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Hextable 2-0 Fleetdown
The league campaign ended with a stylish 2-0 away win at division title rivals Fleetdown. With the knowledge that a win would be enough to secure a playoff position, the team began with a quick pace, finding large areas of space on a large pitch. Early chances came and went for both teams, with Ryan, Herbie and Llewellyn coming close for us. About midway through the first half, Llewellyn ended his goal drought to break the deadlock and reward the hard work that had been put into the early part of the game. As the half continued, Hextable continued to grow in strength, especially in defence, where Jake Pester (in for the injured Jack Stanton) was looking tough to beat.
The second half began how the first half ended, with Hextable growing in confidence on the ball, and pressing the opposition into making errors. The substitutes came on and made their mark on a game where fitness levels were put to the test, and Harvey came close on a couple of occasions to doubling the score. Then, a moment of brilliance from Llewellyn saw him dribble from the halfway line, beating defenders and then slotting into an empty net after having his initial shot saved. Llewellyn's brace would be enough to win the game, with Hextable securing a playoff place.
A fantastic effort an work rate from the entire team, with some of the boys struggling to walk off the pitch at the end!
Team: Price, Brazier, Pester, Slater, White, McDonnell, Pyle, Lewis, Holland. Subs: Humphris, Couldridge.
Hextable 3-0 Our Lady's (Dartford)
OG, Pyle, White.
Hextable 0-1 The Brent
Hextable 0-1 Our Lady's (Hartley)
Hextable 4-1 Dartford Primary
Hextable's unbeaten season continued with a win on a bitterly cold evening in central Dartford, winning 4-1 on the road against Dartford Primary. Rowan and Llewellyn returned from their illness, and the squad was rotated slightly, with Taylor getting a recall to the side.
Hextable started slowly on a small pitch, adapting to the game and switched off to allow Dartford Primary to open the scoring, a fine finish after rounding the goalkeeper. Luckily, conceding their first league goal of the season didn't seem to dent the team's morale too badly and soon they were back in the game. Some lovely one touch passing build up play saw Ryan pick out Herbie at the far post, and he couldn't miss from only a couple of yards out. Hextable continued to take control of the game, and it wasn't long before Llewellyn scored on his return, a tap in created by hard battling in the box by Jake.
The second half saw the team playing slightly downhill, and they were unlucky not to further their lead after a swift counterattack saw a fine save to deny Llewellyn. A similar move not long after saw Llewellyn turn provider, assisting Herbie who finished excellently in a one on one situation - his 5th goal in just two appearances. He could have made it two hattricks in as many games late on, but could only put a chance over the crossbar from close range. The game finished with a goal in the last play of the game. Ryan worked hard down by the corner to win the ball and cross, only for it to ricochet in off a defender under pressure. An excellent performance as the streak continues!
Team: Hillam, Brazier, Abrol, Pyle, Pester, Slater (c), McDonnell, Holland, Lewis. Sub: Couldridge
Goals: Holland (2), Lewis, OG.
Hextable 6-0 Temple Hill
Hextable continued their football season after the winter break in winning style, with a comfortable away win at Temple Hill. Last season, the visit to Temple Hill had ended in a 4-0 loss, so those who remembered that loss were keen to put the ghosts to bed.
On the day of the game, the team was hit by the loss of captain Rowan Slater and top goalscorer Llewellyn Lewis to illness. Jake Pester was called in at short notice, and stepped up well to fill a position in the midfield three - well done to him!
The team was adjusted tactically to compensate for the losses of the two players, and Herbie Holland was recalled to play on the wing, with Harrison Pyle moving into midfield and Jack Stanton dropping into defence. The game started scrappily, with no-one able to gain control of the ball on a hard, muddy pitch. Eventually we started to find some joy down the right and started to test the goalkeeper. Harrison Pyle scored his second goal of the season with an excellently struck right footed finish high past the goalkeeper from the edge of the box. This goal gave good momentum and not long after Harrison double his tally with a fine left footed strike from a similar position, just outside the box.
The second half began with Hextable on the front foot as they started to gain control of the game. Herbie Holland started to come into the game a lot more and was finding himself in good positions within the penalty area. This hard work paid off when a corner found its way to the far post where Herbie hit a sweet half volley in for 3-0. Soon after, Harrison completed his first school hattrick and was then joined in the hattrick club by Herbie Holland, who scored two late goals to seal the win. A fantastic performance from all involved, especially the hattrick heroes (both year 4s!)
Team: Price, Brazier, Stanton (c), White, Pester, Pyle, Couldridge, Holland, McDonnell.
Goals: Pyle (3), Holland (3)
Hextable 5-0 St. Anselms
Hextable returned to action with an away game at St. Anselms and continued their fine winning form. The team brushed off the cobwebs well, starting the game with a fast pace and pressuring the ball well, giving the opposition no time to make decisions. The deadlock was broken early when the goalkeeper fumbled a long range Llewellyn Lewis shot over the line. Soon after, Ryan McDonnell added to his tally for the season tapping in from close range after a lovely team move. The third goal came after another long spell of dominance after Rowan Slater was brought down on the edge of the box. Up stepped Harrison Pyle, and struck a sweet left footed, curling shot into the postage stamp of the goal for his first Hextable goal - a great way to open his account! Llewellyn rounded off a fantastic first half with a well placed effort from the edge of the box.
The second half wasn't played at quite the same tempo, however Hextable continued to create chances, with excellent counter attacking football. Ryan McDonnell added to his tally for the game late on, with a goal of the season contender, a beautiful effort which just about crossed the line off the underside of the bar. Special mention must go to Harvey Humphris who made his first team debut and performed extremely well with some great passing. Well done to the team, we march on!
Team: Hillam, Brazier, Pyle, Stanton, Slater (c), White, McDonnell, Couldridge, Lewis. Sub: Humphris
Goals: Lewis (2), McDonnell (2), Pyle.
Hextable 8-0 Darenth
The 2016/17 season continued with our first home league game of the campaign against a young Darenth side. The game started with Hextable asserting their dominance over the game, controlling a lot of the ball and creating chances. However, after a frustrating spell, the deadlock was broken with Llewellyn slotting through the keeper's legs to continue his fine goal scoring form. Soon after the lead was doubled, after a Rowan Slater freekick wasn't cleared, and that man Lewis was in the right place to double his tally and take a 2-0 lead into the break.
After the break the team seemed to come to life, pressuring the opposition on the ball and playing at a much higher tempo. As Darenth began to tire, the energy levels improved and soon the goals started to come thick and fast. Llewellyn completed his hattrick with a well placed shot low into the corner of the goal. Soon after he had a fourth with excellent positioning as the ball fell to him. Not to be left out, Ryan McDonnell opened his account for the season with a well taken goal, and there were first ever league goals for Freddie White and Jack Stanton. Late on Llewellyn added his 5th, to cap off an excellent run of goals to round off the game.
Apologies for no highlights, the bad light affected the quality of the video!
Team: Price, Abrol, Pyle, Slater (c), Stanton, White, Holland, McDonnell, Lewis. Subs: Brazier, Couldridge.
Goals: Lewis (5), McDonnell, White, Stanton.
Hextable 3-0 Westgate
The opening game of the 2016/17 Dartford District football season had finally arrived, and there was excitement in the air. Today's opponents were Westgate Primary, and having arrived it was clear the game would be tricky for both teams with winds sweeping across the pitch.
Hextable took control of the game from the first whistle, and within the first couple of minutes had forced the opposition goalkeeper into some fine saves. This continued throughout the first half with chances coming and going, before finally a moment of magic broke the deadlock. Herbie Holland collected a loose ball, jinked past 3 defenders and slotted home from close range - much to the delight of Mr. Murrock and Mr. Purton on the touchline.
The second half started with a reaction from Westgate, who had a goal disallowed after a handball in the penalty box early on. Hextable weathered the waves of attack, before Llewellyn broke at pace and slotted in off the post to double the lead, an continue his record of scoring in every game so far this season. Soon after Llewellyn was on hand to finish off a fine team move taking his tally to 5 goals in 3 games.
Another excellent performance on the road, and a perfect start to the league campaign. Next up... Darenth at home!
Team: Hillam, Brazier, Pyle, Stanton, White, Slater (c), McDonnell, Holland, Lewis. Subs: Pester, Couldridge.
Goals: Lewis (2), Holland
Dartford District 7-a-side tournament
The Year 5/6 Football team took part in a 7 a side tournament run by the FA and Dartford District. Hextable were drawn in a group with Holy Trinity and Temple Hill Primary Schools, and played both teams twice in the group stage. We started with a 1-1 draw with Holy Trinity, in a very tightly contested game. Next up was Temple Hill, and after an excellent display by the opposition goalkeeper we eventually managed to break through and win 1-0.
The second round of fixtures in the pool stage saw two more victories, 3-0 against Temple Hill and 1-0 against Holy Trinity. In the group stage goals were score by Jack, Freddie, Ryan (2), Llewellyn and Jake. These results meant that we finished top of the group and would play Bean in the final for a place in the Grand Final.
The final was a very close game, as expected between two teams who had played excellent football throughout the tournament. Freddie opened the scoring, however a late equaliser from a corner meant the game would go to sudden death penalties. After winning the toss, Rowan stepped up and scored. With all the pressure on the opposition, they missed the penalty resulting in a victory for us!
Congratulations to the team, a fantastic victory that will result in a place in the Grand Final against Oakfield and Stone!
Hextable 2-0 Maypole
The Preseason campaign continued with an away visit to Maypole Primary with the aim to give the team a chance to experience a game against a quality opposition. The game started slowly, with neither team able to take control of the opening exchanges, however chances soon came through a selection of dangerous set pieces whipped into the box by Rowan Slater.
At half time the score was still level at 0-0 and it looked likely that the first goal would be crucial in deciding the outcome. Maypole started on the front foot, but the defensive partnership of Harrison and Will dealt with everything thrown at them. After a couple of substitutions to add some fresh legs to the game a chance came from an attacking throw in. The ball was not properly cleared and Llewellyn Lewis was on hand to lash a powerful shot past the keeper from the edge of the box to give Hextable the lead.
Moments later, the lead was doubled. Taylor Abrol burst down the left wing before laying the ball off to Llewellyn. His shot was saved but somehow managed to trickle over the line. At this stage Hextable were cruising, and were able to comfortably see the game out. An excellent performance from the entire team, with standout performances from Jack Stanton in midfield, and Llewellyn Lewis in front of goal.
Team: Price, Brazier, Pyle, White, Stanton, Slater (C), McDonnell, Lewis, Holland. Subs: Hillam, Abrol, Pester.
Goals: Lewis (2)
Hextable 4-0 Wilmington Primary
The School Football team started the footballing year off with an excellent result in a friendly against Wilmington Primary. The team featured a mixture of boys from years 4-6, some of whom were representing the school for the first time.
The game began at a quick pace, with both teams trying to get control of the game, but it didn't take long for Hextable to gain momentum and begin to dominate. Hextable took the lead through a powerful shot from Rowan Slater from outside the penalty area, and Rowan doubled his tally shortly after, capitalising on a loose ball in the opposition penalty area.
With the score 2-0 at half time, Mr. Murrock and Mr. Purton made some tactical changes, and this paid off with Llewellyn Lewis scoring an excellent finish after superbly turning the defender. Late on in the game Herbie Holland scored with a powerful shot from inside the penalty box to wrap up the game.
A huge well done to all involved, the performance bodes well for the upcoming Dartford District Football League!
Team: Hillam, Brazier, Pyle, White, Stanton, Slater (C), Lewis, McDonnell, Pester. Subs: Micallef, Abrol, Holland.
Goals: Slater (2), Lewis, Holland