Under 7 East Double-Match
Under 9 Beech East
Halls AFC Blue ( 3 ) v ( 3 ) Footscray White
Under 9 Dahoon East
Halls AFC Yellow ( 2 ) v ( 3 ) Danson Sports White
Club Langley Hawks ( 4 ) v ( 3 ) Halls AFC (FRIENDLY)
Under 11B East
Ebbsfleet United White ( 5 ) v ( 0 ) Halls AFC
Under 12 London Cup
Halls AFC ( 1 ) v ( 10 ) HF Sports Cobras
The scoreline here didn't quite reflect the game.... It was a cup match where C division Halls met A division Cobras. And what a first half we had....despite going 0-1 down midway through the half, the boys determination and persistence shone through as they probed away with attacks to counter their opposition. And a free-kick from just outside the box gave Harry James the perfect chance to level the scores, and he did. BANG straight in! 1-1. We had matched them for the first half, but against the hill - and an even more fired up opposition - it was all one way traffic in the second half. A goal after 30 seconds and that was it for the match... Nearly lads, you gave it your best today and even had them on the ropes at one stage!!
Under 13C East
Halls AFC ( 9 ) v ( 2 ) Hayden Youth
Another impressive match for Rob and Paul's Under 13s. They took a very early lead, and extended it to 3-0 before the Hayden boys had even kicked-off. They did posh some spells and attacks themselves and nicked a goal for 3-1 before half-time. They were shell-shocked though and Rob's boys had attacked quick and hard and saw goals all-round the team again today. Impressive boys!!
Under 15C East
Halls AFC ( 2 ) v ( 2 ) Crayford Arrows
This was 5th v 2nd, and after meeting earlier in the season and coming away disappointed with a 1-3 loss (and we should have been 3-0 up at half-time) there were scores to settle here. The Halls boys started brightly and with some great rotations of the squad, the team quickly adapted and found themselves 1-0 up midway through the half with a goal from the reliable James Lee. 1-0. It stayed like it until half-time, and despite Crayford hitting the post twice, we had deserved the lead. A gritty display! Crayford did respond however, and scored soon after the break for 1-1, but it was soon cancelled out with top goal-scorer Nathan coming off the bench to score a trademark run and finish. 2-1 Halls. And we let this game slip with just 30 seconds on the clock, with a ball into the box not cleared, and nodded home for a late late equaliser. Drama, and a good game of football for two sides battling it out at the top of the table!
St Mary Cray Athletic ( 18 ) v ( 0 ) Halls AFC ouch!
Week 14 is coming and Christmas is getting close......
Bring on the new weekend!
Under 9's Kent Football United White ( 3 ) v ( 3 ) Halls AFC Yellow
Under 10's League Cup Group Halls AFC ( 0 ) v ( 0 ) Titan Tigers Red Halls AFC ( 2 ) v ( 1 ) Crayford Arrows Red
Week 8 (Sat 19th) started with an away trip to Forest Hill Park for the First Team, who were looking to make it 5 out of 5 and continue their great start to the season. Some delays in getting to the match in South London hampered the preparation for the lads along with a practical bare 11 squad... Covill made the trip to be the number 12, despite his injury and gave the boys some reassurance on the day! Nice one Josh!
All that said, we started very strong. We had Forest Hill on the back foot for the majority of the half, especially early on with 5 great chances to hit the net. 3 crosses from Rocket, and 2 free-kicks, saw us pepper the Forest Hill goal but no real conviction when it counted.
Forest Hill hit the cross bar before the break but we knew we should of had a lead in this match but happily took the half-time at 0-0. Forest Hill came out with a lot more purpose in the second half and started bright, forcing a save from Raymundo in the Halls goal after just 3 minutes. Again, the 11 on the pitch in Blue rallied round and soaked up all the pressure Forest Hill could throw at us, and midway through the half it paid off. A free-kick just outside the box, delivered by Dave Stevens, ricocheted to Christon Sookoo inside the box, and 1-0 HALLS.
Lovely! And another lead for the lads to hold. And hold we did. Deji was fantastic leading the front line again for the team, and was Bradley and Rocket in particular, working their socks off to keep the team moving forward. Rocket, out of position at right back made some excellent blocks and tackles alongside skipper Steve Vanstone and the in form Lee Wright.
The game finished 1-0 Halls with a very deserved Man of the Match for Russell Allen.
Elsewhere that weekend:
Under 7's Kingsdale FC ( 3 ) v ( 10 ) Halls AFC
Under 8's Crayford Arrows Red ( 12 ) v ( 0 ) Halls AFC Yellow Petts Wood Ravens ( 6 ) v ( 4 ) Halls AFC Blue
Under 9's Halls AFC Blue ( 10 ) v ( 4 ) Phoenix Lions Halls AFC Yellow ( 4 ) v ( 0 ) Fastfield United
Under 10's Dartford Red ( 6 ) v ( 1 ) Halls AFC
Under 11's Selkent Cup Prem Round South Darenth ( 1 ) v ( 1 ) Halls AFC South Darenth won 3 - 2 on penalties.
Under 12's LFA Cup 2nd Round Senrab Tigers ( 0 ) v ( 5 ) Halls AFC
Under 13's Real Gima ( 0 ) v ( 6 ) Halls AFC
Under 15's Footscray Black ( 0 ) v ( 4 ) Halls AFC
Under 18's Burstead Invicta ( 9 ) v ( 1 ) Halls AFC Yellow
And now to LAST WEEKEND...
Week 9 brought us another weekend of cup matches, and up first was the Halls First Team heading away to Malgo.
And for the first time this season, we took a 0-1 deficit into half-time. A Malgo goal came after a mix-up in defence saw a gifted opportunity to the Red's striker. We hadn't been quite our usual self in this half, and now we really had to dig in.
Missing last season's top goal-scorer Lakey, and this season's leading man, Deji, we really had to push ourselves forward and use the ball a lot better in the opposition half. And within 5 minutes of the re-start, Bradley Marshall vollied one from just outside the box....high and like a rocket into the roof of the net!! Boom!! And 1-1. Great goal.
We missed a series of efforts late on in the half to take this game, and spent the last 20 minutes totally camped in the Malgo half. We was lacking a little fire-power, but we were on top and comfortable. Billy Judd made his return to the First Team with a second-half substitute appearance, and the game headed into extra-time.
Malgo had the ball in the net after the re-re-start, but disallowed through a hand-ball decision from the Assistant Referee, we knew we had a let off there... We continued to pass the ball and take the game to Malgo, with Rocket an ever-present threat down the right, we used him very well today back in his familiar wing role.
But no break through come, and the game went to PENALTIES.
Bradley stepped up first and smashed the ball high into the corner of the net. 1-0. Malgo then missed their opening kick. Skipper Steve Vanstone then cooly converted into the bottom corner. Clean as you like! 2-0. Malgo then scored, and Ray was unlucky not to have got more on it. 2-1. Liam Williams then stepped up and smashed his kick straight in, again, hitting the side netting. 3-1 Malgo then missed again, high and over the bar!! Leaving it to Christon for our 4th pen to seal the win. Low and hard, and we hit the net. 4 out of 4.
And a Halls win, and 100% for the team so far this season. Man of the Match: Russell Allen (again!)
ELSEWHERE, the Under 13's also continued their 100% start to the season, and the Halls Under 8s got their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 win against Phoenix. Well done boys!!
The Sunday matches that took place were:
Under 8 League Cup Halls AFC Yellow ( 0 ) v ( 4 ) Aspire / Dulwich Hamlet Halls AFC Yellow ( P ) v ( P ) Dulwich Village - match awarded to Halls Halls AFC Blue ( 2 ) v ( 1 ) Phoenix Tigers Halls AFC Blue ( 0 ) v ( 4 ) Fisher FC
Under 9 Halls AFC Blue ( 3 ) v ( 5 ) Club Langley Hawks Halls AFC Yellow ( 1 ) v ( 2 ) Darent River
Under 11 London Cup Round 2 Petts Wood SeaHawks ( 6 ) v ( 2 ) Halls AFC
Under 12 Halls AFC ( 2 ) v ( 9 ) Belvedere Youth Blue
Under 13 Titan Tigers ( 3 ) v ( 7 ) Halls AFC
Under 15 KCFA Cup 1st Round Halls AFC ( 2 ) v ( 7 ) Crockenhill FC
Under 18 Athenlay Rye ( 4 ) v ( 1 ) Halls AFC
BRING ON WEEK 10...........and a slightly early round-up report next week!! Good luck to all
October WEEK 1 Round-up [week 6]
Well October started with a bang, and it was the Halls 1st Team that took to the pitch at Princes Park with a thumping 6-0 cup victory over NK Aces. After last weekend’s victory over higher ranked Bredhurst Juniors, this tie seemed somewhat easy in comparison heading into the game, and it could not have started better with a 2-0 lead after just 10 minutes.
NK Aces did not show up in the early stages of this match and the sucker-punch of two goals hit them hard and they never recovered. Rocket had been the instigator of the first goal, with a move down the right and a cross into the box, and Bradley scored the second just minutes later with a free-kick well placed into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
NK Aces just could not get the ball off of Halls as they continued to knock the ball around with absolute ease… and almost looking at times that there were far too many Blue shirts on the pitch! The first half was capped off with Bradley netting twice, and one each for front men Deji and Luca. And with a whole host of opportunities missed, it really should have been 7 or 8 at the break. But we settled for 4-0 and a truly awesome footballing display.
Deji and Luca both netted again in the second half to see off a final 6-0 scoreline, and with only 2 attempts on the Halls goal, it was delight all-round for the side keeping a clean sheet and looking very convincing on the day. Without last season’s record scoring partnership up top, I’m sure both Lakey and Christon would have been gutted to have missed this match – but with 6 goals in 2 matches for the current pairing…. It is a simple reminder to everyone that the midfield and defence is right on top of their form right now, and even the Gaffer could score goals in this team!
So continue we must, and we host Bexley FC this weekend in what will be only our 2nd league match of the season – 2.45pm KO at Princes Park #PerfectPitch
Jamie, Deji, Luca, Vano, Ray, Robbie, were all big shouts for MOM, but it went to Bradley Marshall for an all-round solid 90 minutes. Well done. And bring on Bexley!
ELSEWHERE on Saturday, the Halls Reserves faced up against Sutton Athletic Reserves in the first round of the Hospitals Charity Cup….and it was a very long match for our lads. Finally going down 0-8, it is a stark reminder to all our lads involved to get to the match on time and in form. Absolute basics, and enough said there!
The Halls Veterans were also playing at Stone Rec on Saturday, hosting Beacons in a friendly that saw the lads take a deserved 2-0 half-time lead. The second half was far more action packed with 5 more goals to take the scoreline to a nail-biting 4-3, but the game was almost certainly sealed late on with the Beacon’s keeper sent off. So 4-3 it stayed, and that is now 2 wins in 2 games for the Halls Old Boys! Well done lads.
OVER TO SUNDAY, and it was the Halls Under 8s that headed out for the early 10am kick off away to VCD. And the match had everything, and was a thoroughly entertaining, end to end affair. Halls took the lead through Jake.W and romped into a 3-1 half-time lead, with Thomas netting his first ever Halls goal. And the second half exploded into life from the whistle as VCD mounted a creditable comeback to finally clinch the match 4-6. It what would be the team’s first real close-match up, the boys - despite the loss - come off the pitch very happy with their efforts today. A great match, and well done all.
The Halls Under 7s also headed away and faced up against Ebbsfleet. Despite 2 great goals from Tom.L, the boys were over-come with the superior finishing from their opponents. There was progress all over the pitch however from Halls, as they competed for 40 minutes in this match and left the pitch having given everything they could….
Both Halls Under 9s headed over to the Marathon Ground to take part in the Selkent Challenge Cup. Chairman Steve’s Blue team drew 1-1 in their first match against Fleetdown, and then followed up with a thumping 7-0 victory against Footscray Lions. The football was fantastic in the second match and the boys all certainly headed home very happy with their unbeaten efforts! The Yellow team played HSFP Adders in their first match, and struggled to get to the pace of the game quick enough, and lost 1-7 to a much stronger side. Credit to their spirit though, they played Junior Reds in the second match and adjusted much quicker to the standard and were unlucky to go down 0-3 in a match that could have had a much closer scoreline. Well done to Alfie and Riley who stepped up from the Halls Under 8s to fill some gaps in the side this week….a credit to the Club! #TrueHallsSpirit
The mighty Halls Under 10s were away this weekend enjoying their own company in their annual team trip to Surrey. Spending 3 nights away together…they are an example to us all here at Halls.
Bradley’s Under 11s were also in cup action this weekend, taking the long trip over to Dulwich Hamlet in an afternoon kick-off. But the travelling certainly played no part in this exciting match, and the fantastic 4-2 Halls victory that followed. What a great result lads! And certainly the result of the weekend for the Club…. Keep it up!
The Halls Under 12s weren’t so fortunate, going down 2-4 away to Phoenix Tigers. A very competitive match, and plenty of positives for the lads to go away with…. Just look forward to the return match and give it another big effort then! Heads held high!
Rob’s Under 13s were again missing from action with a bye in the first round of the cup, so it was over to the Under 15s as the last remaining junior game at the weekend, and they travelled away to Darent River. Goals from Nathan, Reece, Anthony, and an absolute screamer from Joe.T secured a convincing win for the lads with a final 5-1 scoreline. Paul and Dave will be chuffed with the team that has now secured 2 wins in 2 games and seem to be hitting some great form…. Keep it up lads, with Danson Sports heading to Dartford this week we will be hoping for another great team performance again!
The final two matches of the weekend were over to our Youth Teams; the Halls Under 18s Yellow faced up against Parkwood Rangers and spun their form on its head with a very creditable 4-4 draw. The game was tight and action packed and great to see such a positive result and performance against the odds. There have been encouraging signs early on for this squad, and results like that will go a long way to securing some form this season! Well done Martin and the lads.
Ashley’s Under 18s Blue team faced up against Bromley FC in the Kent Youth League clash, and breezed to a 5-1 victory. The squad was depleted heading into the match with most of the Halls defence absent through illness…but that is what squads are for, and we have a cracking squad here in this team. And it could have been more in what was a real dominant display from the lads. Quality, and back to winning ways… keep it up!
BRING ON WEEK 7. There are some tasty games coming this weekend…..!
September WEEK 5 Round-up
Well the weekend started much brighter for the Halls Seniors – we had a match! And it was over to the cup for the boys this weekend with a slightly daunting away trip to Premier League outfit Bredhurst Juniors. Sitting in 3rd position in the league above us, we knew we had to start this match bright and suss out our opposition early.
Deji Kolawole made his Halls debut leading the front line with Luca Fortunelli, and Josh Covill continued his stint in the First XI with Raymond Marshall keeping goal; other than that, it looked a pretty familiar line-up for the Blues despite the absence of our golden boot winner from last season Lekan Bakare – sidelined with bone bruising.
Bredhurst started sharp. And their front two were seeing a lot of the ball. Ray in the Halls goal had to be quick off his line on several occasions early on, as we snuffed out some neat interchanges and then broke quick on our opponents. Deji had too seen quite a lot of the ball early on, and dragging the Bredhurst defence around, we could sense our place in this game and took the fight back to Bredhurst pretty quick.
After 20 minutes, Dave Stevens had taken a heavy late challenge on his ankle and we thought we had another injured player on our list… it looked bad, but Dave was determined to continue in the match and limped back onto the pitch – and he must have been pleased that he did. I certainly was! Within 5 minutes, Dave lined up another free-kick from 40 yards out, and drove a ball into the box that saw Luca lunge at the ball to get the first touch, and he lifted the ball over the on-rushing keeper straight into the back of the net. 1-0. And the boys certainly enjoyed that one with their celebration! Well done Luca, pure instincts! And 1-0 Halls.
The new-look front line was looking dangerous, and we continued to use the ball much better in both halves of the pitch. Josh Covill from right back, and Robbie Foreman from left back were both enjoying the width of the pitch and getting space to travel forward, and Bredhurst looked a little shell shocked from the goal. Skipper Steve Vanstone was winning everything as usual in defence, and with a loose ball played forward from Bredhurst, he cooly chested the ball into the path of Dave Stevens who turned and drove out of his half with the ball. With his head up, he had plenty of options…Rocket had pulled out wide, Luca had spun off the shoulder and Deji had plough his way right through the middle and left a small opening for Dave to slot the ball through for him, and he did. With an excellent first touch, his second and then his third soon found the net. Boom. And he made it look very easy, cooly lifting the ball passed the on-rushing keeper once again. 2-0 Halls and a fantastic break-away goal.
Debut goal for Deji, and it could have been his second in this match with a few near headed chances just before this.
Right on half time, and the boys came off the pitch looking pretty pleased with themselves. With 2 weeks off through last minute cancellations, I doubt no-one had expected to come out so quickly in this match. Credit to Ray in the Halls goal who played a big part in some very early chances in this match, and credit to Dave for carrying on and setting up both goals, despite his swelling ankle.
We headed back out for the second half, and knew we had to restrict Bredhurst in their next few chances in the match – and we was only too aware of that. But it was the Halls Boys that continued to dominate the midfield and use the ball so much better. With pure composure in our defending, we couldn’t have made it any easier for our lads to play…and the pitch was in a beautiful condition, only adding to our game. Nice and wide, and as flat and neat as you like!
Deji came close again from a headed corner, just nipping it wide of the upright, and we should have definitely made this game 3-0 when we combined superbly down the left with some great 2 touch passing only to find Jay staring at a one on one on the penalty spot…he shanked his first touch to Deji, who again was staring at the Bredhurst keeper, but he too, shanked his touch and blasted the ball wide from 12 yards.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Bredhurst switched to a 3-4-3 and Adonis replaced Covill in a switch to a Halls 4-5-1 and Rocket taking up position at right back, and Luca marshalling the right wing. We looked to have done enough, but with 5 minutes on the clock, Bredhurst found some fortune and got the ball over the line in their first real effort on target in the second half.
It set-up an itchy last few minutes, and when their striker took the ball down inside our box and went through on goal, we might have all just thought for a second that Bredhurst were going to send this game into extra-time, but Raymond had different ideas. He made himself huge, and flung himself at the shot and tipped the ball over the cross bar for a great match-saving save in the very last minute.
The final whistle did go, and we took the game very deservedly, 2-1. We could have been 3, or even 4-0 up before the goal so just very pleased we see the game out in the dying moments.
A very good display from the boys in Blue today. Well done lads, a great day in The Kent FA Intermediate Challenge Cup. We go on to next week where we face NK Aces in the Inter-regional Cup back at Princes Park on the PrefectPitch! And a big thank you to Bredhurst for their great hospitality after the match.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the Halls Reserves headed away to Dunton Green in their first league match of the season, and despite a real good effort, and even match, we succumbed to a 0-3 defeat. We had a fair exchange of chances, but Dunton took theirs and we need to be more clinical in front of goal. Onwards and upwards here though as we look ahead to Hospital Cup action next week verses Sutton Athletic Reserves. Should be another tough match-up!
But there was some delight away from the First Team, as the Halls Veterans entertained Tanber Vets at Stone Rec. The game twisted and turned in every direction, and after previously never beating Tanber, the lads snatched victory in a 4-3 thriller. Quality stuff!! And the celebrations showed how much this meant to our lads….. keep it up!
AND ONTO SUNDAY….
Up first were the little Halls Under 7s, and they entertained Hayden Youth. It was a very lively match and the Halls players scored 2 fantastic goals this week. Albeit not outscoring their opponents, it was great to see the team look much more fluid going forward and they certainly enjoyed their goals! Quality stuff…we aim for 3 or even 4 goals this weekend…. J
On the other side of The Rec, the Halls Under 15s lined up against local rivals Hexley Rangers. With two cracking games in the memory from last season… the Halls boys lined up strong despite the absence of their number one Sam B, who was recovering from surgery but a very keen spectator alongside the injured Ben.
So big Josh made his full debut in the Halls goal, and Jake also made his full debut in position at the back next to JJ. And we started strong. Nathan had 2 early chances superbly parried away by the Hexley keeper, but he made the third one count, after pulling off the shoulder of the defender with a good through ball, and he buried his chance across the keeper into the far bottom corner. A lovely strike, and this one was unstoppable! 1-0 Halls.
Half time came and the boys were delighted to have got themselves in front for the first time in 3 matches. Previously very unlucky in their matches, we now had something to show for our hard work, and we continued to dominate this match after the break…soon making it 2-0 with James Lee netting from inside the area. An instinctive finish for a good goal-scorer. Well done James.
Hexley continued to battle however, and did nick a goal late in the second half to set-up and interesting last 10 minutes, but the defence was well organised today and we continued to snuff out the Hexley chances, and restricted them to just a few half chances. 2-1 it stayed, and a very good win for the boys. Well done!
The Under 8s were then up to face Ebbsfleet. And we found out pretty early on that this Ebbsfleet team were strong. They looked very comfortable in front of goal and out-powered our Halls boys. That said, this game could have been 3-3, 4-4 at half-time with Sonny having another cracking game leading the front line, and taking shots from everywhere in the Ebbsfleet half. Thomas had also entered the game and looked a real spark in attack, and rattled the cross-bar just before half-time.
Sonny did take the Halls goal however, and celebrated in real quality style to the massive applause of the 80 strong crowd! A lovely finish! And a well deserved goal. Jake in the Halls goal continued to impress in the match, and restricted Ebbsfleet to a very respectable score line. VCD up next, so we must continue to improve and enjoy it boys…
Steve’s Under 9s Blue faced Long Lane, and after trailing 0-1, found themselves flying back into the game with 2 quick goals for a 2-1 lead. Long Lane continued to win the physical battle however, and eventually over-come the boys in a 2-3 scoreline. An entertaining match, with plenty of action and certainly some memories to carry forward into next week. Nothing gets this Halls team down, so bring on next week boys…!
Crayford Arrows were up next at The Rec,facing our Halls Under 10s team, totally depleted through injuries to Ben, Max, Alfie and Imi, it was a great chance for the remainder of the squad to get a full 50 minutes of football. But Hayden were much stronger on the day, and took the game 0-6. A big thanks to little Jack, who stepped up from the Under 9s to make this tie an even 7v7. Great stuff. The team head away on tour this weekend, in their annual visit to Surrey….have a great weekend away everyone!! And get better soon to all those lads currently injured J
The late kick-off at The Rec was over to the Halls Under 12s who also entertained locals Hayden Youth. Trailing the match 0-1 quite early on, the game was quickly turned around with a GREAT half-volley from Harry.L on the edge of the box, and flying into the top corner. What a great finish to level the scores at 1-1. And it was soon 2-1 Halls, with Harry.L again converting, this time from the penalty spot for a half-time lead.
The drama didn’t end in the second half however, as Hayden levelled the scores at 2-2, and then the game twisted back again when Harry.L completed a fantastic hattrick slotting the ball into the bottom corner for 3-2 HALLS. Hayden never gave up however and equalised again for 3-3 and set up a tense last 5 minutes in the match. But no winner came from either side and they shared the points on the day…
A decent start to the season boys, keep it up, 2 games unbeaten!
Unfortunately to end the day, both our Under 18s teams lost. The Yellows were beaten away to Belvedere Youth, whilst our Kent Youth Team went down 2-5 to Erith & Belvedere, after the scores were locked at 2-2 at half-time, we just didn’t show up in the second half of this match. BRING ON NEXT WEEK LADS! #TrueHallsSpirit and we turn them both around…
October is here…. And so is Week 6… ComeOnHalls!
September Week 4
Well the weekend started with a huge disappointment again for the Senior First Team. It was our second consecutive postponement, with last week due to local travellers and this week due to the gas man, it’s a huge blow to the squad who just want to play football amongst Clubs alike! It is somewhat of a popular phrase here on a Saturday morning, when all our junior and youth players come together at The Rec for training…. ‘play a match every weekend’ you must do what we are here, you can do all the training you want but if the players don’t get games then you will not get the most fun out of it, and you will not improve.
I urge any manager, and shout out to all the parents here, that we should play the game whatever the circumstances…. 11 v 11 or 7v7 are only the maximum’s allowed. There are minimum boundaries too… Tell your players the day before if you have to, tell them that you only have 5 tomorrow or whatever the situation is, tell them that and readjust your expectations, and I’m very confident that any player can benefit from any match situation in front of them. It’s a game!! And playing the game is the whole point, and there will be new challenges every week. Clearly with players missing it will be different, but unless you play the game you will not get the experience and MINUTES ON PITCH that every player needs to improve.
So yes, pretty gutted the seniors were off again! And if Belvedere (the senior bail-outs!) had only take the direction of our Under 9s Blue team on Sunday with Chairman Steve Poile leading his young team out with only 5 players and still outscoring their opposition and winning 4-2. Quality!
And it was Steve again heading the Reserves out on Saturday afternoon in the opening match of the season for the Chairman. He did benefit however from the cancellation of the First Team game with Club Captain Steve Vanstone stepping in to sure up a rooky backline, and playing again in the same side as Chrissy Williams and returner Vince Poile. Now that must have been a few years since that last happened! And there is some experience around the place…. With Steve Zoghob starting the season back in the Halls goal, Chris Vowles, Dan Mitchell, Covill and Lee Wright, the squad looked familiar – and good. Jordan also made his return after impressing last season bagging 5 goals in only 6 matches, at the age of 16!!! Moving on from our Halls Under 17s team at the end of last season, he scored a brace on his debut and has proven where he can now play. He lined up next to another 17 year old up front, Ceyhan, who has just signed for our Halls U18s Kent Youth Team…with good reports from Ashley it was our first look at him…
The Reserves were playing Stone C & I, former tennents here at Stone Rec, and it was an unusual opening day cup match, in the Kent Junior Cup competition. Stone started well and took a 0-1 lead after just 5 minutes…a near post header from a corner.
The game settled and the Halls boys got back on the ball well with Chrissy Wills, Dan Mitchell and Brad, all linking up well. And a good passing move opened up Stone with that combination into Jordan, who was fouled, and if we were allowed to continue, we had the ball in the back of the net with the next touch. But not given. And neither was the foul actually. But the whistle did go! And still 0-1.
It wasn’t for long though, Bradley check inside on two players and smashed the ball into the far right corner from the edge of the box. The keeper got a hand on it, but the power drove it in for 1-1. Good goal Brad. Great surge forward!
Half-time came and went, and to be fair so did the second half… with little real goal-scoring chances, the Halls boys did totally dominate on the ball, with Stone just capitalising on the odd counter attack. If Halls could find some more patience in the final third, we were going to take this game. The game did head into extra time, and with some good words of advice from the Chairman the boys headed back out with a spring in their step. And we should of scored the next goal. We gave Stone nothing going forward, and with a long clearance out finding their right winger, he spanked the ball on the half volley and found a one in a life-time shot which hit the top corner from 35 yards. Fair play to him, but undeserved on our lads. 1-2.
We had the half time turn around and were still badgering the Stone half and box. Corners, free-kicks and balls in the box constantly, and the pressure paid off with Chrissy Williams skipping a tackle to drive the ball home inside a crowded box. 2-2 and there was a break through!
But the bubble burst! And quick Stone took one attack pretty quickly after the restart, and scored. How and why and do not know. It happened quick, and it caught us very cold!! 2-3.
With 10 minutes still on the clock, we gave it everything. A run of 5 corners, even with our man-mountain of a goal-keeper Steve Zoghob headed up for the last two, but to no avail. There were handball shouts, even a big push in the back, but the ball wasn’t going to hit the net.
2-3 it finished. Efforts were great but we really threw that away. Lesson learnt, we need more shots with our possession!
WELL HEADING ONTO SUNDAY… the Halls Under 7s headed over to Crayford Arrows in their first real league game together as a team and they faced a very strong side. With one player in particular, the little number 3, who single handedly played his part in all 10 goals conceded by our lads. He was exceptional. A small 5-aside pitch lets a player like him take control, and he did. There were great efforts all round from our lads, and none more than Jensen in the Halls goal… a good day for some extra keeper practice for him! And he shone!
The Halls Under 8s headed out to Dartford FC and enjoyed a fantastic game on the impressive 4g facilities of Princes Park. It was a spirited display that saw Dartford score 3 good team goals, and with a near 10 consecutive corners for Halls, we made the pressure tell with Aiden putting one over the line from close range! Well positioned, and well attacked Aiden!!! We do need to work on a celebration however…. J
The final score was 1-6, and we could have had 2 or 3 goals more with some great work from Sonny up front in the front half, and Thomas up top in the second half. We had 4 or 5 good one on ones and gave plenty back in this all Dartford match-up.
Back to Crayford Arrows, and the Halls Under 15s were playing, and with a solid first 30 minutes we saw great chances from Nathan, Lewis R and Ryan, just go astray, and then a rare Crayford break-out saw the ball tapped in from just 8 yards out. Harsh on our boys and against the run of play…but again you must take your chances with all the domination and possession going our way. And the lads never continued this way in the second half, finding themselves 0-3 down and ruing their earlier missed chances. We nicked a consolation goal at the end, with James setting up Reece for his 4th goal in 3 games….quality stats Reece! Keep it up! Bring on next week boys, we build on the first half.
And then onto the match with the Under 9 Blues, and back to Princes Park v Dartford. The Halls boys were players missing and fielded 5 players on the pitch to take the game on. And this is a team not only knows how to play football, and attack, but a team that knows how to play as a team. And that they did. Winning the match 4-2. QUALITY!
Elsewhere, the Halls Under 9s Yellows, played Sutton Dynamos at Stone Rec. With the new management team of Andy Murray and Dave George, missing Dave George, they boys scooped a neat 1-0 victory with assistant Andy delighted with the team’s first display of the season! Good positive start boys.
The Halls Under 10s were at Petts Wood and Charlie had the ball in the net for 1-0 within 10 seconds, straight from the restart! They then found themselves 1-2 down, but Harvey on his Halls debut levelled for 2-2. The game then twisted back in Petts Wood favour going 2-3 just before half-time. What a great first half! It was then over to Halls to dominate the entire second half, and really could have taken the game, but we only scored the one goal. And it was striker Ben Aldred who scored for 3-3, and played the entire match with a broken toe – unawares of an injury from the day before! Brave lad! And a great equaliser earning the team a point in this Selkent League match.
The Halls Under 11s won 4-2 against Hayden Youth in their first game on the new 9-aside pitch at Stone Rec. It’s a lovely pitch with some beautiful new goals – part funded by the Football Foundation with some great help from the Kent FA (thanks all-round!) – a good sign for the season lads, well done!!
Gary headed his Under 12s over to South Darenth, and after a 5-1 pre-season victory over them, they came away little disappointed with just a point. 1-1 was the score, with Harry J scoring the goal from the edge of the box...putting the lads 1-0 up too. A point is a point, and with better performances we’ll get 3 points. Next week!
After last week’s 8-0 opening day win, Rob’s Under 13s somehow bettered it, drubbing Gravesham Town 9-1, with new boy Ashley grabbing 4 goals to make it 7 in 2 games. Well done all round, this game was tight at 3-1 and could have genuinely gone either way...but the Halls boys stepped up into second gear and played some incredible football to see this game very comfortably out. Quality. Can we score 10 goals next week???? Listen out…..!
Sadly for the Under 13s however, William ‘Wilson’ had to undergo surgery on a shattered arm late Sunday evening…nothing from football, but messing around in the garden on Saturday night and he broke his arm and elbow. OUCH!! Surgery done though…and we really wish the walking accident all the very best in his recovery!! Seems like every season Will….but get better soon!
And over to our Under 18s. Up first were Ashley’s Kent Youth Team facing Ebbsfleet. Skipper Paul Gnadou bagged two first half goals to send the game in at half-time 2-2. And 2-2 it stayed with a tense second half and a very well contested match. A fair result on the whole, and good point away from home lads; Still unbeaten after the big step up to the Kent League…keep it up!
And up last was Martin, and his new-look U18s Yellows team. Facing St Mary Cray and going 0-2 down by half-time, the lads had did their best in the conditions and their first proper match together. Unfortunately going 0-3 down straight after half-time, and against the run of play, the boys fought back and scored 2 goals in quick succession, Jamie bagged one, not sure who got the other, but it was 2-3. Come on Halls! But another counter and Cray made it 2-4. A late penalty for Halls made it 3-4, but we just ran out of time to grab an equaliser. Close match once we found our feet in the game, promising for the weeks ahead lads. Keep together and keep representing the Club well and you will get better every week you play together.
And that was it. We hope for plenty more goals next weekend…and of course a match for the 1st Team…please!!
It looks like we have some more netball fun this weekend coming for the mums too… it’s TEAM TORSEY verses TEAM ANDREA in what will be the Halls U15s Mums verses the Halls U11s Mums. Bring it on ladies, cant wait. Team Tors all the way.... come on the Under 15s!
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!
About time, and we are back!
The Halls Youth boys all headed to Stone Rec this weekend to get signed-up and ready for the new season ahead... Well done to our Manager's and Committee for their efforts with this on Saturday, and it’s great to see everyone back together!
After training, the Halls 1st Team headed to the newly finished Thamesmead Town facilities to play Bexley Borough in our final pre-season match of the summer.
Luca Fortunelli Lee Wright Steve Vanstone(c) Robbie Foreman
Josh Covill Jamie Waddington Dave Stevens Bradley Marshall
Subs: Adonis Ibrahim, Russell Allen, Dan Harris, Alex Carter, Dan Stark
The Halls boys dominated from the beginning getting in some good early positions with some decent possession. Bradley found some promising positions, and with some quicker, more thoughtful final balls we could have created some good scoring opportunities. Bexley had some moments in the first half and we trying to keep the ball, but our midfield was working too hard, with Deji, to present Vano and Ray with any real problems.
Deji was creating plenty of openings and we headed into half-time 0-0 and on the front foot. Dan Harris replaced Luca and Adonis changed with Brad after Dave Stevens retired with a broken boot, Rocket had found himself back on the wing after returning from his honeymoon.
We should have started brighter, and we were sluggish. 0-1 and a deserved goal for BBFC within 5 minutes of the restart.
The gained some confidence from the goal and were playing with more intent and pace. The game needed it to be fair, and with some pressure soaked up and defended well on the final ball (Vano having a quality match again) we kept the game 0-1 and capitalised on some space now opening up. Good link-up play with Deji saw the ball inside the box for Covill to tap in home for an equaliser. Jamie, Deji well done. And a goal for Covill. His first senior goal along with his first tackle...all in one game!
We were forcing Bexley into mistakes now, and Deji was still creating his chances and working so hard leading the line. John, Jamie, Rocket, we were all on the ball now and playing forward with a really good pace. Bradley re-entered the game alongside Brad as we readjusted and pushed forward looking for the winner.
And it wasn’t long, it was always coming. Luca, Deji, Jamie, Adonis, well done, and a trademark Waddington goal after running 50 yards to get into the box. 2-1 Halls.
We should have took the game 3 or 4-1 at this stage but we weren’t quite sharp enough in front of goal. We know our defence is solid, and we work hard enough on the pitch to hold any lead we get...
2-1 it was and we soaked up a last 5 minute resurgence from BBFC to win the match.
A good last pre-season match. Well done to Adam Back for officiating - and well done to the Halls Boys for showing great Respect.
MOM was thrown to Jamie Waddington, well done.
After a good work-out on Saturday morning, the Halls Under 15s were raising the goals at Stone Rec on Sunday morning to play their first real match on the pre-season. We were entertaining Blackheath U15s after meeting at the Summer Beacons Football Tournament in July - a 2-2 draw that day was enough for us to qualify through to knock-outs and we went on to win the final! So with some good memories and a first opportunity to see some new faces play, we shaped up with:
Ben Lewis R Josh J Lewis P
Ashley RyanT(c) Lewis T Reece
Nathan Joe T
Subs: Josh H, Lewis W
We started the match really well and adjusted to our new bigger pitch quickly. Some great link-up play down the left saw our Tristram Trio getting plenty of touches, and keeping the ball well. Simple passes were working, and with some good defending from JJ and Lewis R, we kept the ball moving forward. Nathan was linking up superbly with the midfield and brought Ashley into the game well with some good territory down the right side.
With Sam stationary in the Halls goal for a long spell, we didn’t sense the threat on goal when the ball was half cleared on the edge of our box. And a controlled long range finish from 35 yards, found its way into our empty net. 0-1. Early lesson learnt and as long as we keep playing, there is a quick way back for us in this game.
And it wasn't long. Lewis T had taken a knock and changed with Lewis Worley who headed up front for his debut. And some good possession again and sucked Blackheath into the ball and high up the pitch... with some good link-up with Ben at right back, Reece had picked up the ball and was bombing down the right wing. He beat 2 men and smashed the ball home for 1-1 and a great solo effort.
We had deservedly levelled the match and the pressure seemed to ease off the shoulders of the Halls boys. We continued to push forward and keep the ball really well. Nathan was a constant presence in the half, as was Ashley and Joe T breaking forward and linking up really well. Again, simplicity is the key and we were getting it right. And it was down the right again with Reece hurling down the wing again... He beat 2 men and headed towards goal, and with an excellent run from Lewis W, we had a tap-in inside the box 2-1. Well done Reece, well done Lewis!
We could have had a few more goals in the first half, gaining plenty of good territory and great to see us tighten up in defence before the half-time whistle. A few half-time shuffles gave us the opportunity to look again at some positions and to try and score some more goals.
We restarted after the half well, but heading into the midway point we lost our focus and control on the game. We were giving Blackheath too much time in midfield and they were able to come running at our defence. Blackheath equalised the game at 2-2, but it did shake us up at the right time.
We re-organised once again and Ryan and Lewis R started getting on the ball once more. With this Nathan starting getting more touches and we were able to get ourselves further up the pitch. And a deserved winner came from Nathan to cap a decent performance from him and the entire 13 man squad.
Sam made two top saves in the second half to keep us in the match, and we were especially pleased to see such positives debuts from Reece, Ashley, LewisW and Josh. There were special mentions for JJ in defence – a solid first match in that position – Nathan for leading the line very well, and for Reece who looked a constant threat.
We will hopefully welcome back Jordan, James, Anthony and Abdel back to the squad for next weekend as our pre-season is nearing its close. Looking back on the summer, with 2 tournaments cup final wins at Beacons and our own Halls Festival; we can’t wait for the season to get underway.
Thanks to Paul for coaching the lads on Saturday! A big welcome to you!
MOM: a few...
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Halls Youth Team entertained Bromley U18s at Long Lane JFC. With the new look side virtually all on display it was great to see such an attacking, positive match.
Bromley come with a good reputation, but our lads started quick. Delvin bagged another pre-season hattrick, and along with a scorching 30 yard free-kick from Paul and another from a debutant, the lads won the match 5-3. Great stuff!
BRING ON NEXT WEEKEND.... The Halls First Team open their season in the Haart of Kent County League with a HOME match against AFC Mottingham - who were also promoted last season along with us. Game at Princes Park, DA11RT, 2.45pm KO.
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