Monday 15 October, 2012
A good start to the day as the majority of players were at the ground by 1pm and were helping the manager to get the goals out, which left them plenty of time for a full fitness session before the match kicked-off. The game got underway and Ide Hill were looking good, especially on the bench where Ryan Cornwell, Dave Lansley, James Cooke and Nigel Jeffrey sat, Matt Higginson was on line duties. An early corner to Ide Hill was taken by Nick Capon and an unmarked Sam Coleman tapped it in on the volley. 1-0.
Some good foot work from Capon finds the ball out on the left wing and Dean Taylor sent in a superb cross for Andy Rudden to rise above their defenders and head home. 2-0.
Five minutes later and an unfortunate clash of heads between Steve McGinn and Mike Perry sees the latter taken off and replaced by Dave Lansley (I am told that it took 5 stitches to put Mike back together).
Capon, who was doing a great job up front, made another impressive run before laying the ball off to Baz Pennells, who was onside this time, who striked the ball off the sliding Hildenborough defender and sent the ball looping over the keepers head. 3-0 HT.
After a pretty quiet start to the second half the Hildenborough Athletic defence once again opened up and Beardo, who had come on at halftime, strided through the midfield to slot home Ide Hill's 4th.
However some lack in concentration lets Hildenborough take to ball up the other end and after a rather tame corner, they are able to bundle the ball home from 2 yards. 4-1.
Ide Hill didn't take their foot off the pedal though and a great cross from Steve found Baz's stomach and he took it to the line before passing back for Nick to slot home. This was by far the best pass an move and most unselfish piece of football I have seen at Ide Hill this season. A credit to you all. 5-1.
Unfortunately, we once again allowed them to get to our byline and a backwards cross, skimmed off the outstretched leg of Sam before landing at the feet of their right midfielder, they was still a lot of work to do, but he finished it off as good as any I've seen in this league.
Ide Hill weren't finished though and some more good footwork from the defence, Simon Lewis, through the midfield paved the way for Nick to pop up again and get his second with a very sweet strike. 6-2. Nick finished it all off with a superb free kick, beating the goalkeeper to the top left, and taking the match ball for his hatrick (not literally Keith, don't worry!).
Full time 7-2. A good game and great atmosphere on the pitch, Well done lads and let's have some more of this next week when we play Sevenoaks Weald Reserves away in the Cup.
Steve Rowley, Ide Hill FC media secretary
Fortunately for Ide Hill Reserves, this particular Chico was playing for Swansea in the Premier league rather than the friendly match against Eynsford Reserves on the hill! Our very own Chico (Richard Spencer) was lining up though with the other likely hero's of Baz's Reservolution on Saturday afternoon! The enemy for the first time this year was Eynsford Reserves, a hard tackling and occasionally gifted bunch of players from the Sevenoaks and District League Division One where they finished in 4th place last year.
With a multitude of fullbacks at his disposal, Baz sent out his first selection of the season on the bumpy - and very long grassed - pitch, that will be our home for just one more week. A good turnout meant there were a few selection headaches, but with one eye on pre-season trainings turnout and the other on last year's Championship winning side, Baz started the match, leaving a somewhat ginger 'Estate Agent' (Billy Cornwell) on the bench!
It was never going to be easy organising this group of players, some who had never played together before, but we started brightly and there were a few sparks from certain areas of the pitch. However, sadly we went in at halftime 3 goals down. This was not to the detriment of the players, just an exercise of where the management thought those players should be best placed.
A stern halftime team talk, with a couple of positional swaps, instructing everyone to go out and win the second half, even if the match finished 3-1, the manager would have been happy. Baz himself took to the pitch, to extend the 10 minutes he'd had at the end of the first half, leaving yours-truly in charge for the second 45 minutes. After about 10 minutes, we had made a breakthrough with a perfectly taken free kick met by the head of the 'never-going-to-retire' Rob Giddins.
Unfortunately during the first half, young goalkeeper Tom Williamson had to be taken off after a hard-hitting challenge by one of Eynsford’s forwards. As it happened, we had a reserve in the team with young Jason Miles-Lomas taking over between the sticks. A quick switch saw Tom back on the field of play and with that the chance to cement a positional side, as agreed with the manager at halftime.
Nick Capon, who had been running all afternoon, took the opportunity after Andy Rudden had come on at right midfield. Andy's running through their midfield opened up the play and gifted Nick his first goal of the campaign. 3-2 to the visitors.
A couple more changes saw young Steve McGinn and Rob Giddins take a breather, after slight injuries had forced them off, and a well deserved rest for Dean Taylor, who was energetic as always. This saw Dave Lansley take up the unusual position of centre midfield alongside the Estate Agent, with Ryan Cornwell slotting in at the back next to a rejuvenated Mike Perry (where did that performance come from!?). Jason replaced Dean on the left and Nigel Jeffrey made way for Daryl Rose to make his second appearance of the match. After a few scary moments at the back, Ide Hill looked reassured and started to play some great football. Another great run from Andy, saw him free to shoot, and that he did, we were back in it at 3-3!
The last 10 minutes saw both teams go close, but a brilliantly switched pass by the young Estate Agent, and a deft touch by Nick, saw him clean through on goal to make it 4-3. A very late and another unacceptable challenge on Tom saw the visitors snatch a late equaliser, however a change of heart by the referee made our winning score line stick. 4-3 winners!
One player has not been mentioned in my write up, and that is because he played the entire 90 minutes without a noise, completed his duties as was asked and performed way above his years. Young Callum Bye, please take a bow, you showed us all what a talented player you are and gave us many reasons to be hopeful for the season ahead. You were the man of the match in both mine and Baz's opinions.
Steve Rowley, Ide Hill FC Media snd Fixtures Secretary
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.