This week Howle Hill entertained Tidenham, who have a 100% record so far this season, in the George Sandoe Cup, after missing last week due to the weather. Thanks to Hatch's fifth hat-trick of the season the Hill men won and are through to the quarter-final.
Playing on a muddy, heavy pitch, the first half was an evenly matched affair with lots of tackles flying in. The two teams created a number of chances in the first 30 minutes but none were enough to test either keeper. Tidenham had most of the possession but the Hill midfield of Parsons, Edwards, Jarrett and O'Brien worked hard, with the defence of Williams, Hall, Stacey and Jones to keep keeper Cooke quiet. However the game changed on 38 minutes when Hill failed to deal with a ball into the defence and an unfortunate slip from Stacey let the Tidenham striker in on goal, and he powered home from a angle via the post.
Hill came out for the second half, after a great team talk, with the belief that the game was theirs for the taking. The second half started with the Hillmen dominating the first 10 mins to win a corner, from which Tom Shotton fired in a hard, low shot past the keeper for his 10th goal of the season.
For the full story please see this week's Ross Gazette.