Monthly Archives: October 2015
Roller Hockey National Premier League 10/10/2015
Herne Bay Arena – HBU v Soham 4 – 5
Newly promoted Soham with several players returning from international competition with England started energetically but it was HBU who scored first through Brendan Barker just 2 minutes into the match. Soham equalised 2 minutes later and that set the scene for the match. 4 minutes later HBU took the lead and Soham again equalised almost immediately.
A crazy outburst by a couple of Soham players led to 2 blue cards but HBU did not achieve anything from the resulting power-play. With Soham back to full-strength HBU again took the lead 3 – 2 with 10 minutes of the first half remaining only for indiscipline to concede another equaliser just 3 seconds from half-time.
The 2nd half went the same way with HBU having best part of the possession but unable to find the target. Eventually HBU went 4 – 3 up through Joe Singleton but shortly afterwards a Soham shot took a couple of wicked deflections to sneak inside the far post so all tied up again at 4 – 4.
To end a dismal evening, Soham were awarded a very dubious penalty. Ed Mount saved the shot but the Soham player picked up the loose ball and put it away.
HBU President Ron Barker commented “The players were not committing fouls but the referees were seeing fouls and so our players were feeling very dispirited. Even so, we had most of possession and we were running the match much of the time but we did not capitalise on it. We squandered a power-play and a penalty and overall we lacked commitment, cohesion and substitution options that could make a difference up front. A lot to do before our next match away to England Project team in a couple of weeks time!”.
Team(goals): Ed Mount (GK), Brendan Barker (2), Joe Singleton (1), Jordi Soldana (1), Lewis Greenwood, Josh Branchett, Neil Austin, David Martindale, Nigel Mills.
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
Soham Sun 11/10/2015
In addition to their Premier League side Herne Bay United have entered a team in the 2nd tier of English Roller Hockey.
All but one of the players are part of the successful youth academy with an average age of 16.
On Sunday the team travelled to Soham and faced the hosts in their opening fixture. HBU started tentatively and some organized defending restricted the home club’s opportunities and HBU were ahead 1-0 at halftime. As the 2nd half progressed HBU continued to press and were rewarded with two late goals to win 3-0, a promising start to the campaign.
On paper the 2nd game against a strong Manchester side was always going to be the toughest and it proved to be a hard lesson for the lads. Manchester opened the scoring, only for HBU to convert a fortunate penalty for the equaliser. The first half was winding down and with only 18 seconds to go, defensive errors allowed a Manchester player a free run on goal to finish the half 2-1 up.
The 2nd half saw a disjointed performance from HBU and some poor defending. Manchester scored a couple of early goals while HBU were unable to convert some good approach play with the Manchester keeper on top form.
Late in the game Manchester scored a flurry of goals to run out 9 -1.
A determined HBU side faced an experienced Maidstone team in their last game of the day. Maidstone opened the scoring, this prompted a good reaction from HBU as the pressure started to pay off with HBU scoring to go in at half time xx v xx. Starting well in the 2nd half, some great team play saw the lead extended and the game finish 8-5. HBU played 3 and won 2, a good start to the season at a different level for this young developing team.
Team: Rhys Young(GK), Jack Thomas(GK), Matt Holness(C), Will Parkinson Wellard, Josh Butcher, Jamie McVey, Ollie Hudson, Matt Lawrie and George Daly.