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Holme Rovers u12 (2) - Howden AFC u12 Heat (3)
U12 Match Report - 14th September |
Following last week’s victory over Goole,Rovers came into this game full of confidence.
A glorious late Summer day and a visit from local rivals brought a healthy attendance to this derby.
Rovers started on the front foot, Josh Hinch coming close with a great header from a dangerous corner and Buddy Dunham narrowly missing the target from distance. Both sides did not flinch from a tackle and the midfield tussle was combative to say the least.
Rovers continued to press and the chances piled up. Josh again went close from a corner, Marley Bayram forced a good save from the keeper and Harry Goodwin just failed to connect with Buddy’s cross.
The defence of Oliver Wood and Sam Kirby dealt with Howden’s infrequent incursions into Rover’s half and Billy Wilson was a spectator.
Unfortunately football is a cruel game and on 26 minutes Howden took the lead with a well taken shot into the bottom corner. Two minutes later and Howden took full advantage of a fortuitous free kick to double their lead with a fine far post header.
Holme Rovers u12’s 0
Howden AFC u12’s Heat 2
Manager Ben tinkered with the team at half time introducing Harvey Sedman, Ethan Ashley and James O’Driscoll.
A fired up Rovers continued to lay siege to Howden’s goal and within 3 minutes they had a goal back, Logan Cox powering home Harvey’s corner. Rovers could sense a comeback and only misfortune and some fine goalkeeping prevented Harvey, Josh and Marley from equalising. Will Pearson then rifled in a free kick from all of 25 yards which just went wide. Rovers were to regret these misses as in the 48th minute Howden broke and scored their third goal after some indecision in Holme’s defence.
Down but not out Rovers returned to dominating the contest, driven on by some full blooded tackling by Logan.
In the 49th minute Harvey capped off an impressive display by pulling a goal back to set up a tense finale.
Despite late pressure the final whistle came to the relief of the Howden bench.
Despite the result this was a gutsy performance by Rovers and one to inspire confidence for the season ahead.
On to Pontefract
Richard Brook |
In May when we had our end of season junior presentation day our main sponsor Mike ''O'' Reilly from McDonalds Shiptonthorpe stated what a great ''family'' club Holme Rovers is and this was shown yet again on Saturday when against adverse weather the football club and residents of the village came together to have a great day and raise a vast amount of money [over £3,500]. Even though it was a miserable afternoon lots of villagers turned out to support our charity match and so raise a vast amount of money. I would like to thank all concerned who contributed to this event, there are too many but you know who you are. As regards the money raised my understanding is that this will not go into a ''pot'' but Ward 39 at York Hospital are going to supply us with a shopping list of items we can purchase to allow them to further help with the rehabilitation of stroke patients. As I type this money is still coming in which is great. When the club has purchased whatever equipment it is able to there will be an official presentation and this will be advertised, so those who wish to attend can do so. Since we started our charity matches 4 years ago there has been circa £10,000 raised for various causes truly amazing.
Once again thanks to you all.
Junior Section 18/19 Season
Richard Brook |
I would like to thank all our volunteers who have helped Holme Rovers this season in running seven teams plus mini soccer and so allowing approx. 90 children to play football on a Saturday. It has been hard work for a lot of us but seeing yesterdays presentation makes you realise ''why we do it'' and also it what was humbling to hear the kind word by Mike O'Reilly from McDonalds about Holme Rovers been a ''family''. The only sad thing is that due to shortage of players our current under 10's will not be able to play for our club next season and yesterday I did not have chance to see all the players and parents for this age group so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best if finding other clubs and I am hoping that when Ben Pearsons team moves up to 11 a side that some of you have the opportunity to re-join our club if you so wish. As to next season planning/work begins next week, as we have to see what the implications are regarding reducing our current under 8's from two teams to one team. Sharon has informed me that the junior section will have a couple of Saturday signing on mornings in early July. Again a thanks to you all and anyone is more than welcome to come to our AGM.
Richard Brook |
Please note that our AGM will be held on Sunday 9th June at 19.30 in the Social Club