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Premier League: HBU 14 vs 5 Manchester

Posted by HBU Admin on January 26, 2015


Premier League: HBU vs Manchester

Herne Bay United were to face Manchester on Saturday and wanted to get back on to winning ways following the last result against Middlesbrough. United are currently top of the table but have played more matches than some of the other teams and know they must keep the pressure on as many of the other teams have very difficult fixtures in this part of the season.

United really didn’t want a repeat of the last fixture where the visitors took an early lead that United were fighting to get back for the remainder of the match, and initially it looked as this was not going to go to plan again when Manchester got the first just after a minute from the start of play, but the early fears were soon settled with a string of goals from United going 5 -2 in the next 4 minutes, a thrilling start to the match.

United then went into a more holding formation looking for possession and all seemed to be going to plan until the last five minutes when Captain Fabio Vicente was sin binned for two minutes and Manchester scored on the power play after a fine save from Eddie Mount to stop the spot. Tension was rising and United lost a little bit of concentration and a further Blue was shown to United’s Neil Austin and Manchester on a power play brought the score back and went into the half time break 5 – 4 down, with all to play for.

United made a few changes and really attacked Manchester to rectify to final part of the first half and with a further 5 goals in the next 7 minutes had put the game back on track and Manchester needing a miracle to be able to come back. Manchester only scored a further one in the second half and United remained in control and finished comfortable winners 14 – 5, and a dominating performance from a fixture that was expected to be a lot closer. United’s Brendan Barker after the match commented: “the team was really positive today and this really helped us, once we got going it felt good and we really stopped Manchester doing anything that would enable them to come back at us and is great to get a convincing performance in at home”.

Feedback from the spectators endorsed this saying ‘it was the best game of the season’.

United are still top of the table with Bury and Middlesbrough catching up but with Kings Lynn suffering two defeats at the weekend, and Letchworth making a surge the season is looking like it is going to get interesting over the next couple of months. HBU’s will face Halifax at the Bay Sports Arena on the 14th February and please keep an eye for times on the clubs website: www.hernebayunited.co.uk.

Team List: Kris White, Tom White(1), Karl Smith, Lewis Greenwood(1), Jordi Saldana(1), Josh Branchett, Neil Austin(2), Fabio Vicente©(3), Brendan Barker(6), Eddie Mount
HBU v Manchester

Youth Academy: HBU continued Strongly in the South Eastern County League

Posted by HBU Admin on January 21, 2015


SECRHA U/16 Tournament 18th Jan 2015

Herne Bay United U16 resumed their South Eastern Counties League program at the HB Arena with 2 wins and a draw, maintaining their undefeated start to the season and 1st place. As with the previous tournament United continued to rotate the squad. The first game of the day saw HBU facing 2nd placed RHC Invicta and midway through the first half UTD went one up with Luke notching the first goal of the day and with one second left on the clock a goal from Oli saw HBU comfortable at half time with a 2 goal lead. After the break poor marking in front of goal allowed Invicta to pull one back and a repeat of this error saw Invicta equalise 2-2. HBU maintained pressure on the Invicta goal but neither team were able to score the winner with both keepers making some fine saves.

The 2nd game was against Maidstone who one week earlier drew 1-1 with the HBU U14 side. The visitors began confidently and were rewarded with a goal in the opening few minutes, a goal that was similar to the ones conceded during the last match. With 5 minutes remaining HBU’s pressure paid off with goals from Oli and Harry to put HBU 2-1 in front at the break. In a repeat of the first half Maidstone scored first to level the game, this produced an immediate response and four goals in 3 minutes, followed by 8 goals in the last 5 minutes meant a 14-2 victory.

Local rivals Herne Bay had just completed a 4-0 victory against Invicta meaning this 3rd game would decide which team would come out on top on the day. Solid defending and a goal apiece from Noah and Will saw a HBU 2-0 half time lead. Three more 2nd half goals before HB could respond, followed by a further two late goals and HBU were victors 7-1.

HBU Team: Rhys Young(GK), Harrison Raven(GK), © Oli Hudson(6), Will Parkinson-Wellard(6), Luke Huckstepp(3), Noah Latham(3), Harry Slack(4)





Premier League: Slow getting into gear, leaves a mountain to big to climb

Posted by HBU Admin on January 16, 2015


HBU vs Middlesbrough

It is Premier Leagues first matches since the Christmas Break and a hard fixture to start 2015. Just before Christmas HBU won at Middlesbrough 7- 5 and a very important victory for HBU and one Middlesbrough very much wanted to avenge.

The match very much started how the visitors wanted with two very early goals within the first 3 minutes and Middlesbrough a 2 – 0 lead and seriously damaging the outlook for United. United started cold and Middlesbrough very much came at United and with in the next 7mins Middlesbrough added to the pressure with their 3rd, Owen Steward with two and Nic Johnson with the other. At this point HBU started to get in to gear but were very likely to suffer after such a slow start.

The game was now a much more even affair and two contrasting styles with HBU very much looking to get Middlesbrough on the counter and Middlesbrough were quite happy to play the ball around waiting for opportunities whilst running down the clock.

HBU were not finishing on their moves and it wasn’t for the want of trying but Eddie Revell in goal for Middlesbrough was determined not to be beaten and made a number of outstanding saves that looked sure to bring United back into contention. But it wasn’t until 6 minutes to the end of the first half that United’s Captain Fabio Vicente got United on the score sheet to bring the first half to a close on 3 – 1 to Middlesbrough.

The second half was as at the end of the first and a lot closer and very much blow for blow, the team fouls were now beginning to tot up after a very tame first half, but United just couldn’t make up the difference with Middlesbrough just keeping daylight between the two teams. The second half finished 6 – 4 to Middlesbrough and HBU had really paid the price for what was a very evenly played game with a number of defensive errors that should be corrected for the coming fixtures.

Next PL date is Sat 31st Jan v Manchester at The Bay Arena.

Team List: Eddie Mount, (gk) Josh Branchett, Simon Hosking, Tom White(1), Lewis Greenwood, Fabio Vicente(2)©, Neil Austin, David Martindale, Brendan Barker(1), Kristoff White (gk)

Premier League: HBU vs Middlesbrough this Saturday the 10th January, at the Bay Sports Arena

Posted by HBU Admin on January 5, 2015


HBU v Middles