September Week 2: Weekend Round-up
Halls Weekend Round-up WEEK 2 – September 2013
Well after last weekend's big sign-up day back at Stone Rec, it was more back to normal this weekend with friendlies taking place in our junior teams, but with the Halls 1st Team and Halls Youth team kicking off their league campaigns.....all eyes were on them.
Halls Under 10s @ The London Marathon Ground Tournament
The u10's where involved in a pre-season friendly tournament at the marathon ground. Halls lost their first two games 0-2 v Petts Wood and 0-1 v Red Devils, both games were tight matches and could have swung either way, but we found winning form v Russlers with a cracking goal from Joe Vicary. Halls final game finished 0-0 v Dulwich Hamlet. There were impressive performances from debutants Alfie and Harvey. Martin also deserves a mention for some fine saves to keep two very good clean sheets. Well done boys we improved as the day went on. We improve again next week.
Halls 1st Team v AFC Mottingham
Our new Vice-Chairman Steve Vanstone, led the 1st Team out at Princes Park to face AFC Mottingham in the opening fixture of the Haart of Kent County League Division 1 (West), and on a very fine September afternoon it was great to be back at the superb facilities that is our senior home ground #PerfectPitch
And it was a perfect start. Lakey, the League's top goal scorer last season, had picked up the ball just outside the Mottingham area and with a quick shuffle he had rounded the defender and was then bundled to the floor by the on-rushing keeper. Clear penalty, and the referee Lee Culpeck had no doubt in pointing to the spot after just 2 minutes. Bradley Marshall stepped up confidently and slotted the ball into the bottom corner with great accuracy. Good placement, and 1-0 Halls.
Skipper Steve Vanstone then suffered a cut to his head after defending a corner superbly, he was left flat on the floor with blood running down his face. But like no other he was soon on his feet, cleaned up and with a wad of vasaline he marched himself back into the heart of the match.
And we soon doubled our lead, after soaking up a spell of pressure John Rowley (making his Halls debut) had linked up well and sent Lakey flying down the left wing. A step over lost his man as he accelerated towards goal, and a great 50 yard run from Dave Stevens see him un-tracked and there for a tap-in after Lakey selflessly squared the ball across the box. No Mottingham defence in sight as another decisive Halls break away sent our opponents into disarray. 2-0 Halls.
Josh Covill started the match at left back, returning to the 1st Team after 18 months since his last appearance, and he delivered a superb cross right through the heart of the Mottingham defence to the head of John, who leapt and just headed over the bar. So close. But it was another head injury that was to slow us down in this half.... Rocket had flung a head where he shouldn't have...again...and took a heavy blow. Blood poured and this one was not a vasaline repair job.
Christon Sookoo replaced him and headed out to right wing. And after another spell of pressure from Mottingham, capitalising again when we were down to 10-men, we had seemed to coped well and had defended brave and strong throughout the start of this match, but the referee had pointed to the spot after George Unitt was judged to have deliberately handled after charging down a shot. With the eyes in the back of my head, I thought it was soft, but penalty given. And 2-1 against the run of play.
Another debutant was Ray Marshall in the Halls goal after signing from Lanes End in the summer. He had no chance with the penalty, but made easy work of the two shots Mottingham had in this first half. This should have been 3-1 when Adonis poked home from just 4 yards out, but straight at the keeper and I don't know how! This might have even been before the penalty....so we headed into half-time comfortable but the 2-1 score just about gave Mottingham something to take out of their first 45 minutes.
Another patch-up of the Skipper and we headed back out for the second half. We knew we were causing Mottingham a lot of problems, Lakey and John were winning everything and to be frank, their defence looked very scared every time those two touched it - so we had a quick tidy up with our organisation and just needed to keep it the Halls Way....
Mottingham continued with a very high attacking front 3, but the core of our defence was strong with Vano, George and Lee all matching everything that came. Ray swept well and we continued to dominate in the final third. Christon had worked himself well into the match and was a good threat down the wing, as was our left side with Josh and Brad linking up constantly... and with a series of corners and good territory we had opened ourselves up to some Mottingham chances.
But we soon had the ball in the net, with Bradley taking a shot checking just inside the box and forcing the keeper into a low parry straight into the path of Lakey. Tap in 2 yards out this time. 3-1 Halls. And let's not ever see chances like this ever missed in front of goal like earlier in this match!
Dan Harris replaced Adonis for his debut and we see a spell in the game where we controlled everything. We had took the wind out of Mottingham and we continued to see some brilliant defending right across the backline, and none more so than the skipper Steve Vanstone. Dan Stark by this time had returned from dropping Rocket up A&E and watching admirably from the side-lines today he continues to prove what a great club he is and just adding to the examples and standards we are setting for the season.
Bradley was continuing to threat down the left, but with Mottingham continuing to foul our players as a resort to defending it was all too much for him. A yellow card for dissent followed by a substitution. Adonis replaced him taking up place on the left wing - we must learn our lesson. We see the match out comfortably by this point and all walked away pretty pleased with our showing today.
Ray, Josh, John, Lakey, all got shouts for Man of the Match, but well done Vano for the Blue Towel!
Lee George Vano(c) Josh
Rocket Dave Adonis Brad
Goals: Brad (pen) 3mins, Dave 25mins, Lakey 60mins
Halls Reserves v Halls Under 18s Yellow
It was a friendly match a Stone Rec that saw Martin bring his new-look Under 18s team in for an all Halls affair.
Under 12s co-Manager Gary Mills very randomly pulled on the number 1 shirt for Martin’s team, filling a gap but conceding three first half goals! The match was open, and there were plenty of scoring chances throughout the 90 minutes, with a final 5-3 score-line. Senior trialists David and George scored the Reserves’ 5 goals between them…. Four for David and one for George. Good start boys!
Halls Under 13s v Welling Wanderers
The U13s played a friendly verses Welling Wanderers winning the game 4-2 with goals from James G (2), Alex G, & Johnny B scoring his 1st goal for Halls.
We played 4 quarters of 20 minutes winning the 1st three 1-0 each quarter and out-playing the opposition, keeping the ball with great spells of possession, and unfortunate not to score more.
The last quarter after making many changes and having some fun playing boys in a whole variety of positions we did lose that quarter 2-1 but a very pleasing result and some fantastic flowing football being played at times… hopefully we can carry it into the new season next week.
Halls Under 15s v Welling United Under 14s
In the absence of Chris & Dave, Paul and Steve led the boys out for a 10am kick-off away at Camdale Road in Welling for another pre-season meet for this developing team. The Under 15s have been involved in a long successful pre-season after finishing the season strong in April and May, they enjoyed tournament successes whilst training at least once a week throughout the summer and with regular competitive 7-aside matches, we have all developed so much in such a short space of time.
Everyone was buzzing for the match this week, after a positive 3-2 result against Blackheath last weekend our confidence was going to be high…but we did need to re-think things and concentrate on the weaknesses in our game and make sure we can try to learn our biggest lessons even when we win.
And thanks for the following report from the Tristram Family:
Josh H. Josh J. Woddy. Lewis P
Reece. Nathan. Ryan T. Anthony
Lewis R. James L
The first half was going well and after 15 minutes Reece made a great run down the wing – everyone was having flash backs from last weekend - and he goes and hits the bottom corner! Same old. Same old. Good goal again J well done Reece.
Then Welling pick the ball up and with a few one twos we did win the ball back but a penalty was given. Welling stepped up and with a few steps back ref blows and he hits bottom corner - good pen.
Back to the centre and Halls kick off keeping position well in the welling half and after a good spell it was a clip over the top of the defender by Nathan, with Reece running through on goal but a challenge is made nowhere near the ball, foul and penalty to Halls.
Reece steps up ref blows, another good connection with the ball hitting the post and in!!! 2-1 HALLS.
Other goals by Nathan who bagged 3 goals and another HALLS HATTRICK, plus Anthony with one and Lewis R with one too. Quality!
7-4 final score, with another win to all think about and build on in training next week! Well done Paul, Steve and the boys.
Thanks to Graeme and his Welling United team for hosting the match #grassroots
Halls Under 18s v Bexley U18s
Ashley led out the boys in what was their first ever match in the Kent Youth League, and a debut for Halls in this prestigious league too. It was great to see Tony back in the dug-out next to his main man Ash, and all credit him and the work of Carole Cheney as well as the Halls Committee involved to see this team today led out at the wonderful new home ground at Green Court in Swanley.
And it was a confident start. Thanks to the Morris family for the following report:
HALLS 4 BEXLEY 1
Halls AFC got off to a flying start in Charlton Athletic Valley Express Kent Youth League with convincing 4-1 win against Bexley FC. Going into the game no one knew what to expect from last season’s double cup winners in the Selkent League. As the step up in leagues is a giant step for the squad and management team…. but all nerves were put to bed as the lads raised to the challenge.
David scored our first ever goal at this level by calmly putting his penalty, after Delvin had superbly spun his defender inside the box and fouled. 1-0 Halls, 20mins.
The lads never looked back after that as Shaj (1) and Devlin (2) hit our other goals. Our back 4 looked very good at times although some sloppy individual play at times could cost us against better opponents. Sometimes the simple ball will always get you out of trouble rather than trying to beat players in defensive areas. But this is game one, and that will come.
Our midfield was very good today, as Jack battled well and gave quality balls foward, the other lads in midfield played their parts in our first test of the season, with Delvin hitting 2 goals up top he was outstanding. Jack Wright came off the bench and reminded both forwards that he is all about business as he chased hard and created our 4th goal.
Dan in goal made some fantastic saves as Bexley did create some good chances going forward. Bexley also shouted for a lot more ball all around the pitch today and got a lot more out of the ref in all the 50:50 decisions. This is the only real negative to come out of the game, because we too do have voices and nothing will be given to us if we do not want decisions. Let’s see this happen in our next game along with plenty more talking to each other.
Well done to the whole squad for their fantastic effort this morning. Let’s see you all at training this Wednesday – no excuses - because this is where every game begins…no training no player!
Congratulations once more to one and all. Come on Halls!
Halls Vets v Ctayford Arrows
First league game, we lost 3-0 in an away match. We played well, but didn't take our chances.
Bring on next week, a little sharper.
Halls Under 12s - our weekend
Saturday well played a friendly match against South Darenth. Harry James bagged a HALLS HATTRICK, with other goals from kaiya - 1, and Jack Coxedge Wilson - 1, in a super 5-1 Halls Win.
Also playing Sunday against Crayford Arrows, we scored no goals, but saw a super performance by sam carpenter in goal, plus kamran webb was outstanding, as was jack coxedge wilson, again. I bet he's still re-living his lovely vollied goal yesterday. Max hodkin was also superb in both games after being out all summer with injury. A 0-3 loss but on a big pitch, we still see some very big performances!