This week saw pitches dry out at long last which gave both the Under 11s and the Under 15s the opportunity to play their postponed Colchester open Cup ties.
BHYFC Under 11s vs Stanway Villa Reds
The Under 11s were at home to B League Stanway Villa Reds. Despite two goals from Jonah Murray and a man of the match performance from Alexander Hopkins, they went down 5-2.
Heybridge Swifts vs BHYFC Under 15s
The Under 15s were away to fellow A league team Heybridge Swifts. The start of the game was even, however Bergholt went behind in the 6th minute when the ball took a nasty bounce over the defender which let the striker in to score comfortably. This setback did not deter Bergholt who had plenty of the ball but seemed to be lacking the killer touch when it was needed. Mid-way through the half Bergholt got back on terms when Luke played a superb high diagonal ball over the top into the area which found Leo at the far post who finished expertly with a first time shot into the roof of the net. The game remained 1-1 through to half time with neither team looking likely to add to their score.
The second half started as the first half finished, however there was a setback after just a few minutes when influential midfielder Ollie Sanderson had to limp off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Luke who himself was suffering from a bruised shoulder having landed heavily in the first half. The rest of the second half was again very even with only one clear chance that fell to Max just inside the area but his shot under pressure just cleared the bar.
Full time: 1-1.
Into extra time for the second cup tie in a row and yet again the teams cancelled each other out in the first half. The second and final 10 minutes of the game saw Bergholt take the lead when Max hit a wind assisted cross-shot into the far corner of the net with 7 minutes remaining. However this signified one last onslaught from Heybridge who threw away all thoughts of defending by piling players forward. The home team won a succession of corners and from the last of these they equalised with just 2 minutes remaining.
Score after extra time: 2-2.
Another penalty shootout!
- Heybridge 1-0
- Ben for Bergholt – miss
- Heybridge 2-0
- Aaron for Bergholt – score 2-1
- Heybridge 3-1
- Max for Bergholt – score 3-2
- Heybridge 4-2
- Jamie for Bergholt – score 4-3
- Heybridge 5-3.
So Bergholt’s defence of their Open Cup trophy ended with a narrow defeat in round 3.
Bergholt Heath ‘man of the match’ – Max Booth
Next weeks fixtures – Sunday 2nd March
- Oyster Youth vs Under 9
- Lexden Saints vs Under 11
- Under 15 vs Notley Youth, KO 10.30am