ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
HEDINGHAMS UNITED FC: 2. KELVEDON SOCIAL FC: 1.
Date: Saturday 14th April 2018. Venue: The Lawn, Sible Hedingham.
Eleventh placed Hedinghams United FC (24 points from 24 games) were playing twelve placed Kelvedon Social FC (20 points from 22 games), both teams coming to the end of a first season back in the Premier Division and it afforded me a chance to complete seeing these teams both home and away this season. Kelvedon Social, for the second season running have been jointly managed by Matthew Canavan and Jay Matthams, whilst for Hedinghams United, their Manager, Nick O’Dell is standing down after several seasons in the hot seat, we wish him well.
The appointed match official was Nathan Oakes who would be assisted by Andrew French and Neil Strachan who collectively, on a bright sunny afternoon had little trouble in declaring the pitch, with its pronounced slope, playable, despite the longish grass which could not be cut because the use any machinery would have left tracks in the soft earth. A decent local crowd had turned up as well as two journeyman ground-hoppers, trying to cover all teams in the ESBFL, I think that they enjoyed the match but given the number of matches they cover across the country, not county, they obviously don’t have a day job!
Kelvedon kicked-off playing up the slope, Young, always a lively player was quickly through but after one bounce of the ball he dragged his effort wide, keeper Dawson launched a long ball up-field which his opposite number Coyston collected o the edge of his penalty area. Turner found Young again, running wide down the left side but again Coyston read the danger and reached the ball first and clear to Loe whose forward ball found Hill and from his lay-off Webb dragged his shot wide of the left hand post. Jarvis for the home team won the first corner of the match, taken by Webb towards Chandler whose firm downward header was blocked on the goal-line by Burton. Coyston saved a driven shot on the turn from Turner, whose parry fell at the feet of Thurston only for Coyston to block and concede a corner on the right side. From the corner taken by Fisher, Jarvis headed upwards and when the ball landed Kelvedon piled in three low efforts which were blocked by Chandler, Lewis and finally Jones, desperate stuff perhaps but more than effective. Another corner from Fisher was headed into the trees by Lewis and from the corner re-take, Jarvis headed clear. On ten minutes Young tried his luck from long range and at the bottom end of the pitch Jarvis found himself surrounded by defenders before finding Webb who fouled Catchpole with Turner striking the free-kick straight to Coyston.
Pyman, a clever but seemingly laid-back player, used his feet cleverly to work his way out of a tight situation on the half-way line spraying the ball wide to Hill whose curling cross clipped the cross-bar and safety, Turner clipped the heels of Loe but play continued until Catchpole dived into a challenge on Loe, with the referee bringing play back for the original foul. Jones took the free-kick finding Webb whose downward header fell to Hill whose low shot was saved by the feet of Dawson on his six-yard line, the ball was cleared quickly by Catchpole, towards Young but keeper Coyston read the low bounce of the ball well to gain possession, just as the striker was about to pounce. For the first fifteen minutes Kelvedon had been the more dominant team but Hedinghams started to make a more concerted effort with Webb and Jarvis harassing the visitors defence before Burton cleared. Jarvis was late arriving to a challenge on Turner who accepted the hand held out to help him up, smiles all round, however on twenty-eight minutes Pyman played the ball wide to Webb who rounded Turner, who, at the second attempt to tackle brought Webb to the ground, a penalty was duly awarded, no arguments as a fairly “nailed-on” decision allowing DANIEL WEBB to strike the ball home from the spot, despite a brave effort by keeper, Dawson, advantage Hedinghams United FC.
Hedinghams kept up the pressure, Hill, Loe, then Hill again combined to force Dawson to save, and on thirty-two minutes Coyston made an excellent save to block the run of Fisher, who then fell under a slight challenge from behind by Jones, nothing given and play continued to the bottom end where Pyman found Hill who skied his effort well wide. With ten minutes to half-time Hedinghams struck again, Pyman played the ball wide to Jarvis whose first-time left footed cross was headed home past the out-of-position keeper by DANIEL WEBB. The frustration of Young led to a verbal warning from the referee, in the presence of his captain, Gilbert, this after a silly foul on Jones. Home keeper, Coyston, held a high ball under the close attention of Thurston who persisted with a call for a handball decision in the resulting melee leading to his caution. A fine forward ball from Catchpole, with the outside of his left foot found Turner who ran on the win a corner off Loe, Young took the corner, Thurston headed the ball back to Young who took a step forward before sending a rasping drive across the face of the goal, striking the cross-bar on its way out of play, so close!
HALF-TIME: 2 – 0.
Hedinghams re-started the second half, two goals to the good but to be honest Kelvedon had shown enough to be a continual threat, they just needed the right chance to occur, Young was fouled by Loe, Turner took the free-kick to Catchpole whose run and cross saw the ball pass behind Thurston, Fisher and Young. Home defender, Lewis was hurt in a challenge but managed to run off the injury, Chandler struck a long ball forward to Jarvis with Turner conceding a corner, taken by Webb with keeper Dawson clearing to Thurston then Catchpole got forward to cross with Coyston holding the aerial ball with Gilbert up supporting is attack. Keeper, Coyston was again active when Young chased a through ball, the keepers attempted fly-kick away struck Young in the face and bounced free but the disorientated Young could not capitalise, instead falling to the ground requiring treatment. A long clearance from Coyston, five minutes into the half fell to Webb whose flick on found Jarvis in an off-side position, Turner, who had got forward on numerous occasions for Kelvedon down the left side, crossed to Gilbert who headed straight at Coyston. Pitkin and Fisher set the next Kelvedon attack going with Young eventually fouled by Jones near the edge of the penalty area, Fisher struck the free-kick which cannoned back off the cross-bar to Thurston whose return header was caught on the goal-line by Coyston, another chance for the visitors.
When Thurston lobbed the ball forward to Young he was thwarted by the advancing keeper, Coyston, Pyman was caught late by Gilbert, with play continuing with Hedinghams in possession from where Jarvis was stopped by the feet of Dawson with Gilbert eventually receiving a caution for the earlier unfair challenge. On the hour mark Webb ran wide but, on a hat-trick decided to blast high and wide of the goal when in fact, Jarvis and Pyman were up in support and yelling for the pass to be made. Kelvedon made a shout for a penalty at the other end, the ball had actually struck defender Chandler in the face as Turner and Thurston broke through, good defending actually as Chandler put his body in the way again and not for the first time. Turner for Kelvedon had been always willing to attack down his left side and from one pass Catchpole ran on but struck his shot wide of the goal. Kelvedon replaced Gilbert with Adams after sixty-eight minutes and perhaps the change in formation led to Webb almost scoring again due to some slack marking, but he pulled his shot wide. A good piece of defending by Chandler saw him win a challenge with Thurston, clearly wanting the ball more before running forward before losing control himself on the half-way line.
Home keeper, Coyston saved from Young after Catchpole had set him up with a cross from the right side, then Young burst through again but failed to find the right moment to shoot but the persistence of his Kelvedon team might yet get them a goal with twelve minutes remaining. Kelvedon made another change with Catchpole being replaced by Vaughan-Williams who with his first touch headed goal-wards, Loe headed off the goal-line, and Coyston was fouled by Thurston, also on the goal-line with Turner cautioned for dissent, for something that he saw that nobody else did! With the last ten minutes now being played, Kelvedon sat back and Hedinghams attacked through Loe, finding Tarbin who had replaced Hill a few minutes earlier, Lovelock sent a shot straight to Dawson, who launched the ball downfield. Chandler controlled the ball then lost it on the half-way line and with his keeper, Coyston way off his line MARTIN YOUNG lobbed the ball home from outside the penalty area. Pyman stopped further play, when fouling Burton, Barnes took the free-kick with Chandler heading clear to Thurston whose effort bounced once before being collected by Coyston. Webb continued to run and harass the visitors, defence, Turner made another decent attack for Kelvedon finding Thurston who fluffed his chance to score, Turner tried again, this time finding Pitkin but Taylor blocked the effort then Young won a corner off Tarbin, however, the corner taken by Young was wasted and Hedinghams had held on to the three points.
FULL TIME: 2 – 1.
So a narrow victory for Hedinghams, Kelvedon pushed them all the way and probably deserved a point but could not finish in front of goal, I’d like to thank Hedinghams, Club Chairman, Gary Heather for his hospitality, it’s refreshing to discuss mutual football issues of interest with Club and Match Officials alike.
Now, for my Man-of-the-Match choice, perhaps difficult as the game was a close affair, Keepers Coyston and Dawson stood their ground when tested, having little chance with the goals conceded. Webb and Young were the more dangerous in front of goal so where else to look than the respective defences where Matthams and Chandler did stand out with some dogged tackling and heading, close call that one so I asked one of the ground-hoppers who thought, Chandler for Hedinghams was the more dominant player.
HEDINGHAMS UNITED FC: Colours: Red & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts and Red & Black Socks.
Chris Coyston., Harry Loe., Sam Jones., Ashley Taylor., Jamie Chandler., Joe Lewis., Steve Hill., Daniel Webb., Daniel Jarvis., Alec Pyman (C)., Liam Lovelock.
Manager: Nick O’Dell.
Used Substitutes: James Tarbin
Unused Substitutes: Jordan Crissell., Travis Nichols., Spencer Wheeler.
KELVEDON SOCIAL FC: Colours: Purple Shirts, Blue Shorts and Purple Socks.
Gareth Dawson., Paul Barnes., Ben Turner., Peter Gilbert., Kieran Burton., Jay Matthams., Martin Young., Ross Catchpole., Troy Pitkin., Luke Thurston., Daniel Fisher.
Manager: Matthew Canavan & Jay Matthams.
Used Substitutes: Richard Vaughan-Williams., Lewis Adams.
Unused Substitutes: Matthew Canavan.
Referee: Nathan Oakes (Colchester)
Assistants: Andrew French (Halstead)
and Neil Strachan (Witham)
Man of the Match: Jamie CHANDLER. (HEDINGHAMS UNITED FC)
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