This is the HHC Mens Masters Squad.
Captain: Phil Oxley
Manager: Phil Oxley
League: Wessex Masters League - Division 1
Current Position: 5
Total Goals: 1164
Total Cards: 56
LATEST MATCH REPORTS
vs Newbury and Thatcham - 11 Nov 2017
Home Score: 7 - Opposition Score: 0
Match Result: Win
Game of 2 halves... 7-nil in the first and nil-nil in the second. Bill is now on a second game Goal Hat-trick. Watch this space for some game hat-trick avoidance going on.
vs Chichester Masters - 09 Apr 2016
Home Score: 7 - Opposition Score: 6
Match Result: Win
vs West Wilts Vets - 21 Feb 2015
Home Score: 2 - Opposition Score: 4
Match Result: Loss
Well that was a fine to do. A two hour drive with ten men, (Home Alone was on his death bed, we hope he shall rise Lazarus like for Chichester next Saturday.) It was a curiously slow game to begin with, we were a man down and unbalanced, but West Wilts started slowly, allowing us to match them for the first ten, then on one of their many short corners their number 90 had a shot from almost point blank range, and it looked like it might be a long afternoon, especially after another short was saved and cleared, only for the following long corner to produce a pass across me for a tap in for their loitering centre forward.
At this point we stepped up our game, and by the end of the first half, we were in the match, and unlucky not to be on the score sheet. The Cavalry and the Visionator ran good lines and caused real trouble in their half, and nobody stopped running, and no heads dropped! It was interesting however that The Visionator, being of sound mind and generous spirit decided that two of his chances in the first half were far too easy, and he passed on scoring them, just to keep the game interesting!. His words in the changing room after the game!! I sometimes think everybody, especially forwards should get a chance to keep goal when we are under pressure!! Fortunately for the Mark the muscle, he wore one in the second half short corner blitz, so he already has an idea of what it’s like, though he had no artificial padding.
In the second half it was a storming performance from everybody, great defensive running and covering and clearing off the numerous saves made at the back. Then we scored, and it was thoroughly deserved. No idea who got on the end of it, too much going on at my end. Their next goal came from a deep cross and a runner coming from high in the D, and getting a great leg glance to put it high in my right top corner, giving me no chance.
But we stuck at it, and scored again from a short, a switch back to the Dodger, and he piled it in past their keeper at the near post angle. 3-2 With 5 to go. On balance of play a draw might have been a fairer result, but they kept coming and we kept pushing and if their left wing had been able to keep his feet better I might have been even more of a hero, or the score even high for them.
Now the last goal was yet another short, but a deceptive high flick that I think was going to drop down behind me, so I reached up from my crouch and tipped the ball up, but not far enough, and as I landed their short pusher was there for a tap in with me looking to land on him . Seemed mean, he was only little and follickally challenged! But I was looking for somewhere soft to land.
So we lost 4-2 in a game where we were 1 man short, and to be honest not the strongest team we could put out, but, with a little luck and more of a cutting edge, still could have got something out of. But the season is nearly over, and we are now not challenging for the title, or even second place, but must look forward to our last four games, and prepare for the cup day. It would be great to one year have strong commitment from everyone through the season, and not so many injuries, and put in a real challenge to win the league. But it’s not going to be this year.
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