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HBU Seniors and U13’s European Tournament this weekend

Posted by HBU Admin on March 21, 2012


This coming weekend HBU will be in Holland! Our 13s and under players plus a senior team (mixed PL and ND1) are competing in an international Tournament in Valkenswaard with French, German, Dutch & Austrian teams. Each country has a senior and a junior team involved. We are looking forward to a good competitive and enjoyable weekend and wish our teams good luck!



HBU U15 team continues their fine form

Posted by HBU Admin on March 19, 2012


HBU U15 team continues their fine form with four victories in their Eastern Counties ‘home’ tournament in Soham on Sunday.

Needing 4 wins to cement their place at the top of the table and to stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games, UTD went into the tournament with high expectations.

In the first game HBU were strong favourites against an inexperienced Colchester side and despite a sluggish start HBU were HBU 8-1 winners with goals from Jamie, David, Josh Butcher and Captain Josh Branchett, with keepers Rhys and Ishen sharing the goalkeeping responsibilities. This game showed all the players trying to play the ‘right way’ but lacking sharpness.

The next game against Walpole at times looked a mismatch with some of the HBU players much smaller than their opponents. HBU added the sharpness missing from the first game and scored frequently throughout the match with both keepers playing and keeping a clean sheet.  All the out-players scored as a result of strong team play creating chances for the entire team. The final score in this match was 13-0.

Next up for HBU were 2nd placed Norwich. On paper this was the toughest game of the day. HBU started well going ahead and looking comfortable, this quickly changed to complacency allowing Norwich to reel UTD in and HBU had a slender one goal lead at half time.

The 2nd half saw the same pattern of play as the first with HBU applying most of the pressure taking them to a 4-1 lead but some sloppy defensive play and over-commitment in attack  allowed Norwich back to 4-3 before HBU closed the match at 5-3.

The last game of the day was against Letchworth. The clubs had played against each other in the Senior Premier League the previous day and the U15s were looking to emulate the Seniors win. HBU were 4 – 0 up at half-time but Letchworth got back to their team game after the interval and once again sloppy defending gave Letchworth the chance to pick up a loose ball in the area to make it 4-1. HBU put the pressure back on but stalwart defending by Letchworth and their goal keeper kept the shots out and put HBU out of position allowing Letchworth to grab a late goal. The final score was 4-2 to HBU with a hat-trick from David and a goal from Josh Branchett.

The tournament showed good team play, the creation of many chances with a few lapses into solo play, especially when games were tight. A good day was had by all. It was commented that the entire team played their part in the victories with all players sharing the time on the rink, collectively they looked a good strong unit, happy to create chances for others as well as score themselves.  The HBU goal-keepers are U13s playing up a category and they are responding to the challenge, gaining experience and improving with each tournament.

Squad (goals): Rhys Young (GK), Ishen Kiff (GK), Josh Branchett (captain) (5), David Martindale (8), Josh Butcher (5), Katie McVey (1), Will Parkinson-Wellard (1), Jamie McVey(10)

Man of the match(tournament) for his consistently unselfish play and leadership on the rink. Josh Branchett.

Premier League: A Solid performing weekend for HBU

Posted by HBU Admin on March 19, 2012


Premier League – 

Letchworth 1 v 5 Herne Bay United (Kings)

Time: 4.00pm; Date: 17.03.2012; Location: Letchworth

HBU faced a tough weekend in the Premier League with 2 matches. The first was away to Letchworth. United only narrowly beat their opponents in their home fixture earlier in the season so they know it was going to be tough. The Letchworth rink is only about a 1/3 of the size of the Arena in Herne Bay, and in the past the smaller dimensions has caused problems. (more…)

Premier League: 18th March HBU vs Grimsby at the Bay Arena this Sunday

Posted by HBU Admin on March 12, 2012


SECRHA tournament is first outing this season for our HBU U9 players

Posted by HBU Admin on March 7, 2012


It was good that the first match was against Maidstone and it was even-Stevens. Probably because Max is used to playing with better players he was a fish out of water and he only scored once when it could have been at least 12! Our players need to gain the understanding of what it is to be in a match but otherwise I think they did very well. We lost 1-2.

Against Herne Bay we lost 7-0. One good player can make all the difference at this level and that player was Jamie Tritton. Even so, our players got some good tackles in and I could see them getting the idea.

They all enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to next time. Harrison did a sterling job in goal, especially as it is completely new to him. He defended his area well, cleared loose balls and nothing silly went in and for that I award him man of the match.

The U9 team: Harrison Raven (gk), Max Bassom(capt)(1), Dylan & Fionnbar Parkinson, Millie Clarke, Teddy Issacs, Joseph Barley.

HBU U13’s first SECRHA tournament of the season and they begin with three positive results.

Posted by HBU Admin on March 7, 2012


Their first game saw HBU against local rivals HB. United, the more experienced team were using the tournament as development for next season’s team with 6 of the 8 players available for next season and two of the squad current HBU U11 players (Luke Huckstepp and George Daly).

HBU got off to a good start going a goal up through Josh in the opening minutes. This pattern of play continued throughout the match with HBU controlling the game and rotating players, with GK Rhys Young a spectator for most of the game, but maintaining his concentration to keep a clean sheet. Further HBU goals all from Josh resulted in a 5-0 victory.

The next game was against an Invicta team who defended well and despite constant pressure HBU only scored 3 goals (Jamie, George, Josh) with the Invicta keeper making great saves throughout the match.

The final game against an inexperienced Maidstone team saw HBU run out winners 16-0, with goals from Jamie(3), Josh(3), Oli(4), Will(5) and Luke(1).

The team showed good qualities without really being stretched. Strong team play resulted in the creation of many chances however speed of passing and quality of finishing are areas for development over the coming weeks. The full squad played their part and this tournament was a good stage for developing next season’s team in a competitive and friendly environment.

Squad: Rhys Young(GK), (C) Jamie Mcvey(4) Josh Butcher(9), George Daly(1), Will Parkinson Wellard (5), Luke Huckstepp (1), Amelia Parkinson Wellard, Oliver Hudson(4)

ND1 Sunday 3rd March

Posted by HBU Admin on March 7, 2012


HBU Reserves held their home tournament in the National Division 1 at the Arena on Sunday.

HBU had 4 games, the first was against title rivals Houghton Regis, unfortunately HBU put in a shocking performance and were punished losing 1-3. The defeat means that Houghton Regis move clear at top of the table. However HBU needed to improve if they were going to get anything out of the next 3 games.

HBU’s next match was against local rivals Herne Bay, the game proved to be a tight affair, neither team could break through the others defence. Both keepers played well although the busier of the two was Guy Osborne, he pulled off a string of fine saves including a penalty save from United’s Phil McVey. HBU continued to pile on the pressure, and whilst down to 3 players (Pete Taylor having been sin binned for threatening behaviour) Stavros Zacharia found Phil McVey who finished first time to make it 1-0 to United. Then with 5 minutes remaining in the game Phil McVey scored with a fine finish into the top right hand corner of the goal to make it 2-0. The Bay could not break through HBU’s defence and the game ended 2-0.

HBU’s 3rd match of the day was against Ely, the last time they played it was an ill tempered game which United won by one goal. This time it was a different story, United dominated from start to finish. They had now found their rhythm and were moving the ball around well. HBU’s confidence was building and by half time they had cruised to a comfortable 5-0 lead (the first 2 goals coming from young star Ashley Barton, 1 from veteran Pete Taylor, and 2 from player coach Phil McVey). United picked up the second half where they had finished the 1st, Ely could not handle United’s superior team play and at full time United had recorded a emphatic 10-0 win. (2 goals from George Holmes & 3 from Myles Barker).

United’s 4th and final game of the day was against the England U17 National side. The last time they played the national side were winners, but fresh from an excellent performance against Ely, United were confident of victory. Despite going behind twice in the first half to a goal from Lewis Greenwood (HBU player representing England) and then an own goal, United pegged them back with goals from from young talent Ashley Barton and George Holmes. United went ahead with 3 minutes remaining in the first half when Phil McVey scored from the penalty spot to give united a 3-2 lead at the break. Three minutes into the second half United’s Phil McVey made it 4-2. United were unlucky not to go further ahead. Then with 56 seconds left England pulled one back, however it was too little too late and at the final whistle United were victorious 4-3.

The result leaves HBU top of table but Houghton Regis in 2nd have games in hand, if they win them they will be top. After the tournament HBU player George Holmes said “We started terribly. We were shocking against Houghton Regis and we deserved what we got. Phil was not happy with us and made it clear he expects more from us. We improved against the Bay then stepped it up another notch in our last 2 games. This is my first season with HBU and it has taken a while to get used to the pressure. HBU expect a high standard of play and they want to win every game they play. I am enjoying the challenge and feel my game has improved since I joined.”

United coach Phil McVey added: “I was fuming after our poor performance in the first game. But I must say after that we improved dramatically. I was very impressed with all of the players, especially George, Ashley and young Eddie in goal. They had to step up and perform after the first game and the response I got from them was excellent. All 3 have a bright future ahead of them. They are knocking on the door of the first team and if they keep on working hard and listening at training then there is no reason why they can’t force their way in to the premier league side next season.”

United’s final National Division 1 tournament is in June again at the arena.

Team: Garrett Priestley (GK), Eddie Mount (GK), Matt Holness, Jon Barton, Stav Zacharia, Paul McVey, Peter Taylor (1), George Holmes (3), Myles Barker (3), Ashley Barton (3), Phil McVey (7)

Premier League HBU (Kings) 11 v 1 Invicta

Posted by HBU Admin on March 7, 2012


Herne Bay United faced local rivals Invicta on Saturday evening in the national Premier league. United having lost their last league match against Middlesbrough were keen to get back to winning ways. Invicta (who are mainly made up of ex HBU players) started the game strongly and were unlucky not to go ahead. However as the first half wore on United raised their game and by half time HBU were 4-0 up.

Invicta began the second half strongly forcing a string of fine saves from United’s man of the match, goalkeeper Dave Garlick. They could not break through, once United had weathered the storm they lay siege to Invicta’s goal. By the end of the game United had added another 7 goals whilst conceding only 1 to run out comfortable 11-1 winners.

There was some confusion after the match as a goal which was initially awarded to HBU by one ref, but subsequently ruled out by the other ref was wrongly listed on the match sheet, thus showing a final score of 12-1. The error was not spotted by the time keepers, both referees and both captains who all signed the match sheet. However eagle eyed Invicta manager Ken Pughe, incensed by the injustice, pointed out the error. In the spirit of fair play HBU officials have written to the National Association asking that the official records are amended to reflect the correct score 11-1.

After the game HBU coach Phil said: “It was important we got back to winning ways immediately. We were far from our best but it was a marked improvement on our previous performance against Middlesbrough. The scoreline was irrelevant to me. Once the game was safe it was an ideal opportunity to try out different combinations of players and tactics in a game situation. Make no mistake Invicta are not a bad side. They are group of very skilful individuals and at times they caused us problems. The game was played in a good spirit between both sets of players which is good to see. Obviously there was a bit of furore with the scandal of the 12th goal, the goal that never was. But both sets of players aquitted themselves well.

HBU Team: David Garlick (gk), Tom White, Dan Butcher (1), Joel de Figueiredo, Simon Hosking capt(5), Neil Austin (1), David Todd, Brendan Barker (2) Richard Walker.

RHC Invicta: J Carnell, P Dalton (gk), J Fidock (1), A Bowyer, S Fidock, R Carnell, M Tichband, L Holland, J Sheppard, J King,