League: CCFL Prem

Egham Town (H)

HANWORTH VILLA V EGHAM TOWN

Tuesday 29th September 2020 @ 7.45 pm
Combined Counties Premier Division
Ground – Rectory Meadow, Park Road, Hanworth, TW13 6PN

Admission  £7 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s free
Note:- NHS COVID19 & evepass track & trace apps in use

A local derby game, and one looked forward too more by our supporters than our players. I think that’s because, historically, Egahm have always been seen as one of “The big clubs” in the area.

Last season our visitors took the honours with a 2 goals to nil win but we got our revenge, in what proved to be the last game of 19/20 season, with a 3-1 win at the Runnymede Stadium.

“The Sarnies” have had a slow start to the current campaign with 1 win and 2 defeats in the league. Unfortunately they have also lost in both of the FA competitions. I’m sure that they will be doing their best to kick start their season today. We will obviously be doing our best to delay that for a week,

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Ascot Utd (H)

HANWORTH VILLA v ASCOT UNITED

Saturday 26th September 2020 @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier Division

Today’s visitors, Ascot United, were top of league when the season was abandoned last term and, at the time of this visit were sitting at the top again, so we were expecting a very stern challenge. The boys were up to the challenge however, and a good all round performance earned us an excellent 3 points against one of the leagues fancied sides.

“The Yellowmen” are a side full of big guys and directly from the kick off it was obvious that they planned to capitalise on this by playing a direct game designed to put pressure on our defence. As it turned out our backline were more than up to the task. The usuals, Jamie, Guy and Bryant were joined by new signing Joe Morrison and, as a group, they dealt with the early threat enabling the rest of the lads to settle down and start imposing our style on the game.

We started to create a number of promising attacks and in the 20th minute we got our breakthrough, the ever busy Brandon Barzey coolly finishing off a lovely passing move by rounding the keeper before rolling the ball home. The goal was greeted by a fantastic cheer from the home fans who are rapidly warming to the new style of football we are trying to play.

We continued to press for the remainder of the half but the swirling wind into our faces ensured that Ascot always posed a threat, but with Jamie Throughgood bellowing out instructions we safely reached the break in front.

After such an assured 1st half I’m pretty sure that the half time words of wisdom were “more of the same lads” and so it proved as we doubled our lead within 5 minutes of the restart. Scottie Walker, making his first start of the season, picked out Sam Mersons run with a fine pass and Sam did what he does with a great first time finish across the keeper into the bottom corner. 2 nil and we were in charge of the game.

Brandon Barzey, who was having another very good game, almost scored his 2nd of the game in the 75th minute, hitting the crossbar with a long range effort. He wasn’t to be denied long though. With the clock running down a clearance by the Ascot keeper was charged down and the ball fell nicely for Brandon to tap home. 3 nil a lovely result.

The difficult games keep coming and on Tuesday night we are home again, this time to Egham Town. Kick off 7.45. Please remember that we will be strictly following the COVID guidelines which, unfortunately, include having to close the clubhouse at 10pm.

 

 

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Southall (A)

SOUTHALL v HANWORTH VILLA

Saturday 15th September 2020 @ 7450 pm
Combined Counties Premier Division
Ground – Ashford Town FC, Robert Parker Stadium, Short Ln, Stanwell TW19 7BH

Admission  £8 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s free

Sam Merson

Sam Merson’s 2nd hatrick in consecutive league games, and an all round excellent team performance, saw us win a very hard fought game against one this seasons fancied teams.

Southall have been one of the leagues better sides and this year have made an investment into a push for promotion. With a side full of big strong players it quickly became obvious that intimidation was going to be one of their tactics in a highly competivive first half. As usual this particular tactic didn’t work against our side and the boys gave as good as they got as the two sides swapped attack for attack.

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute when a weak corner was cleared back to the corner taker. This time delivery was much better and his firmly struck low ball into the area alluded everyone and nestled into the corner of the net. This goal, despite plenty of enterprising play from both sides, proved to be the only goal of the half. 1 nil to “The All” at the break.

The 2nd half saw our boys come out on the front foot in search of the equaliser. Brandon Brazey, who had an amazing game all round, and Sam Merson had caused the Southall defense problems most of the evening and our early 2nd half pressure started to produce chances.

In the 51st minute a corner Sam Merson was first to the ball and he gave the keeper no chance. 1 all, and deserved equaliser. 10 minutes later a repeat of the scenario meant that Sam had his 2nd of the game and we were in the lead.

Our tails were really up now. The introduction of Mesach Williams meant an injection of pace down our right side, stretching the Southall defence even further, and producing almost instant results as the exceptional Brandon Brazey fired home a much deserved goal for our 3rd in the 69th minute.

The 3rd goal took all the fight out of our hosts and it was no surprise when, in the 85th minute, Sammy Gagan won the ball in midfield and slipped a lovely ball through for Merse to complete his 2nd hat trick in as many league games.

A hard fought and deserved victory, much celebrated by the Villains supporters who were once again present in good numbers. Onto the FA Vase Saturday.

Villa lineup:- Terry Buss, Guy Ajsah-Palmer, Bryant Akono-Bilongo, Micheal Kamara, Declan Skura, Jamie Thoroughgood, Brandon Brazey (69), Samra Gagan, Sam Merson (51,62,85) Elliott Simpson, Tauren McDonald-Roberts

Subs:- Liam Garlinge, Scott Walker, Sid Dack (⇑70 for Elliott Simpson), Meshach Williams (⇑65 for Tauren McDonald), Louis Taylor (⇑85 for Samra Gagan)

 

 

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Colliers Wood Utd (A)

COLLIERS WOOD UTD v HANWORTH VILLA

Wednesday 9th September 2020 @ 7.30pm
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier
Admission – Adults £7, Concessions £4

This fixture usually takes place deep in the winter months so it will be a pleasant change to travel down the A3 early in the season.  It will also be nice to meet up with some ex-villains. Managed by Adam Willis, last season, Woods also counted Tom Dillers, Jermaine Queensborough and Jack Buckle in their side.

This fixture last season finished all square at 2 goals each. Unfortunately the reverse fixture fell foul of the early abandonment of the season.

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Knaphill (H)

Hanworth Villa v Knaphill

Saturday 5th September 2020 @ 3pm
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier
Rectory Meadow, Park Road, Hanworth, TW13 6PN

Entry £7 Adults, £4 Concessions & Under 16’s free

Sam Merson

The opening game of the shiny new season ended all square following another man of the match performance by the opposition goalkeeper and some determined defending by his team mates.

Right from the kick off it looked as though we were carrying our pre season form into the new league campaign. We were seeing a lot of the ball and some neat passing produced enough first half chances for us to put the game to bed. Unfortunately for us Kennedy in the Knappers goal was up to the task, producing more than a handful of saves to thwart our forward line and, with his team mates playing with gritty determination, we had to be content with going into the break goalless and level.

For these socially distanced times there was a decent number of spectators and the Villains among them were hoping that the half time talking too would make our boys adjust their sights and start to take the chances created. The break also gave the Knaphill management team an opportunity to rally their boys and, although we still had the majority of the ball, the second half was a tighter affair.

Although the chances were fewer than in the first half we were still looking like the team most likely to score and a penalty awarded in the 60th minute for a foul on Sam Merson (pictured) gave us the chance to take the lead. Sam, who hit he post from the spot in the previous game, elected to take the kick himself and calmly rolled the ball into the bottom left corner. At last a goal, keep playing and we could have an opening day win for the first time in a while.

Wasn’t to be though. Knaphill had been dogged in defense all game and although their attacking opportunities  had been limited they made the most of a chance in the 74th minute when blocked shot fell to Lambe who tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

End of the game we were disappointed not to have taken all 3 points but thats what happens if you fail to convert as many chances as we did. Lets hope our finishing improves before Wednesday when we travel to Colliers Wood. Good luck to Knaphill for the new season.

 

 

 

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