Football Match report 13 February 2020

Another victory for the Harriers came this week in an away match against Oasis Connaught. It was a hard-fought game that was full of battling spirit and togetherness. It was only our second away game of the season and we again found a much smaller pitch than the one we have become accustomed to at Redcatch. The wind and cold weather combined with the reduced space to make our latest encounter a tricky test for the Harriers, but the lads showed a unity throughout that will stand them in great stead for the rest of the season.

It was an end to end game throughout, but the Harriers certainly shaded the chances and deserved the victory they eventually gained. We hit the woodwork 4 times and despite it seeming at times like it wasn't going to be our day, the lads never gave up and got their just desserts at the end.

We went in 1-0 up at half time thanks a super left wing cross from Elliot and fine finish at the back post from Sam. Marcus and James defended brilliantly throughout the first half and Moses and Kingston got through some tireless running in midfield and up front respectively.

As the match wore on into the second half, Connaught found a little bit of rhythm and started to test the Harriers a little more. At this point, we were able to call on the ever-reliable Ollie in net who made a string of excellent, important saves.

Eventually though, our resistance was broken and Connaught managed to make the score  1-1 with 5 minutes to go. At this point the Harriers could have easily wilted under the pressure, but they are made of much sterner stuff and rallied for a rousing last 5 minutes full of drama and effort.

With the running of Luc and Josh going forward and heroic defending at the other end (including a goal line clearance in the closing stages from Kingston), the fans on the touchline were treated to a plethora of incident.

As the match drew into the dying moments, Ollie spotted an opportunity to find our forward players with a well directed goal kick and the ball fell to Sam six yards out. Despite the pressure being on, Sam was composed as he slotted the ball through the Connaught goalkeepers legs to seal a last-gasp winner with the final kick of the game.

This led to wild celebrations from the boys and crowd alike in the realisation that their hard work and energy throughout the game had finally paid off.

Of course it is nice to win 9-0 like the Harriers did in their previous game, but it is the hard fought last minute away wins that really bonds  team spirit and creates long-term belief. We are looking forward to seeing how the boys build on our latest victory as our league and cup campaigns continue in March.

Thank you to the Hillcrest parents who joined us at Connaught to support the team. Your encouragement means alot.

We wish all Harriers players and fans an enjoyable and well-deserved half term.