Bergholt Heath Under 9s took on their biggest challenge of the season so far when they travelled to face a Rowhedge side who had already scored 23 goals in their first two matches of the season.
It was a bad start from the visitors when with only a minute gone Rowhedge tried their luck from long range. Daniel in the Bergholt goal did well to block the initial shot but the other Rowhedge striker pounced on the rebound to poke the ball home from close range. Bergholt didn’t let this early set back get them down and they set out to get the equaliser. The defence repelled the Rowhedge attacks, in particular Thomas L down the right hand side, whilst the midfield continued to work their socks off to get some good shots in, with James showing great skill and industry down the left. However, despite all this effort, Bergholt fell further behind just before half time.
The second half was an even affair with both teams looking to attack whenever possible. Bergholt continued to look to pass their way up field, whilst Rowhedge looked to attack with pace. Once again the Bergholt defence worked hard, epitomised by Billy when he came across from full back to throw himself in front of the striker to block a goal bound effort.
Bergholt continued to pass and were unlucky when Theo was clean through on goal with just the ‘keeper to beat only to be hauled down by the Rowhedge defender. The resulting free kick taken by Theo was well struck but just floated over the cross bar. Despite their best efforts Bergholt could not get on the score sheet whilst Rowhedge increased their lead with Daniel in goal was deceived by a cross that sneaked in at the near post. It was unlucky for Daniel given his excellent saves in the first half. Final score: Rowhedge 3-0 Bergholt Heath.
Bergholt player of the match: Thomas Lloyd – some excellent tackles and forward running from full back.
The Under 11s had a spare weekend.
Our Under 15s played their first home match of the season against Wivenhoe Youth who had lost to Bergholt in the League Cup back in May. Within 2 minutes of the kick off the visitors were ahead when Conner in goal did not react to a long ball over the top of the Bergholt defence and instead of coming to the edge of his area to collect, allowed the striker time to chase the ball to the penalty spot and slot it into the net. An uncharacteristic error from the normally reliable Bergholt ‘keeper.
This set back rattled Bergholt and it took them until mid way through the half to get back into gear and start pressing the Wivenhoe defence, during which time Jamie Bowden headed off the line and there were a couple of other close calls. Eventually shots started to pepper the Wivenhoe goal without really troubling the keeper and the half ended with an even amount of overall possession.
The second half started with Bergholt in defiant mood and within a couple of minutes the tone was set for the half when James Holden made the visiting ‘keeper work at his near post with a good snap shot. It became a case of the Wivenhoe ‘keeper verses the Bergholt attack with at least another three excellent saves in addition to a few ‘normal’ ones! When he was beaten, Bergholt saw one cleared off the line and another shot hit the bar with nobody close enough to turn the rebound. Despite the huge amount of possession and chances, it appeared to be a game that could have continued until next weekend without Bergholt being able to score and so it was that the final result was Bergholt Heath 0-1 Wivenhoe Youth Blues.
Bergholt Heath man of the match: Max Booth
Next weeks’ fixtures, Sunday 29th September:
- Gt Bradfords vs Under 9
- Feering Falcons vs Under 11
- East Thurrock Utd vs Under 15 – Essex County Cup R1