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HBU A 10 – 2 Maidstone
Location: The Bay Arena
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.”
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.
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
3. Nigel Mills
4. Stavros Zacharia
5. Matt Holness
6. David Todd
7. Arran Bowyer
8. George Holmes
European Cup: HBU struggled on the first leg of the trip but remain focused and Confident for the return leg next monthRead More...
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.
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.
HBU AGM on the 29th November 2011 at the Bay Sports Arena
Match 1 – Bury 0 v 9 HBU (Kings): Date: 05.11.11 / Location: Soham / Time: 19.15
Match 2 – HBU 9 v 3 Manchester: Date: 06.11.11 / Location: The Herne Bay Arena / Time: 11.45
This weekend Herne Bay United became the first club in the history of English roller hockey to top both senior National Leagues at the same time.
HBU (Kings) won both premier league games without getting out of 3rd gear. Their 1st match of the weekend was away to old rivals Bury. Historically this has always been a difficult fixture for United, who have failed to win in their last three visits. It was a different scenario this year, Bury are in transition, having lost a couple of senior players they now have young side with potential. United took the game to Bury straight away and were rewarded when Brendan Barker put United ahead in the first minute. Bury’s tactic was to let United have the ball and then try and hit them on the counter attack. They did manage to create a few chances this way but United keeper Jay Williamson pulled of a string of fine saves to deny Bury a way into the match. United continued to create chances of their own, and 2 more goals from Barker, 1 from Luciano Difeo and a scorching slapshot from Danny Butcher put United 5-0 up at the break.
With the game effectively won United took their foot of pedal and for the first fifteen minutes of the 2nd half there were no goals from either side. However with 10 minutes remaining in the game United upped the pace of the game again, and 4 more unanswered goals (1 from Difeo, 2 from Barker and 1 from Joe Singleton) saw United run out comfortable 0-9 winners. United keeper Jay Williamson was named Kings Fish Bar Man of the Match.
The following morning United faced Manchester at the Herne Bay Arena. Like Bury, Manchester also have a young side this season. Again United were first to score, after a steady start Barker put United 1-0 up with 16 minutes to go in the 1st half. 6 minutes later Danny Butcher scored to put United 2-0 up. Against the run of play Manchester pulled a goal back a minute later, Will Herbert scored with a superb slap shot which found the top corner of the net. United though were dominating possession and were creating plenty of chances. 4 more unanswered goals from 4 different players (Simon Hosking, Danny Butcher, Karl Smith & Joe Singleton) gave them an unassailable 6-1 lead. Manchester did pull one back (A. Lawler) on the stroke of halftime to make the score 6-2 at the break, but it looked extremely unlikely that United would let a 4 goal lead slip. United controlled the second half from start to finish, and despite an early goal from Manchester’s young striker (Holt-Dunning) 3 more goals (1 each for Tom White, Karl Smith & Simon Hosking) United ran out comfortable 9-3 winners. Kings Fish Bar Man of the Match was awarded to Danny Butcher.
United goal scorer and man of the match Danny Butcher said: “We were very professional this weekend. We never got out of 3rd gear in either game. We know we will have to improve if we want to win the league this season, but at the moment all we are looking at doing is winning every game we play. We want to put the game out of the reach of our opponents as quickly as possible, then concentrate on our team game. Once we are 4 or 5 ahead we want to change focus and concentrate on passing & moving. If the goals come then they come, we are a team with a lot of young players in, and the gaffer is trying to being us on. It is a steep learning curve for us youngsters but we want to improve and I think we are.”
HBU team: (Bury game: Jay Williamson (GK), Dave Garlick (GK), Joe Singleton (1), Karl Smith, Danny Butcher (1), Joel De Figueredo, Simon Hosking ©, Neil Austin, Luciano Difeo (2), Brendan Barker (5)) (man of match: Jay Williamson).
(Mancherster game: Jay Williamson (GK), Dave Garlick (GK), Joe Singleton (1), Karl Smith (2), Danny Butcher (2), Joel De Figueredo, Simon Hosking © (2), Neil Austin, Tom White (1), Brendan Barker (1)) (man of match: danny butcher)
Whilst United were playing Manchester, HBU (Reserves) were playing in a National Division 1 tournament in Soham. Report sent in separately
HBU club coach Phil McVey added: “We are now top of both the Premier League and Division 1. Our aim to stay at the top of both these leagues for the rest of the season. In respect of the first team, we have won our first 4 matches comfortably without playing at our best. We know it’s only going to get tougher from here. We need to continue to work hard in training, we have competition for places and no player’s position is guaranteed. We have a number of players pushing for a place in the side, Pete Halvorsen & Richard Walker to name just 2. Aarron Bowyer has also put himself into contention with 5 goals today in the national division 1 tournament.
I am still looking for huge improvements from the 1st team. We have looked like we have not got out of 3rd gear, so far we haven’t had to. We still need to work on finishing our chances, we are only scoring about 1 in 10 at the moment. This will come though. The most pleasing thing is that we are creating the chances.
To be top of both national leagues is a special achievement however I want to be top of both leagues come the end of the season. I am very pleased with the Reserves, they lost their first game, but showed great character in winning the 2nd game against Maidstone. This is the character that I am looking for in players. The reports I have received back are that all of players acquitted themselves well.
We now look forward to our next game which is away to Austrian side Dornbirn in the CERS cup on 19th November. Our next Premier League game is at home to Peterborough on 4th December. Our next National Division 1 tournament is at Houghton Regis on 8th January.”
HBU Team (goals): Ed Mount(GK), Nigel Mills, Ashley Barton(3), Jon Barton(1), Matt Holness, George Holmes(1), Aaron Bowyer(5), Paul McVey(6).