Brierley Hill 1 Hawbush 3

A massive relief for Hawbush after our hammering away at Zion as we secured our first 3 points of the season against local rivals Brierley Hill.
Brierley Hill are a great advert for the Christian League having been committed to the ‘cause’ for the last 35 years. As I arrived at the pitch I saw Stu Bingham, Brierley Hill’s full back putting the nets up at South Road and it dawned on me that some the ‘Hill’ players have probably put those nets up on that same pitch 50-100 times over the years….. it’s what makes this league so unique.
The game itself was a really good advert for the league. We had a few returning players in Dan Scriven, Tom Wylde and Arron Worrall and their experience of last year really bolstered a very young squad.
From the outset Hawbush were on the front foot and regularly created chances in the first half although ‘Tukka’ and Az up front didn’t manage to make the break through. At the back Worrall, Ashby, Dean and Westwood were looking very secure with only the one chance of note for the home team when Jon Bennett saw his close range effort well saved by Ben Walton just before the interval.
In midfield, former Brierley Hill man Matt Welch was really imposing himself on the game, as were ‘Scriv’ and Ross who has looked impressive in both games so far. With the front 3 and particularly Brad putting a lot of effort in to put the Brierley Hill team under pressure.
It was 0-0 at half-time but we felt confident and our pressure told shortly after the break when Tukka made a burst down the right hand side and Arron Hope swept the ball home on the back post. The lead was doubled shortly after and this time it was ‘Tukka’ himself who volleyed home from inside the box after a few ricochets off defenders.
All credit to Brierley Hill as they had a great patch for the next 15 minutes putting Hawbush under all sorts of pressure and got a goal back to make the end of the game very tense. Substitute Ryan Houghton nearly made it 3-1 with his first touch of the ball but couldn’t beat the advancing keeper, and Jack Wentworth and Jacques Pironnet looked very good when they came on, Jacques with some very intelligent runs.
Finally the 3 points were secured when man of the match Az broke clear and calmly finished to make in 3 goals in 2 games for him and an important win for Hawbush.

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