HBU 8 v 4 Invicta
Time: 18.15: Date: 17.11.12: Location: The Arena Herne Bay
Herne Bay United faced local rivals Invicta on Saturday night. United started the game well. They dominated possession in attack and restricted Invicta to long range shots. Invicta keeper Paul Dalton was under constant pressure right from the opening whistle and United could not find a way past him. For 10 minutes he kept United out but with 147 minutes remaining in the first half Rodrigo Carvahlo scored from close range to make it 1-0 to United. A minute later fellow Portuguese player Fabio Vicente fired a shot into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0. United were now creating chance after chance. Their disciplined attack play was rewarded twice more as Karl Smith scored 2 more before the break to make it 4-0 at half time.
The second half should have seen United push on, however Invicta had other ideas, Invicta captain Peter Halvorsen scored from the edge of the box a minute into the second half to give Invicta hope. Two minutes later Liam Holland scored to make it 4-2. United were sucked into a game of continuous counter attacking hockey from both sides. United restored a 3 goal cushion with 19 minutes to go when an excellently worked team move was finished off by Danny Butcher to make it 5-2. That should have been the signal for United to set about controlling the game again. This didn’t happen and they allowed themselves to be sucked into an “up and a downer”. This played into Invicta’s hands and with 10 minutes to go they reduced the deficit to 2 when Steve Clarke scored to make it 5-3. United were still putting Invicta keeper Dalton under pressure but he was equal to everything thrown at him. With 7 minutes remaining United captain Simon Hosking scored to make it 6-3. To their credit Invicta managed to pull one back 30 seconds later, a goal for Invicta’s Joel Defigueirado made the score 6-4. However Invicta were becoming increasingly desperate and were losing their discipline. Two extremely reckless tackles in the final minute resulted in 2 blue cards for Invicta players (Rob Carnell & Steve Clake). United’s Neil Austin punished them for their indiscretions scoring from both freehits to make the final score 8-4 to United.
Following the game United’s Fabio Vicente said: “We were very good in the first half, we controlled the game and if it hadn’t been for their keeper we could have been 10 goals up by halftime. But 2nd half they came back at us and we got sucked into a game of end to end hockey and they got back into the game. We need to work harder in training to control the game. But overall we are happy. We won and for one half we played properly.”
United coach Phil McVey added: “I was very pleased with our first half performance. We should have been further ahead at halftime. I was disappointed with the 2nd half performance. We need to improve if we are to be considered title challengers. Invicta are an improving side, they have strengthened their squad this year. (3 of their goalscorers are ex HBU 1st team players, with Joel having transferred only a month ago) so I know they can all play. Invicta will cause a few upsets this season if they continue to improve. They are a good team with a very good keeper. Their man of the match had to be Paul Dalton. He pulled off save after save for them. On a personal note I was disappointed with my own performance in respect of substitutions, I should have made more player changes in the first half, this would have enabled me to use all of my players in the 2nd half, however once they pulled it back to couple of goals I had to play the combination of players that ensured the victory. I was very pleased with the performance of couple of my players, Karl Smith & Fabio Vicente were excellent from start to finish. I must also mention Neil Austin, his 2 dribble penalties at the end of the game were pure class.”
HBU Man of the match: Fabio Vicente
HBU Team: Jay Williamson, Eddie Mount, Karl Smith (2), Neil Austin (2), Simon Hosking © (1), Danny Butcher (1), Myles Barker, Tom White, Fabio Vicente (1), Rodrigo Carvahlo (1)
United’s next match is on Saturday at the Bay Sports Arena against Swiss team Uri in the 2nd leg of the CERS Cup. Game starts at 6:30pm. Tickets £4 & £2
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