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HBU Under 13’s come through a tough weekend in Eastern Counties

Posted by HBU Admin on February 28, 2012

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EC U/13 


HBU U13 faced strong competition in their latest round of matches in Eastern Counties U13. The small squad travelled to Cambridge for 4 tough games.

The first of which was against the team in 2nd place, Letchworth who HBU had previously lost and drawn against in two very tight games, this time HBU went one up, playing some very pleasing hockey. This game was between two well organised teams with HBU creating most of the opportunities and good team play resulting in a narrow HBU lead at half time. The 2nd half continued in the same manner with HBU going 4-1 up only to concede a late goal and the final score 4-2 to Utd with goals from Josh(3) and Jamie (1)

The 2nd game was against cup final opponents Cottenham who HBU had recently played in a couple of close matches. Their opponents were showing some good form with promising results. HBU started the game in a good manner, continuing the same form as the previous match and quickly went ahead and continued to pull away with the final score a surprising 14-1 to HBU with goals from Josh and Oli (4 each), Jamie and George(3 each). Their third game was against Cambridge, a strong team one place below HBU in the table. HBU went into this match confident, due to their current form. Unfortunately this confidence was replaced with complacency and HBU found themselves a goal down and chasing the match, this pattern was reflected throughout the match with poor tackling, good teamwork replaced by individual play, despite their late pressure HBU were unable to grab the winning goal and game ended 4-4 with Josh Butcher notching all four goals.

The final game against a very strong Ely side saw HBU needing to return to their team play that was so successful earlier in the day. From the outset HBU defended as a unit and restricted their opponents to very few chances while creating their own. A goalless but entertaining first half. The second half saw HBU creating some good movement in the Ely box when Jamie put the side 1-0 ahead. The next few minutes would be critical for HBU as their opponents had created very little in the 2nd half. Unfortunately HBU had 3 minutes of sloppiness and allowed Ely to equalise and then score the decisive winning goal, this was a harsh lesson, but brought about the end of a positive days play. Played 4, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 1.
The team that travelled all played well and interchanging of the team throughout the day was pleasing with all players contributing equally. Special mention to Will, who didn’t get his name on the scoresheet but contributed to all the positives throughout the day and showed great team play by passing to a better placed team mate when chances presented themselves to him.
The squad was completed by Goal Keeper Rhys Young who gave another solid display. All the team have shown what they are capable of and now have to try and maintain this in all games.

Squad: Rhys Young(GK), (C) Jamie McVey(5), Josh Butcher(11), George Daly(3), Oliver Hudson(4), Will Parkinson- Wellard.

Player of the tournament–  very difficult to choose! each out player played his part, Josh Butcher scored more, Will didn’t score any but was great-and passed when he could have tried a shot! Jamie is the all round player who makes the team tick, covering more often than I count, George played well in mainly defensive positions and is good on the ball, Oli made some good passes and scored a few also. Rhys in goal was almost faultless –

Every player deserved it but Will is the player of Tournament this time


HBU U15 Eastern Counties 18th February Match Report

Posted by HBU Admin on February 26, 2012

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HBU’s U15 team continued its winning ways in their third tournament of the season to hold their lead at the top of the table. Their first game since last November saw them against 2nd placed Norwich, HBU started slowly but once going ahead they were never behind with U13 players Jamie McVey (3) and Josh Butcher (2) adding to goals from David Martindale and captain Josh Branchett.

The 2nd game saw them against the strong Walpole team, who, with a couple of big hitters in the team shoot regularly from within their own half.

HBU gifted their opponents a soft goal in the opening seconds but equalised shortly afterwards, only to find themselves a goal down again and at half time were losing 1-2. Basic errors were making their opponents look stronger and following the half time break HBU went out determined to put on a better display. The second half saw HBU equalise and when awarded a penalty the well hit shot appeared to hit the cross bar and the back of net however with the referee unsighted he was unable to award the goal. This seemed to spur on UTD who continued to move the ball with pace against their bigger opponents and this movement saw HBU gain the lead, from then on the Walpole tactic was to rely on long range efforts which Goalkeepers Rhys Young and Ishen Kiff dealt with. Goals from McVey(3) Butcher(1), Martindale(1) and Branchett(2) saw the final score a repeat of the first game with HBU 7-2 winners.

The final game saw HBU play a friendly against a guest side and having been awarded the points, HBU used this as an opportunity to rotate the squad and although leading 2-1 at halftime went down 3-4 with goals from Branchett, Parkinson Wellard and McVey.

Results leave them needing to continue their winning ways in the final two tournaments if they hope to finish as Champions. HBU have conceded only 7 goals in their 9 games, with keepers Young and Kiff showing their class.

HBU Squad: Rhys Young, Ishen Kiff (GKs), (c) Josh Branchett(4), Jamie McVey(6), David Martindale(2), Josh Butcher(3), Will Parkinson Wellard(1), Katie McVey(1), Amelia Parkinson Wellard.


HBU U13 Team in action Sunday 26th February

Posted by HBU Admin on February 25, 2012

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Good luck to the U13 team who travel up to Cambridge Regional College on Sunday morning to compete in their penultimate Eastern Counties Division 1 tournament. Match report to follow.


Kent League : RHC Invicta v HBU A this weekend

Posted by  on February 9, 2012

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7:45pm Saturday 11 February at the Bay Sports Arena


HBU Nosh & Knowledge 10th March 2012

Posted by  on February 5, 2012

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National Division 1 & Premier League: Cancelled for the 5th February due to weather conditions.

Posted by  on February 5, 2012

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