Results & Match Reports
|Saturday 20th October 2012|
BBHC 1st XI 3 - 1 Brighton & Hove
BBHC 2nd XI 1 - 2 Blackheath(H)
BBHC 3rd XI TBC (A)
BBHC 4th XI 1 - 1 Old Bordenian Men's 4Xl(H)
BBHC 5th XI TBC
BBHC Veterans' XI 3 -3 Wallington (H)
BBHC 1st XI TBC
BBHC 2nd XI TBC
BBHC 3rd XI TBC
Colts' Result (Sunday 25th March)
BBHC U18 Boys 6 - 2 Ashford (H)
After twenty one games BBHC and Ashford were only separated by 3 points. With Ashford's superior goal difference, BBHC needed a result against Worthing on Saturday to ensure that they finished top of the league.
With so much at stake it was not surprising that some members of the team were slightly nervous when the game started. However, those nerves were soon steadied when Dan Lucas converted an early short corner to give us a 1-0 lead. Worthing pressed forward in search of an equaliser and were unlucky to have a goal disallowed. This seemed to spur us on though and Kevin "two goal" King doubled our lead following some fine work by the one handed wonder that is Peter Stanley.
2-0 at half time and things were looking good. But we had wasted leads like this before and a few stern words by coach and captain were issued in the hope that history would not repeat itself. It did not. Kevin scored his second of the game shortly after half time and Andres Labourt then scored a well deserved fourth when he rifled the ball past the keeper's head.
Worthing pulled a goal back late in the game when team bad boy Alfie Johnson unluckily saw yellow for a back stick tackle. However, we were not to be denied our victory. A fantastic 4-1 result which sees us finish a long, hard season as champions.
Several people have represented the first team this season, each one of which has played a massive part in our success. Their commitment and willing to train in sub-zero temparatures has been fantastic.
A large amount of credit and thanks should also go to Paul Harvey. He has given both me and the team a massive amount of help and support all season – thank you. And finally, thank you also to all the people who have supported the team this season and encouraged us in the brief periods when we struggled - there are too many people to list, but you know who you are.
The season finished in typically dramatic fashion for the Men’s 2nd XI. Going into the fixture, the B’s needed to win by 4 clear goals to secure promotion. Holcombe, placed 4th in the league, had upset a dreadfully unprepared BBHC side before Christmas, although this fixture on December 9th was the last time the 2s had lost in the league. They approached the game in a buoyant and confident mood.
BBHC were out of the traps fast and turned their first short corner into a penalty stroke when the defender blocked a goal-bound effort with his body. Sains converted the flick to complete a rather impressive record of scoring in every league game he’d played this season.
It was not long before BBHC further extended their lead when “Captain” Derren Westbrook outpaced the Holcombe defence and with great vision pass the ball for Mark Ashby to tap home.
The home side were cruising and could have gone 3 up with a succession of chances from penalty corners. Instead, Holcombe fought back and scored 2 quick goals to bring the scores level before half time. Understandably the home side were shocked and now had to start again, 35mins to get 4 goals ahead.
The only way to do this was to throw men forward, and great confidence in Humber, Leigh and Webster across the back allowed the hosts to dominate the rest of the match. It wasn’t long before BBHC were ahead and back on track, when a scramble in the Holcombe D saw the streamline Mark Pickersgill scramble the ball home.
Sains grabbed his second of the match, skilfully getting himself into a shooting position and driving the ball into the corner of the net. BBHC continued to push on, pressuring Holcombe into resigning possession quickly and easily. With 15 minutes still on the clock it was 5-2 as Sains converted a well worked short corner to complete his hat-trick.
BBHC were on the hill, one goal away from top spot in the league, and guaranteeing themselves a promotion place. The visitors were well aware of the requirement, and attempted to spoil the party with negative play. There was no faulting the B’s for their determination and fight, and plenty more chances were created but all finished agonisingly the wrong sides of the posts.
The B’s had won a plethora of penalty corners, and the season came down to one last routine as the final whistle was blown after the latest short was awarded. Holcombe’s runners had been very successful in charging the strikes down all day and Harvey was left with no option but to slip the ball to his left for Ashby. Ashby was harried by the second runner and held the ball under much duress. Astonishingly the umpire in the other half blew his whistle against Ashby and the game was over. An incredibly disappointing way to end the year, and the second team can only look back at the mistakes made before the Christmas break.
Despite this rather sour ending, there are many positives that have come out of this season. Being promoted the previous year, the 2’s can only have dreamed of pushing for the title at the start of the year, and to have come so close is testament to hard work, fight and togetherness. Promotion might still come, as Canterbury will have to visit Sutton Valence and get something from the game.
Within the squad was club top scorer Allan Sains who bagged 32 league goals for the team, an impressive haul and due reward for his determined battle against injury. Also, scoring important goals towards the end of the season against Canterbury and Herne Bay was under 21s player of the season, David Humber. A brief mention too for the 2nd XI player of the year, Mike Leigh. Mike has played in a variety of positions and was able to fill the void at centre-back when Alex Webster sustained a double break to his arm at Eastbourne in January, and proved he is up for the big occasion with his man-of-the-match display as the team went and beat Canterbury on their own turf.
A thoroughly enjoyable season was closed with an appropriate high level of celebrations at the club’s 10th anniversary bash, most of which I cannot remember! Still, thanks to all who have contributed to our fantastic season, especially to Derren and Paul for running the show, it’s been a pleasure! For those of you who like further punishment I have once again included the league table as it stands. Incredible.
The last game of the season saw BBHC visit Gravesham and with a chance of promotion still being possible it was yet another must win game.
The game started of well with Andy Humber scoring an “olden day” reverse shot with pin point aiming putting the ball in the corner and soon after Steve Porter scored a goal with a cool finish from a short corner not long before half time. The golas continued to come with Raju scoring which killed the game off for Gravesham.
Going in at half time 3-0 up the result looked a formality. However, the 2nd half started badly with Gravesham scoring first in the second half but that was it for them Between Andy and Raju they scored a further 3 goals to make it a fantastic win and finish to the season..
Scorers Steve Porter 1 , Andy Humber 2 ( nearly had a hatrick but saved on line) Raju 3 making him guru of the day and gimp to Jim Jackson for well not really his fault but a miss-hit from a forward that went in the near post.
Thanks for a great season guys and adrian thanks for being a great captain hope you do it next year.
The 4th XI turned out against Gravesham for the 4th position decider and it couldn’t have started better for the home side when a well worked short corner routine was finished off by Darren Laws.
BBHC dominated the game for spells but Gravesham soon began to fight back and were rewarded when a short corner was lifted into the netting. The score line stayed the same until half time.
BBHC came out if the starting blocks as quickly as they did in the first half and scored with the same short corner routine as the first goal. BBHC were now cruising and looked comfortable for the next 20 minutes.
The lead was further extended when John Gibbard pushed forward and powered the ball home from near the top of the D. Gravesham were not out of it though and managed to score a late consolation goal.
A good end result for a solid season.
The ladies 1st XI hoped to finish on a high with a win against Waltham Forest after what has been a difficult season.
It started well as they took the lead early on, but WF managed scramble a
goal home just before half time.
The 2nd half saw BBHC have much of the play but were unable to score, then in the dying few seconds WF won a controversial short corner and scored to secure the win.
With many of the lads unavailable in and around Easter, the postponed games against Canterbury and Sutton Valence are unlikely to be completed. Hence, Sunday's game at home to Ashford will have been the last for many of this batch of U18 boys. The 6-2 win was a good way for them to sign off, with 2 goals each for Sam Ashenden, Lee Humber, and Vince Moore.
The mood was mixed in the BBHC camp beforehand. 5 straight losses for the squad plus the Men's 3rd XI were pipped to promotion by Ashford (barring any shenanigans with the one remaining match in that division!) were the low points but the 1st XI left Ashford back in 2nd place on Saturday to clinch promotion to South Premier B.
A sunny day at Erith School added value for the spectators of this entertaining match of 8 goals. It started with a bang as the home side went 2-0 up after 4 minutes. Vince Moore, finally available now he has his own car, announced his return after 2 minutes to delight the home crowd, latching on to an aerial ball from Lee Humber in defence. His lofted pass allowed Moore to get in behind the Ashford defence with plenty of time to outwit the keeper. 2 minutes later, BBHC converted their first short corner - Humber driving the ball low past the inexperienced Ashford keeper. And more goals looked likely thanks to good combinations between Moore, Sama Ashenden, Joe Brown and Jamie Saunders
The fluency and confidence of BBHC's early play bred complacency, unfortunately. Ashford regrouped and reasserted themselves on their hosts, exposing some weariness from Saturday night's club dinner. 10 minutes were on the clock when they pulled one back from a penalty corner, followed by one from open play after 13 minutes.
The manager had put Toby Pendergast on at right wing at 2-1 to allow him to recover his dulled senses and minimise the threat of gastric expulsions. However, at 2-2 and with the B's threatening to implode, he sent Pendergast in to support Ashenden in the centre of midfield. The move worked. The Ashford incursions were stymied by the doubling of the tackling power ahead of the defence and BBHC were able to regain their composure.
A key moment occurred 8 minutes before half time when Ashenden's tireless work rate reaped rewards. Winning the ball between the halfway line and the Ashford 25, he proceeded to waltz past 2 midfielders and 2 defenders in Ronaldo-esque style before coolly slotting the ball home past the keeper. A contender for goal of the season, or was he simply trying to out-do Moore?
A buoyant half-time team talk aimed to keep the B's on track. This was achieved but it was the defence that stepped up to the plate to assure success. Andrew Mendl, Stephen Mason, Lee Humber and David Mason showed their tenacity and gave the hardworking Ashford forwards as good as they got. And Jordan Laws in goal was aggressive and highly effective as the visitors carved out some excellent second half chances. Mark Pellat and Nandip provided good width to the midfield and certainly eased the pressure.
Ashenden got them off to a great start, flicking the ball high into the goal from close range at a penalty corner 1 minute after the restart. However, Humber contrived to miss a penalty stroke 14 minutes later, after an Ashford defender stopped the ball on the line with his foot - Humber's effort was simply a slap straight at the standing keeper! Moore restored confidence with a goal from open play, then Humber entered the Ashford D on 69 minutes in open play to flick his second goal - clearly a case of delayed hat-trick avoidance and he left it to the death to confirm it!
A great way to end the season, with good performances from all 12 players in the squad. It was far more fluent than their performances against Anchorians and Old Bordenians, and showed that the lads have improved a great deal this season from match experience in the Men's sides. Perhaps some summer U18s fixtures would be in order?
Man-of-the-match: Sam Ashenden, for his all round play and wonder-goal!
|Saturday 17th March 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 3 - 3 Horsham (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 5 - 2 Herne Bay (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 4 - 1 Gillingham Anchorians (A)
BBHC 4th XI No Fixture
BBHC 5th XI 6 - 1 Herne Bay (A)
BBHC 6th XI 0 - 2 Ashford (H)
BBHC 1st XI 1 - 1 Bromley & Beckenham (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 2 - 4 Sevenoaks (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 1 - 1 Old Williamsonians (H)
Colts' Result (Sunday 18th March)
BBHC U14 Boys 1 - 0 Herne Bay 'D' (A)
BBHC 1st XI travelled to Horsham for their penultimate game of the season.
BB started the game well dominating the play with some well thought out moves, only for Horsham to score a short corner goal from one of there very few advances into the BB half. BB kept the pressure on forcing corner after corner but was unable to convert.
After a halftime talk by the skipper (Simon) and the coach (Andres) the team came out pumped. Despite this, Horsham managed to snatch a goal straight from the pushback winning a penalty stroke. 2-0 down and alot to do. Again BB pressed on creating more chances but again still not converting. Horsham then hit us on the break once more to make it 3-0 with 15mins to go. Many other teams would have given up on this game but this shows the strength and team spirit on this side.
BB kept the pressure on and were rewarded when Andres Lambert converted a short corner. Pushing Horsham further and further back BB scored another with Jamie Perffett nipping between defenders and the goalkeeper to slot in the lose ball.
So 3-2 5mins left BB stretching Horsham more and more finally levelled the game through a fine run from last weeks player of the match Phil Price the ball eventually ending up with Andres Labourt to slot calmly into the bottom left corner 3-3. BB continued to push for the winner but eventually ran out of time.
This draw secured BB with at least a play off place 1st place position is now depended on next weeks away trip to Worthing where a draw or win will secure 1st place.
BBHC, aware that promotion rivals Sevenoaks had a good opportunity to score plenty of goals in Folkestone, needed to outgun Herne Bay and set about this task reasonably well. The home side kept their visitors penned inside their 25 for the opening 5 minutes and were rewarded with an early shot corner. Sains rocketed a shot low to the bottom right corner only to see it deflected away off the line.
It appeared that this game would be a formality, and over-confidence led to wasted opportunities and the away side looked dangerous on the break with a couple of quick attackers leading the line. It began to prey on the hosts’ minds that they needed to begin to score, but the forwards just couldn’t break the deadlock – Sains missed the B’s best chance of the half, putting his shot disappointingly and uncharacteristically wide after good passing throughout the forward line.
As so often happens when a dominant side fails to take their chances, Herne Bay took a shock lead. They won a hit on the right hand side of the D and a combination of slack marking and slow reactions from Franklin allowed enough time for the attacker to tie his laces before finding the corner of the goal. It was clear that Franklin was to blame due to his continued verbal outburst protesting that he wasn’t!
The half closed 0-1 with the B’s not only needing a win, but needing to win by a comfortable margin.
The second half began, and the intentions of the home side were clear. An early short corner was won but Tither spurned a great opportunity to level the scores. The introduction of Westbrook certainly looked to change the attitude of the midfield and it looked only a matter of time before there was a break-through. This came in familiar style as “the boy with the Asian inclination” David Humber hit a sweet reverse strike to get his side back on track.
BBHC were definitely the dominant force, and were resilient at the back. It wasn’t long before they took the lead, Sains slapping home after soon good attacking play twinned with some rather suspect defending. The B’s could smell the fear but were caught out at the back as Bay broke and a hard pass was deflected into the net right under the nose of Laws in goal.
The fight continued at a furious pace and the home side’s lead was restored as Sains found himself one on one with the keeper. He approached the goal before rounding the keeper but was disgusted to see the boy Humber steal his glory!... Still, one for the team, and a very important one.
Herne Bay were understandably distraught as their tired legs and brains were unable to rescue the situation. The game was effectively ended when Pickerskill was found with a good cross, and the veteran made no mistake in putting this tie to bed. BBHC were not finished there and made it 5 after the visitors made a hash of clearing a short corner and White was left with a simple finish.
An easy game made difficult, and news that Sevenoaks had won by 5 was not well received, as the 2s now have to comfortably beat Holcombe to secure their deserved promotion place.
The 3rd XI continued with their winning streak beating Gillingham Anchorians in another must win game that keeps them within touching distance of promotion.
The tempo of the game was set early with some good passing and movement from the whole team, leading to some early short corners but the backboard could not be found. However, the pressure soon paid off when after 15 minutes Andy Humber scored his first goal from open play and not long after Andy Humber doubled the lead when a short corner was stopped on the line by a foot and was easily converted. As the half drew to an end BBHC scored yet another after Matt Thurlow followed up on a deflected short from a short corner to tap it in at the back post.
The second half did not was a let down after an outstanding first half performance, Gillingham and Anchorians managed to pull a goal back but that before Andy Humber put the game beyond reach by completing his hat-trick, with his trade-mark bullet shot from the top of the D.
That win see BBHC go in to second with a game remaining, with Sevenoaks below them having a game in hands.
There was a wealth of experience in the side that visited Herne Bay for the penultimate match of the season in that more than half of the team were eligible to play veterans hockey. This quality of the side was soon demonstrated to the hosts when Roy Loft found himself unmarked in front of goal to tap in an easy chance and this was quickly followed by a well taken shot from Martin Hickman. The occasional attacks by the visitors were easily mopped up by the defence with the ball quickly being passed up field for further raids on the home side's 'D' and the score was soon increased by a trademark Martin Agyei goal. Further goals by the Martins (Hickman and Agyei) saw the visitors reach half time with the luxury of a five goal lead.
The updates to the formation at half time by BBHC ensured that the score remained unchanged for much of the second half - the exchange of two full backs with two of the forwards ensured that total confusion was caused within the visiting side. Late in the half BBHC reverted to their original plan and further extended their lead with a fine goal from Mark Hudson. Not to be outdone Herne Bay mounted a final assault on the visitors defence and a solo effort was rewarded with a goal in the dying seconds.
The two teams that showed up for the late fixture on Saturday afternoon could not have been, more contrasting. BBHC a team whom the majority were under the age of 15 and Ashford with the vast majority being over the age of 50.
Ashford started off the stronger side creating more chances than BBHC but were unable to capitalise. BBHC soon began to find their stride catching Ashford out several times on the break but were also unable to score. The teams went into half time with the scores even.
The second half saw Ashford start strongly with several 1-1 opportunities falling to the Ashford strikers, but some good keeping kept the home side in it. Ashford did finally manage to break down the defence though with a sweet strike from the top of the D and this was doubled late on from a short corner.
A solid performance from the 6th XI who were just outwitted by the Ashford experience.
With both the 2nd XI and 5th XI thumping Herne Bay the previous day, the U14s were looking to secure a white wash and claim their 2nd victory of the league.
BBHC started off well and on one of their break away attacks clipped the post. However, the tide of the game soon turned and Herne Bay put BBHC under long spells of sustained pressure with BBHC struggling to work the ball out. BBHC did continue to catch Herne Bay on the counter attack and again came close to scoring with Harpal also hitting the post. BBHC looked assured of going up on 1-0 when Gareth Jones had a 1-1 with the keeper, but totally missed the ball in his attempt to blast it home from 5 yards.
The teams came out for the 2nd half with some tactical changes (many thanks to Ram for running things on the sideline) and BBHC came out strong. They dominated Ash from the start and created several golden opportunities. Herne Bay did occasionally counter but this was soon swept up by good defensive work from both the midfield and defence.
BBHC thought they had taken the lead when Jordan put the ball over the line, but unfortunately via his foot. A goal finally came from Gareth Jones with an accurate sweep home from a short corner in the dying minutes.
A fantastic performance from all and a well deserved win.
|Saturday 10th March 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 2 - 2 Herne Bay (H)
BBHC 2nd XI 2 - 1 Canterbury (A)
BBHC 3rd XI 4 - 1 Old Bordenians (H)
BBHC 4th XI 2 - 3 Marden Russets (A)
BBHC 5th XI 2 - 1 Tunbridge Wells (H)
BBHC 6th XI 2 - 3 Cliftonville (A)
BBHC 1st XI 5 - 0 St Albans (Walkover)
BBHC 3rd XI 0 - 4 Ashford (H)
Colts' Result (Sunday 11th March)
BBHC U18 Boys 1 - 3 Bromley & Beckenham (A)
This was a game we really should have won. Mark Ashby scored with a powerful strike mid-way through the first half. Herne Bay then equalised almost immediately through a fine first time strike from the top of the D.
We then set up camp in Herne Bay's half for pretty much the rest of the game.
We did manage to score one more goal. Phil Price rounding the keeper before cooly slipping the ball into the net. But, in general, we didn't make the most of our chances. Ashby, Price, Lucas, Labourt and (even) Bradley all had good opportunities to finish the game off. None of them were taken. That was to cost us dearly. With just over a minute to go Herne Bay hit a hopeful long corner into the D. Tom Golding kicked the ball clear, but only via the top of the Herne Bay forward's shin pad. A short corner was awarded, and converted. The final whistle blew shortly afterwards and we were left to rue our inability to kill the game off.
With both Ashford and Eastbourne losing this week, this leaves BBHC 1st in the league with a 3 point advantage and only two games remaining.
Prior to this game Canterbury 4a’s had the best record of all the teams in the league, and so the fixture at Polo Farm is probably the hardest on the schedule. In the previous game between the two sides, BBHC had raised their game and were unlucky not to take all 3 points as the visitor’s keeper made some excellent saves late on leaving the game to finish 1-1. As things stood, the B’s would need to beat Canterbury to keep pushing for promotion and after disposing of table-toppers Sevenoaks the week before, it was clear they would be up for the challenge.
Both sides felt their way into the game, but good hassling let to some misplaced passes from BB players and gifted Canterbury the better of the early exchanges. The home side was a good mix of youth and experience, and invariably good runs from the forwards were met with good passes from midfield. BBHC managed to soak up the pressure with good disciplined defending from Harvey and Leigh in the centre.
The away team were restricted to breakaway attacks, and Tither should have given his side the lead but failed to make contact when the ball was worked to him on the back post. After plenty more stoic defending, BBHC took the lead somewhat against the run of play. Sains saw his shot blocked, but it fell to David Humber at the top the D and he placed his reverse strike high into the net.
The Canterbury midfield continued to probe, and they were unlucky not to be level when Laws cleared straight to another attacker who fed the ball past the keeper giving a team-mate an open goal. Only the close attentions of Webster kept the striker from hitting the target. BB took their slender advantage into the break. Half the job was done, but there was still a long way to go in this game.
The second half started with exactly the same pattern as the first, just amplified! Canterbury’s relentless attacking gave BB little chance to create any real opportunities of their own. The defence stood firm until Leigh was adjudged to have stopped a shot on target with his forearm. A short-corner was awarded, and duly converted as the striker placed his shot between the keeper and defender on the post.
A draw would not be enough for the visitors and they had to find a way to up the tempo. Good running on the ball by Tither, Westbrook and Wrake began to tire the old legs of the Canterbury midfield and the game opened up. Sains was unlucky not to make contact on a driven cross, but soon the away side’s efforts were rewarded with their first short corner of the game. The 2s have proved to be rather deadly from these set plays… when the ball actually gets to the top of the D! On this particular occasion the ball got caught in Tither’s hook and flew disappointing wide much to the amusement of the Canterbury fans.
This minor setback did not deter the team, and they managed to regain the lead with 3 minutes left on the clock. Some good stick skills allowed Sains to dance through and along the goal line before lifting the ball into the net. Again, Canterbury pushed hard but were unable to break through the impressive defence.
An inspiring team performance left the BB players in an understandably jubilant mood. The 2s have now moved to 2nd in the table with only 2 games left until the end of the season.
With the end of the season only 2 games away, all BBHC can do is keep winning and hope both 1st and 2nd spot slip up .
Old Bordenians started without a keeper and BBHC should have finished the game off in the first 10 minutes with a couple of chances missed . However, just after there keeper did arrive BBHC took the lead when Raju scored the first goal, giving BBHC a 1-0 advantage at half time.
The second half started we well with a goal from Andy Humber who was in the right place at the right time. O.B’s managed to grab one back but that was it for them as Raju scored the 3rd goal to kill off the opposition who after that kept giving the ball away cheaply, which gave Andy Humber his second scored from an almost impossible angle giving BBHC a good win.
BBHC's U18 Boys travelled to meet league-leaders Bromley & Beckenham at the HSBC ground. The home side went one nil up with a good bit of skill and a simple tap-in early in the game. BBHC tightened up there defence and comfortably held out the BromBecks forwards soon after.
BBHC started to create chances of their own and managed to win a short corner, which Sam Ashenden comfortably placed in the bottom corner of the goal to level things. This gave them the confidence to take the game to BromBecks, creating many chances including a 1 on 1 from which Mark Pellat placed the ball inches wide. However, just before half time, BBHC conceded another weak goal due to lack of marking.
After an inspiring team talk at half time by Mungo, BBHC came out raring to go and dominated the 1st ten minutes but still had trouble trying to convert - with Toby Pendergast putting a reverse-stick "LBZ" over the bar and even Alfie Johnson pushing up the pitch and creating chances. Since all of the visiting team had played league matches on Saturday, BBHC were clearly getting tired and BromBecks took advantage of this. They got a sneaky tap-in 10 mins from full time. BBHC had a chance to grab a consolation goal when they won a short corner as the full time whistle went. Johnson pulled it out but the delivery was weak and it didn't manage to reach Ashenden waiting at the top of the D, ready to drive another wonder goal past the BromBecks young and inexperienced keeper.
An encouraging result, nonetheless.
|Saturday 3rd March 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 4 - 2 Folkestone (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 6 - 2 Seveneoaks (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 1 - 0 Blackheath (A)
BBHC 4th XI 3 - 0 Sevenoaks (H)
BBHC 5th XI 2 - 2 Old Williamsonians (A)
BBHC 6th XI 1 - 5 Folkestone (H)
BBHC Vets 1 - 1 Wimbledon (A) Game Abandoned
BBHC 1st XI 0 - 5 Sevenoaks (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 0 - 5 Canterbury (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 1 - 0 Ashford (H)
BBHC travelled to windswept Folkstone for a key match against the 4th placed team as they continued to chase promotion. With BBHC having lost two games in succession and being one point behind Ashford it was crucial to get back to winning ways and their coach, Andreas Labourt, demanded that the team upped the intensity. The coach's words were clearly taken and BBHC put Folkstone under pressure from the off, with Jamie Perfitt and Peter Stanley causing problems down the right. After being camped in the Folkstone half for 20 minutes BBHC finally gained reward with a reverse strike shot from Dave Pyke that deceived the keeper with a mixture of placement and power! This goal was quickly followed by another from Kevin King following more good work from Dave Pyke and Peter Stanley.
Folkstone were not going to be bullied on their own turf and near the end of the half they won two or three short corners in quick succession. With the whistle for half time gone they finally converted one with a drag flick.
The teams came out after half time and Folkstone came out the traps first and won another short corner following a debatable decision, much to the annoyance of the captain, Simon Myers. Although the Folkstone set move didn't go to plan they still managed to score at the far post.
BBHC responded to this setback by pressing Folkstone into their own half. Folkstone resorted into passing the ball round the back but could not penetrate the midfield with BBHC dominating. Finally BBHC won a short corner. However, with Peter Stanley off the field, there was no one to pull out the short corner. Ben Bradley the reserve injector was having a detailed conversation on the finer things of life with Ian Cole on the half way line but finally the captain got his attention and he was called up for the short corner, and it was lucky he did. The pull out was awful but Labourt rescued the situation and fired a shot in at the keeper. The ball rebounded out and after a few hacks by the Folkstone defence the ball dropped to Bradley and he fired a bullet reverse stick shot inches over the line. BBHC were 3-2 up and the game was now their's for the taking.
Labourt made it 4-2 with a deft reverse stick flick to make it a hat-trick of reverse stick goals. It's a shame that the captain is always so scathing of reverse stick shooting in training as we seem to be quite good at them!
The defence then held firm despite Folkstone stepping up the pressure and BBHC being reduced to ten men when Alfie Johnson was sin binned.
Even better news followed in the bar when the news filtered through that Ashford had lost to Eastbourne 5-1 so BBHC were back on top of the league. Next week is the home match against Herne Bay with another victory needed to stay at the top.
This week the 2s played host to top of the table Sevenoaks. A must-win game for the home side, who are on the fringes of the promotion places. The first game against this opposition had been a fiercely competitive battle, resulting in 5 yellow cards. Although Oaks took the spoils that day their goalkeeper had been in outstanding form and 2-1 only turned to 3-1 right at the death as BBHC desperately tried to get something from the game. All were expecting a similarly tough match…
The game started at a frightening pace, with spectator neck speed almost equivalent to that seen watching tennis. Dishearteningly, the first goal went to the visitors as Mark Pickersgill allowed the attacker enough space to turn and shoot low into the corner. It was not long before BBHC were level though, as Mark Ashby unleashed an amazing dipping drag-flick from the first short corner.
The tempo of the game remained, with the home side increasingly getting more of the ball and dictating the play. They took the lead soon after equalising, another short corner was converted after the first shot was saved, only for the ball to be forced home in the resulting goalmouth scramble. Ashby provided the final touch to complete his brace.
Another defensive lapse allowed the visitors to get back in the game. Mike Leigh attempted to get in-front of the forward, only to misjudge the pace of the ball. The striker turned and gave Jordan Laws in goal no chance.
Heads never dropped and BBHC continued to put the league leaders under pressure. A good breakaway goal restored the advantage, Kevin Wrake skipped through the midfield with the grace of a ballerina and unleashed a shot worthy of, well,… a ballerina! Still, they all count, and counting that one meant that the home side took a slender advantage into the break.
The goals continued to flow in the second half, Allan Sains gave his side some breathing space when he found himself alone in the 25 and coolly walked round the nervy keeper. Without wanting to over-commit, goal difference is of vital importance to the 2's at this stage in the season, and it was clear that more chances would be coming. Some slick passing tore through Oaks’ tiring midfield, and it wasn’t long before John White lobbed the keeper for 5-2.
The visitors’ misery was complete when White grabbed another goal after some good passing, flicking into the net to kill off any hopes Sevenoaks had of spoiling the party. Laws made a couple of good saves late on, but the result was never in doubt.
The final score was 6-2, restoring the balance with regard to goal difference between the sides. The match was again fiercely competitive and played at a pace throughout. The difference between this and the previous fixture was clearly the visitors’ goalkeeper, who had lost at least 10 years and a foot and a half in height since the last game! Commiserations to the youngster, he was certainly thrown in at the deep end of the alligator pool.
The top of the table now looks like this, and next week we play perhaps the toughest game on the fixture list, a trip down to Canterbury 4A's… yet another must-win game.
With only 4 games left to play, BBHC's Men's 3rd XI had to keep pressure on 2nd and 1st place by beating Blackheath. For the first 10 minutes BBHC was on top with silky passing and movement. However, BBHC then started to lose their heads a bit as any structured play semed to breakdown easily for both sides. Thankfully, this included the BBHC goal - 15 minutes into the game and a great pass from Andy Franklin was received by Andy Humber who turned and scored from the top of the D with familiar ease.
The game became a little scrappy thereafter, with some "nose-bleed" runs upfield from the defence that left gaps at the back that had to be plugged quickly. Blackheath did maange to put the ball in the back of the goal but their umpire had already awarded a short corner which they did not convert.
Captain Adrian Prong had a good word at half time trying to get us to get a second goal and BBHC did push for a second goal with a few chances but converted none. Blackheath did keep trying to score on the counterattack but thankfully failed to! Final score 1-0 win.
A win for us next week plus a draw between Ashford and Sevenoaks would set up a very tight finish to the season!
Following a defeat last week from which few of the team could take any credit, the visit to Old Williamsonsians was viewed as a possibility of gaining a victory. The day started badly however, when a call was received during the journey to the effect that Simon Brown had been injured and would be unable to play effectively leaving us two players short as he was bringing a second team member. Fortunately he did manage to convince Darren Lawes and Stephen Mason to make the journey to Rochester, for which the other members of the team were most grateful.
Play started with the BBHC forwards making all the running , the few forays by the home side being comfortably dealt with by the defence. This brought an early lead when Martin Agyei, with one of his characteristic runs through from midfield, put the visitors ahead. Unfortunately it was the scoring of this goal which caused OWs to start to play as a team and pass the ball around applying pressure to the visitors defence. A short corner was conceded from one of a number of attacks and BBHC were relieved when the crisp shot at goal which defeated the defenders was ruled to have crossed the goal line at too great a height. After this 'let off' for BBHC, OWs continued to press forward and their efforts were rewarded when the defence failed to intercept a cross which was gratefully 'netted' by the home side with a neat reverse stick touch. Not to be outdone, BBHC continued with their attacking moves and forced an number of short corners of their own and were disappointed when an appeal for a penalty stroke during one of them was declined. Shortly before half time OWs took the lead when the previous scorer sent a powerful shot towards goal only to find that goalkeeper, James Breaker, had covered his angle well and was unfortunate that the rebound spun away from him back to the onrushing attacker who made no mistake on his second attempt.
The second half started in much the same way as the first half had finished, with OWs making numerous assaults on the visitors goal although in retaliation their defence was not given an easy time by Gareth Jones and Scott Bennett in the BBHC front line and a number of goal scoring chances were created but the score line remained unchanged. As half wore on, the defence began to tire and the home side rotated their substitutes to good effect to keep up the pressure on the visitors goal bringing a number of outstanding saves from the 'keeper both from open play and penalty corners. It was not until the umpires (both supplied by the home side, for which we owe thanks), had signalled that the game was in the final two minutes that the final drama occurred. The visiting skipper observed that it would be an excellent time to score a goal and midfielder Jonathan Rookes, emulating a Martin Agyei excursion into the opposition 'D', sent a well weighted shot towards goal only to find it parried by the goal keeper but before he could follow up, Stephen Mason ensured that the points were shared by tipping the ball over the line. There was barely time to restart the game before the final whistle sounded and honours even in a most enjoyable match.
|Saturday 24th February 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 2 - 3 Blackheath (H)
BBHC 2nd XI 5 - 3 Brighton and Hove (A)
BBHC 3rd XI 2 - 0 Sevenoaks (H)
BBHC 4th XI 1 - 3 Bromley and Beckenham (A)
BBHC 5th XI 1 - 5 Holcombe (H)
BBHC 1st XI 2 - 2 Hertford (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 3 - 0 Gore Court (H)
BBHC surrendered the top spot of the Kent Sussex 1st XI Regional League with a 3-2 defeat to Blackheath, which now sees them behind fellow title contenders Ashford by 1 point. Goals came from Andres Labourt and Kevin King.
The promotion chase continues for the 2s, and there are no easy games in this league especially on the road. Brighton had given a good account of themselves when they visited Erith before Christmas, outplaying us for the majority of the game and yet going down 2-1. The captain felt it necessary to underline the fact that sometimes the basics things are the easiest, and we hit the pitch with plenty of time to prepare.
Despite starting with the pacey Sains and Ashby combination upfront the Bs let the ball do the work and were rewarded for a bright start when Ashby converted from the first short corner of the game. Sains saw his shot saved by the keeper only for the rebound to be lashed into the roof of the net by the titian wonder.
Wave after wave of Brighton attacks ensued, and the pressure soon told. A mistake by Lee Humber, playing the ball into the danger area, gifted the attacker the ball at the top of the D and he unleashed his shot to equalise. BBHC kept up the attacking mentality and scored a good breakaway goal, Andy Tither racing past the defence and lifting the ball above the diving keeper.
BB began to feel that they had the edge and doubled their advantage with another counter-attack as Westbrook ‘burst’ through and bobbled his shot across the goal somewhat relieved to see it nudge the backboard! Confidence flowed throughout the team and the 2s were soon 4-1 up as more good work down the right from Tither allowed Kevin Wrake to hit the net and seemingly put this fixture to bed.
Unfortunately, Brighton were gifted a chance to get back into the game just before half-time as Webster gave an awful impression of a midfielder and ran into trouble in the middle of the park. The remaining defenders were overloaded and the attackers easily manipulated the space culminating in an open goal for the forward. The home side sensed an opportunity and kept the ball for the remainder of the half. The BB defence was certainly under sustained pressure and Humber again put the ball across the D, this time narrowly missing 2 strikers. This frantic half finished 4-2, with both sides confident of getting a result.
The second half was much slower, with 80% possession going to Harvey and White! Unusually, there was very little in the way of short corners in this game, but when given another chance, Sains restored the 3 goal advantage driving his shot low into the bottom right corner.
To their credit Brighton never caved in, despite the game being well and truly won. The home side converted a short of their own as Laws failed to close his legs when faced with an attacker free in the middle of the D. Brighton came close to scoring a 4th on a few occasions but with the 2 goal cushion BB were able to run the clock down and hang on to 3 more vital points.
This week, league leaders Sevenoaks marched on with an impressive 5-1 demolition of Herne Bay. 2nd placed Canterbury dropped 2 points at home to Holcombe and so margins at the top get ever tighter. Next week Sevenoaks visit fortress Erith and the week after we go after Canterbury, it’s time to stand up and be counted.
With four points between BBHC 3rd XI and Sevenoaks Acorns, a win to close the gap on the top and any chance of promotion was vital.
The game started off evenly with both teams attacking and defending fairly well. BBHC had a few short corners in the first half but converted none. The first goal was scored from open play by Johnny Light, on the road to recovery from injury. Going into half time BBHC were confident with goalkeeper Jim only having one shot to save.
BBHC started the second half pushing for a second and had several chances from short corners with one being disallowed. Eventually a second came from a goalmouth scramble where the Sevenoaks keeper saved an initial shot but the follow-up, reverse-stick shot from a tight angle by Andrei Mendis hit the post. As he wheeled away cursing his luck, Sukh Chagger calmly put the ball away (all be it from 1 foot out!) despite a last ditch effort from the GK to stop block it. Well done to him since he was making his debut at this level, coming up from the 6ths who had no game this week.
The last time that Bromley and Beckenham lost was the match between these teams in the first half the season. Since then BromBecks have yet too lose and recent score lines suggested they’d been playing well.
So the game began and from the start it was obvious that this was going to be a tough game, with BromBecks moving the ball round slickly and with some neat skills upfront. BBHC did make a few forages into the opposition D but nothing to challenge the keeper. The host took the lead after Gareth “Goldberg” Bayliss had made an initial save and as the rebound was about to be put away a crunching tackle from Sam Cuthbert resulted in a penalty stroke, which was duly converted. A second followed shortly before half time from open play.
The second half was a physical affair with both teams competing heavily for each loose ball. BBHC created several good chances as did the hosts but it was BBHC who grabbed the next goal as a short corner strike by John Gibbard was stopped on the line but was tipped in by debutant Phil (??).
BBHC continued to search for another goal but it was BromBecks who finished off the scoring when a shot was lifted passed the outstretched keeper.
BBHC started strongly against the vistors from Holcombe, but it was not to last. After the first ten minutes the Holcombe forwards applied increasing pressure on the home defence and it was only thanks to goalkeeper James Isteed no goal was conceded early in the half. The pressure did eventually pay and the visitors took the lead with a goal from open play followed shortly after by another from a penalty corner which crossed the line despite the parrying of the initial shot by Jonathan Rooks stationed by the goalpost.
Resuming after half time two goals down (the same situation as in the away fixture), BBHC again started brightly and forced a number of penalty corners, two of which brought about outstanding saves by the Holcombe goalkeeper. The BBHC defence however did not emulate the the spirit of the forwards and gifted the visitors two goals, one as a result of a badly taken 16 yard hit and the second when a tackle in front of goal was adjudged worthy of a penalty stroke. Shortly after this setback, Sammy Chana found himself in the opposition 'D' and ensured that the the visitors would not go home with a clean sheet by sending a rising 'banana' shot into the net. Unfortunately pressure from the visitors again told and they re-established their lead with a further goal from open play. Holcombe had opportunity futher extend their lead when a second penalty stroke was awarded after a shot at goal was deflected wide by a defender's foot, but the striker placed the ball wide of the goal.
|Saturday 17th February 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 0 - 1 Eastbourne (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 7 - 1 Horsham (H)
(Paul Harvey 3 [ FG, PC, PS], Allan Sains 2, John White, Phil Price)
BBHC 3rd XI NO FIXTURE
BBHC 4th XI 2 - 4 Gore Court (H)
BBHC 5th XI 2 - 1 Cobdown (A)
(Andy Humber [FG], Raju Mathoroo [PS])
BBHC 6th XI 1 - 3 Old Bordenians (H)
BBHC Vets 4 - 2 Kenley (A)
(Jag Khuman, Roy Loft, Anup Sharma, Peter of Kenley)
Sunday 18th February: EH Men's 2nd XI Trophy (3rd round)
BBHC 2nd XI 3 - 5 Staines (H)
(Phil Price [FG], Allan Sains [FG], Mark Ashby [FG])
BBHC 1st XI 0 - 1 Gore Court (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 2 - 1 Tunbridge Wells (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 2 - 0 Holcombe (H)
Sunday 18th February: Kent Plate (Semi Final)
BBHC 1st XI 1 - 1 Ashford (BBHC win 2-1 on penalty strokes)
SThe long trek to Eastbourne is always one of the toughest fixtures of the season. This year was no different. We struggled to get into the game from the start and Eastbourne dominated the majority of the first half. A fine save from Tom Golding and an excellent goal line clearance by Kevin King from a short corner helped keep the scores level. However, it was no surprise when Eastbourne took a deserved lead through a slick short corner routine just before half-time.
Our performance improved slightly in the second half. However, with many of the team struggling to cope with the slow, sticky pitch, we never really found enough rhythm to consistently cause the Eastbourne defence problems. Occasional moments of brilliance won us several short corners. However, with our routines mis-firing more often than a cheap Taiwanese rifle, we didn't threaten the Eastbourne goal nearly enough. Not our best performance of the season. Although we probably deserved something from the game. It wasn't to be our day though. Final score - lost 1-0.
Note - the Captain has an apology to make. Last week's match report referred to "the ginger Ashby". This should have read "the titian Titanic that is Mark Ashby". The Captain apologises to Mr Ashby and his hair for any offence caused.
With two debutants in the side and Horsham fighting for survival this was not going to be as easy as the match between the teams earlier in the season.
BBHC started with a high tempo, moving the ball quickly and were soon rewarded when Paul Harvey was allowed to run into the opposition D unopposed to fire home. Soon after it was two, Harvey scoring yet again from a short corner. Despite further pressure, no further goals followed before half time.
BBHC started the second half eager to increase their lead and were soon rewarded when Harvey converted a penalty stroke for his hat-trick. Further goals were added by Alan Sains (2) John White and Phil Price, with Horsham scoring a consolation goal with their only shot on target all day.
A good team performance by all.
Sunday 18th February: EH Men's 2nd XI Trophy (3rd round)
BBHC having made their way to the last 16 of the National 2nd XI Cup hosted a strong Stains side, whom had under estimated BBHC in last years competition.
From the start BBHC were on the back foot with Staines moving the ball around well and stretching the BBHC defence. Within the first 5 minutes the visitors had won a short corner and converted from a well executed drag flick. This acted as a wake up call and the hosts picked up their game. Despite being under several spells of pressure, the pace in the BBHC midfield allowed Staines to be caught out several times. It was on one of these breakaway attacks that BBHC, through some slick passing, found themselves level, with a simple finish for Phil Price. After another break away and with some superb vision from Sam Ashenden BBHC were awarded a penalty stroke after Andy Tither was knocked off balance by the keeper after rounding him. Phil Price though missed the chance to double his tally putting it high and wide.
Soon after missing the chance to take the lead, BBHC found themselves behind after yet another drag flick. Undettered by this though (and after Dave Pyke had been yellow carded for a not so subtle stick block) BBHC found themselves level for half time after Allan Sains had converted from a short corner on the third attempt after some good saves by the opposition keeper. The half finished with a Staines player being yellow carded for a stick tackle.
Both teams started off the second half well moving the ball around and creating chances. But yet again it was Staines who had the breakthrough scoring their 3rd short corner of the day. The pressure was too much for some though as the titian Ashby being sent off for a clumsy tackle. Staines soon further extended their lead after a breakaway goal. The wild (and some what girly whoops) of the scorer prompted the ever witty Andy Tither to point out that despite winning today he’ll still be ginger tomorrow, very ginger.
With Staines having had another man yellow carded, BBHC were pushing forward searching for a way back. Several good opportunities were close but it was just not happening. Staines managed to grab a final goal after a man found himself unmarked. at the top of the D with the ball. Despite being caught up by Adrian Webster in defence he failed to get in a challenge (some people would say that he bottled it…. not me though) and the ball bobbled over the out stretched stick of Jordan Laws in goal.
With minutes left and Staines yet another man down (the ginger scorer was annoyed at Tither and took a swipe) BBHC scored a consolation with a shot rocketed home in the bottom corner from Mark Ashby.
A fantastic performance from all of BBHC, showing form that needs to be continued next week in the league game against a strong Brighton side.
BBHC 4’s fell prey to a developing Gore court side in this Saturday’s game. BBHC found themselves soaking up pressure during the first half and, as Gore Court gained short corners, we found ourselves going 3-0 down by half time.
A half time talk about passing the ball, creating width and moving the ball round the back seemed to get us no-where as 5 minutes in Gore Court increased their lead to 4. then an unfavourable decision saw John Gibbard leave the field suddenly BBHC realised that passing the ball would actually work with the first goal coming from a frenzy in front of goal where Martin Hickman eventual forced the ball goal bound and the defenders attempted clearance failed to prevent the ball crossing the line. Shortly after, with the game coming to a close, a weak clearance by the GC keeper from a short corner saw Steve Mason lift the ball over the ground-bound keeper to make it 4-2.
Overall it seemed that BBHC had failed to turn up for the first half and had time not run out they could have gained more from the game. The 4th team now find themselves under pressure for 4th spot with the top 2 in the league un-catch-able and 3rd place Bromley and Beckenham needing 1 win to secure 3rd.
On an unseasonley warm February day the 5th XI visited Strood astro to battle against a strong Cobdown side. Both teams started off well but it was the slick passing and dynamic movement that saw BBHC start to dominate. Ten minutes into the game, Andy Humber did what he does best and scored with an unstoppable rocket. BBHC continued to dominate but were unable to extend their lead by half time.
The second half an apparently new BBHC turned out. Gone was the slickness and passing and BBHC were in trouble. It was made even more difficult when several injuries were suffered and the front line became immobile. Cobdown were back in the game and managed to grab a goal back putting the ball in from close range.
The game continued with both teams creating chances but only one goal came. Raju scored from a penalty stroke after Andy Humber’s short corner was stopped on the line with a foot.
A solid performance from BBHC which they must continue with next week.
Ian, Peter, Ken, Alex, Simon, and Andy. These names would be the foundation of any vets side. Sadly, this was the unavailability list for this week. We travelled to Kenley with 10 good men and true. Frank returned to the side after a four week lay off (of which more later), and this was welcome. Roy was playing with tennis elbow ("It's not getting any better so I might as well play"). Arthur was playing in spite of aching ankles - the result of previous injuries ("Play me in defence - those b*******s at the back don't have to do any running. I'll have a week off", he explained, tactfully). With Francis up front, and Arthur and Clayton at the back, it was an inverted looking side that faced Kenley. Kenley are not the strongest side in the conference, but they are amongst the friendliest. They lent us a player - Peter - who turned out to be a very generous lend indeed.
This game was a very workmanlike performance from all and sundry, and although we were under the cosh a bit for the first ten minutes, during which time Graeme in goal kept us in it a few times, slowly we became the better side. Although it took at least 25 minutes for the first goal to arrive, it duly went to us (through a hallmark Roy nudge-in). Roy has now scored in every game in which he has played up front this season. Not many can say that (well actually Koki and Simon can say that too, but let us not be pedantic). Half time - 1 - 0. The second half continued in the same undramatic but secure fashion. Anup bashed the living daylights out of the ball three or four times before it went in. Almost immediately after Kenley had scored from an unexpectedly deft reverse stick strike against the run of play, Peter, our guest for the day, made himself unpopular with Kenley by scoring a very accomplished goal. Bug*er. The score was now 3 - 1, and as you know, we don't win many from there. Suddenly Graeme was very busy again and for a few minutes it all looked to be going wrong, but he (Graeme) threw himself about like a man half his age, and made several good saves, knocking over many players (some of them Kenley ones) in the process. The whole trip was made worthwhile however when Roy got Frank out of a bit of trouble (indeed it must be said that Frank was in a bit of trouble for most of this match - his return could not be said to be a glorious one) and gave the ball to Jagi on the half way line. There being no obvious cutting-edge pass to make, Jagi ran with it. And ran some more, and resisting some challenges ran a bit further. To his great surprise he found himself in the D, and unleashed a shot which he will dream about for years. A more incisive strike you will never see. Those of us watching from a more central position had noticed that this goal was actually a wonderful team performance, because unbeknown to Jagi, all around him were BBHC players running into spaces, taking defenders away from Jagi's line. Chief exponent of the art was Francis who although not scoring, did a lot of this thoughout the game. By the time we reached the bar, Jagi's description of this goal had transformed it into a run from our D, passing each Kenley player in turn, sometimes twice. The shot could not be exagerated though. It was a beauty. Kenley got a last-minute consolation, and so we finished 4 - 2 victors, and this did not flatter us.
Such was the strength of this performance that three Morrises and a Doris were awarded. A Morris each went to Anup, for one of his strongest games for a while (including several passes. Hooray!); to Francis, for selfless running, leading to countless chances for other players; and to Jagi, for that goal. The Doris had to go to Frank, who delivered a nightmare performance. He was clearly rusty from his enforced lay-off. The captain is of the opinion that when players play well below their usual standard, immediate public humiliation acts as a therapy. The receiving of a Doris becomes a psychological atonement, enabling players to avoid beating themselves up about mistakes. The Doris is a conduit for teammates to administer a suitable emotional duffing-up on that player's behalf, rendering further internal self-flaggelation unnecessary. Not everyone agrees with this analysis of the efficacy of the Doris, but then again, not everyone is the captain. To his credit, Frank took it all in good part, and if he wept, he waited until he got home. Top man.
Thanks are due to Guru for umpiring, Frank, Graeme and the captain for driving, and to both Arthur and Roy for playing in spite of niggling injuries. I hope no lasting ill-effects will be experienced.
The season so far - Played 14. Won 8. Drawn 2. Lost 3. Abandoned 1. Goals for 44. Goals against 36.
Next week there is no game, since Farnham Common have pulled out. The 6ths do not have a game either. There is talk of arranging a fixture with them. I will let you know how negotiations develop
I have decided to do a match report seeing as we won.
Game 15 out of 18 for the second eleven ladies. So far the season has been totally frustrating, having only picked up two wins, bizarrely no draws and 12 losses we knew this game could be crucial to our chances of staying up this season. Away at Wells we took the lead in the first half, but almost instantly conceded and it went on to get worse.
We wanted to get a result we deserved and we started off brightly at Erith school. Early on in the 1st half Ali Hollands raced down the right wing and crossed the ball in to the D where Zoe Hubbard was free to slot it in, but the Wells goalie denied her an early goal. Then minutes later there was a replay and again Zoe was denied. But it was a major boost for B's to have to shots so early on. BBHC had all the pressure and we get it in their half for most of the 35 mins. T Wells had one strong defender who was soaking up the pressure and finding a few gaps on the 16 to get the ball out of the danger area. Then against the flow of play T Wells broke quickly and went on to take the lead with a cross to the attacker waiting off the right post to easily guide it in to the BBHC net. Totally gutting for BBHC who up till then had created at least 5 goal scoring opportunities.
We went in to half time 1-0 down, and Netty rightly pointed out it was just one goal, and we could easily get back in to it playing like we were. We eventually broke the deadlock with yet another chance in front of their goal led to an foul and penalty stroke awarded to BBHC. Netty gallantly stepped up to the spot, and had the enormous pressure of all our hopes in her hands. She duly converted bottom left corner and we were jubilant to be on an even footing.
T Wells had barely troubled us in the D all game. The only shot on target was there goal, and they had a few short corners to get the defence worried. Less chances fell to BBHC second half, but eventually from a short corner Sarah Whale buried the rebound. It felt soo good to be in the lead with a good chance of keeping it that way. We have let in far too many goals this season and it was extremely satisfying to hear the full time whistle.
Not sure where was stand in the league, hopefully second from bottom, but Kent only update the website every other month...
Sarah Whale and Ali Hollands won joint man of the match for a superb attacking performance.
Big grins all round.
|Saturday 10th February 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 5 - 2 Sutton Valance (H)
BBHC 2nd XI 4 - 4 Sutton Valance (A)
BBHC 3rd XI 2 - 1 Old Bordenians (A) (Friendly)
BBHC 4th XI 0 - 0 HSBC (A)
BBHC 5th XI 6 - 2 Burnt Ash (H)
BBHC 6th XI 1 - 2 Burnt Ash (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 1 - 2 Meopham
BBHC 3rd XI 3 - 2 Greenwich Polygons
Colts' Result (Sunday 11th February)
BBHC U14 Boys 0-3 Folkestone Optimists (H)
Sutton Valence its always a tough game and this weekend was no different. SV started brightly enjoying the majority of the possession and putting our defence under constant pressure. We coped well at the back though, with Bradley and Johnson in particular making some decisive tackles. As the half progressed we started to create chances of our own on the break and eventually took the lead. Kevin King scoring from a short corner. And we soon nicked another one when Andres Labourt rounded a couple of SV defenders before scoring with a superb reverse stick strike. Labourt then missed an open goal after beating half the SV team and the half ended 2-0.
Labourt scored again early in the second half, but SV kept fighting and pulled one back courtesy of some slack BBHC defending. Labourt completed his hat trick to restore our 3 goal lead, before Dave Pyke won a flick with some slick stick work. The ginger Ashby duly stepped up to the spot to bag himself a birthday goal. SV managed a late consolation when the ball defeated the laws of physics and somehow seemed to pass through keeper Tom Golding, but the win was never in doubt by then.
Final score 5-2. Next week we play Eastbourne away.
Before I get to the match report I’d like to request a much simpler scoreline for future games, as the 32 goals in the 4 games played since Christmas have meant this weekly 10 minute chore is consistently taking over my Sunday evenings!! 2-0 win next week please!
Right, so,… feeling the pressure of having to win, win and win to keep the heat on the top 2, our 2nd team were unable to secure maximum points in another tricky away game. Many factors could have been (and most were) blamed for this, but in reality BBHC were lucky to escape with a point in this fiercely contested battle.
21 players took to the field on a back-drop of a glorious sunset due to someone’s astonishingly cunning-as-a-fox type plan to start this fixture at 4.30pm, despite the pitch being seemingly free beforehand. At first it appeared that this decision would be at the home side’s expense as they began the game with only 10 players. In hindsight, this was a dastardly (although it would be more appropriate to replace the first ‘d’ with a ‘b’) tactical decision, as we shall find out later…
BBHC started brightly and moved the ball well on the perfect surface of Valence’s newly laid astro. The one-man advantage was more than enough to ensure that the blues enjoyed plenty of possession, and didn’t have to wait long before the scoreboard reflected their dominance. Little John found himself exchanging passes inside the D, and managed not to be distracted by the sudden nosebleed as the defender helped him open the scoring.
The one advantage that the home side did have, was the pitch. They knew how to use it to full effect and scored a very quick breakaway goal. As an attacker made a good darting run around the back of the last defender, the midfielder found himself with enough time to hit the ball at pace into the D. The pitch caused the ball to lift and bounce slightly, and the attacker’s deflection gave Laws little chance in goal. Shortly after this, Valence found another advantage as the late start enabled 2 suspiciously skilful players (who looked identical to those seen playing our 1st XI earlier in the day) to return and bolster their squad. BBHC were now in a dog-fight, but the teams went in level at 1-1.
Hardly a week goes by without Harvey taking over short corner routines and coming up with the goods. Indeed, it was this play that restored the visitors’ lead early in the second half. Again, Valence hit back with a goal almost identical to their first. On this occasion the marking was tighter, although still relatively ineffective as the ball lifted off the attackers stick, off the defenders stick before finding solace nestled in the net, 2-2.
Some weary legs and poor control from the BB midfield made it easy for Valence to begin to stamp a degree of authority on the game, and they capitalised with 2 further goals in quick succession. They took the lead through some good stick-work from the forward matched with a powerful drive into the bottom corner. As BB pushed forward to get back into contention, the game opened up (especially in the BB defence!). The ball was fed to a striker standing alone at the edge of the area and he made no mistake as he embarrassed young Laws with a deft lob from the top of the D.
BBHC failures were partly made up with character and fight; they had 15 minutes to rescue the situation and pushed forward with some fiercely direct hockey. The gap was closed to 1 when Sains took control of a nicely placed pass and calmly danced round the keeper for 4-3, with 7 left on the clock. More pressure and more chances came for the visitors, culminating in a Price shot being blocked on the line after another well-worked short corner. The penalty stroke was the only decision available and despite being less than deadly in front of goal this week, Price stepped up and put his flick high to left of the keeper. BBHC were certainly in the ascendancy and they were not prepared to settle for the draw.
45 seconds were left on the clock and BB quickly found the ball and fed it into Sains. Unable to find the space to get a shot off, Sains slipped the ball to Tither who once again outpaced the defence and approached the goal with the keeper sliding to meet him. Tither lofted the ball over the keeper and into the net…. sadly, the wrong side of the post.
It is clear what this team can produce with a sense of urgency and determination, something that is perhaps lacking early on in games, or until they find themselves behind.
Shock news that Canterbury 4s have withdrawn from the league has been met with utter dismay as initially it appears that the league have decided to null and void all previous results involving the 'Cants' rather than awarding future matches to the other team in the manner of a walkover. What this means for the 2s is that the 6 points gained against this opposition are deducted (along with the +8 goal difference) whilst promotion rivals Sevenoaks who had drawn against this team earlier in the year, have just one point taken from them. The net effect is to see Oaks stretch their lead over the B's by a further 5 points overnight. Unless some sense can be made of this farcical situation the 2s' promotional aspirations might have to remain just that for another year.
With no league fixture this week, the 3rd XI had a friendly against Old Bordenians 3rd team, who play in the same league.
The game started off very well for BBHC with most of the play going their way and the opposition giving the ball away cheaply. BBHC made the most of it with the first short corner converted with Raju powering the ball under the keeper. Shortly after BBHC converted a second short corner that had got a deflection and was going wide until (you guessed it) Matt scored by sweeping the ball from a tight angle. Half time 2-0.
The second half continued in the same tone, despite the friendly nature of the game O.B’s pushing for the win and kept questioning the umpires. O.Bs did get a goal back in the finals minutes but the end score was 2-1 win putting BBHC in high confidence for their visit in a few weeks.
The 4th XI visited HSBC knowing that it would be a tough game. They did not make things easy for themselves arriving late they lacked preparation and it showed. BBHC struggled to link up as a team and lacked creativity that had over previous weeks served them well. With no-one really on their game BBHC dug in and battled hard but what few chances where created, failed to be converted.
As the game came to a close, a loss looked a serious possibility as on the final whistle HSBC were awarded a short corner. However, the defence stood strong and held out well to give a poor performance a well battled point. The 4's now find themselves needing to lift their game backup as they take on third place gore court this coming weekend.
With half term, comes the expected shortage of players in the lower XI’s as people selfishly decide to put family, holidays and decorating before their club. Fortunately for the 5th XI a few more experienced players (both age wise as well as the playing ability) were welcomed in, to face a Burnt Ash side whom also possessed their fair share of experienced players.
From the start, both teams played some good attacking hockey with the ball being moved about well. It was a highly entertaining end to end start. However, the experience through the centre of the park soon meant that BBHC began to run the game. Good work from the centre midfield partnership of Andy Franklin and Mark Betteney saw the ball move flowingly through the team and BBHC took the lead from a short corner as the ball was blasted home by Barry Stott at the near post. BBHC continued to push forward and a breakaway from Martin Agyei saw him play a cheeky one-two with the defenders foot before slipping it past the keeper.
Burnt Ash did not allow BBHC to sit on this lead though as there central midfield slowly took game by the scruff of the neck. Despite the good competitive nature of the game, it started to take a slightly sour twist as Burnt Ash got caught up in arguing most decisions. It was not long before the half time whistle that the Ash grabbed a goal back after some skilful individual play, despite some strong defending by newcomers Dave King and Jenny Seale. With mere minutes of the half left (and Jenny having been substituted off after a nasty blow to the hand) Ash managed to make the scores level.
The 2nd half began with Burnt Ash still with the momentum putting BBHC under a long spell of pressure but the next goal came against the run of play as Udi J scrambled the ball home. BBHC had regained the momentum and the Ash were in trouble. With the game balanced on the proverbial knife edge, the pressure was too much for one Burnt Ash defender. Having already been green carded for question several decisions he pushed the umpire too far and found himself presented with a yellow. Ye the abuse still did not stop and he continued with the abuse mixed in with some colourful language. Out came a red and Ash who were already under some pressure found themselves under yet even more pressure.
The extra man allowed BBHC to run riot with countless opportunities and short corner. A short corner was smashed home by Andy Franklin and another coolly converted by Udi J before some good work down the right by Mark Hudson saw Udi J complete his hat-trick sweeping the ball into the roof of the net.
Overall, a good performance from all of BBHC in a competitive and highly entertaining game.
|Saturday 3rd February 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 3 - 1 Tunbridge Wells (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 6 - 1 Penguins (H)
BBHC 3rd XI 0 - 0 Tunbridge Wells (A)
BBHC 4th XI 7 - 1 Herne Bay (H)
BBHC 5th XI 1 - 4 Gillingham Anchorians (A)
BBHC 6th XI 1 - 2 Maidstone (H)
BBHC Vets 0 - 4 Old Masonians (A)
BBHC 1st XI NO FIXTURE
BBHC 2nd XI 1 - 2 Blackheath (H)
Colts' Result (Sunday 4th February)
BBHC U18 Boys 1 - 3 Gillingham Anchorians (A)
BBHCs mens 1st XI march on. BBHC beat Tunbridge Wells to stay 2 points clear at the top of the Kent Sussex 1st XI Regional league. A very tight first half saw BBHC waste several short corners only for T.W to take the led midway through the first half, with a drag flick from their first short corner. BBHC hit straight back with Kev King deflecting in a well struck short corner. He secured his brace with a rocket into the top corner.
In the second half Andres Labourt missed the chance to secure the game, putting his penalty stroke wide. David Pyke showed great skill dribbling down the side line, beating several players to cross the ball to Jamie Perfitt, who with a full length dive secured the points with a tap in to the empty net. 3-1 the final score. BBHC 1s entertain the Sutton Valence next week at Erith School.
Penguin are one of the few teams in the league to have beaten the 2s this year, although the players knew that the nonsensical trip to Worthing (resulting in a 7-4 defeat) would have no bearing on this game. It is known that the Penguins are not too comfortable when taken out of their natural environment.
BBHC started off at a good pace, moving the ball around and creating several chances. Again, the forwards were left frustrated at their lack of ability to finish and the team were punished as Penguin grabbed a goal against the run of play. The Penguin attack managed to bundle through both Webster and Harvey leaving a 2 on 1 on the last defender. Keeper Laws managed to turn away the initial effort but was left with no chance as it rebounded into the path of the other attacker.
The home side did not panic, and found themselves level through a Harvey short corner (I won't bother describing this goal as I'm sure Paul has told everyone in the club about it several times).
The scores were level at the break, and the BBHC forwards were made aware that this game could be won simply by putting the small round thing into the big square thing a little more often.
Price continued his recent rich vein of scoring with a strike (although that word is probably a little generous) from the top of the D after good work from Tither and Harvey (what he was doing up there I'll never know).
Things began to tick over and soon the lead was increased when another short corner was put away. This time Harvey slipping the ball to Price for an easy finish.
After that the B's were rampant, Mr Chuckie Sains put himself on the score sheet running the ball across the line after intelligent play from Mini Humber. Price completed his hat-trick coolly flicking the ball home after weaving his way into a good position, before Chuckie completed the rout with a delightfully weighted finish (it was either that or a complete miscue, but I'll give him the benefit seeing as I was 70 yards away!).
For those of you who haven't been counting, the final score was 6-1 to the home side, the forwards missing hatfuls of chances in the first half and scoring hatfuls in the second. It was a good team effort on the pitch but a dismal one in the bar. Make your excuses to the committee at the trip to Sutton Valence.
This week was the week that mattered if BBHC 3rd XI stood any chance of pushing for promotion, having to beat Tunbridge Wells to stay in touching distance of the leaders.
The game started of even with both sides attacking and defending well with few chances. Yet again, James was given yellow card, today for hitting the ball after the whistle had been blown - a decision for which he can feel aggrieved about due to some inconsistent umpiring as twice TW did the same later in the game and got no cards. The questionable umpiring continued as Matt Thurlow was yellow carded as he “untangled his stick” after being repeatedly fouled.
The second half was the same as the first with both teams performing well. BBHC though should have secured the points though after winning 15 short corners but were just unable to convert., whilst 3 goal-line clearances by the hosts added to frustrations.
Guru of the day: Raju,
Gimp of the day: Matt - for not bothering to mark a 10 year old kid.
Taking the higher ground against Herne bay and providing both umpires after having to play them with 10 men in the season’s first leg. We worried that we might be in for a hard game and as the game started our worries looked to be true for about 5 minutes. Then the 4’s did what they do best and gained a short corner on the break. The now regular routine saw us go 1-0 up through Darren laws 2 minutes later it should have been 2 as a half way line pass saw Ross Pearman being the only man in the D unfortunately failing to connect with the ball. This missed chance did not deter the team or Ross as we created chance upon chance.
Goals and misses came left and right. Alex Williams picked up his first since returning from injury, Aaron scored his first for the club, our captain James Smith picked up 1, A. Price scored from left back, Darren picked up a second and Ross finally nicked a cheeky deflection to get on the score board. Herne Bay saving grace was there Keeper who for his first time in goal found himself in the right place on numerous occasions as he managed to keep the 4’s to single figures. An outstanding performance by all which sees the 4th XI into fourth position in the league after a final score of 7-1.
A cool sunny afternoon made the prospect of the match against Gillingham Anchorians most appealing although after the first ten minutes, during which the ball hardly left the visitors half, it was obvious that this was going to be a difficult fixture. Despite their dominance the home side failed to capitalise and it was not until late in the half that the managed to convert one of the many short corners which had been conceded by the defence. The occasional forays into the opposition territory where effective mopped up be the defence and their goalkeeper was rarely tested. Shortly before half time the BBHC defence failed to break down one of the many attacks and allowed the home side to double their lead.
Some subtle positional changes during half time resulted in an apparently different BBHC team to take the game to the opposition at the start of the second half with a number of penalty corners being awarded in their favour. It fell to Joe Brown to score for the visitors, although it was only with the assistance of the foot of a defender that the ball reached the back of the net - the original shot was destined to go wide of the post until making contact with the defender and being deflected into the goal. This boosted the visitors spirits and they continued to press forward in the hope of levelling the scores which almost happened when Dave Eastgate, unmarked at the top of the 'D', received the ball and with time to spare managed to shoot wide as defence failed to oblige with another defection.
The improved work rate by the visitors began to take its toll and as they tired, Gillingham Anchorians took their opportunity to score two more quick goals thus ensuring that they took maximum points.
BBHC's U18 Boys travelled to Gillingham to face Anchorians in their Kent League match on Sunday. On paper, both teams are the weakest in the competition this year, so both fancied their chances to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Despite the home side's excessive fire on two occasions, their passion proved to be enough to carry them through to a well-deserved win.
The B's started out confidently and were soon given a boost as an Anchorians player was yellow carded for dissent. The one man advantage had no effect, however. Sam Ashenden in the centre of midfield had little effective support from his midfield partners, with sloppy return passes and poor positional play inviting pressure onto the BBHC defence. Thus the hosts deservedly took the lead on 20 minutes when they scored from open play.
BBHC ignored the acres of space down their right channel and persevered through the centre in search of an equaliser. This finally bore fruit as Ashenden's persistence in the congested D allowed him to fire home 2 minutes before half time. Honours were even and both sides went into the break with it all to play for.
Once more, it was the (now full strength) Anchorians who took the lead. A counterattack early in the 2nd half looked to have been safely contained in the left channel, but the Gillingham forwards were allowed to cut in along the goal line and slip a very soft goal in. The hosts continued to threaten from the wings, whilst BBHC maintained their central thrust and won a number of penalty corners. Ashenden and Lee Humber tried 3 variations from successive corners but the home side's keeper proved more than equal to the task.
Anchorians were soon down to ten men again, with their right forward red carded for violent conduct. It occurred as he chased the ball into the BBHC half and left back David "Porno" Mason stepped across, beat him to the ball and attempted to shield it from the winger. The kick of frustration aimed at Mason was not malicious but the penalty was clear and was enough for his marching orders.
To everyone's credit, the matter was dealt with respectfully and the game continued without further trouble. In fact, it again served to spur on Anchorians. They punished more sloppy BBHC defending with 6 minutes to go and scored another field goal.
Final score 3-1 to Anchorians, with BBHC lacking ideas in the wide areas and missing the drive of Toby Pendergast and Andrew Mendl. The season so far has been disappointing and is about to get a whole lot harder with fixtures against Canterbury and BromBecks to look forward to. With the side also missing 4 from the squad of last year, it has been wondered as to what might have achieved with this year group, especially if more support from the senior men's teams of the club had been available.
|Saturday 27th January 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 3 - 2 Old Williamsonians (H)
BBHC 2nd XI 5 - 4 Canterbury (A)
BBHC 3rd XI 2 - 0 Old Williamsonians (H)
BBHC 4th XI NO FIXTURE
BBHC 5th XI 3 - 2 Blackheath (H)
BBHC 6th XI 2 - 2 Wellcome (A)
BBHC 1st XI 0 - 1 Broxbourne (H)
BBHC 2nd XI 3 - 2 BromBecks (A)
Colts' Result (Sunday 28th January)
England Hockey U18 Boys Plate (1st round):
BBHC U18 Boys 1-1 South Saxons (A) - South Saxons won 4-2 after penalty strokes
Top of the league BBHC 1st XI hosted a struggling Old Williamsonians side and on paper this should have been a guaranteed 3 points.
The game started off slowly with BBHC creating the better of the play. When O.W did attack, some stout defending from Alfie Johnson kept them at bay. Despite the better of the play a mixture of the missing final pass and some confusing umpiring prevented BBHC from finding there stride. Soon both teams were concentrating so much on the umpiring flaws that the game had constant interruptions.
BBHC thought they had gained the lead after a goal line scramble was slipped home but a foot by Dan Lucas saw this disallowed. Minutes later though, BBHC did take the lead when Ben Bradley followed up on a short corner and converted. BBHC furthered the lead, when a cunning spin from Mark Ashby was deflected into the roof of the net from a diving Andres Labourt. Half time and BBHC were cruising.
O.W cam out hard in the second half and soon grabbed one back. AS the half progressed BBHC were struggling with O.W threatening to equal the score several times. After some sustained pressure O.W finally equalled the score and BBHC were in trouble. They continued to play some good hockey but solid chances were not forthcoming. It did eventually come, when some good work down the right was converted well by Steve Harding into the net.
BBHC managed to hold out till the final whistle to gain the win with little mishap. The only incident, goal scorer Ben Bradley clipped the heels of an attacker and earned himself a yellow card.
The final whistle bought to an end a scrappy game with a performance that left much to be desired, but fortunately did produce the all important 3 points.
After crushing Canterbury 7-0 at fortress Erith School earlier in the year, the second XI were prepared to meet a bolstered opposition who would undoubtedly be looking to help out their sister side (4a's) with their championship aspirations.
BBHC welcomed back Johnny Light from injury and Sam Ashenden also came into the side after returning from a holiday down under. These two players proved to be invaluable in the midfield (we had no-one else!) and the team soon began to move the ball well.
The first goal went to the visitors, Dave Humber displayed maturity beyond his years, dribbling past the keeper and coolly slotting the ball home. It wasn't long before the honours were even though, with Canterbury making the most of uncertainty in the BBHC defence when attempting to deal with an aerial ball on the brand new water-based surface.
The captain Westbrook made it clear that whichever team scored the most goals would win this game(!), and so BBHC threw caution to the blustery conditions and were rewarded when one of their most pacey and direct players, Andy Tither, rode three bad tackles in the D and made no mistake when he found himself in front of the Canterbury goal. The pattern of this game was clear and BBHC were pulled back again, the defence being made to resemble training cones before a finish to match the fluidity of the move was despatched.
It was clear that the BB players were frustrated at yet another set-back but reacted in the right spirit and managed to sneak the lead just before the break. An unusually inaccurate pull-out from a short corner found Mike Leigh on his strong side, the midfielder showed experience (or perhaps a lack of confidence in his shooting ability) as he faked a shot and found Price on the left. Price used typical flair (or lack of clinicism) as he rounded the keeper, avoided the defenders and flicked into an empty net. The sides went in with the away side holding a very marginal 3-2 lead.
The next goal finally provided some breathing space, Sains picked the ball up with his back to goal, tiptoed past the defenders (no mean feat for a guy of his size) and showed his usual composure and a confident finish.
That should have been the end of it, but the quick thinking and tireless running off the ball of the Canterbury players brought inevitable success. Before long the players were looking at a decisive last 10 minutes as the scoreboard read 4-4. It was at this stage that BBHC actually started to battle instead of just enjoying the rare winter sunshine, it was clear that some of the defenders suddenly wanted to get physical. The away side eventually cashed in on a chance from a short corner, Sains generated enough power in his flick to beat the Canterbury keeper. The result was neither convincing nor deserved, but BBHC were able to close the game off when it mattered.
After showers and drinks the players reflected on a scoreline that perfectly summed up some terribly inaccurate finishing (Price), matched with defensive seizures of epileptic proportions - mainly attributable to the fact that Webster failed to turn up for this game (not Alex, Adrian), I fully expect he found his brain when he returned home to the clubhouse. These frailties were accentuated by a goalkeeping display from Gareth Bayliss that many players concurred was "simply hapless", there was understandable relief when the outspoken eccentric revealed he would be unavailable for next week's fixture!
A win is a win, and pressure mounts on the top 2 positions in the league. Unfortunately, other results didn't go our way this week so we remain 4 points from a promotion place, however these are exciting times for a team who can win and score 5 without breaking into too much sweat.
After a bad game last week, the 3rd XI had to get back to winning ways. With a debut appearance by James hopes were high. The game started off very well for BBHC the passing and movement for each other was very good. and with some good work rate from Kev Wrake and Steve Neville in the middle, the game started to open up. Quick passing up front to Andy Humber and quick support from the midfield meant goals were imminent. After several short corners, of which none we converted, it took a great bit of passing around the right for Kev to follow up on a rebound on to stroke the ball home heading to half time 1-0.
Normally the 3rd XI play better in the second half . However, it was patchy with some good play and some poor just lack of concentration. BBHC held off all attacks they had from short corners or open play and with about 10 minutes to go the midfield broke away and with a 4 on 2 and some great passing Kev Wrake scored his second making him guru of the day. A good performance by the whole team and a well deserved clean sheet. Well done guys!
Against the odds, BBHC earned a well-deserved point against a far more experienced Wellcome side. Moreover, with just 9 players and 2-0 down at half time, a resilient BBHC put in an epic effort to pull themselves out of an almost impossible situation. To be 2-0 down at half time was an injustice to the young side. If anything, the B’s edged the first half and created a number of chances only to be frustrated by some desperate defending from the opposition.
Despite the half time scoreline, we knew that one goal could change the complexion of this game. That goal duly came with Jon Gibbard firing home from a short corner. That goal gave us the belief that we could push on and get the result that our pressure deserved. Following more BBHC pressure, Patrick Boateng finished coolly to bring the game level. It was Patrick’s first goal for the club and was just reward for the effort and commitment he has shown so far this year.
Thereafter, the tempo of the game slowed as both team tired. Strong defending by Gibbard ensured chances were few and far between for the home side. The game finished 2-2 and this was certainly a point gained, rather than two dropped. Every player must be congratulated on their efforts, Most notably, the effort shown by Gareth Jones, Sumeet Dhinsa & Jamie Saunders should be commended.
When a rearrangement of the fixture list threw up three consecutive home games in January, all and sundry considered that at least one of those would be cancelled due to weather, but all three have been played, and all three have been won, although at some physical cost to the playing contingent (of which more later). This week we hosted NPL Desperados, and I take my hat off to them because when the fixture was confirmed on the morning of the game, Martin Lane, their fixtures bod, admitted to having only eight men. It would have been much, much easier for him to have pulled out of the fixture, saved his team a long and difficult journey from Teddington, and avoided a probable defeat, but he did none of those things, and NPL are to be congratulated for being fine fellows of the first order. They duly arrived with their eight, although one was some decades away from official vets status. BBHC had thirteen on the team list, and on calling for volunteers to do the honourable thing and play for NPL, Jagi and Peter stepped forward. Tom (6th team captain) was also encouraged to dismount from his bar stool and wear the opposition orange (it was like playing a team of umpires) and so at least three of our opposition were stronger than I would have liked, but since NPL had made an effort, I felt that we should at least reward them by providing them with quality players.
After a motivating prematch tirade by the captain (I feel better today by the way - thank you for being there for me) the game itself was hard work on the soft pitch, and a pattern presented itself early on which pertained throughout. We would play mainly in their half, score two goals in each half (some more messy than others), ride our luck a bit in defence, and in between times Arthur would repeatedly get into wonderful scoring positions, and miss. I do not exagerate when I report that Mr Davies had at least eight rubber-stamped, copper-bottomed, (feel free to add more hyphenated adjectives of your own) opportunities, created by the unstinting running of his teammates, and came out with a total of no goals. At least he was correctly attired this week. The four goals were scored by Clayton (a shot so crisp it failed to reach the back board), Anup (ditto), Ian (actually a massive deflection, saving the shot from going off the side-line) and Alex (at last, an incisive and accurate strike). For the second game running we failed to let one in. Perhaps we are beginning to get the hang of this game.
Our three consecutive home games have come at a price. During the first we lost Frank to at least medium-term injury (I understand he is still waiting for a nail to grow where the old one once was, and each day he is greeted by a changing symphony of autumnal shades in the bruising). Last week Peter was out for the count (he is OK now, but has an unusual large round bruise to the back of his head, rendering him rather Jewish in appearance). This week saw the worst injury we have experienced since Alan Johnson's achilles went. Ian took a vertically rising ball full on the nose (causing him to lose possession rather tamely I thought). The result was a spectacular flow of blood and a considerably long hiatus to the game while we tried to stem the tide and arrange to get him to hospital. It is good to have Clayton on our team because he knows what to do in these situations, being a qualified and experienced first-aider. I am sorry to report that Ian's nose is not only substantially split on the outside, but it is also broken on the inside. For the last 50 years Ian has been rightly proud of his rugged and youthful good looks, but from hereon in he is to join the rest of us in the ugly brigade. It comes to us all, and Ian has held on longer than most. These consecutive injuries have caused the captain to pause and ponder whether it is time for the club to consider spending some money on the pitch. We pay our £60 per game to the club like every other team, and put considerably more money behind the bar than most I would imagine, but whereas other teams' £60 is substantially spent on astro pitch hire, I wonder on what is our £60 spent. If we are to maintain a viable vets squad, we need a viable pitch to play on.
Last week two Morrises were awarded, so to redress the balance, two Dorises were inflicted this week. The first (a unanimous decision I'm afraid) went to Arthur for tirelessly running into good positions for no good reason that anyone could see. The second went to Ian for being obliged to leave the pitch before the game had finished. Poor form.
Thanks are due to all the NPL blokes for keeping the fixture alive; Guru for umpiring; Jagi for providing oranges (not organic this week, but class 1 which were just as nice), Jagi and Koki for getting the noodles; Jagi, Peter and Tom for playing for the opposition (where would we be without Jagi?) and Clayton for both sacrificing an elasticated knee support from his bag to help Ian, and for knowing what to do with it in a calm and professional fashion.
The season so far. Played 12. Won 7. Drawn 2. Lost 2. Abandoned 1. Goals for 40. Goals against 30.
Next week we are away to Masonians. We will leave at 12.15. I must tell you that I am short of players at this remove - we are missing Graeme (carpark laying), Ian (nose), Frank (finger), the captain (mother-in-law's 70th birthday celebration - yes I know, but what can you do?), and Clayton (work). Mark Whitacre - how about putting on our new keeper's helmet? Andy Price, fancy a run around? Paulo? Sammy? Ken? Please let me know.
U18 Boys - England Hockey U18 Boys Plate (1st round):
BBHC once again travelled to Hastings for their 1st round match in the England Hockey U18 Boys Plate competition. They were determined to avenge their 4-1 loss to South Saxons on that occasion. However, whilst the host's bench was full, BBHC arrived only with 11 players and a potentially large workload. The match turned out to be a well-fought and entertaining affair, but ultimately heart-breaking for the B's..
The game began with some early Saxons pressure as BBHC adjusted to a new formation and their inexperienced left and right midfielders failed to offer Toby Pendergast enough support in centre of the pitch. The strong back-line of Steve "Lego" Mason, David "Porno" Mason, Lee Humber, Mark "Bambi" Pellat, and GK Jordan Laws held firm, allowing the game to even out and prevent the visitors from resorting to the counterattack. And Sam Ashenden led the forward line and linked up well with Pendergast to create BBHC's own periods of pressure.
In the same fixture last season, it turned out that the robust challenge from Alfie Johnson (absent today) in fact broke the leg of the Saxons right-winger. The same forward gained some revenge today, with his good work out wide providing the cross for a firm strike from the top of the D to give the hosts the lead in the 17th minute. BBHC responded with some solid work through the middle prevented further clear chances. Sweeper Lee Humber stepped further forward to provide an extra man in midfield to support Pendergast, who was building up a healthy set of scars to his hands and arms as he got stuck in to the game!
Many of the B's attacks came straight through the middle and penalty corners were won but not converted. One of which fell to injector Steve Mason at the near post but Saxons scrambled the chance away. It wasn't until the 31st minute that the breakthrough came. Ashenden stepped up to strike a short corner but played a 1-2 triangle with Pendergast, drawing the Saxons' defence apart and allowing him to slap the ball home past the wrong-footed keeper. The initiative was with BBHC and the lads played perhaps their best 4 minutes of hockey with every touch and tackle falling their way. However, the half-time whistle blew brought that to an end - where was the 3rd official with the stoppage time board? ;-)
The team talk by the manager was positive and encouraged more of the same, since BBHC were giving their best performance for nearly a year. Indeed, the hockey proved to be of the same entertaining, end-to-end quality with all players rising to the occasion. Whereas midfielders Joe Brown and Sumeet Dhinsa had struggled in the first half against their older opponents, their contribution to the game and their confidence subsequently increased. Wingers Sukh Chaggar and Scott Bennett had finally adjusted to the new formation and linked up with Ashenden and Pendergast to give the South Saxons some scares.
Again, numerous penalty corners failed to be converted and the absence of substitutes took its toll. The hosts looked the more likely to score from concerted pressure as full-time drew closer. Thankfully, the rampaging Laws in goal stood firm, the score remained 1-1 and it was time for penalty flicks!
With just 3 skilled flick-takers in the squad, the BBHC camp were a tad anxious! Humber scored the first, but Steve Mason miscued his effort and it dribbled painfully towards the goal to be saved. Pendergast sent the Saxons' keeper the wrong way whilst Ashenden's solid flick was well saved and gave the home-side the tie with a 4-2 win. An unhappy end to a great game for BBHC. The lads can find solace in the fact that they are playing more and more as a team with each fixture. Next up are Gillingham Anchorians (A) in the league. 12pm pushback.
Man of the match: Toby Pendergast
|Saturday 20th January 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 2 - 1 Burnt Ash (A)
BBHC 2nd XI 5 - 0 Folkestone (H) - walkover
BBHC 3rd XI 0 - 4 Sevenoaks (A)
BBHC 4th XI 3 - 0 Burnt Ash (H)
BBHC 5th XI 4 - 6 Holcombe (H)
BBHC 6th XI 1 - 0 Gillingham Anchorians (H)
BBHC 1st XI 0-1 Maidstone (H)
Sunday 21st January: Kent Cup
BBHC 1st XI 7-1 University of Kent (H)
(Somers-Bayley 4, K Hall, S Harvey, A Hollands)
Colts' Result (Sunday 21st January)
BBHC U14 Girls 1-0 Gravesend (A)
This was not a game for the spectator. Neither team really managed to cause the other many problems as practically the whole game was played out in the middle of the pitch. We took the lead when a defensive error by the Bunt Ash defender gifted Andres Labourt the ball. He avoided a couple of tackles before squaring the ball for Dan Lucas to tap home from less than a foot out. 1-0 at half-time.
Burnt Ash equalised early in the second half. Tom Golding made a standard save from a short corner, but the defence made a hash of clearing Tom's pads and Ash's forward nipped in to score possibly the easiest goals of his life.
It was not long until we restored our lead though. Andres won a controversial short corner, which he converted with a fine strike. 2-1 and that was about it for the hockey. In fact, the most interesting part of the game came when Jamie "The Axe Man" Perfitt took his hockey stick to the head of a passing pigeon (admittedly the poor bird was already on its way out and Jamie was merely putting it out of its misery). If Jamie could hit a hockey ball like he hits a pigeon though - he'd be some player.
|Saturday 13th January 2007|
BBHC 1st XI 2-1 Ashford (H)
BBHC 2nd XI 6-2 Eastbourne 3's (A)
BBHC 3rd XI 2 -1 Ashford (H)
BBHC 4th XI 3-1 Ashford (A)
BBHC 5th XI 2-4 Sutton Valence (H)
BBHC 6th XI 0-4 Sutton Valence (A)
Sunday 14th January: EH Men's 2nd XI Trophy (2nd round)
BBHC 2nd XI 2-1 Woking (H)
BBHC 1st XI 0-0 Gillingham Anchorians (A)
Colts' Result (Sunday 14th January)
BBHC U14 Boys 2-1 Gore Court (H)
This weekend we took on league leaders Ashford at Erith School. We had the better of the early exchanges and looked dangerous whenever we attacked. Andres Labourt and Simon Myers both hitting the post before Dan Lucas opened the scoring with a fine deflected goal.
The second half went much the same way. The excellent Andres Labourt caused the Ashford defence problems whenever he received the ball and, midway through the second half, his trickery in the D won a penalty flick which he calmly converted. Ashford were not going to be easily beaten though. They managed to pull one back through a slick counter-attacking move and then threw players forward in search of an equaliser. Some resolute defending saw us hold on for a well deserved three points though. Final score 2-1. A great result which sees us move two points clear at the top of the table.
Next we play Burnt Ash away at Hurstmere School - 1.30pm PB.
It was important for BBHC to regain their form from the early part of the season to keep within touching distance of the top two and an all important promotion place. Eastbourne away is a notoriously difficult fixture both in terms of the location and the strength of the opposition, and so preparation was paramount.
However, this view was not shared by everyone as Adrian 'Pingu' Webster left the training balls behind, and the captain only left a paltry 3 hours between meet time and push back! We arrived at Eastbourne's ground with 15 minutes to spare, all cars being rather light on petrol as the captain decided it would be a nice treat to let the players have a good look at some of Kent County's finest seaside towns and villages.
Despite these initial set-backs the early part of the game saw BBHC confidently move the ball around and stamp some degree of authority on the game. It was not long before the first short corner was won by the away side and no mistake was made as Phil Price put us in front. 0-1. This goal clearly hurt the opposition and BBHC increased the dosage of pain as Allan 'Chuckie' Sains (back into the side following injury) danced his way into the D and coolly put his shot beneath the keeper. 0-2.
The pressure did not wane, and two further goals from Price earnt him a well-deserved first half hat-trick and his side a 0-4 advantage going into the break.
Eastbourne took more chances in the second half, making for a fast-paced end-to-end game. They were rewarded for their daring not long after the restart. 1-4. The BBHC defence was guilty of napping, and had to quickly regain their focus. The 3 points were never in doubt and good break-away attacks from the flankers Tither and Price created plenty of chances, 2 of which resulted in Sains claiming his hat-trick, a stunning return to the team for the striker. Eastbourne did manage to pull another goal back, but unfortunately the damage had already been done.
A great performance from everyone and a well-deserved victory was over-shadowed somewhat by a serious injury sustained by Alex Webster. Alex took the ball well from an on rushing centre-forward who clumsily let his momentum carry straight through the stout defender. Alex has broken both bones in his arm and stayed in hospital overnight to have an operation. We wish Alex all the best in his recovery, his absence will certainly be noticed at the heart of the team.
A good but somewhat glum-feeling 2-6 victory keeps the 2s in third place in a very competitive league.
We had to win this game against table-toppers, Ashford, in order to stand any chance of winning the league. The match didn't start off very well for us as our goalie turned up late and the visitors' umpire insisted that the game was to start on time. Ashford's first shot on goal resulted in a penalty flick, but Jim was kitted up just in time to face the shot. However, the taker scored easily against the cold keeper. We were rattled for a while, with people arguing with the umpire and each other. And around 20 mins into the half, Andy Humber got a yellow card for talking to the umpire.
Now we thought we were in trouble: 1 man and 1-0 down surely the oppo could score another? We had other ideas! We knew we had to work harder to make it seem like we still had 11 men and work hard we did. The defence stood strong with help from the midfield and quick counter-attacks. We won a few short corners. From one of the attacks we should have had a flick when Matt Thurlow had a 1-on-1 with the keeper and his stick was caught by a defender and stopped a goalscoring chance - all that was given was a short corner. 2 minutes later, we won a flick when the keeper caught the back of Thurlow`s leg - the umpire made up for his mistake earlier. and Raj Matharoo stepped up to put the ball away with ease.
1-1 at half time and Adrian Prong had a good word with us all. Now we intended to step up a gear, with Humber returning from the sin-bin. We started to dominate the game now and with Kevin tightly marking the Ashford playmaker so he couldnt get any passing off. We had some great moves in the rest of the game and Andy Humber found the goal after great team play combining quick passing and movement. We were 2-1 up It seemed like the half was never going to end and the visitors had a few chances from short corners and open play to pull the game back to a draw but they just couldnt find that finishing goal.
This vital win keeps us in 3rd place but closes the gap on the top two.
Sunday 14th January: EH Men's 2nd XI Trophy (2nd round)
22 tired legs took to the field to do battle against a side who, on paper, should have walked to a win in this cup tie. It was clear from the start that we would need every ounce of energy, hockey-brain and luck to get through to the next round.
The opening exchanges were finely balanced as the game got off to a high-tempoed start. Woking moved the ball well and had no problem picking out their players with hard and accurate passing. BBHC used the experience of Pike, Lucas and Ashby to move well and get round flailing sticks into promosing positions.
Somewhat surprisingly it was the home team who took the lead as Ashby superbly deflected a hard Pike pass over the head of the dazzled Woking keeper. 1-0. Hard work and persistence from BBHC won them a short corner soon afterwards, and indeed it was time for the Harvey show. Paul beat the on-rushing defenders with ease and slotted the ball home. 2-0.
Woking were not going to take this lying down and continued to put the BBHC defence under pressure with good running down both flanks. They were back in the game with a well-worked short corner, the attacker deflecting the ball right infront of a hapless Gareth 'Goldberg' Bayliss. 2-1. The away team harried and pressed, and their movement off the ball was certainly taking its toll on the BBHC legs. They were unlucky not to have levelled the score after a good passing move finished with the attacker beating Goldberg only to see his effort scrambled away from the line by a hard-working Mike Leigh.
The second half was much of the same, a fierce battle and some good entertaining hockey. BBHC did a great professional job of holding their advantage, and also created some wonderful opportunities to wrap the game up late on. The best of which were dreadfully spurned by Phil Price, missing a seemingly easy tap-in from a short corner, and David 'Ting-Tong' Humber blazing his shot over the bar with just the keeper to beat. All this meant that the BBHC defence was put under increasing pressure in the last few minutes, but despite some hairy moments the ball never made it into home side's goal.
Hard-work and professionalism has earnt the 2s a passage into the next round, defending had to be disciplined at all times to stop Woking scoring at will. Well done to all, and a special mention goes to 3rd team regular David Mason who certainly did not look out of place at right back.
1st Half - BBHC created some great chances but the finishing was poor. Went down to a goal from a defensive short corner which was high (in fact the ball hit Sukh Chaggar on his back but then hit the back board), this was totally against run of play, 0-1. BBHC did not really play the first half as a unit. Gore Court had 3 good, key players that played down the middle of the pitch who picked up most of the lose balls.
Half time team talk was centred around making sure they kept the ball and not passing it straight back to the opposition, and making sure the played more as a unit. At times the players were too far apart from each other to string passes together. Some stern words were made about getting more fired up and getting stuck in more, especially with their tackling. Some individual players also needed to release the ball quicker.
2nd Half - A lot lot better, some great short passes between the team, especially in mid field. Again a string of chances created. The equaliser came from a scrap in the opposition D with Gore Court trying to clear and BBHC desperately trying to get a shot on goal. The ball finally broke to Rajan Sehra, who managed to slap-hit the ball into goal, 1-1. This got the BBHC team fired up and it wasn't long before the second goal came, with some excellent team work and good crosses into the D, Chaggar managed to be be in the right position to hit the ball into the goal, with the keeper having no chance, 2-1.
All-in-all a good performance with a few things to work on.
Man of the match - Sukh.
|Saturday 6th January 2007|
BBHC Veterans vs Wallington - Game cancelled at half-time (waterlogged pitch)
Colts' Result (Sunday 7th January)
BBHC U18 Boys 1-4 Old Bordenians (A)
Not many teams can claim to have gone to Wallington and not lost. We can.
On the morning of the game the rain was piss...istent as the captain phoned to enquire as to the state of the pitch. "No. no," came the unexpected reply. "It's a bit soft, but certainly playable". So off we all went, 12 good men and umpire, to do battle in the only fixture of the year where the captain considers that a draw would be a spectacularly good result. On the way, it rained, heavily.
The pitch, on inspection was softer than soft. It was barely playable, and we were given a rare compliment by one of their players. He agreed it was barely playable, but they were keen for the game to go ahead, because we "are one of only a handful of teams who give them a good game". Wallington's pitch is on a substantial slope, and the captain chose intentionally to bat uphill in the first half, so that if (when) the pitch cut up, the second half would be easier. The game began. It started to rain, heavily, and the pitch began to cut up. The down-side of the captain's decision is that on a muddy pitch, if a player has gained some momentum coming towards you down the hill, there is precious little you can do to stop him, since not only is it impossible to speed up, it is not even possible to move sideways quickly enough to stop his progress by fair means or foul. As such (to the accompaniment of less-than-encouraging noises from one of our forwards to whom it must have looked as if we had decided that standing still was a good defensive option) Wallington scored two early goals. Then another two. It began to rain more heavily. In between Wallington's watery attacks, by employing clampons and ropes, we did manage to get up the hill to score two goals of our own through Roy (who rose from his sick bed to play) and Anup (whose ten-minute cameo in this game was very effective). Peter and Ian also each missed difficult chances by a whisker, so as the half progressed I was confident that the second half might see Wallington struggling as we had. Then it rained even more heavily.
It happens from time to time that by a series of unfortunate cumulative events one player gets repeatedly hit and injured from all directions, perhaps by being the repeated victim of frequent rising balls, and/or by being assaulted by clattering sticks, and/or by being roughly thrown to the ground in a cruelly-inflicted manner, and it is perversely amusing to watch when that player is not you. When that player is you, and you are the captain, and in your capacity as captain you question the umpire as to whether the pitch is playable before someone (else) gets (seriously) hurt, and the umpires confer (one umpire having enormous difficulty getting to the other, being inconvenienced as he is by the river he is walking up) it is extremely unfair for all and sundry to blame said captain for seeking an abandonment because of the score. It was the umpires' (correct) decison, and their's alone. Had we stayed on we would have murdered Wallington in the second half. As we all trooped off to the bar it began to rain, even more heavily.
In the bar, Wallington, as always, did us proud with the entertainment. The curry was there, the banter, the insults. They are a wonderful club - very aggressive and skillful on the pitch. Accomodating and friendly off it. Perfect. At one point during the entertainment, if you chanced to look through the window to where the pitch had once been, you would have been rewarded by the sight of a fox floating by, followed by a lost man in a small canoe.
Dorises and Morrises were not awarded.
Thanks are due to Guru for umpiring, and to Ian, Alex and the captain for driving.
The season so far. Played 9. Won 4. Drawn 2. Lost 2. Abandoned 1. Goals for 31. Goals against 28.
Next week we are at home to Addiscombe, with whom we drew in unsatisfying circimstances earlier this season. It is the first of three consecutive home games (wet pitch permitting). We are without two of our three first-choice strikers for this game, so changes will have to be made, and glory beckons for someone. If you have not already declared your availability, please do so.
After a number of postponed games and two teams withdrawals from the league, BBHC's U18 Boys travelled to Sittingbourne to play Old Bordenians in their first match in the competition.
BBHC looked nervous in the opening 5 minutes as the hosts were far more comfortable in possession. However, signs of the good form they showed against Guildford in the Cup were shown and the match became a more even affair with chances falling to both sides. OB's finally edged ahead as Stephen Mason inadvertently directed a cross-shot into his own goal. BBHC kept their heads and worked hard to contain further attacks but only sort to go forward through the centre of the pitch, whilst Bordenians made better use of the whole pitch. The score at half-time remained 1-0.
The game was still there for the taking and BBHC came out fighting. An attack down the left led to a goal-mouth scramble and saw Sukh Chaggar tap home from close range and restore parity. Unfortunately, this didn't last for long. The luckless Mason conceded a penalty flick which the Bordenains' sweeper converted easily. From then on, it was largely one way traffic. Their experience of playing together at Borden Grammar School and as well as their club contrasted markedly with this match being BBHC's 2nd one together as a team this season.
The absence of Sam Ashenden in central midfield meant that Toby Pendergast and Andrew Mendl were over-stretched at times. This gave goalkeeper Jordan Laws plenty of work to do and he did so in spectacular fashion, charging down OB ventures into the D and restricting the hosts to just 2 more goals. This earned him the man-of-the-match award as Bordenians ran out 4-1 winners.
Next up is another away trip to South Saxons in the EH U18 Boys Plate competition on Sunday 28th January, the same opponents who knocked them out at the same stage last season!
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