Hallen 0-2 Calne Town
October 15, 2011 - Les Phillips Cup Preliminary Round
HALLEN’S WORST PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON
Saturday 15th October 2011 – Les Phillips Cup (Prelim.)
HALLEN 0 CALNE TOWN 2
Today, Hallen met Calne in the Les Phillips’ Cup, a trophy that the home side proudly held aloft in the 2009/10 season, but on this showing they would have gone out earlier than this round had there been one. I found it to be an inept performance with the most frustrating thing being that Willshire was in oceans of space for the entire afternoon and must be suffering from a sore throat having spent the entire ninety minutes screaming for the ball. On the occasions when it did come his way, it was far too late and despite his hard work at creating chances, a better opportunity had been wasted.
The opening ten minutes saw Hallen play their passing game but fail to create chances as they pressed forward. But on eighteen minutes, King wriggled into the penalty area where he was robustly challenged. Less honest players would have gone to ground but he tried to stay upright and centre the ball and the chance disappeared. Two minutes later the visitors produced a clever dummy on the right that enabled them to get to the line and produce an excellent cross where the unmarked striker rose well but his powerful heard from eight yards was off target. Willshire then went close to getting Hallen onto the score sheet as, from his powerful cross, a Calne defender nearly cleared the ball into his own net. Before the whistle for half time, King brought a good save from the keeper as he reached the ball high to his left, and Calne missed an open goal as Snook struggled to get goal side of his man.
Three minutes into the second half a ball from George set O’Donovan free to put in a good cross where two men failed to get on the end of it. Then Yeo had to tip the ball over the bar as a rasping shot came in from fully thirty-five yards, Snook brought a good save from the visiting keeper, and Knight missed a golden opportunity when set free by Mowatt. But, not surprisingly, Calne took the lead on seventy minutes with an excellent strike from the corner of the penalty area when a striker swivelled to hit an unstoppable shot across the Hallen keeper and into the corner of the net. Ten minutes later, Calne deservedly doubled their lead when a long ball was played out of defence where two players were in a central position, about four yards apart, and unmarked. One player was in an offside position but the referee rightly played on as he was not in active play as his team mate collected the ball. The two of them then raced to goal unopposed, and the player who had carried the ball, shot with the ball coming back off of the post to the other Calne man, who was behind the ball when the shot came in, and he put the ball in the net. No problem with this last bit, but the offside rule baffles me now – should we not have come back to the original move and give offside against the player who eventually became active? Or is this what they refer to as the first and second phase? Answers on a postcard please!
Goals: Hallen – Nil / Chard – 70 mins and 80 mins
Hallen Cautions: S Lippiatt 37 mins
Hallen Team: Yeo; Willshire; S Lippiatt; Greening; Reid; Snook (Roberts 80 mins); Andrews; Mowatt; S Knight (Collett 70 mins); King (O’Donovan 45 mins); George