First Team Match Reports
Ide Hill 4-2 Fleetdown ‘B’
Sevenoaks Charity Cup First Round
Ide Hill bounced back from their humbling defeat to Chipstead with a comfortable victory against Fleetdown in the first round of the Seveonoaks Charity Cup.
Manager Paul Mcdonagh welcomed captain Phil Alteirac back from injury as well as Craig Jackson and Ben Pearson, and the home team knew they had to put in a much better performance and not let their previous defeat undo their good start to the season. And Ide Hill started with real intent and purpose, carving through the Fleetdown defence with regularity and forcing the Fleetdown goalkeeper into a number of saves.
Ide Hill got the deserved breakthrough after 15 minutes, a Columb Grant inswinging corner was met by the rising Ben Pearson who guided a lovely header into the top corner for his third of the season. Ide Hill continued to dominate, Matt Bunn hitting the post with a powerful header as the home team searched for the second.
After much frustration and a plethora of squandered chances, the lead was doubled after half an hour; Jack Edmeads firing a rasping free kick past the stranded keeper from 20 yards to give the hosts breathing space as they headed in to the break.
Fleetdown worked themselves back into the game just after half time though, a long range drive was palmed out by Ide Hill goalkeeper George Dance-Harvey, but he could do nothing to stop the follow up being swept in by Freddy Hoare.
Ide Hill dusted themselves off and continued to press, with Grant bending a fine 20 yard shot against the bar after an hour. The hosts got their third via the penalty spot; Bunn pierced the back line and was brought down by the keeper, with Ben Holder slotting home the spot kick for his first of the season.
And Holder doubled his tally and put the game to bed with a second penalty with 10 minutes to go; Heath this time brought down, and Holder firing in to take Ide Hill to 4-1. Fleetdown did pull one more back in the final minutes, Sean Ryan following up a good penalty save from Dance Harvey to tap in to an empty net.
So Ide Hill move in to the next round of a cup that has been good to them in recent years; next week they return to league action against Halls knowing that a win will keep them at the top of the league ahead of the chasing pack.
Team: Dance-Harvey, Pearson, James, Alteirac, Heath, Driver, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Bunn, Grant. Subs: Heasmann, Kensell, Piper, Wright, Randall
Man of the Match: Ben Holder
Kent Intermediate Shield
Ide Hill 3 – 2 AFC Mottingham
20 October, 2018
Rob Piper scored a last minute winner to complete a dramatic comeback at Wrotham in the Kent Intermediate Shield.
Manager Paul Mcdonagh had a strong squad available and welcomed Ben Pearson back in to the defence, as well as giving Rob Piper a start up front in a 3-5-2 formation. The manager’s words were ones of warning in the changing room; Mottingham had given us a good game earlier in the season and would not be pushovers.
And so it proved. Ide Hill slow starts have become something of a worrying tradition this season, and Saturday was no different as the home team turned in a miserable first half performance; full of errors and lacking in concentration, to almost lose the game.
Ide Hill did put together some slick attacks with Callum Heath raiding down the right flank, but it was Mottingham who took the lead after 20 minutes from a poorly defended corner. The ball ricocheting around the penalty area, finally falling to Jamie Cox 16 yards out who rifled a lovely volley in to the top left corner.
The home team were not playing well but are still usually penetrative in their attacking and almost drew level soon after, Heath once more released down the right and squaring to Matt Bunn, whose first time effort bounced back off the post in to the grateful arms of the Mottingham goalkeeper.
Things would get worse before they got better, though, a mix up from a throw in allowing Mottingham to string a few clever passes together, resulting in Joshua Reid bundling in at the back post to double the lead. Ide Hill almost and probably should have pulled one back just before the break; Rob Piper played clean through down the right and opting to square to Matt Bunn, with the pass just evading the striker and the chance disappearing as the half time whistle blew.
Following a few home truths at half time, Ide Hill were a different side after the break, pinning Mottingham back from the off and applying relentless pressure for pretty much the entire half. Ide Hill have become increasingly threatening from set pieces this year, and this avenue would provide their route back in to the game. A Callum Heath corner was met by Jack Edmeads at the near post who headed in his second of the season to provide a life line.
Ide Hill’s gratefully deep match day squad was tested to the limits, with no less than 3 injuries meaning a constant reshuffling of the pack was needed throughout; both Ben Pearson and Craig Jackson going off with hamstring injuries and Phil Alteirac succumbing in the second half as well.
From there onwards it always seemed a matter of time before another breach would be made, as Mottingham retreated further and the home team pressed and probed. The equaliser came from another corner, Ben Holder curling in an inch perfect delivery for Luke Steggles to nod home his first of the season.
As the game seemingly edged towards a penalty shootout, Ide Hill snatched the win at the death; a 20 yard drive by Jack Edmeads was spilled by the home goalkeeper, allowing Rob Piper to fire in from close range for the win. The victory gives Ide Hill 7 wins from 9 this season, although they will need to perform much better to beat local rivals and 4th placed Chipstead next week in the league
Team: Mckay, Pearson, James, Steggles, Heath, Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Bunn, Piper Subs: Heasmann, Alteirac, Driver, Kensell, Howard
Man of the Match: Jaymes Randall
Welling Park 1 – 4 Ide Hill
Kent County Division One West
13 October, 2018
Ide Hill returned to winning ways and stayed top of the league after coming back from one down to beat Welling Park 4-1, following a flurry of second half goals.
Manager Paul Mcdonagh reverted to 3-5-2 and welcomed Captain Phil Alteirac back from injury to add steel to the defence in the hope of putting right the defeat to South East in the Cup from last week.
And the visitors got off to the worst possible start, an Ide Hill corner resulting in a swift Welling counter attack with forward Isaac Toney stealing in behind the defence to slot home for 1-0 to the hosts.
Ide Hill, although applying their own pressure, were struggling to deal with the breaks and almost went two behind, relying on some strong goalkeeping from Mike Mckay and last ditch clearances from the defence following a goalmouth scramble.
The visitors did begin to turn the game their way after 30 minutes though, probing play down the right wing by George Kensell leading to Matt Bunn shooting from the edge of the box and drawing a smart save from the Welling goalkeeper.
Following a series of Ide Hill corners, the visitors deservedly and impressively pulled level before half time, with Craig Jackson releasing Callum Heath down the left wing; the forward, still with lots to do, drove in from the touchline, leaving two players in his wake and coolly slotted in to the far corner to bring the sides level going in to the break.
Despite sitting top of the league, Ide Hill still know they haven’t fully hit their stride this season, and this game was a case in point, and they knew they had to play better in the second half to secure the victory. After an unsteady collective start by the team, the central defence of Steggles, Alteirac and James had begun to exert their dominance and provide the base for the victory to come.
With the game firmly in the balance, Ide Hill pulled away with a slick goal after the hour mark. A break down the right led to the returning Columb Grant sliding a perfectly weighted square ball to the onrushing Jackson who swept goalward only for the keeper to get a hand to it. Luckily, substitute Sam Heasmann was on hand to turn the ball under the stranded goalkeeper to give Ide Hill the lead.
Ide Hill quickly added a third minutes later, with a Grant lofted through ball releasing Jackson out right; the midfielder driving in to the box and drawing a clumsy foul from the Welling defender for the penalty, which Jackson duly slotted home.
Joe Baker came on to add his vocal leadership to the defence, whilst Randall provided energy and thrust down the left flank once more. Holder and Edmeads helped to wrestle the centre away from Welling with strong tackling, driving runs and controlled passing.
The final goal was also impressively crafted, Ide Hill breaking down the right with Rob Piper, who arrowed a lovely defence splitting through ball to Heasmann; his attempt to round the keeper was foiled only for Bunn to gratefully tap in his third of the season.
Welling did miss a last minute penalty, the ball bouncing back off the bar to safety; but Ide Hill march on, now having taken 19 points from a possible 21 in the league to give the club their best start to a campaign in years.
Team: Mckay, Steggles, James, Alteirac, Kensell, Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Heath, Bunn, Subs: Piper, Grant, Heasmann, Baker
Man of the Match: Sam Heasmann
Club Langley 0 Ide Hill FC 1
Kent County League-Division One West
22 September, 2018
Playing as wing-back George Kensell fired in a first half winner to lead Ide Hill to victory in the early season top of the table clash, and take the club 4 points clear at the top of the Kent County Division One-West.
In a game the Hill knew would be a good barometer of where they were for the season, the visitors were aware that they had to lay down a marker in this type of game if they were to give any substance to their nascent hopes of challenging for the league.
Ide Hill started brightly, as they do when they are at their best, pressing hard and letting Langley know they were in a game, with Matt Bunn and George Kensell making early positive inroads and setting the tone for the aggressive forward play which would lead Ide Hill to victory.
Ide Hill should have had the lead after 30 minutes, a Ben Holder inswinging corner was met in the 6 yard box by midfielder Craig Jackson who glanced a header off the turf in to the roof of the net, which the official failed to spot, much to the ire of the whole Ide Hill squad.
Luckily, Ide Hill weren’t outdone by the referee though, taking matters in to their own hands and getting the winner early in the second half. Foraging play by Jackson then Heasmann on the edge of the box resulted in the ball being shuffled out to the onrushing Kensell 15 yards out on the right who lashed the ball in to the nearside top corner for his first of the season and what would turn out to be the winner.
Ide Hill controlled the remainder of the game with a mature, powerful performance, recording their first clean sheet of the season, which was a testament to the dominance of the back six, and paves the way for a possible title charge, as Ide Hill take their 4 point lead to Mottingham next week.
Team: Mckay, Pearson, James, Steggles, Kensell (1), Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Grant, Bunn, Subs: Piper, Heasmann, Boyle, McGinn
Man of the Match: Craig Jackson
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by Gary Wright
by Gary Wright
Ide Hill’s savy dismantling of their opposition in all areas started as soon as the referee blew his whistle and they were just as dominant when he ended the game, having seen them hit home nine goals. Striker Tom Wright and attacking midfielder Craig Jackson scored seven goals between them, assisting each other as both grabbed hat tricks. All the forwards scored and Ide Hill’s midfield was rampant throughout.
by Gary Wright
by Gary Wright
Here’s to an equally impressive performance in the next round.
by Gary Wright
3 - 2 Chipstead FC 2
Kent County League-Division One West
19 September, 2017
Three points and bragging rights go to Ide Hill who beat neighbours Chipstead 3-2. Both sides were looking for a win to build on an uncertain start to their season. Having scored ten times between them in their opening matches goals were expected and the small crowd were not disappointed.
Ide Hill’s back four were resolute throughout with debutant Mark Driver settling in well at left back. Chipstead’s rotating forward line caused problems with their pace and drive but they will be disappointed with their overall lack of chances. The battle for midfield was fiercely contested and for much of the first half Chipstead marginally edged it.
Unfortunately on the stroke of twenty minutes Ide Hill midfielder George Kensell’s shoulder was dislocated in a tackle and he had to retire hurt. The injury prone player will be sidelined for a few weeks but Ide Hill compensated for his departure and pushed on. Midway through the half captain Phil Alteirac rose well to head home from a delightful left field cross by midfielder Jack Edmeads.
Chipstead equalised minutes later and both teams cancelled each other out until Ide Hill started playing down the flanks with greater purpose and opened up the play. Winger Oliver Keith, also playing his first game, and the seasoned Columb Grant were drawn more into the game and striker Tom Wright made plenty of searching runs to stretch the defence, albeit all three were poorly served at times by a lack of early passes from midfield.
With ten minutes of the half remaining Shaun Boyle crossed for Edmeads who timed his run well to score Ide Hill’s second and they deserved their lead at the break.
In the second half it is fair to say that idea Hill had the edge over Chipstead, creating more penetrative chances. Wright went close to scoring, Boyle hit the right-hand post after a mazy run from midfield, defender Charlie James and Rob Piper got involved in the action and Ide Hill played fluent, attacking football. Certainly this was their best performance of the season.
Acknowledgement to Chipstead for their challenging, entertaining play as they looked to level the score but Ide Hill went further ahead as Wright slipped the ball through to Grant who stroked the ball home from a tight angle. A good goal but one eclipsed by Grant’s ecstatic celebratory response.
The incident of the half was the referee’s decision to show a red card to Chipstead keeper Adam Porter for preventing a goal scoring opportunity by handing the ball outside the box. Having flashed a red card he rescinded it and then awarded a yellow. A fortunate let-off for Chipstead.
A feature of Ide Hill’s play this season is their improvement at set-pieces and corners but they do need to close down teams more authoritatively. With three minutes left Chipstead scored their second as a speculative shot was deflected past the Ide Hill keeper.
A tense few minutes followed but Ide Hill played out time and deservedly took the three points and credit to Chipstead for their role in an enjoyable afternoon’s football.
Teams-Pearson, Driver, Alteirac, James, Steggle, Jackson, Edmeads, Kensell, Keith, Wright, Grant
Subs-McGinn, Piper, Boyle
Scorere-Edmeads, Kensell, Grant
Position-6th (P3 W1 D1 L1 GF 7 GA 7 GD 0 Pts)
Ide Hill First Team - Season 2016/2017
|5||East Kent College||19||8||2||9||50||41||9||26|
|6||K Sports Reserves||20||8||2||10||44||54||-10||26|
|8||Deal Community Sports||19||6||4||9||34||46||-12||22|
|9||Hollands & Blair Reserves||20||7||1||12||35||45||-10||21*|
|10||Sutton Athletic Reserves||20||6||3||11||40||46||-6||20*|
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Ide Hill Reserves - Season 2016/2017
|3||The Bull, Horton Kirby||20||11||3||6||10||36|
|4||Ide Hill Reserves||20||9||2||9||20||29|
|5||St Lawerence Reserves||19||7||2||10||-9||23|
|7||Otford United 3rd||20||6||1||13||-26||19|
Ide Hill FC are a charter standard club who play in the Kent County League and the Sevenoaks & District League. They were formed in 1923 and became an affiliated member of the FA in 1924. The football club's home pitch is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill and is reported to be the highest football pitch in Kent. Read more