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u14 EJA CUP

 EJA  CUP 1st ROUND  BUCKHURST HILL u14  0 -V-  TILBURY u14  1

Both sides taking a break from league action go into today's game with Hill winning their last two games and Tilbury picking up their first point of the campaign in the Essex Division last week.

Before a ball was kicked there was an omen for the superstitious when the lights in the changing room came crashing down.....and  It seems when the light went out in the changing room the boys forgot to turn it back on when the game kicked off.!!! The first five minutes we started sluggish, were second to the ball,had sloppy passing and were hitting long hopeful balls forward. Mixed in with not being strong enough in the tackle. This was the pattern set for most of the match with small glimpses of football! Much against the run of play Hill take advantage of a mix up in the Tilbury midfield when Redhead breaks away and plays a through ball for Dackombe who pulls his shot wide. On 18 minutes Redhead finds himself away on goal and clear of the back four, the Tilbury defender (17) shows exceptional pace and gets back to close him down before he can pull the trigger and clears the danger. This again was to be the pattern of the game and the sooner the boys learn that the long ball over the top whilst working well in previous years is no longer the only route to go. We have to keep possession and work the ball, when a side have a bear eleven the way to tire them out is not play into their hands and hit everything first time long which after seeing the pace of the defender (17) will play straight into their hands. The gaffer and coach are blue in the face asking for us to keep possession and until we do that we will struggle to win matches. Tilbury are starting to dominate the game and are pushing down the Hill left. They play a neat interchange and the winger gets away sending a powerful low drive across goal which only needs the slightest of touches to find the net but Proctor does brilliantly getting back to take it off the toe of the forward three yards out at our back post. That should have been a warning sign as two minutes later they again break down the left which sees the ball at our near post and a mix up in the Hill back four, with no one taking responsibility for clearing the ball the centre forward has an easy job of heading into an empty net. 0-1

Hill are now on the back foot as Tilbury push forward, the centre forward (10) who had  great game upfront hits one from the edge of the box which S Barrett parries and h Barrett who was  Hills best player today clears with the help of the crossbar off the line! The away side again break quickly down the left and Jessop who had he's hands full all game with the excellent (10) accidentally trips the winger and from the resulting free kick the ball goes narrowly wide. This time Tilbury come down the right with the winger showing good footwork cuts inside and hits a powerful shot which would have found the bottom corner but S Barrett gets down well to push it around the post. Just a minute before halftime Hill show the only bit of football they put together in the first half. Emmerson picks it  down the left and keeps possession feeding Grace who moves the ball across field where we play some quick short one two's with a cross coming in from  H Barrett which the home side just fail to finish off.

Halftime 0-1 we have been out played, out passed,out thought and out muscled. This was the general view taken from several of the watching parents. Not a happy touch line!!!

The second half starts much like the first but the gaffer may have used the "hair dryer" as there are signs that we want to turn up today. The gaffer also uses the squad to freshen up the team and a few replacements are implemented. Brookes on the halfway line shows good feet and puts Redhead away but yet again the 17 has to much pace for him and clears the danger. Tilbury have a lack of concentration at the back and the ball falls to Grace on the edge of the box who bears down on goal and with only the keeper to beat but doesn't connect with the shot and it bounces wide. King on at left back is looking to play football and slides it in to Bolton's feet who in turn finds Grace, his shot goes narrowly wide. King out on the left shows good feet cutting in and again plays good football with a cross field ball to Proctor that sees him in on goal only for the keeper to parry the shot away at the near post. Hill push forward in numbers in the last 10 minutes but a little bit of composure and cutting edge in front of goal is missing today. We have to learn that just running with the ball and first time long balls will not always work and we need to see another side to our game.

The gaffer had a long inquest in the middle of the pitch afterwards and by the look of the boys faces I guess they know he was not happy. We now need to learn from this and put the performance behind us and move on to a tough cup match away to Prostar who will be looking for revenge after losing to us in the semi final of the cup last year. They will be 'up' for it and I'm sure the boys will be too!!

Don't forget to turn the lights on....

u13s White Match Report

Buckhurst Hill vs Chigwell Boys 12th October 2014

Kick off 11am

The home derby this week, as Chigwell Boys come to the lush green carpet of Buckhurst Hill. Last time Buckhurst Hill met Chigwell they narrowly lost at home to 2 late goals. So no encouragement will be needed today and with a lot the boys going to school together, some bragging rights are on offer. Buckhurst Hill kick off The match starts with some competitive challenges from both sides as they wrestle for possession of the ball. 12Mins Goal 0-1: Chigwell take the lead. The ball breaks out wide and is crossed into the box amongst the tackles the ball breaks too an off side player who scores. The lines man flags and the referee after discussion gives the goal. No one can understand the decision, but the goal stands. 13Mins Goal 1-1: The boys strike back. Some excellent and persistent work from Laycock earns a corner. Laycock delivers a superb ball into the box and Wheeler nips in and heads home. Some strong challenges are going in, and neither team can get a clear chance. Spencer for Buckhurst Hill tries his luck from outside the area with a lobbed effort but clears the crossbar. James breaks free but sees his effort whistle wide. 30Mins Goal 2-1: Wheeler at the double gives Buckhurst Hill the lead. This time Stalick with some wing trickery, gets the ball out wide and cuts across the area and passes, Wheeler tucks it away from close range. HT 2-1 Chigwell Boys Kick off 8Mins Goal 3-1: Buckhurst Hill get a grip of the game. Some neat interplay in midfield sees James beat the offside trap and he makes no mistake and slots into the far corner. Chigwell are rattled, their players are on each others backs as Buckhurst Hill step up the pressure. Ashman and Salmon are snuffing out their attacks and Walden and Mckeever down the left side are making some great inroads into Chigwell’s defense. The Chigwell players are getting no time on the ball, as Kelly and Mckeever press early, and Chigwell’s passes are being misplaced. 25Mins Goal 4-1: Buckhurst Hill wrap the game up. Some excellent passing triangles in midfield see’s a defense splitting pass to Spencer. He nonchalantly looks up picks his spot and with the calmness of a top premiership striker he buries his chance into the far corner leaving the keeper no chance. The gBuckhurst Hill vs Chigwell Boys 12th October 2014 Kick off 11am The home derby this week, as Chigwell Boys come to the lush green carpet of Buckhurst Hill. Last time Buckhurst Hill met Chigwell they narrowly lost at home to 2 late goals. So no encouragement will be needed today and with a lot the boys going to school together, some bragging rights are on offer. Buckhurst Hill kick off The match starts with some competitive challenges from both sides as they wrestle for possession of the ball. 12Mins Goal 0-1: Chigwell take the lead. The ball breaks out wide and is crossed into the box amongst the tackles the ball breaks too an off side player who scores. The lines man flags and the referee after discussion gives the goal. No one can understand the decision, but the goal stands. 13Mins Goal 1-1: The boys strike back. Some excellent and persistent work from Laycock earns a corner. Laycock delivers a superb ball into the box and Wheeler nips in and heads home. Some strong challenges are going in, and neither team can get a clear chance. Spencer for Buckhurst Hill tries his luck from outside the area with a lobbed effort but clears the crossbar. James breaks free but sees his effort whistle wide. 30Mins Goal 2-1: Wheeler at the double gives Buckhurst Hill the lead. This time Stalick with some wing trickery, gets the ball out wide and cuts across the area and passes, Wheeler tucks it away from close range. HT 2-1 Chigwell Boys Kick off 8Mins Goal 3-1: Buckhurst Hill get a grip of the game. Some neat interplay in midfield sees James beat the offside trap and he makes no mistake and slots into the far corner. Chigwell are rattled, their players are on each others backs as Buckhurst Hill step up the pressure. Ashman and Salmon are snuffing out their attacks and Walden and Mckeever down the left side are making some great inroads into Chigwell’s defense. The Chigwell players are getting no time on the ball, as Kelly and Mckeever press early, and Chigwell’s passes are being misplaced. 25Mins Goal 4-1: Buckhurst Hill wrap the game up. Some excellent passing triangles in midfield see’s a defense splitting pass to Spencer. He nonchalantly looks up picks his spot and with the calmness of a top premiership striker he buries his chance into the far corner leaving the keeper no chance. The game is stretches further, but neither team can find another clear-cut chance and the referee blows for full time. A great team performance from the boys today with every player giving 100%. So the boys can go home happy and with bragging rights in the bag for the coming week at school. With 2 wins out of 2 in the league they can also look forward to being high in the league table. Next up at home next weekend is Ridgeway Rovers who are also riding high in the table, so the competitive games keep coming thick and fast. Result FT 4-1 Wheeler x 2, James, Spencer ame is stretches further, but neither team can find another clear-cut chance and the referee blows for full time. A great team performance from the boys today with every player giving 100%. So the boys can go home happy and with bragging rights in the bag for the coming week at school. With 2 wins out of 2 in the league they can also look forward to being high in the league table. Next up at home next weekend is Ridgeway Rovers who are also riding high in the table, so the competitive games keep coming thick and fast.

Result FT 4-1 Wheeler x 2, James, Spencer

BHFC U14's Reach the final of the Essex trials

Congratulations to the following boys from our Under 14 EJA team who have reached the finals of the Essex trials. Max Jessop

Sid Jethva

Harry Barrett

George Johnson

Ben Brookes

Jamie Grace

Well done to all the boys that took part.

2013/14 Players Trophy List

Age Group Players Player Sportsperson Managers Player
Under 7 Royals Joe Radford Frank Toye George Norman
Under 7 White Harry Marsden Teddie Longman Teddie Harding
Under 7 Blue William Penn Kishan Mehta Devon Mahalingham
Under 8 Royals Aston Watson- Weaver Ollie Parkes Bradley Thurbin
Under 8 White Lucas Carlyon Zachary Sapiro Frankie Tucker
Under 8 Blue Kian Steward Alex Hanlon Shea Steward
Under 8 Black Tobi Blake   Faith Mensah
Under 9 Samuel Patterson Flynn Toye Isabella Ruse
Under 10 Royals Henry Moore Cameron Weekes Thomas Callagher
Under 10 White Teddy Plume Jack Trowbridge Thomas Whellams
Under 11 Alfie Binet Simran Duncan Lukas Zabulionis
Under 12 Royals Oliver Luck Edward Cutmore  Augustus Lawrence
Under 12 White Joe Salmon Sam Griffiths Tom Spencer
Under 13 EJA Tommy Redhead Julian Dackombe  Ben Harris
Under 13 White Kieran Crane Laurie Haslehurst Aidan Proctor
Under 13 Blue Sidney Jethua Shaan Ali Henry Groom
Under 14 EJA Sam Dalby Carl Parsons Sam Dalby
Under 14 Echo Ewan Risby Joshua Nossek Victory Akam
Under 15 EJA Sam Smith Klaudijus Bytauta Matthew Neighbour
Under 15 Echo Nairobi Newsam Hassan Salim Jamie Buckley
Under 16 Echo Richard Akinlade Daniel Whitehead Richard Akinlade Jamie Rones
Under 18 EJA Simeon Peters Abdullah Jabarkhel Daniel Brett

u13s White match report

 

 Buckhurst Hill Vs Senrab Lions

5th October 2014 Kick off 12.30pm

 So after the distractions of the Cup Matches over the last two weekends the boys get their league campaign under way at home. Todays visitors are and unknown quantity it could be another tight game for the boys.

Buckhurst Hill kick off

Buckhurst Hill start lively and get some good interchanging of passing through midfield and Senrab Lions look uncomfortable in dealing with the slick inter play.

5mins Goal 1-0: Buckhurst Hill take the lead, an excellent ball down the right wing sends Stalick away and cool as you like he calmly side foots to the left of the keeper and into the corner of the net.

Buckhurst Hill push on and again Stalick goes close and Senrab don’t have any answers to Buckhurst Hill passing and pressing.

12mins Goal 2-0: The lead is doubled as Lord races through and beats the keeper and finishes down the middle of the goal.

15mins Goal 3-0: Spencer this time collects the ball at the edge of the box, and then lobs the on rushing keeper to give Buckhurst Hill a commanding lead.

22mins Goal 4-0: Neat passing sees the ball fall to Spencer who’s shot goes through the keepers legs and as the keeper turns to save, he can only help it cross the line.

Buckhurst Hill are really flying now, they are first to every loose ball and every one wants a touch to get in on the act, Senrab lions look in disarray.

28mins Goal 5-0: A sublime finish from Spencer. Some great interplay from keeper to midfield through to Spencer sees and an audacious flick up and volley, into the roof of the net from outside the area, outstanding skill!

The halftime whistle blows and the Senrab lions look in tatters, heads down and well beaten, with still the second half to play.

HT 5-0

Senrab Lions Kick off

2mins Goal 6-0: A great through ball sees Lord race away from the defense, he shoots the keeper parries but Lord picks up the loose ball and slots into the corner.

4mins Goal 7-0: de ja vu, Lord beats the offside trap and races away, shoots the keeper parries and again Lord picks up the loose ball and finishes.

Buckhurst Hill are superior all over the pitch, the Excellent Salmon picks up the ball from midfield and drives on and on and on, rounds the keeper but a defender blocks his goal bound effort onto the post and out for a corner, great determination and drive from Salmon.

28mins Goal 8-0: Mckeever races clear and gets his shot off the keeper saves and for the 3rd time with the defense watching Mckeever collects up the loose ball and finishes.

29mins Goal 9-0: Spencer this time supplies an excellent defense splitting pass to Kelly who collects, and then calmly dispatches into the corner to complete the rout.

So a great confidence builder for the boys and a game that could have finished at least 13 -0, with the woodwork saving Senrab on at least 3 other occasions. A clean sheet and plenty of goals for the home side have sent all the home crowd home happy, tougher games will follow, but definitely one to enjoy.

Result FT 9-0

Stalick, Lord x 3, Spencer x 3, Mckeever, Kelly

 

u14 EJA Match Report

Lovely sunny morning for the game. The gaffer had a strong squad to select from with 15 boys here and welcome to Sid who stopped up to the squad for his debut today….We also welcomed back Joel minus his plaster cast but missed Lewis who was unavailable and Zak with a nasty sounding hand injury earned playing rugby. Still the 15 were had available were strong, cover in all positions and gave the gaffer a chance to rotate, which would be important on a hot day. The opposition did not have that luxury and put up a good game considering they had a bare 11.

Hill started well and we saw the return of a fluid passing game. We got into our stride quickly and pressed from the off.. As a result it took us only 3 minutes to open the scoring when a free kick was earned 20 yards out. GRACE stepped up and dispatched into far corner with power and accuracy. 1-0. 4 minutes later and the scoreline doubled. A corner from the left was taken by Brookes. His superb delivery found HARRIS who turned the ball in off a dubious part of his anatomy (according to G. Johnson). However, they all count and given his masterful display in the centre of midfield today, no more than Ben deserved. 2-0.

Hill were in full flow now and threatening with every piece of forward play. On 20 minutes the ball was worked to Basi in the middle of the park where he had cut in from the left full back position. A powerful drive inside saw him fouled on the edge of the box. He earned it, he was going to take it, and a good effort it was as well…..just wide.

Ten on 35 minutes the game was sealed. Some great build up play through the middle worked the ball to the right side and H. Barrett found DACKOMBE, the pair combining well throughout the game. With little else on and from the angle of the box he fired a powerful shot which h went over and round the keeper and into the side meeting. A lovely finish to effectively wrap up the game.  It was 3-0 at half time which alled the gaffer to change and rotate the team.

Different combinations of forwards, Redhead on for the lively Johnson in the middle, Sid on for Adam at the back.

Whatever player combinations Hill put out the fluency and game control remained. However, despite again controlling the game in the second half, and a couple of decent chances, the score remained 3-0.

 The best chance of the second half coming from a pacey and powerful rund down the right from Proctor who cut back the ball from a pacey and powerfull run down the right from Proctor who cut the ball back to Swann who struck it first time with power, but just rose over the bar.

Full time, Hill win 3-0. Good performance all round and looks like we have clicked into gear…just in time for what will likely be a tough game against Tilbury in the cup next.

u14 EJA Match report

This was a game that resembled the day….Foggy and dull early doors but once the sun brokethrough it turned into a fine afternoon.

Hill started with the hangover of several lacklustre results holding them back. Slow and quiet for the first 20 minutes, the game lacked any pace, energy or drive. Despite having the better of the play in the early encounters Hill didn’t really pass the ball crisply. The first real sortie came on 6 minutes when H. Barrett stepped into midfield with the ball, released Dackombe down the right whose cross found an empty penalty spot and was easily cleared.

After 18 minutes, almost by accident, Hill were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Redhead stepped up confidently and struck a decent effort but the keeper gathered. 

The game then slowly started to gather pace. Almost as if Hill’s muscle memory were clicking into place. On 21 minutes the ball was worked well through the middle with Harris, who was having a very solid game, finding Brookes. The little dynamo injected some much needed pace and struck a lovely effort from 25 yards which the keeper pushed for a corner.

Hill were gradually winding up now and got the breakthrough their possession demanded. On 25 minutes Harris again worked the ball well into the right channel, was patient with his pass and slipped a beauty inside the fullback inviting Dackombe forward. He collected the ball, got his head up and played a nice cutback to GRACE who made a great turn inside his man and passed home from 6 yards. 1-0.  28 mins and Hill going through the gears. The now energetic Brookes, who along with Harris in the middle, was starting to press. The two combined and Harris shot was just pushed wide by the keeper. The resultant corner found Jessop, who was having a fine game in the heart of defence, played one which was just deflected onto the bar. 4 minutes later a good combination between Grace, Redhead and Brookes found Johnson who struck a nice effort from 25 yards just wide.

Then on 34 minutes Hill broke through again. Some good possession in midfield from Johnson found GRACE who made a good run to pull away from his marker and slotted home from 18 yards. 2-0.

Half time Hill 2-0. Just about deserved. Despite the visitors playing some neat football early on, any real chances they had were readily stopped by the superb Jessop and Barratt in the heart of the Hill defence.

The second half began where the first left off. Hill maintaining the pace they had built up and on 37 minutes Brookes broke down the left. He found GRACE who made a good run down the left channel and got round the back of the defence. A composed ball pulled back to PROCTOR on the edge of the 6 yard box and a cool finish, 3-0.

On 48 minutes Hill went further ahead with the goal of the game. A solo effort from GRACE who picked the ball up 30 yards out and back to goal, he slipped a great turn inside and let fly with his left boot. Top corner 4-0. The result was now sealed and Hill were turning on the style. The football began to flow a lot better. passing out from the back and using the ball intelligently. Hill were now starting to string passes together and looked more like a unit. On 55 minutes the scoring was complete when Harris won a good header in the middle of the park which fell to GRACE who hit his 4th goal of the game  from 18 yards. 5-0.

The final act was one of the nicest bits of football when King, on in the right back slot, once again used the ball intelligently down the channel to Bolton, who in turn found Grace. He lifted his shot over the keeper and was goal bound but a last ditch clearance from the centre half prevented the goal.

Final score Hill 5, Codicote 0. A score worthy of the possession and just about worthy of the play. If Hill can take that momentum into the next couple of fixtures then the season will be up and running.

A final word for the referee who went largely unnoticed throughout. Not a dirty game, but one which he allowed to flow and stopped only when required….especially for two mid half drink breaks. If he had brought the shaving foam anyone would have thought we were still in Brazil.

u13 White match report

 

                                                                           East Thurrock vs Buckhurst Hill

28th September 2014 Kick off 1.30pm

On at beautiful Autumn day the boys find themselves on the road again in an away League Cup match. With the hosts playing in a league above Buckhurst Hill its going to be another hard day for the boys.

East Thurrock kick off

Thurrock get the match underway and immediately start to press the Buckhurst Hill midfield and win possession. Buckhurst Hill are giving it away to cheaply and need to string some passes together other wise its going to be a very tough game.

6mins Goal 1-0: The hosts take the lead with some neat interplay the forwards shot nestles into the far corner of Rawlings goal from close range.

10mins Goal 2-0: Thurrock double their lead. They win possession in midfield and the winger breaks the offside trap and races towards goal, his shot ripples the inside netting to the far post and Rawlings dive is in vain.

14mins Goal 2-1: Buckhurst Hill get a breakthrough, a ball forward to Lord sees some neat footwork and his effort from outside of the box goes over the keepers head and in.

20mins Goal 3-1: Thurrock score again, the center back just keeps coming through midfield and no one closes him down until he slides a great ball through the defense and the striker smashes it into the top corner of the net.

33mins Goal 4-1: Penalty? The referee gives a penalty to the home side and even the home sides manager is baffled with the decision. The spot kick is dispatched low and into the corner and Rawlings can do nothing.

The halftime comes to and end, the players look deflated, the management furious. Every thing that could go wrong has gone wrong. Passes not hitting their targets and then getting punished the order of the day.

HT 4-1

Buckhurst Hill Kick off

Buckhurst Hill come out looking determined, a few choice words from the management has increased their urgency and some passes are finding their targets. Salmon playing a more advanced position today gets his shot away from the edge of the box and the keeper saves at his second attempt.

15mins Goal 5-1: The good start to the second half has been all in vain, Thurrock break away and the strikers effort is smashed home.

20mins Goal 6-1: The goals keep coming, a corner from the right is swung in and in the breaks to a Thurrock player who swipes it home into the roof of the net.

23mins Goal 6-2: Buckhurst Hill score, a free kick is conceded and Laycock bends it over the wall and into the far corner.

 33mins Goal 7-2: More misery for Buckhurst Hill, a ball delivered from the left wing and somehow it evades every one, and falls to the feet of a Thurrock midfielders feet who cant believe his luck, and he toe pokes hit home.

The final whistle blows and the Buckhurst Hill player trudge off the pitch, undone by some good play, some questionable decisions from the referee. So its back to the drawing board, and a home game next weekend and hopefully some good fortune

 Result FT 7-2

Goals Lord, Laycock

u13s White match report

Wapping Youth FC vs Buckhurst Hill 14th September 2014 Kick off 1.30pm

The first league game of the season and its away to Wapping Youth FC. With a host of new players coming into the Buckhurst Hill squad, today is going to be difficult day for the boys to gel as a team

Buckhurst Hill kick off

Buckhurst Hill make a bright start and have early possession and the home side are having difficulty getting out of their own half. The pitch being devoid of grass from one goal to the other goal right down the center of the pitch, is not helping the more skillful players.

14mins: Goal 1-0: totally against the run of play, a hoofed clearance takes a deflection off a Buckhurst Hill player, and from the corner and unmarked player at the far post nods it home.

18mins: A close shave for Buckhurst Hill, a through ball is handled by the striker but the referee plays on and his strike is narrowly wide.

26mins: Goal 2-0: Wapping turn over the ball in midfield and the skill full number 11 rides 3 Buckhurst Hill challenges and calmly dispatches his shot to the top corner to double the home sides lead.

30mins: Goal 2-1: Wapping try to play out from the back and Salmon from center back makes a great challenge to rob possession of the ball from Wappings center back, Spencer races onto the loose ball and calmly places it into the far corner.

HT 2-1

Wapping Youth FC Kick off

1min: The referee awards a free kick to Wapping and the no7 tries his luck from distance. The dipping shot takes a horrible bounce on the rough dusty surface and Rawlings has to action quickly to avoid a certain goal.

The game opens up, with neither team getting any clear-cut chances and the rough pitch and some questionable refereeing decisions is disrupting the flow of the game. Both teams are having better luck out wide, but the ball keeps ending up central to the pitch and play keeps breaking down.

 20mins: Goal 2-2: Buckhurst Hill draw level with new boy Kelly netting his first goal for the club. A deep corner eventually sees the ball drop to Kelly to prod into the roof of the net from close range, and its game on.

The game gets more stretched and Buckhurst Hill keep getting pulled up by the referee, who seems hell bent on giving the home team every decision and Rawlings sees a flurry of free-kicks flying in on him which he deals with.

40mins: We are in extra-time and a high boot from a Wapping player sees the referee give an indirect free kick in the area. The ball is rolled to Lord, who’s clean strike rattles the frame of the post and crossbar and Wapping survive as the referee blows for full time.

So it’s a draw to start the league campaign, which upon reflection was the right outcome. This was a scrappy game with neither team able to generate some good flowing football, with the pitch and referee ensuring the game wasn’t one for the purists, and wont last long in the memory.

Result FT 2-2

Spencer, Kelly

 

Ryan FC 3-2 BHFC (u14 EJA)

League Sunday 7th Sept 2014  Ryan FC 3-2 Buckhurst Hill FC

After a mixed pre-season interspersed with holidays to many points on the Globe Hill began the defence of the title they worked so hard for last Season. Concerns were noted relating to fitness but that is what it is concerns only. At 14 fitness is generally good however being “Sharp” is another question to address.#

Hill were entertained by a very Big and Strong Ryan at Wadham Lodge on the unfamiliar surface of “4g”. The writer not being a fan and likening it to going skiing on a slope in Milton Keynes (Ok to practice on but just not quite the same as being on the piste) felt that this fixture would prove to be tricky, and so it proved.

 Hill set out to contain the strong midfield of their opponents electing for a 4-5-1 and started brightly with some neat interchanges but it was evident early on that to push their opponents back the ball needed to be retained further up the pitch and it was the lack of options that led to Ryan intercepting a pass in Hill’s half and sending a Direct ball immediately to their pacy forward who clipped a shot onto Barrett(H) heels that wrong footed Barrett(S) in goal and gently nestled into the far corner. Three minutes gone and a goal down…..now that’s not cricket!!

 Out we came and began passing and retaining the ball and generally getting a foothold in the game but still not troubling the keeper or back line. Credit where credit is due but the next piece of action saw the writer witness one of the best 60 yard cross field passes from the Ryan Right Midfield. It had pace, accuracy, the right trajectory and arrowed inside the back four allowing the left midfield to collect first time and in stride in the Penalty Box. He finished calmly and into the corner. Fantastic play and a cool finish. Fifteen minutes and 2-0 down. The new Coaching Twins of Dacks and Kingy began to perspire and not because of their shiny new tracksuits.

(Incidentally guys you looked the part. Which part that is I reserve judgment for now…)

 Calmness is a key asset and the boys displayed this more than their Peers and Supporters and although unaccustomed to being down by 2 never reverted to panic and continued to play swift an accurate football. The game again moved in possession at least back in their favour. Redhead and Bolton had the Lone ranger job shared up front and worked tirelessly for the cause. A corner was gained and the box became packed. Brookes sent over an Exocet and Redhead rose at the far post to nod home. Twenty Five played and 2-1. Game on…..or so we thought!!

 Good sides never roll over and Ryan came back at us forcing their way forward with their direct and accurate game plan. A corner was earned and at this point Coach Johnson could see it all. Marking is a skill and we switched off…Decent ball delivered and the Centre Forward rose well but unmarked and unchallenged in the 6 yard box powered a header home. 30 minutes played 3-1. That hurt!!

Half Time saw changes in personnel and eventually formation to a “chase the game” 3-4-3. Jethva came on and had a debut of power and panache at the back. His promotion from the Echo ranks appears complete and gave Hill a Platform to play further up the park. At this juncture I would love to report that we overwhelmed our opponents and rammed in a hatful but we are talking EJA at its best and try as we might the drawbridge remained shut.

 

It was a another set piece that raised the hopes. Dackombe  at his “Impish” best skipped round two but was dragged to the floor on the right touch line. Brookes was despatched to deliver a further whipped in cross with the trusty left peg. Redhead was advised in no uncertain terms not to get dragged into mire formally known as the six yard box. The delivery was Good, too good in fact as it evaded heads, knees and a Boomps a daisy to hurtle towards the back stick where at full stretch it was met by the Redhead “Head”. The boy listened well. Ten minutes to go and 3-2….

 Hill when viewed on the sky possession meter ranked in my opinion at 80% in Ryan’s defensive half, Shots were blocked and tackles were made. Ryan wanted the scalp of last year’s Champs and despite tired legs they fought magnificently. The end was nigh and with the writer’s memory reaching back to days of It’s A Knockout and a certain excitable presenter (now censored) we saw bodies, boots, headers and finally keepers glove’s stop the charge of ball over line……Final Score 3-2.

 A very good game with goals, endeavour, near misses and tremendous heart. A real good advert for Junior Football.

 

BHFC 1 vs Seattle Utd FC 1

Buckhurst Hill FC U14 1-1 Seattle Utd.FC   Hill welcomed Seattle today for a pre season friendly. A prestigious fixture for the home side who welcome the players and parents who are here courtesy of sponsorship of West Ham FC. As well as playing us they will also face West Ham and Crystal Palace along with one or two other academies,we wish them well in those fixtures.       After an initial cloud burst which threatened to spoil the afternoon the sun come out for what promised to be an entertaining match.  Hill started the game brightly and on two minutes King throws down the line to Redhead who turns inside and hits a delightful cross field ball over the Seattle defence which Ewing takes in his stride and slots away in the bottom corner. 1-0 and great appreciation of a fine goal by the away support.     Hill are having the better of possession but the away side show some quality down the Hill left and put three passes together resulting in a cross which the forward angles his header past the post.     King and H Barrett link up well to give Redhead a sight of goal but the keeper saves well. With Hill enjoying the majority of possession Fitch  picks up the ball on the half way line and runs down the wing, the away side drop off and he drives forward. He cuts in but sees his shot flash across the goal. Groom on the other wing also finds himself with room but the cross just fails to find Harris making his trademark late run.    It is mainly Hill in possession but just failing to find their rhythm in the last third and again Redhead shows good feet to get his shot off but the keeper is equal to it. >  > Now for some light humour as Hill are awarded a free kick around 25 yds out. This may be a new play from the gaffer but Grace,Johnson and Groom gather over the ball and to decide who takes it they play rock,paper,scissors. Groom is victorious but sees his effort well saved by the keeper. Has the gaffer been watching Bayern Munich!!!!

 Shortly after Redhead breaks down the left and cuts it back to Grace who moves it first time to Groom who hits it first time with power and seems to heading to the roof of the net but the keeper again manages to get a hand on it and push it over the bar. Good to see when we move the ball quickly we open up teams but when holding on to it and trying to run and beat too many players it breaks down! >  > Grace shows strength and hits one from 30yds but again the keeper is equal to it.  >  > For all the possession Hill have had Seattle have dug in well and showed that if allowed too  will play good football.Just before halftime  Seattle work the ball down the left and the home side fail to clear the danger. It falls to the winger on the edge of the box who play in Andrei Mironov who slots home. 1-1       Halftime 1-1     Football has many sayings but none more true than it is a game of two halves. For all the possession Hill had in the first half they lost their way a little in the second half and Seattle controlled the game. S Barrett was now to be the busier keeper as the away side started brightly with a few chances going wide and the keeper saving well.     Hill still showed glimpses of moving the ball well with Ewing darting down the left and crossing for H Barrett, who sees his shot go over the bar.

S Barrett is soon back in action when he turns round the post a 20 yd drive.     The gaffer tinkers with his players moving them into positions they don't usually play with later in the season in mind and looking at who can cover in different areas. 

 They game draws to a close with the away side nearly stealing a winner when a powerful shot is heading goal wards but S Barrett dives full stretch to push it round the post.     The final whistle arrives and it ends 1-1 both sets of players are applauded off by the parents.     We wish to thank Seattle for a great game and wish them well for the rest of their tour and a safe journey back home.    We would also like to thank Darren for very kindly sponsoring the after match BBQ which was well received by both sets of players and parents.

Pre Season BHFC U14 3-2 Barking FC U14

Well they say pre-season fixtures in August are the Desert for Summer…..but really!! Torrential rain, wind and a visit from the latter end of a Hurricane from across the pond. Sun tan cream was exchanged for brollies and wet jackets as Hill got underway with a tough friendly. As usual for this time of year our affluent parents enjoy a holiday or two so getting a full squad together is a bit difficult. But we paraded 10 of our squad and were ably supplemented by Jethwa and Groom from the Blue Echo D team and Aidan from the Echo Prem team. All 3 were a credit to their teams and showed what strength in depth we have at our Club.  So to the game and as per the norm Coach Johnson had the boys ready and firing from the start. Hill took immediate control and pressed Barking deep into their own half. Last season’s Managers Player Harris immediately took control carrying the ball deep into Barking’s half and playing in Aiden wide right who with an elegant burst of pace made the touchline and pulled back to Harris who dummied (benefit of the doubt) to allow the ball to reach Swan unmarked in the six yard box who netted with power. 2 minutes 1-0.

Hill buoyant with the early goal controlled the next 10 minutes completely and at this early stage there appeared only one winner and by how many. So much pressure was applied that if a sky possession stat was available 80% would not have flattered. Barking defended well and with commitment but that sort of pressure and possession pays dividends eventually and when Grace forced the Centre Back to commit a risky cross field pass Aiden intercepted and broke with extreme pace away and into the corner of the box and finished with power and precision into the far corner. 20 minutes 2-0.

 Barking were rocked but were not beaten and started to gain more composure and with it time on the ball. The hardworking midfield quartet of Hill retained the possession so Barking were forced to go long and with their pacey forward pairing it was not a bad shout. However Hill’s defence marshalled the pace and extreme conditions. Outstanding at the back was Jessop who looked to have spent the summer in a “Grow Bag”. It looks like a good season coming for him. Ably supported by his partners Harrison  and Jethwa (who has learnt how to head a ball now he is nearly six foot) Hill looked solid. 35 minutes Half Time.

Manager Barrett working on different formatio_nSelected to succumb at Half Time to his “Tinkerman” tendancies and tried a change to 3-5-2. The pre-match board had been used and explained and at 2-0 who wouldv’e worried…..However yet again the EJA teams show why they play in this league and seizing the early initiative Barking started the half pressing Hill back as they had received in the first half. Space had appeared in the full back area and the left midfield took the opportunity to have an extra touch and pick a superb curling effort from 25 yards into the top right corner. 37 minutes 2-1.

 How we love this game. From being outclassed in the first half and lacking possession the confidence flowed through Barking and Hill found themselves struggling to retain a foothold in the game. Barking now did to Hill what had been done to them and the rewards were very, very similar. Caught in possession Hill relinquished the ball on the halfway line allowing the forward to collect and start a run at and past 3 defenders and slam the ball home. 45 minutes 2-2, heavy rain and game on.

Old qualities are not lost that easy. Tinkerman made a couple of changes (refused the temptation to revert to usual formation) and slowly but surely Hill pulled back into the game and began to push back. Brookes and Barrett H playing as wing backs saw more and more of the ball and Barking began to flag leading to some desperate challenges around the box. The Ref dod not have his vanishing paint to hold the wall back and a couple of efforts were blocked to the frustration of Brookes.

 

Basi playing in an unfamiliar role at the front (memories of a seven goal haul from 2 years ago) found some space and was stopped in his tracks. Captain Johnson who had an inspiring game throughout stood over the ball….however a quick conversation with Groom saw him step aside. Groom took aim, approached an bang….hit the wall!!

 

The Ref (Mr Cuthbert who had a superb game) decided enough was enough and awarded the kick again and sprayed an imaginary line and used some authorative words. 10 yards was paced and held. Groom then decided he was smarter than the wall who were so intent on blocking left a gap nearside and he drilled home. 50 minutes 3-2.

Old qualities are not lost that easy. Tinkerman made a couple of changes (refused the temptation to revert to usual formation) and slowly but surely Hill pulled back into the game and began to push back. Brookes and Barrett H playing as wing backs saw more and more of the ball and Barking began to flag leading to some desperate challenges around the box. The Ref dod not have his vanishing paint to hold the wall back and a couple of efforts were blocked to the frustration of Brookes.

 

Basi playing in an unfamiliar role at the front (memories of a seven goal haul from 2 years ago) found some space and was stopped in his tracks. Captain Johnson who had an inspiring game throughout stood over the ball….however a quick conversation with Groom saw him step aside. Groom took aim, approached an bang….hit the wall!!

 

The Ref (Mr Cuthbert who had a superb game) decided enough was enough and awarded the kick again and sprayed an imaginary line and used some authorative words. 10 yards was paced and held. Groom then decided he was smarter than the wall who were so intent on blocking left a gap nearside and he drilled home. 50 minutes 3-2.