game turned into a procession. Despite being totally dominant the lads refused to take their foot off the pedal and added another 6 goals to complete a 9 nil rout. I apologise for not knowing the goals scorers but it was an all round amazing performance.

Not a bad first season. Cant wait for the next.