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HBU Weekend Results from Euro Cup and Eastern Counties:

Posted by  on December 18, 2011


HBU Won on the night against RHC Dornbirn but unfortunately were knocked out of the cup due to goal difference. Full Match Report below and HBU would like to wish Dornbirn good luck in the remainder of the competition.

HBU Under 11’s won all three games this weekend in Eastern Counties and are the League Leaders. FUll Match report to follow.

HBU (Kings) 4 v 3 Dornbirn (7 – 11 on agg)

Location: The Bay Arena

Time: 20.00

Date: 17.12.11

Herne Bay United faced an uphill struggle to qualif

y for the next round of the European Cup. Having lost the first leg away in Austria 8-3 a month ago, United knew they were going to have to pull off something special. United started the game well, controlling the pace of the game in attack, they were rewarded after 3 minutes when United captain Simon Hosking finished off a well worked move with a finish from the edge of the box to put united 1-0 up on the night (4-8 down on aggregate).

United were playing with style and control in defence and attack, the Austrians were struggling to get out of their half, and were restricted to long range efforts which were easily dealt with by united keeper Dave Garlick. With 15 minutes left in the first half Neil Austin scored with a well aimed slap shot to put united 2-0 up on the night (5-8 on agg). United sensed they were going to do something magical and they continued to dominate the play. With 8 minutes remaining Luciano Difeo scored a brilliant individual effort flicking the ball up from behind the goal before volleying into the top corner to make it 3-0 (6-8 on agg). The Austrians were panicking and the home side were keeping their discipline. With 3 minutes left in the first half Hosking scored his 2nd of the game and United’s 4th to make the halftime score 4-0 (7-8 on agg).


United did not want the half to end whereas the Austrians were desperate for halftime to come. The second half proved to be completely different from the first. Within the 1st 2 minutes of the half United let a long range effort bobble in to make the score 4-1. This was exactly what the Austrians needed and it halted United in their tracks. Desperation started to creep into United’s play and that they lost the control in attack, leaving gaps in defence which the Austrians capitalised on scoring 2 in 5 minutes making the score 4-3 (7-11 on agg) with 14 minutes remaining. The game was now slipping away from United. Despite winning 2 penalties in the last 10 minutes, both of which were missed, United could not find their way past the Austrian keeper who was having the game of his life. As time ran out, tempers frayed. A couple of scuffles led to a player from each team being sinbinned.


At the final whistle Dornbirn had lost the match 4-3 on the night, but had won over the  2 legs by 4 goals which mean they move forward into the next round against the Spanish side Villanova.

After the match United Coach Phil McVey said: “It was always going to be a big ask. I am disappointed with the result, at halftime we were in a brilliant position and should have gone on to win the tie. Unfortunately we failed to do so. I have to hold my hands up and say I made a couple of player changes in the 2nd half which in hindsight cost us. But it’s done now and I will go away and analyse the decisions I made throughout the match, to ensure I don’t make the same mistakes again. If I had done things differently I believe we would have gone through. On the plus side we have been far from our best since the move from the pier to the Arena, but our first half performance was as good as we have played for a few years. We will now look to build on the first half performance in our next game which is at home against current national champions Middlesborough on 14th January.

Congratulations to Dornbirn, they were a very difficult team to play against and I wish them all the best for the future. I would also like to thank the Driving Range for laying on the hospitality afterwards for all the players and officials. It is most appreciated. The support we received from sponsors, stewards and fans is amazing and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Hopefully we get 2012 of to a winning start with victory over Middlesborough.”

Man of the match: Dave Garlick

HBU team: Dave Garlick (GK), Jay Williamson (GK), Brendan barker, Neil Austin (1), Luciano Difeo (1), Karl Smith, Simon Hosking © (2), Joe Singleton, Danny Butcher, Peter Halvorsen. (Coach: Phil McVey)

European Cup: HBU VS Dornbirn of Austria

Posted by  on December 8, 2011


HBU will face Dornbirn in the second leg of the European Cup with the Aim of turning the deficit around:

Just Update The Bar on the evening will be close to the seating area and is provided for us in support from the Golf Driving range. The Golf Driving range also has an extended license after the game and is situated over the road from the arena.
Update on this is the golf driving range has had a recent Arson attack on Tuesday morning and the Bar is out of action, however to ensure the night goes ahead they will be providing a Marquee heated and with flooring and Bar for all to still go ahead please feel free to join us after the match.

HBU Keep pushing on in Under 13’s and Premier League

Posted by  on December 4, 2011


HBU Under 13 results from Eastern Counties 3rd December:
HBU 5 VS 1 Kings Lynn B
HBU 0 VS 2 Kings Lynn A
HBU 2 VS 2 Ely
HBU 6 VS 1 Cottenham


HBU U13s were in action for the second consecutive week travelling to Kings Lynn for HBUs ‘home’ tournament in EC Div 1.

Traveling again with two U11 players, HBU faced tough opposition in their four games, facing two of the top four teams.

The tournament started slowly with HBU playing a Kings Lynn B side and goals from Jamie and George in both halves saw HBU comfortable 5 -0 winners. This game saw HBU U11 player Noah Latham making his U13 debut.


The next game saw HBU against unbeaten league leaders Kings Lynn, following their slow start in the first game Utd started brightly, defending well as a unit and creating their own chances, one unlucky break midway through the first half saw HBU 1-0 down following a goalmouth scramble. Utd continued to frustrate their opponents with Charley and Will leading a good defensive team display and in the dying minutes of the game conceded a second goal to lose the game 2-0. This performance gave the team great confidence as Kings Lynn had been winning games by a much higher margin.


The third game saw then face the Ely team who had narrowly won a close game (vs HBU) the previous week. Continuing from their earlier performance Utd were creating chances and found themselves 2-0 up with goals from George and Jamie. Ely resorted to long range shots and keeper Rhys was dealing with these comfortably until late in the first half where a deflection saw Ely pull one back.

The second half continued in the same manner of the first half in an entertaining game, where the next goal would likely decide the outcome. Unfortunately this came from another Ely long range shot that crept into the net. The final score in an entertaining game was 2-2, both teams deserved great credit, although on balance of play HBU were more disappointed with the result.


The final game saw HBU against Cottenham, based on the results of the day HBU entered this game as favourites and a goal after 12 seconds from George put them on top. A second from Jamie left the score 2-0 at halftime. The second half saw HBU concede an early goal and then camp in their opponent’s box. Despite poor finishing and pass selection HBU went on to score another 4 goals through Jamie, George and Will. This scrappy game ended 6-1.


So two wins, one defeat and a draw, this is encouraging for HBU U13. All players deserved great credit for their performances over the last two tournaments including Jamie L, Luke and Oli who were missing from this weekend’s games. The first two tournaments of the year have established HBU as one of the top four teams in the league and very close to second place. Who knows what could happen with a full squad available.


Man of Match – Rhys Young


Jamie L, Luke, George and Noah will be in action for the u11 in a couple of weeks.

The next tournament is Saturday January 6th 2012.

Player of the tournament: Rhys Young

HBU: Rhys Young(GK), (C) Jamie McVey(5), George Daly(6), Noah Latham, Will Parkinson-Wellard(2), Charley Bassom.


Premier League:

HBU 5 VS 1 Peterborough


HBU (Kings) 5 v 1 Peterborough

Location: The Bay Sports Arena, Time: 11.45am. Date: 04.12.11

Top of the table HBU faced a young Peterborough side at the Bay Arena this weekend. United started the game strongly and were rewarded for the fast start when Brendan Barker scored in the opening 2 minutes to give United the lead. United were moving the ball around well and their opponents were restricted to shots from long range, all of which were easily dealt with by United’s keeper (Dave Garlick). Seven minutes later captain Simon Hosking scored from close range to finish off a well worked team goal. 3 minutes later Barker finished first time to make it 3-0 to United. United were dominating in both defence and attack and they should have pushed on from there, however Peterborough kept working and they were rewarded when a deflected shot found it’s way passed a helpless Dave Garlick in United’s net to make it 3-1 with 10 minutes to go in the half. Despite efforts from both sides there were no more goals and at half time the score was HBU 3 – 1 Peterborough.

United manager Phil McVey was ringing the changes in both defence and attack, and United started the 2nd half on fire as Luciano Difeo scored a great individual goal only 11 seconds into the half to make it 4-1. Again United looked as though they were going to pull away from Peterborough, and again Peterborough remained resolute in defence. The visitor’s keeper pulled of a string of fine saves to deny United, the resistance shown by the ‘boro keeper gave his players confidence and they were now creating a few chances of their own. Then with 13 minutes remaining in the game Neil Austin put the game out of reach with a superb drive which rocketed into the top right hand corner of the net to make it 5-1 to United. There were no more goals in the game despite United pressing Peterborough for the last 5 minutes of the match. The tactic worked however the Peterborough keeper was having the game of his life and was equal to everything thrown at him. The final score was HBU 5 – 1 Peterborough. The result means that HBU remain top of the league.


After the game HBU captain Simon Hosking said: “For the first time this season we showed glimpses of how we should be playing as a team. Moving to the new rink has not been an easy transition for us but perhaps we are finally feeling at home. The rink is much bigger than the pier and this has affected our team game. For 20 minutes in the first half we were excellent. However our performance dropped in the 2nd half and we know we need to work to improve our team game.”


United manager Phil McVey added: “We have to win every game we play so first and foremost the result was the main thing, so I am delighted with the win. The next thing I have to look at is our performance, both individually and more importantly as a team. We have struggled this year coming to a new rink, and we have not yet managed to get out of 3rd gear. Our team game will have to improve if we want to win the league this season, that said, for a large period of the first half we looked like we were getting back to somewhere near our best. It has not clicked at all for the team this season, but the signs are there that it will. Our next 2 games are very important, whilst not make or break they will go a long way to defining our season. On the 17th December we face the Austrian side Dornbirn in the return leg of the CERS cup. We are 3-8 down so we need to win by 6 clear goals. It is a big challenge but one that I hope the lads are up for. A good performance in that game will set us up nicely for our next Premier League match, at home to champions Middlesbrough on the 14th January. If we can get the result in that game it will be a giant step towards winning our title back. That is why it was so important that we managed to perform as a team today. And for 20 minutes we did. As a group of players we turned a corner today, let’s hope we can push on from here and win the next 2 matches.”

Man of the match: Dave Garlick

HBU team: Dave Garlick (GK), Jay Williamson (GK), Joe Singleton, Karl Smith, Danny Butcher, Luciano Difeo (1), Simon Hosking © (1), Neil Austin (1), Tom White, Brendan Barker (2),

Peterborough: Matt Stearn (GK), Sam Cayley (GK), Carlos Amaral, Nick Flint (1), Michael Carter, Luke Morrow ©, Han Wei Lim,