Living Hope Church 8 Hawbush 0

20th February 2016.

Bob Lee writes,

17th October 2015. LHC beat St Thomas 6-2. 9 league games later and 810 minutes without a win. Losing 9 Conceding 60 goals and scoring just 18, we come to today.
Turning up after the last few weeks of games being called off we walked the pitches to find 1 pitch playable. Luckily the weather has been nice this week and it was game on.

LHC got the game underway and both sides seemed to settle in quickly, with a few chances either end, LHC made the breakthrough with Bob netting after a good save from the keeper. This seemed to spur the lads on to create more chances and around half hour mark Bob was brought down in the box and the verdict was a penalty. Will admit it wasn’t the best penalty but it hit the net and that’s all that counts. 2-0. Not long after that a good few passes between Lee Ralphy and Bob with the flag staying down and the ball was put past the keeper for Bobs hat trick to make it 3-0 and put LHC in a position we have not been in for quite some time. Last 10 minutes of the half we created chances and was unlucky not to go in at ht with a bigger lead.
H.t 3-0

2nd half Hawbush seemed to wake up and they had a good spell of possession but any chance of a comeback was soon put to bed when a cross from the right was met by Jake to power home a superb header. 4-0. Not long after that Ralphy was sent through 1 on 1 with the keeper, with so much time he put it past him to make it 5-0. A few subs were made and on came Ben, Dec and the return of Callum shortly after. It didn’t take Ben long to score making it 6-0. Another well worked goal. Then the strangest thing happened. A cross came into the box and seemed to hit Conner 8 yards out. Luck was on our side as it sailed into the net to make it 7-0. (Although he claims he meant it) Within minutes of that (and us lads on sideline still baffled as to why Conner was in the box and had managed to score…….) Cal on his return managed to grab goal number 8. It seemed to take an age for the ball to settle for him to smash past the keeper and the defenders on the line.
Last few minutes we defended superbly as we had done all game to keep the well deserved clean sheet.
Ft 8-0

Massive well done to every player in red today. James was again superb in goal. The back 4 made life hard for the forwards, Daz and Jake clearing everything they had thrown at them. The midfield and forwards worked hard all game but mostly it was our determination to win every ball today. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th. Headers, tackles the lot. We looked like the team we were back in October and if we can play like that for the remaining games we will not only move up but our goal difference won’t look half as bad.
Thank you to Hawbush for a well battled game from a side who never gave in, and knowing how it feels to be on the end of some big defeats it says a lot about a team to keep going until the end, and we wish them good luck for the remainder of the season. Thanks to the ref and linesman who let the game flow well.


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