Gt Bradfords vs BHYFC U8s
After scoring 9 goals in their first ever home game against Reed Hall Sentinels last week, this Sunday saw the Under 8s play away, to Gt. Bradfords. For the second match running they scored 9 goals! These we divided between the following players:
Erin Williams scored 6 with Oscar De’ath, Riley Blowers and his brother Bevan Blowers all scoring 1 each.
Bures United vs BHYFC U10s
Following last week’s result and performance for the Under 10s, the Bergholt manager was looking for a positive reaction from the team in the local derby away to Bures United. He wasn’t disappointed as he got positivity right from the start. Within the first minute Bergholt got down the right wing and Nicholas lashed the ball goal wards but as the angle was tight he found the side netting. However, Bergholt did get their goal when a few minutes later after pressure again down the Bergholt right saw the ball fall to Oliver inside the area. Having scored in the fixture last season he kept up the record as he lashed the ball past the Bures keeper to register Bergholt’s first goal this season.
Buoyed by this Bergholt looked to increase that lead with Freddie and Oliver again trying their luck but the Bures keeper was in fine form. His saves gave the Bures team confidence to get forward themselves and from one of their attacks they got the equaliser. A corner was swung into the near post and the height and power was too much for Daniel who could only parry into the net. HT 1-1.
The second half was a copy of the first but with roles reversed as Bures had the majority of chances but found Daniel in super form. Bergholt kept going through this pressure and showed more commitment than last week. A perfect example of which was when, with a few minutes to go, the Bures striker was one-on-one with Daniel who made a fantastic save and the rebound went to another Bures attacker whose shot was blocked by at least four Bergholt players who threw themselves in the way.
The game ended equal at 1-1, which was a fair result given each side was on top for one half each. With the small pitch hampering the chance for much passing, the game was very bunched and hopefully the return match will be a more expansive affair.
Bergholt Heath player of the match: – Daniel Jackson – super saves and monster kicks.
BHYFC U12s vs Wivenhoe Town
Uncharacteristically the Under 12s boys started this match on the up when after five minutes a corner from Matt was met by Tom at the near post with a deft near post header that squeezed into the net. 1-0.
This was followed up not long after by a strike from Jonah when he regained possession on the edge of the box, powered through the defence and slotted it home for 2-0.The game then settled down as Wivenhoe started to come back into it. They did just that by pulling one back which meant the boys could not be complacent. 2-1.
The two goal advantage was soon restored when Matt’s free kick was saved but Jonah was there to put the loose ball in the net. 3-1. Bergholt then switched off with numerous unforced errors , unfortunately one of these led to another for Town to finish the half at 3-2.
Things did not improve much after half time as the boys could not keep possession, continually giving away the ball. Wivenhoe used it to their advantage and the resulting pressure forced Richard into an error in the box and a penalty was awarded and dispatched 3-3. This rocked the boys and at last they started playing better football.
Jack regained the lead as he was found unmarked in the area to score easily. 4-3. This was followed soon after when Ryan got off the mark with a similar effort for 5-3 and then he doubled his tally albeit a tad fortuitously, his first shot was saved by the keeper, the rebound fell to him and he hit the post. Once again it rebounded to him and third time lucky, from the tightest of angles, he finally tucked the ball home. 6-3. With just a few seconds left on the clock the ball fell to Jonah on the edge of the box. It looked like he was going to unleash a powerful shot but instead he passed it to Bowen who was just ahead of him in the area. Bowen calmly dispatched it past the keeper for his first ever goal. 7-3.
A good result, but the boys are capable of playing better football than today. One pleasing part was the amount of chances Bergholt created. As well as the goals, Jack hit the post, Richard, Tom and Dan had good efforts all just missing the target and Matt put in some great corners.
Man of the Match went to Daniel Thomson for an all round solid performance.
BHYFC U16s vs Wivenhoe Town
The Under 16s were at home, also to Wivenhoe Town, but playing without goalkeeper Connor who was away this weekend – missing only his second ever match for the Club in over 5 seasons, plus Captain Jamie Bowden who was still injured from the previous week. Despite the required reshuffle, Bergholt started brightly and moved the ball around well to camp out in the visitors half for the first 10 minutes without managing to get a clear cut opportunity. After this initial pressure, Wivenhoe came back into the game and started to find plenty of space in the attacking third of the field as the Bergholt defence were sitting too far off their players which allowed them plenty of time and freedom. Luckily the visitors were unable to capitalise on this which allowed the manager to try and correct the problems at half time with the score at 0-0.
The second half started with the Bergholt defence appearing not to have taken on board the manager’s comments regarding space, and they were again sitting too deep which enabled the game to become stretched with a disconnect appearing between defence and midfield. After around 10 minutes Wivenhoe finally capitalised on more hesitant defending to score a simple and easily preventable goal. This shook the home team and they tried to get back into the game immediately, but rather than play the ball around as they had done in the first half, they were rushing and the final ball was not finding a Bergholt player. Wivenhoe nearly scored a second when there was another mix-up at the back, but luckily the off-side flag was raised. However the reprieve was only short lived when a simple ball over the top saw the central defenders both leaving the strikers unmarked and one ran between them to finish comfortably one on one with Harry Luckman who was covering in goal this week.
The second goal seemed to knock Bergholt out of their stride and the shape was starting to get lost as the ball with hit high into the air time and again in a desperate attempt to get close to the visitors goal. However Wivenhoe were never seriously threatened and the game petered out to finish Bergholt Heath 0-2 Wivenhoe Town.
Bergholt Heath man of the match: Harry Luckman – brave and commanding in goal.
Fixtures – Sunday 5th October
- Under 8 vs Lexden Saints KO 10am
- Under 10 vs Gt Bentley KO 11am
- Halstead Town Reds vs Under 12 League Cup R1
- Jays (Dagenham) vs Under 16 – Essex County Cup R1