Monday 25th November 2019 Camps Hill vs Roebuck
Todays match presented us with a very wet and dark afternoon. Camps Hill were up against Roebuck, who again we had not come up against in a few years. The fixture had also been reversed to become a home game for Camps Hill due to the pitch at Roebuck being unplayable. With only four players remaining the same, it allowed five new players to step up to the challenge and slot into the line-up.
The game began with Mr Chinn once again getting the call up to referee from the middle. Darkness was already falling so we were already up against time. Camps Hill kicked off and the game was underway with the touchline full of parents/carers. Both teams began well with some very good link up play and vital blocks to keep both oppositions away from the goal. However, on five minutes George S intercepted the ball in defence and went past one, two and then three Roebuck players to find himself on his left foot in front of goal in which he buried deep into the back of the net. 1-0 Camps Hill. The game was fairly even with Roebuck pushing on, looking the most likely to equalise but it was Archie who demonstrated some individual quality to find himself in front of goal, and he made no mistake in burying the ball high into the net. 2-0 Camps Hill.
The game continued to be full of excitement and many groans where opportunities should have been finished but some great goalkeeping and lack of accuracy in front of goal keeping the score line remaining the same. However, a Roebuck player made no mistake in slotting the ball home in the 13th minute to make it 2-1 from a lovely piece of play from the team. The first half ended with a 2-minute turnaround as the lighting was becoming a slight issue.
Second half kicked off with Roebuck almost immediately coming out fast and applying pressure early on to show they would not lose without putting up a strong fight. A Roebuck player found himself one on one with the keeper to which Ben dived straight at his feet to collect the ball into safe hands. Joshua listened well and displayed some great composure on the ball to find Camps Hill teammates. Lewis and Adam presented the team with great energy and determination to win the ball back and this proved its worth when Camps Hill regained possession and took a strike at goal, narrowly missing the left post. The remainder of the game saw a few vital defensive blocks from both teams and some strong challenges. However, Roebuck scored to make it 2-2 due to a scramble and nobody taking responsibility to clear the box of the ball. With only two minutes remaining both teams gave their all and the pace of the match increased in tempo but it ended with both teams sharing the points on this Monday evening.
Camps Hill 2 – Roebuck 2
Friday 8th November 2019 – Camps Hill Vs Trotts Hill
Today was the day the league games took off. Camps Hill were drawn against Trotts Hill who were new opponents present in the league. With only four players remaining the same, it allowed six new players to step up to the challenge and all did a fantastic job.
The game began with Mr Chinn getting the call up to referee from the middle. Trotts Hill kicked off and the game was underway at the Camps Hill Field with both attendances strong from the supporters. Both teams began well with some very good end-to-end football. The first few chances coming from Camps Hill in the first five minutes and they were pushing on to find the breakthrough which eventually came from a good delivery from Archie for Seb to make it 1-0.
Camps Hill continue to push on to get the second and it came shortly after with a mix of limbs with Caleb being in the right place at the right time to get the last touch. 2-0 Camps Hill. Trotts Hill started the play and broke into the final third getting a shot on target with a great save from Ben. Trotts Hill continued to make opportunities to get a goal back. Halfway through the first half and George S made a clearance which happens to fall into the path of Max who buries deep into the middle of the goal giving the goalkeeper no chance. Archie then dribbles through several players to give himself a one on one opportunity with the goalkeeper in which he rockets into the bottom corner. However, there was a twist to the tale and Mr Chinn awards Trotts Hill a penalty for a trip of legs inside the box, which the player tucked away neatly in the bottom corner. Camps Hill kick off, some great team play results in Archie having another opportunity, and he buries it above the keepers head. 5-1 going into half time and some would say the game already won.
The second half begins with some changes for Camps Hill being made and some new positions to trial some players in. The second half produced some lovely football and Ben came into play quite a few times to keep some good efforts out of the net. George S comes on up top in the opposite position to what he started and he proved his worth with a great left footed strike to make the score 6-1.
Credit to both teams who continued to battle hard and show team spirit to enjoy a good game of football.
Camps Hill 6 – Trotts Hill 1
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 – Camps Hill Boys Vs Fairlands
Today was the day the new season got underway. Camps Hill were taking on Fairlands in the Stevenage schools cup round 1. It would prove to be an exciting and exhilarating game of football in which both sides would show quality at either end of the pitch. Camps Hill lined up with a late entrance in goal and what a great decision it was to put Ben between the sticks.
The game got underway and both sides early on showed their true grit and determination. Camps Hill were the first to get a shot away which resulted in an easy collection for the keeper in yellow. George S was showing great strength and decision making to keep the Fairlands strikers from getting their shots away. A freak ball over the top had the Camps Hill defence running back towards goal and the Fairlands striker got a shot away, however we never doubted Bens ability and out he came to dive at the strikers feet to collect the ball in two hands. The first half continued to be full of action and the result was always going to be a tough one to call.
The second half began with a couple of changes of positions and personnel to try and get the job done. Both teams again started well and began to find the gaps to exploit the opposition and again Ben in the home teams goal made some unbelievable saves to keep the score at 0-0. At the other end, Camps Hills final finishing touch lacked and they couldn’t put their chances away to gain an advantage. Five minutes to go and there still wasn’t a breakthrough in sight, however Fairlands passed the ball well into the Camps Hill half with a deadly through ball to which the striker had a shot blocked and there was a scramble of limbs. Unfortunately it was a Fairlands striker that made contact to finally net the goal that the crowd was waiting for.
Camps Hill however did not give up and gave every last bit of energy to try and level the score with a questionable penalty decision that was not given by the referee, but they took it well and the final whistle was blown to end the first game of the season.
Camps Hill 0 – Fairlands 1
Tuesday 15th October 2019 Camps Hill Girls vs St Nicholas
Tuesday 15th October and Camps Hill Stadium was looking in fine condition with a new set of football goals arriving in preparation for the 3.45 kick off. Camps Hill girls were hosts to St Nicholas girls for the opening cup fixture of the 2019/2020 Campaign. Isabelle (Captain) lead the girls out dressed in their purple home strip, where as the opposition wore bright yellow in front of approximately 25 eager parents and fans.
With the team talk done, the girls set out with a 2-3-1 formation. Bravely, Alice wore the gloves for her first cap in goal, with fellow debutant Zara playing in defence alongside Kadie. The midfield consisted of an experienced trio with Jessica and Ruby sitting deeper behind the more attacking Isabelle. Up top was the fierce striker Katelyn, earning her 12th cap for the girls in purple.
What a lighting start! Within minutes, Camps Hill piled on the pressure breaking the St Nicholas back line with an outstanding dribble and unselfish pass from Isabelle to set up Katelyn for a composed, neat finish. Parents and Camps Hill supporters went wild. Camps Hill 1-0 St Nicholas.
Simply amazing! Not even 5 minutes played and Katelyn netted her second of the game. She is a fox in the box! The rumours must be true, she is related to Harry Kane. Camps Hill 2 - 0 St Nicholas.
Here we go again. Relentless football from Camps Hill. Jessica smashed the ball towards goal, but the goalkeeper made an instinctive save rebounding the ball in to the penalty area. With determination, Ruby pounced on the free ball and leathered it in to the top corner. The parents could not believe their luck. Camps Hill 3 - 0 St Nicholas.
GOAL! Kadie, who was 2018 manager's player of the year, wins possession and passes to Isabelle who was flying past players as if they were not even there. She was in complete control at all times and with a clean strike, she buried the ball in to the back of the net.
Mr Betts and Mrs Gentle look delighted as Mr Boxall blows the whistle for half time.
Chloe and Erin were brought on from the substitutions bench and they ran their socks off winning tackles and making vital dribbles therefore helping provide Katelyn with the opportunity to blast home her first hat-trick for the purple warriors. Camps Hill 5 - 0 St Nicholas.
St Nicholas began to find some chances late on in the game however Zara made crucial tackles keeping her discipline in defence. On top of that, Alice made a save what can only be described as a "Hollywood save" from a well struck St Nicholas free kick.
As stoppage time was looming, Isabelle showed another piece of class with a thunderous strike to the left of the goalkeeper. Camps Hill 6 - 0 St Nicholas.
What a start to the season! The purple warriors progress to round two of the cup. Player of the match goes to Ruby. Keep it up girls.