Premier League: HBU with a Strong win against Current Champions Grimsby
Herne Bay United 5 – 1 Grimsby
Location: Bay Arena
Date: 30th March 2013
HBU faced current champions Grimsby on saturday night at the arena. United were looking to make it 9 wins out of 9 in the Premier League this season. Both teams started slowly but it was United who struck first when Brendan Barker scored to make it 1-0 after 4 minutes. United’s lead lasted less than a minute when Andrew Sims scored off a rebound to make it 1-1.
United then stepped up their game. Grimsby could not break down HBU’s defence and United controlled the game in attack. United made it 2-1 with 12 minutes remaining in the half. Barker scoring his 2nd of the game. The score remained 2-1 at halftime.
United whilst far from their best were dominating posession and were creating far more scoring opportunities than their opponents. With 13 minutes left in the game United scored twice inside 30 seconds to put the game beyond Grimsby. First Neil Austin scored a great dribble penalty then Barker scored his 3rd of the game. United were now 4-1 up and cruising. Grimsby were tiring and despite their best efforts they could not find a way through United’s defence. With 7 minutes remaining tom white scored a well taken goal to make the final score HBU 5-1 Grimsby.
After the game Brendan Barker said: “we are progressing nicely. To beat the reigning champions 5-1 is a great result for us. We know we are far from the finished article but we are all pleased with the progress we are making as a team, and the lads are pleased to have won the game.”
United coach Phil McVey said:”it’s coming slowly. The lads are getting the hang of the new system. We controlled the game for the most part, it was good to see the improvement in our game. I don’t think we should get over excited. I still do not think we have any real chance of winning the league. We still have to play current leaders manchester home and away, and we have to play title challengers middlesbrough and grimsby away. Add in away matches to Kings Lynne and Letchworth and a home game against Bury and I think you can safely say the title will be going to either Manchester, middlesbrough or Grimsby. All we are looking at is our own performance and how well we can implement the new system. We have another big weekend coming up as we play Manchester at home on saturday and then Kings Lynne away on sunday.”
Man of the match: Brendan Barker
HBU: Jay Williamson, Eddie Mount, Karl Smith, Simon Hosking (c), Neil Austin (1), Joe Singleton, Tom White (1), Myles Barker, David Todd, Brendan Barker (3).