Unfortunately Bergholt Heath’s Under 8s run of consecutive defeats continued at their away trip to Halstead. The first half was a very even affair, with the only difference between the teams being in the “Goals For” column. Halstead scored twice before Thomas Haworth’s corner was deflected into the net by the defender on the Halstead goal line for Bergholt’s second goal of the season. Bergholt went into the second half full of optimism but were once again susceptible to counter-attacks and Halstead added three more to make the final score 5-1 to the home team.
The Under 10s also saw their superb run at the start of the season come to an end at home to pre-season title favourites Clare Town Lions. Despite putting in a battling rearguard action against a fast flowing Clare attack, the visitors ran out clear 5-0 winners. Hopefully back to winning ways next week!
The Under 14s were also at home to Wivenhoe Youth, looking to get back on track after last weeks poor showing. The team looked much sharper this week with some neat passing football cutting the visitors open time and again, but it took a break from the back by Sam Clark, who finished with a powerful drive into the far corner from just inside the area, to break the deadlock mid way through the first half. Within minutes of the second half starting, Bergholt were 2-0 up, James Holden chasing a long high through ball, and out jumping the central defender to head over the ‘keeper and into the next. A couple of minutes later and it was 3-0 with James again reacting quickly in the area to poke the ball in at the far post from close range. Substitutions broke the rhythm and allowed Wivenhoe to come back into the match courtesy of some long direct balls from back to front cutting out the Bergholt midfield and pressurising the Bergholt full-backs. From one such direct move Wivenhoe pulled a goal back, only for Mickey Whittle to immediately restore Bergholt’s 2 goal advantage with a shot that the Wivenhoe ‘keeper probably should have done a bit better with. Wivenhoe continued their more direct approach to the game and pulled another goal back with a long ball over the top and shot from the end of the area that Connor Welfare in the Bergholt goal got his hand to, but despite a vain attempt by Sam Clark to clear off the line the ball ended up in the back of the net. Final score: Bergholt Heath 4-2 Wivenhoe. Bergholt Heath ‘man of the match’: James Holden.
To complete the set of home fixtures, the Under 18s entertained Alresford Colne Rangers in round 1 of the League Cup, and a comfortable 3-1 win sees Bergholt into the hat for the round 2 draw.
Next weeks fixtures Sunday 14th October:
- Under 8 vs Eight Ash Green, KO 11am
- Under 10 – No game
- Writtle Minors (Whites) vs Under 14 – Essex County Cup R
- Maldon Saints vs Under 18