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Saturday 19th January

AFC Mottingham 1 – 3 Ide Hill

IDE HILL STRETCH THEIR LEAD AT THE TOP

Ide Hill extended their lead at the top of the league to three points with a hard fought victory over Mottingham on Saturday afternoon.

After a comfortable win over Stansfield last week, Ide Hill looked to maintain their momentum in the final third of the season against a spirited Mottingham side. The visitors welcomed back defensive lynchpin Ben Pearson into the back three, whilst Man of the Match Sam Heasman slotted into an unfamiliar left wing back slot with aplomb.

Ide Hill started strongly, looking to get in behind the Mottingham back line and did so with regularity in the first period, creating chance after chance but to no avail. Matt Bunn saw a one on one saved well by the embattled Mottingham goalkeeper after 10 minutes. Minutes later, a foray down the right resulted in the ball falling to Jack Edmeads in the 6 yard box but his good chance was hooked just over the bar. Charlie James also saw a good chance from a corner headed wide from 10 yards.

So once more Ide Hill went into the break knowing that they had to do better in the second half if they were to stay clear at the top of the league. And the deserved breakthrough finally came on the hour; the adventurous Callum Heath once more stepping up when needed, the winger being brought down when surging forward in the box for a penalty. Craig Jackson stepped up and slotted  just beyond the keeper’s reach for his 11th of the season.

Ide Hill hoped to build from this long sought breakthrough but were pegged back 5 minutes later, a Mottingham breakaway from an Ide Hill corner resulted in Christian Akinlade running through and deftly firing past Mckay for the equalizer.

Ide Hill once more showed their new found steel though to take the lead once more after 75 minutes, Sam Heasman providing the first of his two assists, releasing Bunn on the left who fired in a calm and composed finish past the onrushing goalkeeper to give Ide Hill a deserved lead and take him into double figures for the season.

The win was rounded off and given a deserved sheen on 80 minutes, created once more by Sam Heasman with a wonderful dragback in the box for George Kensell to rattle in his 5th of the season and cap a good day’s work for the league leaders.

The result means Ide Hill improve their lead at the top of the league to three points courtesy of Chipstead dropping points. But there is still a long way to go and a strong chasing pack means that the title probably has a few twists and turns to go before the end of the season. Next week Ide Hill visit Halls, who have an excellent record against the top teams and will be looking to avenge their 5-0 reverse at Wrotham from earlier in the season.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heath, Pearson, James, Steggle, Heasman, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Grant, Bunn. Subs: Kensell, Wright, Brandon

Man of the Match: Sam Heasman

Clash of the Titans

Ide Hill Reserves 4-2 Pembury

Fisher Shield Quarter Final

 

 

16 games of football and no losses the Ide Hill demolition machine had a herculean task in taking down their only rival, the only other undefeated league side in Pembury.

 

Alot of the pregame chat centered around opposition centre midfielder or as will calls him well overrater gobby idiot! He certainly lived up to his name. After a thorough kit inspection the game began, due to Rob the penalty specialist hawkins being delayed there was a last minute alteration to Pete the meat Dance Harvey's plans.

 

The Hill were 2-0 within 20 mins which prompted the first changes after this Ide Hill decided to wake up and begin the game, which sparked into life when Jordan "Billy Elliott" twinkle toed his way around the centre halves into the box before being savagely cut down resulting in a Penalty being cooly despatched by Tom the sniper Wilkens following this the misery was compounded further when some bloke who had been let out by his mrs came on an banged in a worldy of a free kick.

 

The IDE had the bit between their teeth and went for the kill the deadlock was broken into the 2nd half after Coleman displaying the fitness of a 90 yr old woman had to go off due to some calves tighter than a nats chuff. Ide hill then took the lead through an opportunistic poach from Jordan usain bolt Hounsell taking advantage of some shocking communication at the back for the now rattled Pembury.

 

Arguments amongst their ranks caused further confusion and Ide hill took further advantage by even more fantastic play by the guy on day release, slotting calmly passed the keeper, with 10 minutes to go 2 more changes were made in the form of heasmann and super sub shane o mac a hatrick assisted by heasmann for the ok I'll name him now Ryan "the bet is done" Hogsett finishing clinically to put the icing on the cake.

 

Some solid displays across the pitch from the cat Will Martin, Steve the tank Mcginn, Ryan "the bet is done" Hogsett but the man of the match went to Jordan usain bolt Hounsell for a stellar performance even if he has got chocolate hamstrings.

Ide Hill demolition train next stop is the lowly titan tigers and they look to extend their run to 18 games and put a further statement on this already impressive season.

Jack Edmeads lines up a free kick in the 4-0 win over Stansfield

Saturday 12th January

Stansfield O&B Reserves 0 – 4 Ide Hill

     IDE HILL GO TOP

Ide Hill climbed back to the top of the league with a workmanlike victory over Stansfield on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors welcomed Jack Edmeads back into the starting line-up after his lengthy suspension absence and knew that a win, when there was little other league action, would take Ide Hill back to the summit of the division with only 7 games left to play.

And they started with intent, Callum Heath constantly driving down the right and Matt Bunn running with intent to stretch the home defence. The opening goal arrived after 15 minutes from the right; Heath venturing down the wing and squaring across the edge of the box to Craig Jackson, who rattled in his 10th of the season beyond the Stansfield goalkeeper.

This was not the start of the straightforward procession Ide Hill had perhaps expected though, toiling for the remainder of the half against game opposition and offering Stansfield constant encouragement through a lack of concentration and individual errors. Columb Grant had a free kick pushed wide just before the break and Charlie James saw a good chance from a corner sail off his head and over the bar.

The visitors knew they had to perform much better after the interval as Stansfield had their tails up going into half time. And the half time messages clearly landed with Ide Hill doubling their lead after 50 minutes. A slick breakaway was completed when Kensell fed Grant in the box who steadied himself and fired into the corner from 15 yards for his 4th of the season.

The comfortable lead allowed Ide Hill to relax into their play a little and Man of the Match Heath deservedly bagged himself the 3rd, a break down the right led to Grant pulling the ball back from the by line to Heath who arrowed a first time shot into the top corner from the cut back.

The victory was completed by the returning Tom Wright, again owing to great work by Heath, who raced down the right to square into the box for Wright in the 6 yard box who flashed beneath the keeper with all of his customary poaching nous.

So Ide Hill climb back to the top of the league with 7 games to play and know that if they win those games they are pretty much guaranteed the league, irrespective of what the strong chasing pack do. After a loss and a draw though, it was simply good to get back to winning ways; next week they will hope to go to Mottingham and win in order to solidify their position at the top.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Steggle, James, Holder, Heath, Driver, Edmeads, Jackson, Kensell, Grant, Bunn. Subs: Wright, Heasman, Butt, Brandon

Man of the Match: Callum Heath

Matt Bunn scored his 9th goal of the season against Sydenham

IDE HILL STAY SECOND AFTER ENTERTAINING DRAW WITH SYDENHAM

Saturday 5th January

Ide Hill 1 – 1 Sydenham

 

Ide Hill missed the chance to climb back to the top of the league with a hard fought draw against a strong 3rd placed Sydenham side on Saturday afternoon at Wrotham.

Welcoming Luke Steggles and Charlie James back in to the heart of the defence, Ide Hill fielded a strong starting line up and started quickly in another game which would potentially have a large bearing on the title race.

And following a number of encouraging openings down the right flank, the opening goal came from that same source, albeit with a huge slice of luck. After 10 minutes the Sydenham left back woefully underhit a backpass to his goalkeeper, allowing Matt Bunn to steal in and accurately slot beneath the advancing keeper for his 9th goal of the season.

Ide Hill smelt blood and a chance to pull away in the game, but managed to miss a number of gilt edged chances before half time. George Kensell was played in on the right for a one on one but fired straight at the keeper. A frantic goalmouth scramble resulted in two goal line clearances from the Sydenham defence, with a number of Ide Hill players unable to apply the killer touch following a Ben Holder shot from the edge of the box. And just before half time Matt Bunn fired over the bar from 6 yards after excellent work once more by Grant and Heath down the right hand side.

Ide Hill went in to the break concerned that they would be made to rue this host of missed chances, and so it came to pass; Sydenham made a few changes at the break and came out in the second half with much greater attacking threat. On the hour they pulled level, breaking down the left after taking a quick free kick and squaring into the box for the Sydenham forward to fire past a helpless Mike Mckay in goal.

As the clock ticked down the game could have been won in either direction; a late breakaway from Sydenham resulted in a goalmouth scramble in the Ide Hill box, with an excellent save by Mckay and some last ditch defending keeping the visitors out, just.

In the final minutes Ide Hill went hunting for the win and almost snatched the victory, a late scramble from a corner resulted in Jackson firing goalward only for the Sydenham to palm over from close range. And with the final attack of the game, a lofted cross was floated towards Heath 6 yards out at the back post, who headed straight at the goalkeeper when he might have waited for the ball to drop and had a tap in.

So a draw was perhaps a fair result in an evenly matched contest, although Ide Hill will feel aggrieved to have missed out on the three points having misses a raft of excellent chances at critical points in the game. Ide Hill are now 2 points off the top of the league with a game in hand over Chipstead ahead of the visit to Mottingham next week; but the top of the league is bunching up, with conceivably 5 teams now having aspirations of topping the table come May.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heath, Steggles, James, Holder, Driver, Jackson, S Heasman, Kensell, Grant, Bunn Subs: Boyle, Butt, J Heasman

Man of the Match: Craig Jackson

 

Saturday 17th November

Ide Hill 3-0 Club Langley

Kent County Division One

Ide Hill extended their lead at the top of the league to 6 points with a masterful and dominant win over title rivals Club Langley on Saturday afternoon.

Ide Hill beat Langley 1-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season thanks to a George Kensell goal, but Langley are still part of the chasing pack, along with Sydenham who have games in hand, so Ide Hill knew they needed to post another statement performance to stay in control of the league.

And Ide Hill started fast, something which was lacking at the start of the season but has gladly returned in recent weeks. Langley looked to play out from the back, but the relentless pressing of the home side resulted in two good chances within the first minute for Matt Bunn and George Kensell, with both being narrowly missed.

Ide Hill had a strong squad of 16, only missing Jack Edmeads through suspension and Ben Holder through injury and the whole squad is contributing to this impressive season, with quality all over the pitch and on the bench to call on to change the game or see out results.

The hosts continued to defend resolutely and attack with lightning speed, cutting through Langley time and again on the break, with Callum Heath driving down the right as well as Bunn and Columb Grant pressing and linking up with incision.

The Hill deservedly took the lead after 40 minutes of good quality football from both sides, Matt Bunn wriggling away from a Langley defender in the box and being brought to the ground. Craig Jackson stepped up to roll his 7th goal of the season in to the bottom corner.

Ide Hill were buoyed by grabbing a lead they had warranted and stepped up the pressure in the dying moments of the first half, adding a second just before the break. A Jackson flick on was squared in the box by Bunn to Grant who controlled, swivelled and fired the ball in to the corner as the despairing keeper watched on.

In the second half the technically impressive Langley team controlled much of the possession, without ever really carving out any chances of note beyond one shot from the corner of the box which was skewed in to the side netting. Ide Hill’s defending became more intense when they were reduced to ten men on the hour, with Heath picking up a second yellow for an innocuous incident.

This is testament to the increasingly strong defence, who have now kept back to back clean sheets and were marshalled excellently by James, Pearson and Captain Alteirac, with Mckay brave and calm behind them in the goal, they saw out the game even with the numerical deficiency. Mark Driver also put in his best performance of the season at left wing back, earning the Man of the Match through strong defending against a tricky winger, nicking the ball and pushing the team forward throughout.

With this solidity and control, it was Ide Hill who always looked like scoring again on the break, and so it proved, with Tom Wright skilfully releasing substitute Boyle who, fresh from his two goal cameo last week, slalomed through the defence, into the box and slotted beyond the Langley keeper in off the post for 3-0.

Ide Hill now have a 2 week break from the league due to cup commitments, but will go in to December at the top of the table, looking ahead to looming games with Sydenham and Chipstead full of confidence after today that they can hold their own with anyone in the league when on this form.

Team: Mckay, Pearson, James, Alteirac, Heath, Driver, Jackson, Kensell, Heasmann, Grant, Bunn. Subs: Wright, Boyle, Steggles, Piper

Man of the Match: Mark Driver

 

 

Ide Hill Reserves 3-1 Woodlands Reserves -

Saturday 17th November - Sevenoaks Junior Charity Cup

 

After last weeks David vs Goliath the undefeated Ide hill reserves found themselves in the position of expectation.

 

With a huge squad available to Peter slabhead Dance-Harvey, that head was aching. After selecting his 16 the camp was in a bouyant mood courtesy of a group chat banter fest courtesy of our resident William Shakespear archbishop of Banterbury Rado. Apparently he only had a few fantas nobody quite knows whether or not they came from arsehole yet....

 

The team relatively unchanged started well with clever interchanges in the midfield between Holdertron and Mcginn linking well with Scotty, Jordan and Tyler playing through the pain of a dodgy toe. The Hill just lacked that cutting edge. After a few shakey moments at the back from returning centre Half Luke the Chin Marchant Ide hill were looking like another dirty sheet with Dance Harvey in the back four but for some resolute goalkeeping and shitty finishing on behalf of the opposition, who rumour has it are still working on finishing last years xmas dinner.

 

On the half hour mark Sam Churchill Coleman (gaffa for the day) brought onnthe prodigal Son Jason Miles Lomas for his long awaited 2nd debut the boy did not dissapoint, after a rousing half time chat the hill we came out the blocks hard and fast. With a free kick CR7 would be proud of Jason found the inside of the side netting of the top right corner and a celebration only a true bellend would attempt. The domination continued in the shape of a well pounced upon back pass by Scotty to give us the cushion. Following what can only be described as a perfect spike in volleyball the opposition rightly had a goal disallowed.

 

Further substituions in the shape of Heasman, fitzer and pissed up Butterworth the hill continued to control the tempo, in a now advanced role Billy Whizz Hawkins began to run riot on the left wing and was rewarded with the goal of the season or so he tells it, how the ball ended up in the net is still baffling some of the greatest minds of the 21st century.

 

The Hill were now cruising toward a 10th game unbeaten and the ever coveted Dance-harvey clean sheet, with Will Punchline Martin in goal determined to stop that by skinning the opposition striker, the inevitable goal arrived much to everyone's annoyance however the game finished 3-1 but not before Rob Man of Steel Hawkins killed a man with seconds to, the same man that had already been nailed by slabhead.

 

The hill continued their undefeated march towards Trophies galore and another quarter final. The illustrious man of the match went to Skipper Craig Holdertron with another steller performance commanding the midfield with the efficiency of Andre Pirlo and Paul Scholes love child.

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

 

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

New Players Welcome

 

If you are interested in playing for Ide Hill FC please contact Paul McDonagh.

 

paulmcdonagh001@gmail.com

 

About Ide Hill FC

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

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