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HBU Weekend Results from Euro Cup and Eastern Counties:

Posted by  on December 18, 2011


HBU Won on the night against RHC Dornbirn but unfortunately were knocked out of the cup due to goal difference. Full Match Report below and HBU would like to wish Dornbirn good luck in the remainder of the competition.

HBU Under 11’s won all three games this weekend in Eastern Counties and are the League Leaders. FUll Match report to follow.

HBU (Kings) 4 v 3 Dornbirn (7 – 11 on agg)

Location: The Bay Arena

Time: 20.00

Date: 17.12.11

Herne Bay United faced an uphill struggle to qualif

y for the next round of the European Cup. Having lost the first leg away in Austria 8-3 a month ago, United knew they were going to have to pull off something special. United started the game well, controlling the pace of the game in attack, they were rewarded after 3 minutes when United captain Simon Hosking finished off a well worked move with a finish from the edge of the box to put united 1-0 up on the night (4-8 down on aggregate).

United were playing with style and control in defence and attack, the Austrians were struggling to get out of their half, and were restricted to long range efforts which were easily dealt with by united keeper Dave Garlick. With 15 minutes left in the first half Neil Austin scored with a well aimed slap shot to put united 2-0 up on the night (5-8 on agg). United sensed they were going to do something magical and they continued to dominate the play. With 8 minutes remaining Luciano Difeo scored a brilliant individual effort flicking the ball up from behind the goal before volleying into the top corner to make it 3-0 (6-8 on agg). The Austrians were panicking and the home side were keeping their discipline. With 3 minutes left in the first half Hosking scored his 2nd of the game and United’s 4th to make the halftime score 4-0 (7-8 on agg).


United did not want the half to end whereas the Austrians were desperate for halftime to come. The second half proved to be completely different from the first. Within the 1st 2 minutes of the half United let a long range effort bobble in to make the score 4-1. This was exactly what the Austrians needed and it halted United in their tracks. Desperation started to creep into United’s play and that they lost the control in attack, leaving gaps in defence which the Austrians capitalised on scoring 2 in 5 minutes making the score 4-3 (7-11 on agg) with 14 minutes remaining. The game was now slipping away from United. Despite winning 2 penalties in the last 10 minutes, both of which were missed, United could not find their way past the Austrian keeper who was having the game of his life. As time ran out, tempers frayed. A couple of scuffles led to a player from each team being sinbinned.


At the final whistle Dornbirn had lost the match 4-3 on the night, but had won over the  2 legs by 4 goals which mean they move forward into the next round against the Spanish side Villanova.

After the match United Coach Phil McVey said: “It was always going to be a big ask. I am disappointed with the result, at halftime we were in a brilliant position and should have gone on to win the tie. Unfortunately we failed to do so. I have to hold my hands up and say I made a couple of player changes in the 2nd half which in hindsight cost us. But it’s done now and I will go away and analyse the decisions I made throughout the match, to ensure I don’t make the same mistakes again. If I had done things differently I believe we would have gone through. On the plus side we have been far from our best since the move from the pier to the Arena, but our first half performance was as good as we have played for a few years. We will now look to build on the first half performance in our next game which is at home against current national champions Middlesborough on 14th January.

Congratulations to Dornbirn, they were a very difficult team to play against and I wish them all the best for the future. I would also like to thank the Driving Range for laying on the hospitality afterwards for all the players and officials. It is most appreciated. The support we received from sponsors, stewards and fans is amazing and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Hopefully we get 2012 of to a winning start with victory over Middlesborough.”

Man of the match: Dave Garlick

HBU team: Dave Garlick (GK), Jay Williamson (GK), Brendan barker, Neil Austin (1), Luciano Difeo (1), Karl Smith, Simon Hosking © (2), Joe Singleton, Danny Butcher, Peter Halvorsen. (Coach: Phil McVey)

European Cup: HBU VS Dornbirn of Austria

Posted by  on December 8, 2011


HBU will face Dornbirn in the second leg of the European Cup with the Aim of turning the deficit around:

Just Update The Bar on the evening will be close to the seating area and is provided for us in support from the Golf Driving range. The Golf Driving range also has an extended license after the game and is situated over the road from the arena.
Update on this is the golf driving range has had a recent Arson attack on Tuesday morning and the Bar is out of action, however to ensure the night goes ahead they will be providing a Marquee heated and with flooring and Bar for all to still go ahead please feel free to join us after the match.

HBU Keep pushing on in Under 13’s and Premier League

Posted by  on December 4, 2011


HBU Under 13 results from Eastern Counties 3rd December:
HBU 5 VS 1 Kings Lynn B
HBU 0 VS 2 Kings Lynn A
HBU 2 VS 2 Ely
HBU 6 VS 1 Cottenham


HBU U13s were in action for the second consecutive week travelling to Kings Lynn for HBUs ‘home’ tournament in EC Div 1.

Traveling again with two U11 players, HBU faced tough opposition in their four games, facing two of the top four teams.

The tournament started slowly with HBU playing a Kings Lynn B side and goals from Jamie and George in both halves saw HBU comfortable 5 -0 winners. This game saw HBU U11 player Noah Latham making his U13 debut.


The next game saw HBU against unbeaten league leaders Kings Lynn, following their slow start in the first game Utd started brightly, defending well as a unit and creating their own chances, one unlucky break midway through the first half saw HBU 1-0 down following a goalmouth scramble. Utd continued to frustrate their opponents with Charley and Will leading a good defensive team display and in the dying minutes of the game conceded a second goal to lose the game 2-0. This performance gave the team great confidence as Kings Lynn had been winning games by a much higher margin.


The third game saw then face the Ely team who had narrowly won a close game (vs HBU) the previous week. Continuing from their earlier performance Utd were creating chances and found themselves 2-0 up with goals from George and Jamie. Ely resorted to long range shots and keeper Rhys was dealing with these comfortably until late in the first half where a deflection saw Ely pull one back.

The second half continued in the same manner of the first half in an entertaining game, where the next goal would likely decide the outcome. Unfortunately this came from another Ely long range shot that crept into the net. The final score in an entertaining game was 2-2, both teams deserved great credit, although on balance of play HBU were more disappointed with the result.


The final game saw HBU against Cottenham, based on the results of the day HBU entered this game as favourites and a goal after 12 seconds from George put them on top. A second from Jamie left the score 2-0 at halftime. The second half saw HBU concede an early goal and then camp in their opponent’s box. Despite poor finishing and pass selection HBU went on to score another 4 goals through Jamie, George and Will. This scrappy game ended 6-1.


So two wins, one defeat and a draw, this is encouraging for HBU U13. All players deserved great credit for their performances over the last two tournaments including Jamie L, Luke and Oli who were missing from this weekend’s games. The first two tournaments of the year have established HBU as one of the top four teams in the league and very close to second place. Who knows what could happen with a full squad available.


Man of Match – Rhys Young


Jamie L, Luke, George and Noah will be in action for the u11 in a couple of weeks.

The next tournament is Saturday January 6th 2012.

Player of the tournament: Rhys Young

HBU: Rhys Young(GK), (C) Jamie McVey(5), George Daly(6), Noah Latham, Will Parkinson-Wellard(2), Charley Bassom.


Premier League:

HBU 5 VS 1 Peterborough


HBU (Kings) 5 v 1 Peterborough

Location: The Bay Sports Arena, Time: 11.45am. Date: 04.12.11

Top of the table HBU faced a young Peterborough side at the Bay Arena this weekend. United started the game strongly and were rewarded for the fast start when Brendan Barker scored in the opening 2 minutes to give United the lead. United were moving the ball around well and their opponents were restricted to shots from long range, all of which were easily dealt with by United’s keeper (Dave Garlick). Seven minutes later captain Simon Hosking scored from close range to finish off a well worked team goal. 3 minutes later Barker finished first time to make it 3-0 to United. United were dominating in both defence and attack and they should have pushed on from there, however Peterborough kept working and they were rewarded when a deflected shot found it’s way passed a helpless Dave Garlick in United’s net to make it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go in the half. Despite efforts from both sides there were no more goals and at half time the score was HBU 3 – 1 Peterborough.

United manager Phil McVey was ringing the changes in both defence and attack, and United started the 2nd half on fire as Luciano Difeo scored a great individual goal only 11 seconds into the half to make it 4-1. Again United looked as though they were going to pull away from Peterborough, and again Peterborough remained resolute in defence. The visitor’s keeper pulled of a string of fine saves to deny United, the resistance shown by the ‘boro keeper gave his players confidence and they were now creating a few chances of their own. Then with 13 minutes remaining in the game Neil Austin put the game out of reach with a superb drive which rocketed into the top right hand corner of the net to make it 5-1 to United. There were no more goals in the game despite United pressing Peterborough for the last 5 minutes of the match. The tactic worked however the Peterborough keeper was having the game of his life and was equal to everything thrown at him. The final score was HBU 5 – 1 Peterborough. The result means that HBU remain top of the league.


After the game HBU captain Simon Hosking said: “For the first time this season we showed glimpses of how we should be playing as a team. Moving to the new rink has not been an easy transition for us but perhaps we are finally feeling at home. The rink is much bigger than the pier and this has affected our team game. For 20 minutes in the first half we were excellent. However our performance dropped in the 2nd half and we know we need to work to improve our team game.”


United manager Phil McVey added: “We have to win every game we play so first and foremost the result was the main thing, so I am delighted with the win. The next thing I have to look at is our performance, both individually and more importantly as a team. We have struggled this year coming to a new rink, and we have not yet managed to get out of 3rd gear. Our team game will have to improve if we want to win the league this season, that said, for a large period of the first half we looked like we were getting back to somewhere near our best. It has not clicked at all for the team this season, but the signs are there that it will. Our next 2 games are very important, whilst not make or break they will go a long way to defining our season. On the 17th December we face the Austrian side Dornbirn in the return leg of the CERS cup. We are 3-8 down so we need to win by 6 clear goals. It is a big challenge but one that I hope the lads are up for. A good performance in that game will set us up nicely for our next Premier League match, at home to champions Middlesbrough on the 14th January. If we can get the result in that game it will be a giant step towards winning our title back. That is why it was so important that we managed to perform as a team today. And for 20 minutes we did. As a group of players we turned a corner today, let’s hope we can push on from here and win the next 2 matches.”

Man of the match: Dave Garlick

HBU team: Dave Garlick (GK), Jay Williamson (GK), Joe Singleton, Karl Smith, Danny Butcher, Luciano Difeo (1), Simon Hosking © (1), Neil Austin (1), Tom White, Brendan Barker (2),

Peterborough: Matt Stearn (GK), Sam Cayley (GK), Carlos Amaral, Nick Flint (1), Michael Carter, Luke Morrow ©, Han Wei Lim,

HBU VS Peterborough 11:45am 4th December, Bay Sports Arena

Posted by  on November 28, 2011


HBU Under 13’s Start promisingly in Eastern Counties

Posted by  on November 28, 2011

Eastern Counties U13 League
Saturday 26 November Soham, Cambridgeshire
HBU U13 team began their season this week with four games at Soham with three of the squad being u11 players- George Daly, Luke Huckstepp and goal keeper Jamie Leonard- and all three played well, great preparation for the upcoming u11 matches. Some of the other teams were competing in their 3rd tournament of the season and were well match ready as a result.
HBU v Ely
Ely are a strong club and are lying second in the league. HBU shocked their opposition by going one up through Jamie McVey. This set things up for an entertaining match with Ely stung into replying. Jamie scored again but Ely were 3 – 2 up at the interval. The 2nd half was a tough one but two goals from George Daly put HBU 4 – 3 in the lead. Ely brought it back level and with the game in the balance two HBU defensive errors gifted Ely two goals and saw them grab a 6-4 victory. This was a frustrating result after such encouraging play from the HBU team.
HBU v Letchworth
The second game was against a physically imposing Letchworth side but with the HBU team work making for an even match. HBU went ahead through Jamie, but in an end to end game Letchworth equalised. HBU Managed to build a 4 – 2 lead with further goals from Oliver Hudson and Jamie but Letchworth finished strongly to tie it 4-4 at the end. Both games showed glimpses of great HBU play, but a lack of concentration in defence was providing opportunities for the opposition.
HBU v Cottenham
HBU went into the third game seeking their first win of the tournament and quickly went goals up against Cottenham, ending the first half 3-1 ahead through Jamie and Oli. HBU went on to score a couple more in the 2nd half with Cottenham netting once. HBU spent the 2nd half camped in their opponents penalty area. Luke and Will went close on a number of occasions but too many missed opportunities combined with good goalkeeping frustrated the HBU players and the final score remained at 5-1 but HBU had their first win.
HBU v Plymouth
In their final game of the day and following a 2 game break HBU came back refreshed and again found them selves 3-1 up at halftime, solid defending in the 2nd half from Charley and good goalkeeping from Rhys allowed HBU to add 6 more in the second half without reply, running out 9-1 winners with goals from George, Will, Jamie and Oli.
Defensive errors cost HBU their earlier games. The last game showed the progress made in the day with strong performances from the whole squad that was pleasing to see. Goalkeeper Rhys travelled to the tournament later than his teammates following a football match in the morning and George returned in the early hours of the morning from a roller hockey tournament in Portugal.
A good first tournament with not much time to enjoy these results as HBU travel for their 2nd tournament next week. At Kings Lynn!
HBU Squad (goals):
Rhys Young (GK), Jamie Leonard(GK), (C) Jamie McVey(14), Charley Bassom, Oliver Hudson(3), Will Parkinson Wellard(1), George Daly(4), Luke Huckstepp.
HBU Kings Fish Bar Player of the tournament: Jamie McVey.

HBU A & B secure wins on first night of the Kent League

Posted by  on November 28, 2011


HBU A 10 – 2 Maidstone

Location: The Bay Arena

Date: 26.11.11

Time: 19.30

HBU A played Maidstone in the opening fixture of the kent League. HBU A is predominantly made up from the younger members of the HBU senior squad, with the addition of Nigel Mills (Veteran).

HBU started the game slowly, Maidstone provided tough competition, but with 9 minutes remaining Joe Singleton scored from close range to put United 1-0 up. There were no more goals in the first half and at halftime the score remained 1-0.

United changed defensive tactics in the 2nd half, and despite Maidstone levelling through Tommy Harbord 5 minutes into the 2nd half, United’s dominance began to pay off. Their team was improving all the time and Maidstone could handle the continuous pressure. United scored 9 unanswered goals before Maidstone scored a consolation goal in the final minute. The final score was 10-2.

(HBU A: Eddie Mount (GK),Joe Singleton (3) ©, Nigel Mills (1), Myles Barker (1), Ashley Barton, Tom White (2), Danny Butcher (3))

(Maidstone: Luke Jarvis (GK), Joe Gotts, Angelo Matinto, Scott Howard, Matthew Roberts, Glenn Mitchell (1), Mark Bailey, Tommy Harbord (1) ©)

HBU B 7 – 2 Herne Bay

HBU B which draws it players from HBU’s ND1 side took on Herne Bay in the 2nd match of the evening. It was Herne Bay who started the brighter going 0-1 up in the first 2 ½ minutes, with a well taken finish from veteran Richard Adams. The goal kick started united and 2 minutes later they equalised, then went 2-1 ahead after 2 quick goals from united rookie Dave Todd. Captain Phil Mcvey put United further ahead with 10 minutes remaining in the half to make it 3-1. A minute later Toddy scored his 3rd goal of the game to make it 4-1. There was no way back for the Bay. United whilst not playing their best were controlling the game. With 2 more goals just before half time, One a spectacular effort from McVey and the other a slap shot from George Holmes went into the break 6-1 up. The 2nd half saw United dominant but apart from a goal from striker Stav Zacharia they failed to take their chances. Herne Bay managed to score a goal on the final whistle to make the final score 7-2.

(HBU B: Garrett Priestley (GK), David Todd (3), Stavros Zacharia (1), Matt Holness, George Holmes (1), Arran Bowyer, Phil mcvey (2) ©)

(Herne Bay: Guy Osbourne (GK), Nick Sainsbury, Richard Adams (1), Robin Cathcart, Richard Butcher, Ian Bates, Mark Stone (1))

After the games HBU head coach Phil McVey said: “Overall a good night for the club. This league is an opportunity to develop players and teams in a competitive environment. As this competition progresses I want to see players stepping up as leaders within their own sides. Whilst there were a lot of positives, there were also areas which players need to work on. The main fault that kept reoccurring all night, from players in both HBU sides was poor decision making. Player are making the wrong choices. Passing when they should be shooting and vice versa. Also knowing when to go and when to stay. These are simple things which with hard work can be sorted out. But overall a good night.”

HBU Artistic bring home Silverware from Medway

Posted by  on November 28, 2011



On Sunday 27th November, the artistic section of Herne Bay United
RH&SC took part in The Medway Cups which were held at Medway Park in
Gillingham. They took 10 skaters who come from Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham, aged between 10 and 40+ and returned with 3 trophies and 16 medals.

Kent League Begins this weekend the 26th November at Bay Sports Arena

Posted by  on November 23, 2011


HBU will be entering 3 teams into the Kent League and this weekend will be involved in the first two fixtures.

First Game is 7:30pm HBU A vs Maidstone who we welcome back to the Kent League after some years absent.

The second Fixture follows the first match and is HBU B vs Herne Bay.


The Teams list so Far for HBU A and B is as follows:


1. Eddie Mount
2. Joe Singleton
3. Myles Barker
4. Danny Butcher
5. Joel De Figueiredo
6. Ashley Barton
7. Alex Mount
8. Tom White


1. Garrett Preistley
2.Phil McVey
3. Nigel Mills
4. Stavros Zacharia
5. Matt Holness
6. David Todd
7. Arran Bowyer
8. George Holmes



HBU Youth Academy Under 15’s continue well in Eastern Counties

Posted by  on November 21, 2011

Manningtree, Essex 20 November 2011
The HBU U15 team travelled to Manningtree to play three games in their second tournament of the season with their young goalkeeper Ishen Kiff suffering from illness, not ideal preparation for his first full U15 tournament!
In their first match against a guest team of star players appearing as “Plymouth” HBU made a tentative start conceding poor goals, allowing their opponents to open up a three goal lead at half time. The second half continued in the same manner with Captain Josh Branchett’s goal the only indication that HBU had participated, the team appeared half asleep and had no excuses for not making a better show in this match!! HBU went down 12-1 in this friendly fixture.
The second game was against the strong big hitting Walpole side who were sitting 2nd in the table. HBU had regrouped following their first game and were very quick out of the blocks, playing with focus and an energy not seen in the earlier match. HBU quickly went goals ahead with the score at halftime 5-0. The second half saw HBU continue to press their much bigger opponents and restrict them to shooting from a distance with Ishen able to deal with the shots. Three futher goals and a late Walpole response saw the final score 8-1, Josh and Jamie netted 3 a piece, David and Will one each. The effort put in by all players to ensure that Walpole had no free shots at goal from anywhere on the rink demonstrated great defensive team play with all players working for each other to win back possession of the ball.
The final HBU match against an improving Colchester side, saw HBU continue in the same form being 6-0 up halftime and seeing out the game 9-1 with Josh netting four, Jamie and David two a piece and Katie one. The game was played for 99% in the Cochester box with their giant keeper the busiest player on the rink saving on many occasions and just preventing Amelia getting her name on the scoresheet.
Team: Ishen Kiff (GK), Josh Branchett(8) captain, Katie McVey(1), David Martindale(3), Jamie McVey(5), Will Parkinson Wellard(1), Amelia Parkinson Wellard.
Man of the tournament: Josh Branchett.

European Cup: HBU struggled on the first leg of the trip but remain focused and Confident for the return leg next month

Posted by  on November 21, 2011


CERS CUP 1st Leg 19/11/2011


HBU Surprise defeat in Austria.


Herne Bay United travelled for the first leg of the European Cup match against Dornbirn of Austria. United would have been confident of a strong performance here and have hoped to come away with the points to secure the win in the home leg in December. However it was not to be. United were immediately somewhat unsettled by the venue and not only by it being so much smaller but the actual surface was in need of some maintenance. United went about the job hoping they could overcome these small factors and that their experience and game plan would be enough.

United had a lot of the possession and chances and were failing to beat Dornbirn’s new signing Portuguese goal keeper Mendez. The frustration settled in and United were disjointed in defense and attack, mistakes being made that eventually cost them the first goal,10 mins into the game, and would be the setting for the rest of the match. United made unnecessary challenges which built up early team fouls. Even with the mistakes United had the majority of chances and finally Brendan Barker scored to equalize. United again kept on but a tackle in the box that could have gone either way,  Dorbirn were awarded a penalty and made no mistake in scoring.

United were now on the back foot chasing the game. United made a few changes and soon equalised Barker getting his second with a team-play goal of Barker finishing from a Joe Singleton pass. United kept the pressure on but the usual level of play wasn’t evident and a strong challenge ended with United’s Joe Singleton getting the first blue card of the game and awarded Dornbirn with the Direct free hit and United went down 3-2. United managed to hold this score line till half time when they reached 10 team fouls and Jay Williamson saved from the spot.


Second half again was as before United started better but couldn’t break the keeper and again United suffered from a shot on the wing giving them a 4-2 cushion. Hosking finally got on the score sheet with great individual effort from behind the goal but this rather than bolster United caused a breakdown and United conceded twice in quick succession and a need to chase the game at 6-3 down. It wasn’t to be and  United then had a complete melt down and with decisions and frustrations playing a part – United would receive 3 more blue cards one to Hosking, Karl Smith and Manager Philip McVey.

Final Score 8 – 3 to Dornbirn and in a match where United suffered a Penalty and 4 directs, 4 goals from Dornbirn were scored in Open play and United will need to play very different to make up the gap in the home leg.


United’s Manager was not available to comment after the game but it must be said this was a performance HBU will want to forget, with it being openly obvious many players in the United squad have not settled well this season and this must be assessed and adjustments made, for it is a big gap and one in many circumstances could be seen as a bit too far but this is one that is not impossible to achieve.


The Home Leg is on the 17th December at the Bay Sports Arena at Herne Bay High School 7:45pm, United will have matches in the Premier League and Kent League in the run up to this in a hope to qualify for the next round.


Team List:

HBU David Garlick, Jay Williamson (gks) Joe Singleton, Karl Smith, Danny Butcher, Joel De Figueiredo, Simon Hosking(cap)(1), Neil Austin, Brendan Barker(2), Richard Walker.