Badshot Lea (A)

BADSHOT LEA V HVFC

Tuesday 12th April @ 7.45 pm
Premier Challenge Cup – QF
Westfield Lane (Entrance off Riverdale),
Wrecclesham, Surrey GU10 4PF
Admission – Adults £7, Concessions £4, Accompanied U16 free

 

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Edgware Town (A)

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Ascot United (A)

ASCOT UTD v HVFC

Tuesday 5th April @ 7.45 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
The Racecourse, Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ
Admission – Adults £6, Concessions £3

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Virginia Water (A)

VIRGINIA WATER v HVFC

Saturday 19th March @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
Stag Meadow, St. Leonard’s Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DR
Admission – Adults £7, Over 65’s £4, Accompanied U16 free

Our second visit of the season to the home of Windsor FC, this time we face their tenants Virginia Water.

Our first meeting with “The Water” was at Rectory Meadow back last September. We won a tight game by a solitary goal scored by Imaad Sankoh who is no longer with us.

This is our hosts debut season in the Combined Counties league and currently, after 28 games, they sit in 14th position with 8 wins and 3 draws. Recent form has seen a mixed bag of results with some impressive wins and the odd heavy defeat.

It’s difficult to be sure what sort of mood they will be in for this game. One thing for sure is that we won’t be taking them lightly.

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North Greenford Utd (A)

NORTH GREENFORD UTD v HVFC

Tuesday 8th March @ 19.45 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
Berkeley Fields,Berkeley Avenue,Greenford,UB6 0NX
Admission – Adults £7, Concessions £4, Accompanied U16 free

Another clean sheet as, once again, the highest scoring team in the league failed to score against us.

In truth it wasn’t a great game and certainly not the best performance from us. Both sides were guilty of playing too many long balls, probably due to a firm, bumpy, sloping pitch.

We controlled most of the first half, and wasted a number of chances to take the lead, before Elliott Simpson twisted and turned to set up Meshach who finished with his usual aplomb in the 36th minute. Terry Buss made sure that we held the lead into the break with a very smart save to turn a nice shot around the post.

In the second half NGU came into the game more, pressing us back but, apart from hitting the post after the linesman missed an off side, they didn’t really cause us many problems.

Greenford a new to the league this season and, despite having a young side, have had a very good season. I think we can expect good things from them next season.

Another 3 points closer to the title and another tough game against Abbey Rangers at the Ranch on Saturday. Abbey currently sit in second place and will no doubt pose us quire a challenge.

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Reading City (A)

READING CITY V HVFC

Saturday 26th February @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
The Rivermoor, Scours Lane, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 6AY
Admission – Adults £7, Concessions £4, Accompanied U16 free

The reverse fixture against “The Cityzens”. The first game, played at the Ranch back in October, ended in a 4 nil win to ourselves. Goals that day were scored by Sam (2) and Ben Merson. The other from Meshach Williams.

Our visitors are sitting in a comfortable mid table position with 9 wins and 6 draws from the 26 games they have played to date.

Current form, over the last 6 games, has produced 3 wins and 3 defeats so their form has improved since the start of the season. Expecting a tough game today.

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North Greenford Utd (A)

NORTH GREENFORD UTD v HVFC

Saturday 19th February @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
Berkeley Fields,Berkeley Avenue,Greenford,UB6 0NX
Admission – Adults £7, Concessions £4, Accompanied U16 free

Yet another tough test as we face the leagues highest scoring team. A young side, full of running, so we will have to be at our best if are going to repeat the win we achieved in the first meeting earlier this season. We won with the only goal of the game scored by Branden Barzy.

NGU currently sit in 2nd in the table with 14 wins and 4 draws from the 23 games played. In those games they have scored an impressive 71 goals, a ratio of 3.5 per game. So far this season we have only conceded 0.4 goals per game so it could be an interesting afternoon.

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Southall (A)

SOUTHALL v HVFC

Saturday 29th January @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
Ashford Town FC, Short Lane, Stanwell, TW19 7BH

Admission – Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 16 free

Southall are pushing hard to challenge for the promotion spots so, on paper this should have been the toughest test of the season so far but a strong 1st half from our boys meant that we had the game pretty much sewn up by the break.

Obviously up for it, the boys pressed their opposite numbers from the first whistle, giving them no space to put together any sustained pressure, and forcing them back onto the defensive. In the 15th minute our pressure resulted in another corner and this time Ben Merson was first too it and he kept his goalscoring run going by steering a header into the bottom corner to give us the lead.

15 minutes later we were 2 up. Guy Ansor-Palmer robbed the fullback on his own touchline, pulled the ball back to Feds who jinked past a couple of defenders before pulling the ball back to Meshach to smash home past the keeper. A nice goal.

With half time imminent we more or less secured the points when MK was fouled in the box for penalty. Sam Merson smartly dispatched the kick for a well deserved half time lead.

With the goals in the bank the 2nd half tactic was to be less adventurous and let the hosts try to break us down. Surprisingly they didn’t throw everything at us, and the half turned into a bit of a sterile affair with neither side looking likely to add to the goal tally. Not to worry it was still a big 3 points for us, and with all the other teams in the top 5 dropping points it turned into a very good day indeed.

 

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Windsor (a)

WINDSOR v HVFC

Saturday 15th January @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier North
Stag Meadow, St. Leonard’s Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DR
Admission – Adults £7, Over 65’s £4, Accompanied U16 free

A well earn’t win on the road against a Windsor side with a game plan. After our first meeting a few weekfs ago, our hosts had obviously earmarked Meshach Williams as a main threat and began the marking him very tightly, a number of occasions a little too vigourously. It was from one of these fouls, in the 14th minute, that we opened the scoring when Sam Merson fired in a free kick that the keeper could only parry. Micky Kamara was first to react to turn the ball in at the far post.

3 minutes later we were 2 goal up. Meshach firing home from just outside the box, the bounce catching the keeper slightly unawares.

We continued to press but had to wait until the 42nd minute for our 3rd. Once again Meshach wa fouled, this time in the penalty area. Sam Merson making no mistake from the spot to give us a good lead to take into the break.

The second half sas Windsor up their game and we spent most of the half on the back foot, relying on the occasional break away attack. The defense however held strong and, apart from falling asleep at a corner from which Windsor pulled a goal back, managed to nullify the attacking threat.

All in all a very hard fought victory and a very handy 3 points.

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Holyport (A)

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