Keymer & Hassocks Football Club. Playing Football in Hassocks at Adastra Park since 2003

26th April 2014
Keymer & Hassocks vs East Court
Div 1

K & H finally managed to get a proper squad together for their last game v East Court save for their regular or should that be irregular keeper who pulled out yet again

Ash Hall agreed to take the gloves but disclosed a degree of nervousness as he had only ever done the job in five a side and the goal looked huge to him. Added to that there was a brisk wind to face

The starting eleven saw the original strike force of James Harris and Toby Raftery reunited they having played together in K & Hs first ever game in September 2003.The years clearly had taken their toll on speed but their abilities in  positional play and holding of the ball were still in evidence

K & H found it difficult to play against the wind which featured in the first goal from a corner-a good delivery and Ash Hall admitted he forgot he was the keeper so did not attempt to handle it and EC scored with ease

Matt Agate made some good runs up the right  but generally their big centre half seemed to get in the way of everything K & H tried.There was one more scare for K & H when Ash Hall hit a poor clearance straight to an EC player who tried for the lob but it went just over

Adam Ewens-who it transpired had been up all night volunteered to take over from Ash in goal-with the plan for the second half to widen the play away from their dominant centre back and this was achieved as Matt Agate and Joe Davey started to open up EC with some good wing play

K & H drew level in somewhat unusual circumstances when Lewis Taylor chested a ball over the line-EC disputed but their own lino gave it leading to some unfortunate abuse from his teammates but admiration from the home side and Ref

Two more goals were soon to follow-Matt Agate timing his run perfectly to outpace the defence and finish with a firm drive to the far corner and  a Dan Goodrum penalty down the middle after Joe Davey had been fouled in the box

Joe nearly had a goal himself when he broke clear and looked to have hit the roof of the net-the keeper made a double save but K & H were certain it had crossed the line even further than Lewis Taylors goal but perhaps understandably the lino was not going to give a second decision against his mates

K & H got a bit complacent in the closing stages and EC should certainly have scored with a clear chance in front of goal but it was blazed over which woke up K & H and they regained their composure to see the game out

This was a very satisfying result for K & H as they remembered all to clearly the defeat they suffered in the first game of the season so revenge proved very sweet

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