ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
HATFIELD PEVEREL FC: 1. HEDINGHAMS UNITED FC: 5.
Date: Saturday 22nd December 2018.
Venue: Keith Bigden Memorial Ground, Hatfield Peverel.
I suppose football pales into insignificance when one learns of the tragic death of a player registered to a Club in the ESBFL, sadly Reis Farley-Hearn of White Notley FC was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on Wednesday evening. Consequently, this led to their scheduled match against Kelvedon Social FC being postponed, a match I had intended to report on, but as a mark of respect all ESBFL fixtures last Saturday were requested to hold a one-minute silence before kick-off.
Hatfield Peverel FC, under Manager, Steve Pretty, after a bright start to the season have dropped off the pace of late with a string of poor results but they still lay in fifth place before kick-off and were definitely-not helped by three, player call off’s, on the morning of the match, a manager’s nightmare!
Hedinghams United FC on the other hand had recently changed their manager but today the team was managed by Barry Pullinger (Snr) whose company sponsor the team, another team that had some regular players missing and they were further hampered by having one player, who will remain nameless, not arriving until half-time however a string of fine results since the end of September has seen just one defeat in the last eleven games and before kick-off they sat in ninth place.
The appointed match official was Martin Weavers who would be assisted by Matthew Webb and two Club Linesmen, this following the second assistant being delayed due a road incident. For the record Martin Weavers has served as a referee for twenty-five years, many in the ESBFL and this was his last match in the middle as after the New Year he will be singing for his supper, quite literally, in Benidorm where he is to move, we wish him well and every success in what is a big, career change. With just the one appointed Assistant Referee present the referee decided to use the Club Linesman on the side opposite the dug-outs but curiously the Hedinghams, volunteer, a substitute, did the Hatfield defence in the first half with the Hatfield incumbent doing the Hedinghams defence in the second half!
With the main pitch at the Keith Bigden Memorial Ground suffering the effects of the recent heavy rainfall, the match was switched to the second pitch where in the first half the wind was blowing straight down the pitch however the temperature had risen from a freezing, three degrees last Saturday to a balmy ten degrees this week. Hedinghams kicked off against the elements, within minutes, Hale (L) received the ball from a throw-in, turned, beat two players before cutting inside to curl a fine shot at goal, with the keeper well beaten the ball struck the far post and rebounded into play to be cleared. Hedinghams woke up and started to play the ball around getting the ball forward to Webb who played in Williams, but his left footed effort flashed low and hard across the goal to go narrowly wide. Pyman fouled Harding wide on the right side with Pyman heading clear from the free-kick, then at the other end Hale (D) conceded a corner when Clifford threatened. A cross from Constantin almost found Williams who miss-placed his shot but gained a corner as Webb ran free into the penalty area. Another raid from Constantin found the ball being laid square to Pyman whose shot took a deflection off Chipperfield for another corner and when this end-to-end game swung the other way Hale (L) took a ride on Pullinger to concede a free-kick. A long throw-in from Grimsey was cleared upfield by Pyman finding Taylor in space in the Hatfield half but his long-range shot flew way too high. When Leeder won the ball in a tackle with Ervine he sent a long ball in search of Hale (L) who controlled the ball well before sending Garland through but keeper, Mustoe was well off his line when he saved with his feet, Garland had by now overrun the ball and the keeper managed to dive on the loose ball before any follow up shot came in.
Any clearances from keeper, Mustoe, were being held up by the wind so when Leeder picked up a stray clearance his fine cross-field ball found Harding wide on the right side, however, the eventual cross was poor. Taylor, in midfield for Hedinghams started a decent build up to find Webb and when Clifford arrived alongside him the young midfielder sent a shot past the post from twenty-five yards. On nineteen minutes, a goal, and what a strike too, Pyman sent a long free-kick towards the edge of the Hatfield penalty area where FABRICE WILLIAMS left the ground to score with a spectacular overhead kick that gave keeper, Dawson little chance to save. Buoyed by this goal Hedinghams pushed forward again and played some decent football from a high defensive line, marshalled by central defenders Pyman and Pullinger. Williams again showed some clever touches when on the ball, Hale (L) was flagged off-side from a long high ball forward by Grimsey, then Hale (L) sent Beard racing through with only keeper, Mustoe ahead, one touch to control and an attempted lob over the keeper was snatched out of the air by the well placed custodian, standing just inside his penalty area. This period was better for Hatfield and Hale (L) again found space into which he could run but two blocked challenges followed before keeper, Mustoe intercepted the loose ball.
On thirty-three minutes a shot from Taylor, from a clever back-heel by Williams, crashed against the cross-bar with keeper, Dawson well beaten, the ball bounced down and Dawson fell on the loose ball, so close! Pullinger was guilty of climbing all over Hale (L) to concede a free-kick, taken by Beard who found the head of Pyman who headed out for a corner from which a bit of head-tennis followed, to you, to me, you know how it goes until finally the ball reached the back post where Grimsey turned sharply to volley the ball into the side netting. The wide threat of Constantin was keeping the home defence on high alert as was the play of Williams and when Hatfield did get forward with five minutes to half-time, Webb fouled Hale (L) who needed treatment before gingerly continuing, Beard took the free-kick but blasted well wide. Hale (L) almost fully recovered, again persisted to gain control and threaten the Hedinghams goal and with a shot on the run, keeper, Mustoe saved on his goal-line. Then Garland and Hale (L) worked the ball to Grimsey, who had got forward and when Leeder thought he should have had a free-kick, when Pullinger backed into him, he was spoken too by the referee for showing dissent.
HALF-TIME: 0 – 1.
Hatfield restarted this match, Williams fouled Chipperfield who had plenty to say about the challenge, Hedinghams were looking to improve on their first half goal and clearly Hatfield needed to raise their game considerably. Chipperfield was beaten for pace by Williams who could only lob the ball high and wide, but the danger signs were there again for Hatfield however, and very quickly we had a moment of controversy. A ball out of defence from Hatfield saw the linesman raise his flag to indicate that Hale (L) was running through the centre and technically off-side, however the wind took the ball wide towards Harding who was clearly on-side, the referee blew up, incorrectly, having seen the linesman’s flag, but with the match stopped the linesman apologised for his error, against his own team, and play resumed with a drop ball back to keeper, Mustoe. On fifty-three minutes Hedinghams increased their lead, a corner taken by Constantin was not cleared and DANIEL WEBB swept the ball home from eight yards, poor defending. Leeder, for Hatfield was cautioned for dissent, having been spoken too in the first half, Williams was still causing problems with his running and control.
Whilst Hatfield had improved this half, it was the visitors who looked more threatening when in possession, so when Ervine collected a ball down the left side his turn against defender, Hale (D) saw him clear, well almost until the home defender hauled him back to earn a caution. Another moment of controversy followed, Williams chased along ball forward from Pyman, the Assistant Referee waved his flag, the referee blew for off-side but Williams continued to smash into keeper, Dawson who went down clutching his face, deliberate or accident, hard to tell, it happened so quickly, but Williams was cautioned, yellow card but closer to an orange than a red card! On sixty-five minutes Hedinghams replaced Ervine with Gilca whose first action was to take a free-kick which was headed on by Taylor to keeper, Dawson who had recovered sufficiently to continue. An error by Grimsey, when failing to control a high ball almost set Constantin through but the attempted lob was too high, then another long throw-in from Grimsey for Hatfield eluded everyone until keeper, Mustoe reacted, dropped the ball with Pullinger completing the clearance. On seventy minutes Hatfield replaced midfielder Curtis with Dawson, a forward but the visitors defence was just a sharp as they had been at the start.
With fifteen minutes to play Williams was replaced by Archer, a player who has the stature of Peter Crouch, whilst Hatfield replaced Leeder and Garland with Hazell and Older with only Hale (L) showing a fighting spirit for Hatfield as his team seemed to run out of ideas! A run and cross from Hale (L) led to keeper, Mustoe fly-kicking the ball away as it flashed across his goal area then a cross from Beard found Dawson whose shot hit Hale (L) and went out for a goal-kick. Another long throw-in from Grimsey saw the ball reach Hale (L) at the near post but his flick on was collected by keeper, Mustoe with no home player near-by, those early missed chances were going to be rued later-on if Hedinghams continue to play as they had all afternoon. Jones a dependable defender sent a long ball forward towards Archer who rounded Hale (D) to force keeper, Dawson to save low to his right at the expense of a corner. Clifford for Hedinghams won a crucial tackle against Roll, inside the centre-circle, looked up to thread the ball forward to Constantin who raced through with keeper, Dawson saving at his feet before ROBERT CONSTANTIN converted the loose ball for goal number three. Within minutes Pullinger was adjudged to have fouled LAURENCE HALE who stepped up to place the penalty kick just wide of the dive of the keeper and bring some hope to the beleaguered home team. The long throw-in’s, from Grimsey were, let’s say predicable mainly due to their trajectory and height so when Dawson (O) challenged for one keeper, Mustoe did well to reach the ball first and punch clear. Another chase by Hale (L) from a clearance by Grimsey saw the lobbed ball fall just wide of the goal, and the referee, when asked, advised that the ninety minutes were up and that five minutes remained in added-time caused by the injury to the home keeper. With two minutes of that time gone, Pyman struck a long free-kick from near his own penalty area, and ROBERT CONSTANTIN ran through to score with ease, lobbing the static keeper. Worse was to follow as within a minute OLIVER CLIFFORD capped a fine display by running through to score himself, whereupon certain Hatfield players lost the plot and argued about who had been at fault! With just a minute to go keeper, Dawson made a save low down but clearly could not continue and after another lengthy stoppage Chipperfield assumed the keeper’s jersey before the referee called a halt to his final match, just as darkness descended, although for Hatfield the lights had gone out more than an hour before!
FULL TIME: 1 – 5.
For the second week in a row I’ve seen an away team comfortably win a game, by four clear goals, score-lines nobody would, in normal circumstances have predicted, but taking nothing away from Hedinghams United FC they were sharper and more positive all game, whereas for Hatfield Peverel FC this was a case of a bad day at the office.
Now for my Player-of-the-Match choice, for Hatfield Peverel FC only Hale (L) stood out but he alone was not enough, his team seemed to lack a leader elsewhere on the pitch whereas Hedinghams United FC dominated proceedings. For the visitor’s keeper, Mustoe, has his critics but did nothing wrong, in defence young Lowe and the dependable Jones stood firm alongside the outstanding Pullinger and Pyman, with two assists and a player who always seems to make the game look easy. The midfield of Clifford, with one assist and a goal, Webb, with a goal, Ervine, Taylor and Constantin, with two goals, worked tirelessly to provide for Williams who is a tricky player who scored a fine opening goal. However, as a young player finding his feet in adult football I’m opting for Oliver Clifford, just ahead of captain, Taylor who set a fine example with his overall effort throughout this match.
On behalf of the ESBFL may I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
HATFIELD PEVEREL FC: Colours: Blue & Black Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks.
Keith Dawson., Douglas Hale., John Leeder., Andrew Chipperfield., Paul Grimsey., Luca Curtis., Dan Harding., Anthony Roll., Laurence Hale (C)., George Garland., Blake Beard.
Manager: Steven Pretty.
Assistant Manager: Terry Hayden.
Used Substitutes: Owen Dawson., William Hazell., Joel Older.
Unused Substitutes: Steven Pretty.
HEDINGHAMS UNITED FC: Colours: Black & White halved Shirts., Black Shorts and Black Socks
Daniel Mustoe., Harry Lowe., Sam Jones., Fabrice Williams., Oliver Clifford., Barrie Pullinger., Scott Ervine., Ashley Taylor (C)., Daniel Webb., Alec Pyman., Robert Constantin.
Acting Manager: Barry Pullinger (Snr)
Used Substitutes: John Archer., Alex Gilca.
Referee: Martin Weavers.
Assistant Referee: Matthew Webb
Club Linesman One in each half.
Player-of-the-Match: Oliver CLIFFORD (HEDINGHAMS UNITED FC)
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