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Halls Athletic 1 - Ide Hill 4
Kent County League Division One
25 November 2017
Ide Hill’s dominance resulted in a well deserved win
but all credit to their opponents for a battling performance. Ide Hill declared their intent from the start by pressuring Halls’ defensive back line and stifling their desire to attack. It all paid
off when Ide Hill scored with just seven minutes gone. Pushing forward from midfield visionary central defender and captain Ben Pearson neatly lobbed the ball over Halls’ defence for striker Rob
Piper to run on to and confidently beat the keeper.
Just three minutes later a combination of neat
passing between striker Shaun Boyle and midfielder George Kensell led to a forward pass allowing Piper to again pick up the ball and neatly slot home.
Halls’ natural style of play is based on long balls
hit cross field from defence to attack for their forwards to collect but by playing a high defensive line and closing down their defence Ide Hill frustrated them. In midfield Jack Edmeads, Kensell
and Steve McGinn marshalled and bossed the play.
Things continued to go Ide Hill’s way as much to the
chagrin of Halls’ players the referee awarded a penalty that midfielder Edmeads tucked away with ease.
The only hiccup for Ide Hill came in the final ten
minutes as they tended to defend deeper and then allowed Halls to score from an innocuous cross they should have easily dealt with.
If at the end of the first half Ide Hill loosened
their grip on the game then Halls grasped it firmly at the start of the second. They changed their line-up and attacked threateningly down the flanks. central defender Nick Johnson made a rare
appearance (his boots had to have cobwebs blown off them) and teamed up well with Pearson. Equally rare was Columb Grant’s debut at wing back. His first stint there for seventeen years.
With ten minutes gone Halls won a penalty. Despite
Ide Hill’s protestations the referee’s decision stood but perhaps justice was delivered when Ide Hill keeper Mike McKay swooped low to his left and and parried the shot on to the post and
From here Ide Hill pushed on, limiting the chances
offered to their opponent’s and creating plenty of their own with Callum Heath, Charlie James and other’s getting into the action. They scored their fourth when Kensell’s shot was blocked and winger
Matt Bunn was on hand to tap home from the rebound.
A confident, assured performance and well merited
Orpington FC 1 - Ide Hill 9
Kent County League-Division One
Saturday 14 October, 2017
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
Wright had an early chance and winger Columb Grant went close too. Jackson joined in and Rob Piper contributed to the
attack for which Orpington offered little resistance. Their style of play was quite predictable-hoofing the ball upfield for their forwards to run on to but Ide Hill’s defensive back four worked it
out quickly and dropped deep to smoother the threat.
Jackson stepped up to score first after twenty minutes. From a free kick outside the box he steered his shot wide of the
wall and pass the keeper, nestling the ball just inside the far post. A series of neat passes and interchange led Callum Heath to cross low and hard from the right wing to Wright who came out on top
in a one-on-one tussle with Oprington’s keeper.
He added a second soon after as Orpington failed to clear and midfielder Ben Holder lofted a cross from the left and Wright
headed home powerfully from the six yard area. Ide Hill’s only blip in the first half was when they switched off as Orpington prepared to take a free kick from distance and they left two players
unmarked and one scored without challenge as the ball ping ponged around their area.
Ide Hill maintained their pressure in the second half and from midfield Steve McGinn picked out Piper’s run with a
searching right to left pass which he latched on to and scored from. Four goals and the question was how many more?
Jackson teed up Wright’s hat-trick with a neat pass he slipped past the keeper and then he returned the favour by neatly
turning his marker insider the box and rolled the ball to Jackson to control well and ram it home. They linked up again for Jackson to score his third and by this time Ide Hill were masterful in
their control of the game. All over the park.
Everyone looked to get on the scoresheet and with ten minutes left Grant added his name to the scoresheet, running down
the left and beating the keeper, and in an almost exact repeat of his opening goal Jackson grabbed his fourth. Another free kick and the end result was the same as he wrapped the ball around
Orpington’s wall, again between the keeper and the post.
Now the aim is for Ide Hill to remember the delight of this outcome, maintain this form and use it as their standard for the rest of the
Ide Hill 1 - Farnborough Old Boys Guild 3
Bill Manklow Cup
7 October, 2017
Ide Hill never recovered from a below par first half performance and despite a stronger display after the break they exit
this cup in the first round. Ide Hill striker Tom Wright had an early chance to score and went close after eight minutes. Winger Shaun Boyle drifted past his marker but his effort was blocked and as
the half unfolded chances fell away. Farnborough had much of the possession, often gifted to them by their opponents.
This was a dispirited performance from Ide Hill and manager Paul McDonagh made several tactical changes to inject life into
their performance but to little effect. Farnborough took the lead after twenty two minutes through careless defending and Ide Hill did well to keep the scoreline to one down at the break. At the back
central defenders Phil Alteirac and Peter Dance-Harvey held firm and keeper Mike McKay had a busy afternoon in his sweeper-keeper role.
After retrospection of their first half showing Ide Hill bounded out of the blocks and made a brash start with winger Rob
Piper taking up a good position on the right of the box to steer home after four minutes. More chances followed but Farnborough pushed on and were difficult to overcome, particularly in
midfield and although the game was more open Ide Hill never really got a grip of it.
They went behind again after conceding a needless free-kick from which Farnborough scored from distance. More substitutions
using the roll on-roll off rule followed but this was a day when Ide Hill struggled and Farnborough put in a good effort. As Ide Hill looked for goals then inevitably gaps appeared at the back and in
the final minutes Farnborough popped in a third to secure their place in the next round.
Back to basics for the squad and a fresh is needed next time out.
Faversham Strike Force 1 - Ide Hill 5
Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield
23 September 2017
Ide Hill strolled through to the next round of the cop with a comprehensive 5-1 win against Faversham. They struck early
two minutes in when winger Columb Grant chased down a long cross and and passed to striker Tom Wright who timed his run well to beat the keeper with a shot to the top right of the
Two minutes later neat interplay between Wright and midfielder Edmeads sent Ide Hill two nil up. Wright slipped the ball
through to Edmeads who deftly took it round the keeper to slot home. Chances continued with Grant, Wright and Craig Jackson all going close and it took a while for Faversham to catch their breath and
settle into the game but they created few chances.
In the twenty fifth minute Wright found himself in possession on the edge of the box and seeing the Faversham keeper was
off his line chipped him to score his second. Just before the break he added his third and Ide Hill’s forth when he ran on to meet Rob Piper’s pass and slam home to complete his
A really solid, all round first half performance by Ide Hill that Faversham struggled to cope with and they knew a better
effort was needed after the break and they put in a stronger effort. Fortunately Ide Hill’s defence was in fine form and stifled Faversham’s attacks. Their only goal came when Ide Hill keeper Mike
McKay struggled to clear a high cross and the ball bounced off central defender Peter Dance-Harvey who scored an own goal he could do nothing about. His only blemish in a solid performance alongside
Phil Alteirac who played his best game of the season and between them they won their aerial battles.
With the Ide Hill midfield dominating, and wing-backs Callum Heath and Mark Driver both attacking Faversham were pegged
back and in the final moments veteran Ide Hill player Sebastian Pennells’ (oops Charlie James) reminded everyone of his glory years as he calmly controlled the ball inside the six yard box and
slipped the ball pass the keeper.
Here’s to an equally impressive
performance in the next round.
3 - 2 Chipstead FC 2
League-Division One West
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Ide Hill Reserves - Season 2016/2017