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1st team reports 2016/17

Ide Hill 5 - K Sports Reserves 0
3 December, 2016
Kent County League-Division One Central & East

 

BY Gary Wright

Ide Hill shook off the malaise of last week and thumped five goals past their opponents K Sports Reserves, and kept a clean sheet too. A great day at the office for Ide Hill but not K Sports, formality known as APM FC, who were outplayed in all areas.

Ide Hill set the tempo high from the off and forced their opponents to defend deep and make mistakes under the pressure they applied. It was relentless, pulsating football played at pace with plenty of passing and movement. A great team effort and some strong individual performances.

The front two strikers Tom Wright and Callum Heath led the charge with everyone getting involved and backing up. Midfielder Craig Jackson went close with a header, right winger Jack Edmeads was a thorn in K Sports defence and on the opposite side Shaun Boyle slipped in plenty of chances. 

His cut back and pass across the area led to the first goal after twenty minutes. Edmeads latched on to it and hit the ball sweetly to the far right of the goalie. The second soon followed as Wright and Heath tussled for the ball in the area and it ran clear for Boyle to tap home.

Two nil and K Sports were struggling to get into the game. They were outpaced and Ide Hill offered them very little at the back. Goalkeeper Mike McKay was in a not to be beaten frame of mind and in central defence Phil Alteraic was in solid form with Charlie James calmly and unassumingly going about his work. They make a good pairing supported by the attackingly minded, menacing full backs Luke Steggle and Ben Pearson.

Ide Hill’s verve in the second half again left their opponents stranded. There was one change, James Keyworth replacing Luke Steggle at left back highlighting the competition in defence. Ide Hill attacked in waves and the third goal came from midfielder George Kensell’s run down the right. From his position close to the half way line Wright spotted the opportunity and surged forward to meet the cross with a great well timed run and squeeze home last defender and keeper.

K Sports made substitutions and changes but were unable to influence the game. Heath made several good runs and the defence was reduced to cutting him short with tackles that deserved the bookings the referee awarded. 

Ide Hill were able to make their own changes with Tom Overy coming on at right back and Steve McGinn replacing Kensell who is playing himself back into form after his lengthy layoff through injury. Rob Piper replaced Heath yet none of the changes disrupted their domination.

Goal number four came from Edmeads' free kick outside and to the right of the box and if it was helped along with a slight deflection it was still deserved. There was a late flurry by K Sports as they looked to at least score but Ide Hill’s defence was not to be breached and the game ended with McGinn’s long distance lob that sweetly beat the keeper. As the ball cleared from a corner he let it bounce once, steadied himself and stuck with intent from thirty yards. 

A good way to end a powerful performance that lifts Ide Hill into third place in the league and in touching distance of the leaders.

Kings Hill 1- Ide Hill 2
Bill Manklow Inter Regional Challenge Cup
5 November, 2016

 

BY Gary Wright

This truly was a game of two distinct halves. In the first Ide Hill dominated and deserved their two goal lead but in the second they faded as Kings Hill motored but failed to bounce back despite their best efforts. For this credit goes to Ide Hill who this season have played with great resilience and all round strength. Snatching victories and earning draws that a season or two ago they failed to do. 

Both teams attacked from the whistle but Ide Hill soon settled into a routine of pass and move play that saw them own the midfield and suppress Kings Hill’s flair. They forced their opponents to play deep enabling wingers Shaun Boyle and Columb Grant space to push on in support of the up-front pairing of Tom Wright and Callum Heath, who increasingly link well together. 

Heath’s pace and darting play is well suited to Wright’s well timed runs and eye for goal. With twenty five minutes gone Boyle back-heeled to Heath who slipped the ball across Kings Hill’s area for Wright to side step his marker and angle home low and hard pass the keeper.

Although Ide Hill had the greater possession King’s Hill had their moments but the defence did well to snuff out the danger. Captain Phil Alteraic commanded the back four with Charlie James in support and Ben Pearson alongside him tirelessly working the line and linking with the midfield pairing of Jack Edmeads and Craig Jackson. Mention also to left back Luke Steggle who looks stronger every game he plays.

Ide Hill’s second goal came with ten minutes left as Heath again picked up the ball on the right and passed across the area to an open space. Grant saw the chance, controlled the ball and hit a sweet shot home.

The half time talk was of the need to push on and not allow their opponents early chances to strike back. Only one change was made with James Keyworth taking over from Steggle at left back, making a promising start on his debut. 

King’s Hill reversed the play and kicked off with energy and pace Ide Hill struggled to deal with in the opening fifteen minutes. Their substitutions and greater defensive pressure created chances with Ide Hill offering little in return as they were overrun.

They looked dangerous and scored with twenty two minutes on the clock. Keeper Mike McKay made several good blocks but there was little he could to this time.

Shortly after Heath was clattered and had to come off with a leg injury. Ide Hill switched to  a 4-5-1 formation with Wright upfront. 

Steve McGinn moved into midfield to help stifle attacks and made his presence known with a intuitive block on the line to stop a certain goal.
 
Rather than wilt Ide Hill’s squad has strength in depth and does not crumble easily. They absorbed Kings Hill’s pressure, closing them down and battling as a team to hold on to their lead and a well deserved victory despite a frenetic last ten minutes and a severe blow to Pearson's manhood. 

King’s Hill may feel they deserved a point but Ide Hill most definitely merited the win.

Ide Hill 3 Hollands & Blair FC 2

4 September, 2016

Kent County League-Division One Central & East

 

Ide Hill’s 2016-17 campaign got off to a stuttered start as they twice came from behind to eek out a win over battling Hollands & Blair.

It was not a confident beginning for Ide Hill who were guilty of overplaying and giving the ball away too often in their own territory. Hollands and Blair made the brighter start with their upfront pairing making pacy runs but without really troubling Ide Hill’s defence. Assistant Manager Wally Paxton’s mantra for the season is to treat every game as if it is a cup final. Well until the final minutes this game was always heading for extra time until Ide Hill dug deep to seal the points.

With five in midfield Ide Hill would have expected to influence the game more but a feature of their play is often to start sluggishly and this advantages their opponents. Hollands & Blair exploited the opportunity and with twenty minutes gone Justin Saffrey scored the first of his two goals.

But Ide Hill are too strong not to hit back and as the half wore on they created opportunities with Callum Heath running at the defence, Shaun Boyle cutting in from the left wing and Columb Grant’s corners causing problems but not real threats. Striker Tom Wright and midfield George Kensell got involved but overall Ide Hill’s play lacked fluidity and the usual intensity was missing.

At the start of the second half Hollands & Blair had a half chance to extend their lead but fluffed it and with five minutes gone Ide Hill leveled the score with a well worked goal. Heath picked up the ball outside the box and attacked the defence down the right with defender Rob Piper running into vacant space to his left.

Heath slipped the ball across and Piper was well placed to slot home and for a while Ide Hill played with purpose and increasing authority but fell behind again as the defence failed to deal with a long kick that bobbled and bounced awkwardly before Saffrey picked it up and scored.

Both teams then created chances but the game lacked cohesion and if there was a difference between the two it was Ide Hill’s cussedness and instinct to drive forward in search of goals. It paid off and with twenty minutes left Heath marched on to Boyle’s through ball from the left to hit home off the post.

In the final minutes the ball bounced out from a corner and Boyle's strike was blocked but he made no mistake with the rebound to score from distance, leaving Hollands & Blair little time to regroup as the referee ended the game moments later.

Their opponents will feel aggrieved at losing but on balance they were the beneficiary of a poor display by Ide Hill whose lack of match sharpness was evident. They made hard work of winning but their grit and resolve was the difference between the two sides and they merited the three points.

Manager Keith McGinn is determined to see Ide Hill secure their highest league position this season and was pleased with the outcome. ‘Although not at full strength and far from our normal standard I was happy with the result. Hopefully it shows our potential for a successful season.’

In the final minutes the ball bounced out from a corner and Boyle's strike was blocked but he made no mistake with the rebound to score from distance, leaving Hollands & Blair little time to regroup as the referee ended the game moments after.

Their opponents will feel aggrieved at losing but on balance they were the beneficiary of a poor display by Ide Hill whose lack of match sharpness was evident. They made hard work of winning but their grit and resolve shone though and they deserved the three points.

 

Manager Keith McGinn is determined to see Ide Hill secure their highest league position this season and was pleased with the outcome. ‘Although not at full strength and far from our normal standard I was happy with the result. Hopefully it shows our potential for a successful season.’

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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