Hawbush Line Up: Walton, Wentworth (Edge), Davies, Dean, Norris, Pountney, Smith (Houghton), Wylde, Hope, Cater (Brookes), Scriven (C)
Hawbush have again had a difficult start to the season, conceding more goals than last season but actually playing slightly better football so yesterday’s cup win over Brierley Hill proved a welcome reward for our positive approach.
As many of you know the Hawbush FC philosophy is slightly different to many other WMCFL teams. All of our players live on the same estate or have close links to the community and each year rather than getting ‘mates’ who are good players to help us improve, we decided to recruit the new 16-17 year olds who live on the estate and want to play football. We also try to give all of our 25 man squad a chance as often as we can, so its always a challenge to compete with the other teams in the division hence we have struggled near the bottom again this year.
But the game against Brierley Hill was really good for us as at both ends of the pitch as we really bossed the game. Our new look back four of Jack, George, Jordon and Jim played brilliantly. The midfield trio of Dan, Mitch and Sam were all on good form and the front three of Ste, Tukka and Arron created lots of chances.
The game started in an even way with Brierley Hill doing what Brierley Hill do well, all XI of their players comfortable on the ball having played together for so many years. Hawbush tried to inject a bit more pace into the game and looked to be casing a few problems.
The breakthrough came after about 20 minutes when Tukka found space on the right hand side and played a great cross over both Ian and Carl in the Brierley Hill defence and there was our top scorer Arron Hope to volley home from the penalty spot, a really accomplished finish from our young striker.
Both teams had a couple of half chances but it was 1-0 at the break but our lads felt really confident they could get a result and so it proved as we had a number of chances to extend the lad with Sam Smith, Tukka and Mitch all trying their luck from long range.
Eventually it was Arron again who got the goal on the hour when his speculative effort from outside the box managed to squirm under the away keeper and at 2-0 we felt quite comfortable.
All credit to Brierley Hill who pushed and pushed to get back into the game, but they were caught out when following great work from Mac Edge down the right wing, Arron turned provider for Tukka who headed in at the back post.
So there is still much work to do but a welcome result for the Hawbush crew!