With the first week of the new season seeing 3 of the 4 teams without a game for various reasons, the league season kicked off with three of the four teams at home on the Poors Field on 21st September.
BHYFC U8s vs Reed Hall Sentinels
The Under 8’s played their very first match and scored 9 goals in a great performance for manager Andy Williams! Oscar De’ath scored 5, Henry McLean scored 3 and the other goal came from James Murphy.
BHYFC U10s vs Brightlingsea Regent
Bergholt Under 10’s played their first game of the season following their turn to sit out last week. The visitors to the Poors Field were Brightlingsea Regent, who the blues met in the pre-season tournament at Wivenhoe a few weeks earlier. Brightlingsea kicked off and within 30 seconds were celebrating their first goal as they sliced through the Bergholt team like a hot knife through butter. This set the tone for the rest of the match with Brightlingsea on top throughout. By half-time the score was 0-4 following an impressive display from Brightlingsea and some errors from the Bergholt team.
With the Bergholt manager also refereeing the match, he wasn’t able to have a word with the team until half-time when a few words of encouragement and advice were needed. He can take some crumb of comfort that the boys might have listened to his words from the fact that in the second half Bergholt only conceded 3.
A frustrating match for all involved with Bergholt U10’s as this wasn’t the start they wanted and the performance we all know that they can show. There were pockets of play where the boys showed what they were about and were able to compete with Brightlingsea but these were all too infrequent and short.
Bergholt Heath player of the match: – Joseph Watkins – kept on battling.
BHYFC U12s vs Halstead Town Reds
The Under 12’s were also at home on the Poors Field, to Halstead Town Reds. Bergholt ran out comfortable 4-2 winners with the goals coming via a hat-trick from Jonah Murray and one from Tyler Webb. Jonah was, unsurprisingly, voted player of the match!
Frinton & Walton vs BHYFC U16s
The Under 16’s were the only team away, at newly promoted Frinton and Walton. A much changed squad from last season, including the loss of two of the best players now playing at the higher (East Anglia) Alliance League level, saw new signings Ryan and Harry Luckman, Conor McLaughlin, Christian Pinto plus the returning Ronan Gallagher all make their debuts during the match.
The loss of the tall centre back Sam meant that the team was likely to concede from corners and it was from Frinton’s very first flag kick that the home team took the lead after around 10 minutes. Bergholt did not let their heads drop and started playing some neat football. A few minutes before half time Bergholt got the break their football deserved with Leo Tiffney neatly finishing a well worked passing move from around 10 yards out. HT: 1-1.
Bergholt were looking to kick on in the second half and took the game to the home team. However some poor marking at the back between the new central defensive pairing let in Frinton’s star striker who finished comfortably. Again this did not deter Bergholt and the team spirit shone through with Conor and Ciaran in central midfield driving the team on. Mid way through the half Bergholt equalised for the second time when a free kick was played into the Frinton box and new signing Harry got his head on the ball to flick it into the goal for a debut goal. This was followed a few minutes later with Conor also scoring on his debut to make the score 3-2.
The home team were now throwing everything at Bergholt to try and equalise but the defence was being superbly marshaled by Jamie from his new position at left back. Unfortunately from one clearance under pressure from the striker, Jamie landed awkwardly at an angle and injured his knee, which required on pitch treatment, then further treatment at pitch side, followed by a trip to A&E. Luckily the feared ligament damage was not diagnosed and a badly sprained knee will see him on crutches and out of action for just a few weeks.
Final score: Frinton & Walton 2-3 Bergholt Heath.
Bergholt Heath Man of the Match: Jamie Bowden – an all action display from the back before being injured a few minutes from time.
Fixtures – Sunday 28th September
- Gt Bradfords vs Under 8
- Bures Utd vs Under 10
- U12 vs Wivenhoe KO 10am
- U16 vs Wivenhoe KO 11.30am