Sat 15th August: 3rd pre-season match
A tough day for the Halls 1st team as they faced SCEFL outfit Holmesdale who last time out were in the hunt for the title and looked guaranteed for promotion from step 6 into step 5 had the current pandemic not stalled the season.
The game started well for the county side with a good 10 minute spell where some possession was enjoyed and some half chances created but not converted.
From the 10th minute the SCEFL side started to show their superiority on the pitch keeping the ball and cutting through the county side on numerous occasions. A mixture of quality from Holmesdale and mistakes from Halls saw the SCEFL side go 2-0 up before the drinks break and certainly looking like it could be a tough day for Halls. The drinks break came at the right time where the county side had a chance to re-group, the 5 minutes post the drinks break saw a Halls midfielder get one back with a fantastic piece of individual play spotting the keeper off his line and clipping the ball from 35 yards.
Unfortunately this seemed to drive the SCEFL side into another gear and they quickly scored 2 goals and lead 4-1 at the break.
Both sides made multiple changes at the break. Halls started this half well and managed to retain the ball a lot better looking more organised throughout. Despite good possession the county side couldn’t turn that into goals. The impressive SCEFL side showed they were as comfortable out of possession as they were in possession staying patient and every time they got the ball being creative and looking a threat on the break. The SCEFL side scored a good goal 5 minutes from the end with the final result ending 5-1.
Despite the scoreline the ambitious county outfit learnt a lot from the day and can take positives away and gives the side lots to work on before the start of the season.
Credit to Holmesdale, a regimented side with each player understanding their jobs on the pitch. Good luck to them for the forthcoming season.