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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.

HBU AGM Announced: 29th November 2011

Posted by  on November 13, 2011


HBU AGM on the 29th November 2011 at the Bay Sports Arena

HBU Continue Strongly in the Premier League as focus now moves to European Cup Match

Posted by  on November 7, 2011


Premier League

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 Remain Top of National Division 1 Table

Posted by  on November 7, 2011

National League Division 1 – Soham, Sunday 6 November
While the Premier League team were busy at home to Manchester at the Bay Arena, HBU’s Division 1 squad were competing in Soham, Cambridgeshire.
The team was restricted by injury and work commitments and were particularly concerned about goal-keeper Ed Mount who was ill but made the journey to Soham hoping to recover enough to play.
HBU v England National Schoolboys (1-2)
HBU had first match of the day at 9:00 am and got off to a shaky start against the England National Schoolboy team. Despite restricting their opponents to just a few clear chances, HBUs attack lacked any pattern and they found themselves 2-0 down. HBU came back strongly as the match drew to a close. Aaron Bowyer finished a fine team move to make it 2-1 and that’s the way it stayed with several clear penalty claims completely ignored by the referees. The defeat came courtesy of a match winning goal by HBU player Lewis Greenwood playing for the England team.
HBU v Maidstone (7-2)
The second game was against Maidstone who are expected to be title challengers this season. HBU had to raise their performance but soon found themselves a goal down.  HBU then started to get their game together resulting in an equaliser from Aaron Bowyer making it 1 -1 at half-time. Three early second half goals from Aaron Bowyer, George Holmes and Ashley Barton saw HBU 4-1 up. Maidstone pulled one back but HBU added a further three through Bowyer, Ashley Barton and Paul McVey producing a 7-2 win over a stunned Maidsrone team.
HBU v England National Ladies (8-1)
The final game of the day against the England National Ladies team saw HBU needing a professional approach to ensure their were no further upsets. HBU went 1-0 up and the Ladies equalised, but instead of an upset McVey completed his hatrick and added a further two more to see HBU 5-1 up and then goals from Ashley Barton and Bowyer made it 7-1. HBU’s 8th goal saw Ashley watching in admiration as his dad Jon finished clinically. HBU then gave goalkeeper Ed a well-earned break and finished the match with 5 out-players but no further score. Ed deserves a special mention, playing superbly in all three games despite a bout of illness and only a few hours sleep.
Captain George Holmes was happy with the response of all the players following a poor start.

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).