Hatherleigh FC Soccer match against Heavitree in the Devon Senior League, December 17th 2005 //-->
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Soccer

Hatherleigh Town v Heavitree Social Club
December 31st 2005

Our intrepid camaraman made it in time for the last few minutes of the first half and all the second half. This week we show only the best action shots as our hard drive is getting bashed too heavily with the amount of pics we are now taking. We're not sure if Match Reporter Peter Cooper was present so, pending a report from him, here's our initial reaction to the match:

"It was an entertaining game, despite the 0 - 1 scoreline. Town, depleted by missing players, nevertheless tried very hard and never gave up, maintaining continuous pressure throughout and coming under contonuous pressure in return. The defence deserves an award for its performance, with Reynolds and the off-side trap both having starring roles. In goal, Deputy Bryant played his part in keeping the opposition at bay, with agile saves, enthusiasm and good positioning making up for deficiencies in stature!

"The difference this time was in the detail, with too many Town passes going astray and a lack of cohesion in approach. Are Rice's panther-like abilities being suppressed? Heavitree's attackers played together well, with pleasing passes and clever movement. Town need only to find that kind of creativity and ball control to succeed. Then, with a full team, we should expect some victories. The considerable crowd watching Saturday's match in freezing conditions deserve a few for sure!"

Dead on time, Peter filed as follows:

NEW CUB REPORTER PETER COOPER"It hasn't been the best of Christmases for Hatherleigh's management or players. Two games - no points or goals so, "bring on next year", was the supporters' cry!

"On a sticky pitch Heavitree took the game to Hatherleigh who some predict will be up there at the close of season, though on this showing that is difficult to see.

"Kicking to the Town end,Heavitree went in front after 35 minutes and, but for some resolute defending and excellent keeping from Bryant, the scoreline could have been more. Another fine display by the left sided midfielder-turned-keeper. Hatherleigh 0-1 Heavitree

"The second half was a different story, with a more punchy Town who did everything but score. Again Hatherleigh lacked a left-sided general who could put his foot on the ball and direct proceedings: the man for that job was in goal!

"Having watched for some time now, we play good football on decent pitches but lack that killer instinct in front of goal. Today, was another day in question. Plenty of posession,but no goals. Unfortunately, goals win games.

"It's away at Feniton next week: lets hope for dryer weather, a flowing game not in mud ... and goals That's my new years wish. For Hatherleigh of course. Final score Hatherleigh 0-1 Heavitree Social Club

"Hatherleigh line up : Bryant, Wonnacott, Moore, Bruce, Reynolds, Cooper, Bedford, Endacott, Dymond, Rice, James Subs used: Wollacott for Cooper Cleave for Bruce. We wish you all a happy healthy new year and for Hatherleigh to stay in the premier."

A fine low header from Town is somehow scooped away.

Rice unbalances everyone

Jamesey wins in the air yet again

Strong defensive work from Town
kept the visitors at bay

(ooops, sorry about the bad colour balance
here, and below: Ed)


"Do you think we're good enough to enter
Strictly Come Dancing?"
Town kept the pressure on a lot of the time
Another win in the air from Jamesey - this time to clear
Finally, four specially for Deputy Bryant, who did a grand job in goal

 


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