Football Match 3 December 2019
Hillcrest Harriers had their third league match of the season this week away against West Town Lane Academy, who are the current champions after winning the league last season.
The team were looking to build on our 5-1 and 8-1 victories last term and although we didn't get another victory, we definitely did continue our progress from last term with our performance level.
The pitch we played on was much smaller then our home pitch at Redcatch and was a little bobbly due to the weather so it didn't suit our usual passing style of play. Because of this, the Harriers took a while to get used to the conditions and settle into the game.
After 30 minutes, we were 4-0 down and it would have been easy for the lads to let their heads drop and concede more.
However, the Hillcrest Harriers have created a real team-spirit and resilience this season and didn't accept their first defeat of the season lying down. Instead, they started to show their battling qualities and were even able to employ some of their excellent passing football that they have become renowned for.
In the final 15 minutes of the game, the Harriers were totally dominant and managed to pull two goals back, starting with an excellent cross from the left wing from Elliot Sycamore that deflected into the Waycroft net. Five minutes later, Kingston Cardoza finished off a brilliant passing move by powerfully slotting the ball into the corner of the net.
If we could have kept playing for longer, the Harriers would have had a great chance of turning the game around, but time ran out and the final score was 4-2. We are already looking forward to our next fixtures after Christmas (where we will be wearing some brand new kit) and are ready for the reverse home fixture back at Redcatch, against Waycroft, later in the season.
Extra mentions for Marcus Perry who played a great second half in goal after Elliot had done the first half in net. Alex Hills, Moses Cardoza and James Diamond rotated in and out of our defence excellently and played with a growing confidence throughout. Luc Scrimshaw, Austin Collacott, Sam Andrews and Kurt Jacobs also got through some tireless running in midfield and superb passing play.
Onwards and upwards Harriers!