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