ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
TIPTREE HEATH FC: 3. HATFIELD PEVEREL FC: 4.
Date: Tuesday 14th August 2018. Venue: Tolleshunt Knights Playing Fields.
The, what seems like an early season start, continued with some evening games and for me an opportunity to visit a new venue, the well-appointed, Tolleshunt Knights Playing Fields, the new home of Tiptree Heath FC who gained a double promotion last season from Division Two to the Premier Division. Their first game in the top flight on Saturday saw a, three goals to nil victory over Hedinghams United FC whereas tonight’s opponents were Hatfield Peverel FC who overcame Brantham Athletic FC Reserves by seven goals to two, again on the opening day, despite two or three regular players not being available.
On a bright evening with a slight breeze, the match referee was Jack Ridge who would be assisted by Anthony Phillipps and Jack Luckman, and the game got underway after the “Respect” handshake was upheld. Once again, a group of four or five “ground hoppers” were in attendance, this time from London and again for a venue they had not visited before.
Tiptree gained a free-kick as early as the first minute when Roll fouled Chesney with Green shooting straight at keeper, Ellis and Tiptree continued their early dominance with some slick passing and movement especially down the left side. Tollhurst took a high ball down over his shoulder, instant control and pass to Briggs whose forward pass found Ward galloping away but correctly judged offside. A left footed cross from Leeder found the head of Knightbridge but the flicked header flew just wide, a long clearance from keeper Ellis found his opposite number Hawkins (P) fielding and returning long up-field where Turner (L) headed away. On seven minutes Hatfield scored the opening goal, Turner (L) took a free-kick, Briggs and Tollhurst failed to deal with the high ball which was picked up by CALLUM KNIGHTBRIDGE who ran across the edge of the penalty area before turning to shoot hard and low past the dive of Hawkins (P). Two minutes later and Tiptree has restored parity, a flowing move involving Chesney, Scillitoe, Green and Chester led to the ball finding CAMERON WARD who fired home from inside the penalty area. Several more free-kicks followed as both teams looked to dominate, Hawkins (M) set up Briggs whose shot bounced just wide and Tiptree kept up the pressure with Willis blocking a shot from Green, Hull put in a heavy challenge on Ward to receive the first caution of this competitive match.
Hull for Hatfield played he ball wide to Nial and Mayo sent a long ball forward for Knightbridge with Tollhurst clearing for a throw-in, on twenty minutes a throw-in from Irvine was headed high and wide by Hull who had found some space inside the penalty area. Mid-half Roll fouled Green with Chester over-hitting the free-kick for a goal-kick, Green chased down the Hatfield defender, Leeder to gain a throw-in off Turner (L), which was followed by a similar attack through Nial down the left side with Tollhurst clearing towards Briggs who was fouled by Hull. Keeper, Ellis was smartly out to clear from Ward with Hatfield claiming a handball offence deep in the Tiptree half, nothing given by the on-the-spot match official. By twenty-eight minutes the scores remained level with both teams giving plenty of effort on this very good pitch, perhaps too much so, when Briggs was adjudged to have fouled Knightbridge, looked clear-cut to me, just left of central twenty-five yards out which allowed JAMES IRVIVE to step up and curl a delightful free-kick round and over the defensive wall to beat the despairing dive of keeper Hawkins (P). On the half-hour mark another penetrating Tiptree move through Chester and Chesney should have led to Ward getting a chance, the pass was played through the Hatfield back line, but Ward had not read the passage of play and keeper, Ellis advanced to collect the ball.
Tiptree kept going forward and a through ball from Scillitoe found Chesney running in on goal, however, keeper Ellis advanced to parry the shot with corner given, Ellis had to be alert a minute later when a poor throw-in back to him put him in trouble as Ward closed him down, but Wallis was on hand to hurriedly clear. Defender, Leeder pushed forward to gain a corner off Hawkins (M), taken by Hull with Hawkins (P) clutching the ball out of the air inside the six-yard box. Hawkins (P) launched the ball deep towards Ward with Roll putting the ball out for a corner, taken by Chesney to Green whose cross went out for a throw-in on the far-side. Another long ball from Hawkins (P) fell to Green whose flick on towards Ward was collected on the edge of the penalty area by keeper, Ellis. A cross from Knightbridge found Nial with Briggs clearing and with Tiptree getting forward the cross from Hawkins (M) found Chester, climbing above Irvine, but whose header flew just over the cross-bar. Green fouled Nial, Hull took the free-kick straight to keeper Hawkins (P) and when the ball was worked forward to Green and Chesney the final shot was blocked by Willis with the ball bouncing back to keeper, Ellis, more solid defending by the visitors. Chester fouled Roll and was spoken too by the referee, Tiptree defended the free-kick and broke forward with Hull defending and when Hatfield broke forward Tollhurst fouled Knightbridge to receive the second caution of the game. Then when Hawkins (M) fouled Hull, the free-kick from Willis found Tiptree failing to clear and Roll rode three challenges to find Knightbridge whose scuffed first-time shot fell to JOSHUA LILLE who slid the ball home at the far post and the half ended after fifty minutes.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 3.
The second started just like the first, fast and furious, with Hawkins (M) running onto a pass from Green to force keeper, Ellis to tip the ball over the cross-bar. However, from the corner taken by Chesney MAX HAWKINS slipped his marker to chip the ball over the head of Leeder, standing on the goal-line and set up an interesting half. Speller fouled Knightbridge, who took the free-kick himself with Tollhurst heading out for a corner at the far post, a long clearance from Hawkins (M) set Ward away but Turner (L) and Wallis defended stoutly to thwart the danger. Tollhurst fouled Knightbridge, Irvine took the free-kick with Briggs heading away to Turner (T) whose cross found Chester, but the finish was over and wide of the goal. Hawkins (M) had another decent chance running onto a through with the ball clearing the cross-bar, perhaps more composure was required as the chances were there and from the prompting of captain, Chesney, Tiptree were still, very much, in this match. Both teams had willing runners from either flank and from defence, Nial ran through, to shoot, only for Hawkins (M) to charge the shot down and Briggs went down injured to take no further part, to be replaced by Hazell, this on the hour mark.
Hatfield had replaced scorer Lille with Hale (D) on fifty-eight minutes, Knightbridge gained a corner off Hazell, taken by Hull with Hawkins clearing from Turner (L). Leeder, a defender who likes to get forward broke down the left side with his cross, finding Hull whose header glanced off Tollhurst for a corner, then Knightbridge played the ball between Tollhurst and Hawkins only for his shot to be deflected away from goal by a desperate block by Hazell. Hull took the corner, Tollhurst headed out and Roll cleared up for Hatfield as Tiptree threatened to break forward through Chesney, Green and Chester, but when Tiptree got the ball again Hawkins (M) advanced to send a teasing cross goal-wards with defender Turner (T) just failing to properly get his head to the ball inside the six-yard box, receiving a head injury instead, which required lengthy treatment. On seventy-three minutes Hatfield replaced Hull and Knightbridge with Hale (L) and Lapwood, Hawkins (P) sent the ball forward to Ward who found Chesney but Lapwood used his experience to whack the ball clear, no nonsense defending there!
On seventy-seven minutes, a costly mistake by Tollhurst, who being the last defender, failed to control the ball mid-half lossing possession to substitute LAURENCE HALE who controlled the ball, probably his first touch, then running forward to beat the advancing keeper, Hawkins (P) and put his team four goals to two ahead. Tiptree replaced Turner (T) with Newman, a shot from Chesney fell to Hawkins (M) who won a corner off Leeder, taken by Green with keeper, Ellis catching high above everyone else. When Leeder lost the ball to Chester he chased back and fouled the Tiptree player receiving a just caution, one for the team that one, but it allowed Tiptree to keep the faith and push forward in search of at least another goal with twelve minutes remaining. Keeper, Ellis, palmed away a corner from Chester, Irvine played the ball wide and forward to Leeder for another left side break finding Hale (L) with Mayo forcing a corner off Hazell. Hawkins (P) cleared the ball to Green and from his cross Ward headed down and wide, another gilt-edged chance, Hawkins (M) chased and fouled Mayo and Lapwood found Hale (L) whose shot on the turn was blocked by Speller and with the game switching from end to end a shot from Chesney, from a pass by Green tested keeper, Ellis who saved low at the near post. Chester, fired over from twenty-five yards, who was then fouled by Leeder, the player, perhaps a bit lucky as he had already been cautioned, Green took the free-kick with Irvine heading out for a corner. A shot from Newman was held at the feet of Ward by keeper, Ellis, a he set his team on the attack through Leeder, Hale (L) with Mayo shooting straight to keeper, Hawkins (P). With the first half lasting fifty minutes, the second was going to be close as well as in the ninety-eighth minute Hazell found himself inside the Hatfield six-yard box, keeper, Ellis saved his first shot and in the ensuing scramble the persistence of HARRY HAZELL saw him steer the ball home, but there was no time left for further heroics.
FULL TIME: 3 – 4.
Another cracking game, this one, plenty of goals, some good, some from defensive errors or individual mistakes which proved costly, especially for Tiptree Heath. Both teams were a credit to the competition, I know its early days but both teams will give most teams a tough match, personally I believe the Premier Division could be won by a new contender this season, let someone prove me wrong and I’m not a betting man!
Now for my Man-of-the-Match choice, once again some decent performances across both teams, for Tiptree Heath FC, defender Tollhurst looked comfortable alongside Speller and Briggs and but for his late error played well, Hawkins (M) and Chesney probably covered every blade of grass with Chester, Ward and Green always capable of scoring, given a chance but credit to Hatfield Peverel FC who defended well. For them, keeper, Ellis made crucial saves, Irvine, Leeder, Turner (L) and Wallis were strong in defence, Hull, Mayo, Nial and particularly Roll battled in midfield with Knightbridge and Lille lively up-front however in this match Anthony Roll did everything his Manager wanted, defending in front of the back four, snuffing out numerous Tiptree attacks with a no-nonsense approach and getting forward whenever possible.
TIPTREE HEATH FC: Colours: Green & Black Shirts, Black Shorts and Green Socks.
Paddi Hawkins., Toby Turner., Charlie Abrehart-Briggs., Reece Speller., Jack Tollhurst., Max Hawkins., Joe Chester., Jamie Chesney (C)., Charlie Green., Cameron Ward., Ryan Scillitoe.
Manager: Steven Chester.
Coach: Gary Wood
Used Substitutes: John Newman., Harry Hazell.
Unused Substitutes: Ryan Knill-Jones.
HATFIELD PEVEREL FC: Colours: Red & White Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks.
Peter Ellis., James Irvine., John Leeder., Sam Willis., Luke Turner (C)., Anthony Roll., Max Mayo., Ben Hull., Callum Knightbridge., Joshua Lille., Lewis Nial.
Manager: Steven Pretty.
Coach: Terry Haydon.
Used Substitutes: Ben Lapwood., Douglas Hale., Laurence Hale.
Unused Substitutes: Joshua Honisett., Elliot Mouser
Referee: Jack Ridge (Wickham Bishops)
Assistants: Anthony Phillipps (South Woodham Ferrers)
and Jack Luckman (Colchester)
Man of the Match: Anthony ROLL (HATFIELD PEVEREL FC)
Additional Reporting – FACEBOOK (x2) & TWITTER
This season the ESBFL is widening its match-day reporting coverage, in addition to a full report written by Brian Reed, the league has enlisted the help of a young volunteer, Spencer Hume, who will also attend games using Facebook and Twitter to communicate up-to-date information and replicate other match reports, please make him welcome.
On Saturday he covered the Division 2, match between Long Melford FC Reserves (0) and Stanway Pegasus FC (1) both new teams in the league this season, his match analysis is already on Facebook.
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