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Action Packed Weekend for Rovers
The opening week of May saw Rovers in frenzied football action as the teams made up for fixture cancellations. The Firsts put themselves back into promotion contention by taking four points from a double header with second placed Hutton whilst the Reserves lost to Rayleigh Town. The Thirds had an excellent 3-3 draw midweek with champions Real Maldon but their defensive frailties let them down on Saturday losing 3-4 to Battlesbridge but they hang on to second spot in the league. Also on Saturday Hill's old boys moved up to third in Division One of the Essex Veternas League by defeating Herongate. Wayne Purser had opened the scoring with a sublime finish before Merfyn Roberts scored the important goal. On Wednesday Rovers' Ladies team travelled to Assundon and played suprbly to win 2-0 with strikes from Amy Tuscher and Sarah Taylor. The future for the female game at Beacon Hill looks bright as the 14s Girls won Division C with a 5-1 win at Great Danes and the 13s Girls secured a third place finish in Division B by taking all three points from Billericay Town. The 10s Girls played out an excellent friendly fixture at Great Danes in preparation for their first full league season next year and won 2-1. Hill's Boys' teams also go from strength to strength. Pride of place goes to the u10s who put in a fantasic performance in the Divisional Cup Final on Saturday before succumbing to a strong Dunmow team 1-2. To show their resourcefulness they followed this up on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Maldon Saints to go clear at the top of thier Divsion. The 14s consolidated a top four finish with a 2-0 win over Flitch with a double from Wes Flood. Beacon Hill's 12s had a quadruple win weeknd, Spartans beat Great Notley Titans 2-1 and Valley Green 2-0 whilst the Trojans defeated Latchingdon 7-1 and Great Notley Wolves 5-0.
Beacon Hill's u12s in Cup Triumph
Rovers' under 12 Trojans brought home their Divisional Cup by beating Uplands Yellows in a closely fought encounter at the Burnham Ramblers Stadium on Sunday. The single goal victory left the supporters of the Trojans hoarse with delight. Manager Richard Chapmans was pleased with their style of play and thought to victory was a great reward for the squad's efforts all season. The way the boys conducted themselves was a credit to the Club. Back on the League front the Men's Teams produced a mixed bag, the Reserves lost 0-5 to Hutton, the Thirds scored three times in a frenetic closing 15 minutes to draw 4-4 with Kenson whilst the Sundays beat Bocking 2-1 to return to top spot. Beacon's 12s Spartans moved up to second place in Div 1 with two emphatic victories: 5-1 over Uplands Blues on Saturday and an 11-1 mauling of Deaneswood on Sunday. This is the highest position any BHR youth team has achieved in the modern era. The 10s Boys beat a spirited Hedingham side 5-1 whilst the 8s passed the ball well but went down in a friendly to a strong Colchester Villa outfit. Rovers' female players must have annoyed the footballing gods on Sunday: the 13s lost 1-2 to a last kick goal by Holland and the 10s were desperatly unlucky to lost to a sinlgle goal by Uplands. It looked like the flow of fortune was continuing to ebb away from Hill in the afternoon when Rovers Ladies team had all the play against visitors Billericay Town only to find themselves 0-1 down with 10 minutes to play. Finally a Beth Perfect-Browne strike earned Rovers a point that keeps them mid-table. The upcoming week is packed with action: Wednesday sees the Ladies travel to Assundon whilst the Thirds host title winners Real Maldon at the Hill. There will be a full set of matches at the weekend including the Firsts returning to action in a double header at the Hill against Hutton. 4pm on Saturday sees more Cup Final action for Beacon Hill with the u10s Boys at the Burnham Ramblers Stadium.
Sunday Silverwear Slips Away but Festival Football a Success
Beacon Hill Social played their Divisional Final at Braintree Town FC on Sunday and despite their best efforts could not repeat last season's cup win eventually losing out to a very strong Supershooters FC 0-4. Manager Wayne Purser was proud of the performance and appreciative of the vocal and entrhusiastic support. At the other end of the football spectrum Beacon Hill's u6s played their first matches in the black and white stripes. Rovers hosted the Chelmsford Alliance's debut Football Festival (pictured)and welcomed teams from Springfield and Maylandsea as part of the FA's new initiative for offering football for youngsters in a format away from the intensity of league football. Essex County FA official, Chris Singh was very happy with what he saw, lots of great skills and enthusiasm and thanked Beacon Hill for their excellent organisation. Much of the credit goes to Dan Rapson and Nick Smith for setting up this new approach. Back on the serious business of League points the Mens' teams had a productive weekend. The Reserves had a double header against Cup Finalists Baddow and recovered well after losing the first game to take three points from the second, Tom Stimson scoring the winner with the last kick of the match. The thirds beat Kenson 3-2 thanks to a brace from Matt Surridge and the Vets beat Brittannia 5-1, the goals coming from the usual sources: Chocco Fodor (2), Danny Brand, Wayne Purser and Terry Beck. The Ladies couldn't keep the momentum going suffering a player shortage due to runners commendably completing the London Marathon. The 10 players who were available put in one of the team performamnces of the season against a strengthened Hutton Reserves, having the best of the play but not the goals, losing 1-3 with Sarah Taylor scoring from the spot. The Beacon Hill youths as usual provided lots of cheer on Sunday morning. A host of home fixtures setting up another festival of football at the Hill. The 14s Boys beat Maldon and Tiptree Utd 2-1 to keep their run going of only losing once since November. It seemed like half of Maldon had made the trip up the Hill as Rovers' 13s Girls played some excellent passing football to run out 2-0 winners against Maldon Saints and Saints' u10s Boys suffered the same scoreline defeat to Beacon's u10s. Beacon Hill's 12s Trojans moved into the top two after defeating Latchingdon 4-1 whilst 12s Spartans went down to their first League defeat,0-5 to table topping Valley Green. Beacon Hill's 10s Girls played a friendly against Colebrook and despite losing 1-4 can take heart from how well they played. There was dissapointment for Rovers' Soccability squad as the weekend's tournament at Shrub End was cancelled as hosts Colchester United Community Trust had gone into Administration during the week. How a Community Trust linked to our local professional club can go bankrupt is embarrassing and led to over 200 footballers with learning and physical disabilities having no chance to play their matches. Beacon Hill are now in negotiations with the Soccability League and Health Authority to see if the Hill can host an event in the coming months to make up for this shortfall.
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