Team suffer a temporary halt to promotion proceedings!

Vs Bradford Lost 0-4

The KuH u14 Boys stepped out on the pitch for the first time in 2017 as new arrivals into Division 3 against a solid Bradford XI, veterans of the higher Divisions. The team welcomed a season debt for Jack Green and with a full squad expectations were as ever high.

An early opportunity came the way of Harvey with Hulls first attack and it looked like the game was going to be evenly balanced. Unfortunately the usual quick passing interchanges we have been used to were off par and Bradford started to dominate the midfield via solid pass interceptions and strong tackling. Matty P, Sam and Tim were unable to link up with the midfield and forwards and a ‘hit and hope’ mentally crept across the team resulting in turn overs and the first goal from Bradford with a strong reverse strike.

Defensively Matty N and Joshua put in some great tackles and Kosta was solid as usual in Midfield. Passes to team mates we still not being found and Bradford continued to put us under pressure with a number of Short Corners, which were well defended by Travis and the Short Corner Team.

It wasn’t long before Bradford made it 2-0 after a defensive turn over and a third quickly followed before Hull had regained composure.

With the clock ticking down and the team only sporadically getting some passing moves together it was Bradford who completed an impressive performance with the last hit of the match from a short corner.

Vs Halifax Won 2-1

After a two match rest, a couple of Bacon butties and cups of Tea (especially for the parents) the team were ready to put the first match behind them.

The boys showed good early pressure and the passing moves were starting to come together with Jack Green, Tim, and Sam looking to get the ball up and into the D. The excitement of these attacking moves did leave a few gaps defensively, with Halifax players staying high up the pitch and unfortunately this led to a soft goal against. It was looking like clean sheets are a lot harder to find in this Division. The boys seemed unfazed by the goal and it was not long before the team put together a great attacking passing move down the right side channel and it had a ‘Jack Green equaliser’ written all over it but Halifax were saved by their post. A couple more chances came Hull’s way with a great run down the right hand baseline which Harvey was a whisker away from connecting with. With Hull going all out attack it was left to Travis to pull of a fine reaction save and for Josh and Noah to clear away any chances to the sides. Anther defeat looked likely until, with Hull’s first attacking short corner, Sam struck home after a slick routine (was it a number two Gaz??)

Another superb counter attack save from Travis and with the defensive spread high it was Josh and Noah again holding firm.

With minutes to spare it was a fine counter attack down the left this time with Will and Tim interchanging well for Harvey to slot home the winner! (and yes Tim you get a mention as an assist for your GK ‘block’ routine!).

Vs York Lost 2-1

…and so to the last match. The team built on the performance against Halifax with good early attacking from Jack which led to a short corners which although executed well only found the York keeper in good form.

Good Midfield wide play from Olly and Stan allowed Hull to keep the pressure on York and most play continued to take place in the York half.

It was against the run of play that York scored first after Matty P and then Travis had blocked York’s first attempts.

Not put off Hull continued to play good passing hockey as with Will setting up Tim for a 1 on 1 with keeper but again a good save stopped the goal. Sam, Matty P and Matty N continued to find through balls to Will and Harvey but the York defence held firm only conceding Short Corner after Short Corner but the routines this time did not find the back of the net.

What seemed like York’s second proper attack resulted in their second goal and Hull were now up against the clock to get some goals. They continued to attack and with only Josh and Noah in defence the goal finally came from a Will strike and Sam following it up (I’ll leave it up to you two to decide who claims the goal!). A bit of ‘Fergie’ time wouldn’t of gone a miss but the clock ran out and with two defeats it was down to other results to see if we would remain in this Division.

MOTM as voted by the players was Harvey for a crucial match winner against Halifax and also for his high and wide running off the ball.

Our thanks again to Gaz, Dave and Debbie for Coaching, Umpiring and Managing the Team at the weekend.

See you pitch side next time 🙂

Kevin

STOP PRESS…..we have been dropped back to Division 4 but only on Goal Difference which clearly shows that we can compete in Division 3 and should strive for promotion out of Division 3 but for now the climb to the Top has been temporarily halted…..but not for long…..we’ll back!!