Hornets Weekly - 26/04/05 !!!Hornets FC - Challenge Cup Champions - 2005!!! Hornets FC 3 - 2 Hornsmill Utd FC To see pictures of the cup final click here Hornets Weekly - 19/04/05 Hornets FC 6 - 0 Hadham Villa FC Hornets Weekly - 11/04/05 !!!Hornets crowned League Cup Champions for the 3rd consecutive year!!! Hornsmill Utd FC 1 - 4 Hornets FC To see pictures of the cup final click here Hornets secured their 5th Cup competition trophy in a row after this hard fought but comprehensive victory over rivals Hornsmill Utd. Blasting straight out of the blocks, Hornets took the lead after just five minutes when Danny Hudson found himself with just the keeper to beat, following a Lee Wasylyczyn cross. Hudson easily stroked the ball home and gave Hornets the dream start they were looking for. That dream start got even better ten minutes later when a Ryan Pasfield-Green cross was deflected into his own goal by a Hornsmill defender. Although much of this game was played out in a midfield battle, with tackles flying in and Hornsmill happy to just kick their way to success, Hornets always held the upper hand and with their defence rock solid and Nicky Coate deciding to cover every blade of grass, they never really looked in danger of being beaten. A vital third goal was scored on the half hour mark and again it was Hornets who scored it. Quite fittingly it was Coate who had the easy task of tapping in from a few yards following some great work down the right by Matt Hayter. Going in 3-0 up at half time, the game looked to be over, but to give Hornsmill credit they came back at the Hornets and for the following 15 minutes had most of the possession although still unable to create any clear cut chances. They did manage to find the net though, as a mad scramble in the Hornets penalty area resulted in a Hornsmill striker burying the ball in the back of the net to give his side a small glimmer of hope. The impressive Matt Hayter was doing his best to extend the Hornets lead and went close on a couple of occasions before he finally beat the Hornsmill keeper, sliding the ball past him after being put through one- on-one. Hornets ran out comfortable winners and will look to make it a 'Treble Cup Double' when the two sides meet in the Challenge Cup final in a fortnight. Goals: Hudson, og, Coate, Hayter Ratings: Thrussell - 7, Knowles - 7, W.Wasylyczyn - 8, L.Wasylyczyn - 7 , *Coate - 10*, Chard - 7, Pasfield-Green - 7, Munt - 8, Hudson - 7 Stagg - 8, Hayter - 9, Subs: Albone - 7, Speller - 7, Morrison - 7 Hornets Weekly - 05/04/05 Hornets Weekly - 31/03/05 Hornets FC 2 - 1 AFC Cheshunt Hornets reached their forth consecutive domestic cup final, this despite only having 10 men on the pitch for the first 20 minutes. Up against it in the early stages, the late arriving Dave Anyettei, seemed to make all the difference as soon after his arrival Hornets took the lead when a long through ball was inadvertently put into his own net by a Cheshunt defender, it was just the break a hard-working Hornets needed. Cheshunt came to knock the Hornets out of their stride using any foul tactics possible to upset the reining cup holders. For all Cheshunt's huffing and puffing, they went further behind when Anyettei ran through and helped himself to the Hornets second goal. After the break it was more of the same, Cheshunt putting their weight about and Hornets holding firm led by the inspirational Matt Stagg and Wayne Wasylyczyn. Ade Chard had a goal ruled out because of a wrongly placed corner but Hornets never looked in danger even with Cheshunt scoring a consolation right at the death. Ratings: Thrussell - 7, *W.Wasylyzyn - 9*, Munt - 8 , Stagg - 8, Morrison - 7 , Coate - 7, L.Wasylyzyn - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Chard - 6 , Anyettei - 8, Walsh - 7 Sub: Kember - 6 Hornets Weekly - 23/03/05 Hornets FC 2 - 1 Saracens FC Hornets kept their triple dreams alive as they reached their first final of the season after this close encounter with Saracens. Ade Chard put them ahead after just 10 minutes when he rose in the box and headed home a pin-point Nicky Coate cross. More good moves followed, but Hornets struggled to score that elusive goal that would have given them some breathing space. Saracens then somehow found themselves level, when a long cross managed to find it's way into the corner of the net. Not to be out done, Hornets restored the lead with their own piece of luck, Wayne Wasylyczyn's free kick flew into the top corner, even though it was only meant to be a cross. The score remained 2-1, for the rest of the 90 minutes with Hornets creating numerous chances and rarely being troubled at the back although Saracens did hit the bar in the dying seconds. Goals: Chard, W.Wasylyczyn Ratings: Thrussell - 7, W.Wasylyczyn - 8, Munt - 8 , *Stagg - 8*, Morrison - 6 , L. Wasylyczyn - 6, Coate - 7, Hudson - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Chard - 7 , Hayter - 6 Sub: Walsh - 6, Anyetei - 7, Hornets Weekly - 18/03/05 COUNTY CUP SEMI-FINAL Hornets FC 1 - 2 Kcinsatop FC Hornets County Cup dream finally came to an end Sunday, after this battling defeat to reigning County Champions Kcinsatop. Starting brightly, they took the game to the champions and for the first 20 minutes the game was played in the Kcinsatop half. Fighting for every loose ball Hornets were in a determined mood to make it through to the final. They went close from a couple of corners and Wayne Wasylyzcyn saw his header cleared off the line. Slowly Kcinsatop got themselves back into the game and went close themselves with Matt Stagg having to head off the line. The visitors took the lead on the half hour, heading home from an uncleared corner. Hornets came out for the second half looking to get an early equaliser, they huffed and puffed but failed to make any real clear cut chances. After defending for their lives all through the game it looked like all that hard work had been wasted when Ryan Pasfield-Green gave away a needless penalty on the hour. The penalty was driven home and that looked to have sealed Hornets fate. But with a strong never-say-die attitude, they came back into the game 10 minutes later when Ade Chard dived to head home a pin point free kick from Danny Hudson. Hornets piled bodies forward in the closing stages, but were unable to find the precious equaliser that would have taken the game into extra time. Goals: Chard Ratings: Thrussell - 7 W.Wasylyczyn - 8, Albone - 7, Stagg - 8, Coate - 7, *Hudson – 8*, Pasfield-Green - 7, Speller -7, Munt - 8, Chard - 7, Hayter - 7 Sub: Walsh - 6, L.Wasylyczyn - 7 Subs not used: Morrison Hornets Weekly - 03/03/05 Manager Ade Chard's response to Sam Palmer's descision to quit the Hornests!!! “Well i admit that it is a bit of a shock Sam leaving because he was probably having one of his best seasons for the club. It's true that we have not recently completely seen eye to eye off the pitch, but on it Sam has done really well for us. On the whole he has usually given his all and has quite a good goals to games ratio for a player who has played everywhere on the park. He has even managed to score while playing in goal. It is a shame that he is leaving at such a promising time for the club. But with new players arriving he has shown he is not prepared to stay and fight for a place in the side. It was the first time this season he has not been involved in a game. It annoys me to think that other members of the side have not been used on a number of occasions and are still prepared to fight for a place and yet he gets left out for the first time and decides to leave. Generally I have only got good things to say about Sam on the pitch, but there have been some not so good moments as well. He has fallen out with other members of the team which has made things awkward and the time he just walked off the pitch in a tantrum, refusing to play will never be forgotten either. It is an end of an era, but it didn’t have to be, he has chosen to go and I was no way going to ask someone who doesn’t want to play for the club to stay!.......Knowing Sam he's probably signed for Manchester United by now anyway........well, that’s after he shot 2pac in a drive by shooting on the M1.............got stabbed by Elvis at a petrol station..............and rode the rest of the way to Manchester on the back of Shergar!!!!!" Hornets Weekly - 01/03/05 Sawbridgeworth Crowns FC 1 - 4 Hornets FC click here to see what Hornets boss Ade Chard got up to during his week away. Sunday saw an interesting turn events as both team’s turned up to the game with only 10 men. A surprise th late minute call for James Kember (who is slowly returning from injury) made the 11 man for the Hornets and the game kicked off with Matthew Stagg taking charge due to manager Ade Chard’s absence. Hornets opened the scoring in the early minutes of the game with a good move and finish from midfielder Nicky Coate, Hornets were cruising at this stage and although some of the players on the pitch were not st regulars in the 1 team you would not have been able to tell the difference as Hornets passed the ball round superbly and attacked with ease. The Widford Park boys soon increased there lead with a good header at the far post from Lee Wasylyczyn, putting victory at an arms reach. Second half saw Sawbridgeworth get back into the game a little with the Crowns getting 2 or 3 chances at goal, luckily Hornets star Keeper Grant Thrussell was on superb form as he made light work of Sawbridgeworth’s poor attempts. After numerous attempts at goal Hornets found the back of the net yet again, with James Kember getting himself on the score sheet after defender Wayne Wasylyczyn hit a half volley from the edge of the box, which Kember flicked into the roof of the oppositions net!. Kember was none done yet as 2 minutes later he rifled a 25 yard shot, which forced a finger tip save over the bar from the Crowns keeper. Kember on fire at this stage was then put through a few minutes later from a good ball from Matty Stagg which put Kember one on one with the Keeper. Cool, calm and collectively, Kember flicked the ball round the keeper, and Hornets went 4 – 0 up. Sawbridgeworth got a late consolation due to Hornets lack of concentration but over all a good performance for a well deserved victory. Goals: Coate, Trigger, Kember (2) Ratings: Thrussell - 7, W,Wasylyczyn - 7, Munt - 7, *Stagg - 8*, Walsh - 7, Speller - 7, Coate - 7, Knowles - 6, L.Wasylyczyn - 6, Passfield-Green - 7, Kember - 7 Hornets Weekly - 21/02/05 Hornets FC 3 - 2 Ware Saviours To see photo's of this game click here Hornets progressed into their third semi-final of the season following this hard fought victory over their bitter rivals Ware Saviours. Saviours fielding a strong looking side were up for it from the first whistle and despite Hornets taking a second minute lead through Matt Hayter they never looked as though they were going to get over run. They got themselves back into the game halfway through the first half through a well taken free kick from the edge of the box. The two sides went in all square at the break and although Hornets controlled the game for long periods in the second half Saviours were a constant threat on the break. Ben Morrison restored Hornets lead when he bundled the ball home from close range following a corner and Hornets looked as though they would go on and win by bigger margin. But back came Saviours with a well worked equaliser and the game looked to be heading for extra time. Wayne Wasylyczyn had other ideas though and he put through to the next round with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box following good work from Dan Knowles. Goals: Hayter, Morrison. Wasylyczyn Ratings: Thrussell - 7, *W.Wasylyczyn - 8*, Morrison - 7 , Stagg - 7, Munt - 7, Knowles - 7, Coate - 7, Hudson - 6, , Hayter - 7, L.Wasylyczyn - 5, Walsh - 7 Sub: Chard - 6, Pasfield-Green - 7 Hornets Weekly - 17/02/05 Hornets Weekly can exclusively reveal that Sam Palmer has left Hornets FC. The final decision came to no surprise to fellow players as Palmer had threatened to walk out on the club many times during his time at Widford Park. This was all well documented in the press at the time and it was clear that the controversial signing was not a favourite amongst the squad. Palmer made this statement, following his exit. “To all Hornets fans, I can today confirm that i have left the club by mutual consent. I have had five great years at this club but sadly things have to come to an end. I feel that this has been my finest season for the club to date and feel I haven’t let anyone down with my performances. I did have two bad games against Saracens head a few weeks back and feel my whole years efforts have been marred by them games. Since then I haven’t figured in the starting team and last week I was surplus to requirement even though others on the pitch were playing poorly. So I have decided it is for the best of my career if I leave so I can play regular football. I have had two offers one from the marquis in Harlow who are in second place in the premiership and one from a team in Beckton who are also in second, So it will be between these two for which i sign. I wish all the boys luck and hope they clear up in every competition this year which i believe they will, and all the best for the future. Who knows maybe one day our paths will cross again. Best Wishes Sam Palmer P.S Chards A Monkey" Hornets Weekly - 14/02/05 Hornets FC 3 - 2 The Wheatsheaf To see photo's of this game click here Hornets reached the Semi-Final of the Hertfordshire County Cup for the first time in their history after this close encounter against Mercury Waltham League side The Wheatsheaf. A hard fought first period saw Hornets take an early lead when Lee Wasylayczyn finished off a flowing move with a wonderful finish from just inside the box. It was pretty much what Hornets deserved after having the majority of the possession and creating the better chances. Back came The Wheatsheaf though, and after a mistake in defence they equalised from close range leaving Thrussell with no chance. Dan Knowles restored Hornets lead with a neat finish into the bottom corner after Ryan Pasfield Green had sliced through The Wheatsheaf defence. The score remained the same until shortly after half time when The Wheatsheaf broke on the left and crossed for their striker to nod a free header into the back of the net. In a game the Hornets seemed in control of, it looked as though it could slip away as The Wheatsheaf time and again looking dangerous on the counter attack. That was until debutant Ryan Redford, getting his first taste of 'The Widford Park Roar', lashed home from close range to score the winner and send Hornets marching on in their quest for County Cup Glory. Goals: Wasylyczyn, Knowles, Redford Ratings: Thrussell - 7 W.Wasylyzyn - 7, L.Wasylyczyn - 6, Stagg - 7, Coate - 7, Hudson - 7, Pasfield- Green - 7, Knowles -6, , Munt - 7, Redford - 7, *Hayter - 8* Sub: Chard - 6, Speller - 7 Subs not used: Palmer, Walsh, Morrison Hornets Weekly - 8/02/05 Hornets FC 3 - 2 Hadham Villa Hornets earned a place in the Semi-final of The Division One Divisional Shield after being on the end of a 5-goal thriller at Much Hadham. The game wasn’t so much a thriller but pitch conditions made the game a lot more interesting and even and allowed Hadham Villa to give as good as they got. Villa took a surprise lead when they scored a re-taken penalty, (Thrussell saving initially) after Jim Munt was harshly adjudged to have handballed in the area. Hornets almost immediately equalised when Lee Wasylyczyn stabbed home from close range. Matt Stagg then put Hornets in the lead when he powered home from inside the box following a smart move involving the impressive Ryan Pasfield-Green. Although looking comfortable, Hornets allowed Villa back into the game when they equalised following a great move down the left and ending with a Villa striker heading home despite Thrussell's vain efforts. The scoring was completed when Wasylyczyn bravely scored his second, again from close range just beating the Villa keeper to the ball, and getting a whack in the process. The second half gave little goal mouth action despite Matt Hayter rattling the crossbar, and Stagg going close. Hornets played out the rest of the game with 10 men after Dan Knowles stupidly got himself sent off after he lashed out in retaliation after being fouled. Goals: Stagg, L.Wasylyczyn(2) Ratings: Thrussell - 7, W.Wasylyzyn - 7, Knowles - 6, Walsh - 6, Coate - 7, Munt - 7, Pasfield-Green - 7, Morrison- 6, Stagg - 7, Hayter - 7, *L.Wasylyzyn - 7* Subs: Palmer - 7, Chard - 6 Hornets Weekly - 31/01/05 Saracens FC 0 - 0 Hornets FC To see photo's of this game click here In repeat of last weeks game Hornets came up against a rather more stubborn Saracens side. With chances few and far between, Sam Palmer missed Hornets best chance in the first half, when he rounded the keeper but somehow managed to fall over his own feet when it seemed easier to put the ball into the empty net. Substitute Matt Hayter did manage to hit a post but on the whole Hornets were wasteful with the numerous chances they created. Ratings: Thrussell - 7, Wasylyczyn - 7, Palmer - 5 , *Stagg - 7*, Knowles - 5, Morrison - 6, Coate - 7, Hudson - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, L Wasylyczyn -6, Munt - 7 Sub: Hayter - 7, Chard - 6 Hornets Weekly - 24/01/05 Hornets FC 2 - 0 Saracens FC To see photo's of this game click here Hornets secured 3 more points, with this comfortable victory over Saracens. Always on top and never looking in any real danger, Wayne Wasylyczyn gave them a first half lead when he rose highest and powered a bullet header into the roof of the net following a corner. Despite creating numerous opportunities Hornets were unable to find that second goal that would have given them some breathing space. After more missed chances by the Hornets front men, Ade Chard came off the bench to grab a cheeky second. The Saracens defence stopped and was waiting for a whistle to be blown for offside, but the ref waved play on only for Chard to nip in and round the keeper and put the game beyond Saracens. Goals: Wasylyczyn, Chard Ratings: Thrussell - 8, Wasylyczyn - 8, Palmer - 6 , Stagg - 8, Knowles - 7 , Allbone - 7, Coate - 8, Hudson - 6, Pasfield-Green - 7, L Wasylyczyn -6 , *Munt - 8* Sub: Morrison - 7, Chard - 7, Hornets Weekly - 21/12/04 Hornets FC 5 - 0 Wareside FC 10-man Hornets made light work of a determined Wareside team, this despite playing the whole 90 minutes a man down due to injuries and illness. Playing the best football they have played for some time Ben Morrison soon put them in front from close range after good work from stand in striker Matt Stagg. Wareside threatened on occassion and stand in Hornets keeper Ade Chard had to make some important blocks to keep them out. Stagg then increased the lead when he broke through rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net. Just before the break Morrison scored Hornets third when he let fly from 25 yards and despatched the ball into the top corner. Not to be outdone Wayne Wasylyczyn curled an unstoppable shot into the same top corner from the same distance, all be it via a slight deflection, to make it 4-0 at half time. Sensing they now had nothing to lose Wareside came back into the game in the second half and Chard was called upon a few more times to keep them at bay. It was by no means one-way traffic though and half way through the second period Dan Knowles finished off a smart move following more good work from Stagg. Goals: Morrison(2), Stagg, Wasylyczyn,Knowles Ratings: Chard - 8, W.Wasylyczyn - 8, Morrison - 8 , *Stagg - 9*, Munt - 8, Walsh - 7, Coate - 8, L.Wasylyczyn - 7, Pasfield-Green - 7, Knowles - 8 Hornets Weekly - 14/12/04 Hornets FC 4 - 1 Onnett FC Hornets progressed into the last 16 of this years county cup and will face a 5th round tie against league arch rivals Hatfields. They started this game where they left off last week and created a handful of good chances in the first 15 minutes. Sam Palmer continued his rich vien of goalscoring, when he put Hornets in front from close range after 20 minutes. Although in complete control of the game Hornets couldnt break through again, and Onnett equalised from a header following a corner, straight after the turn around. Although outplayed for much of the game Onnett would not lay down and at times even threatened to cause an upset. Their determination carried them through the 90 minutes, but found themselves behind again as soon as extra time started. Palmer scored his second with a another piece of oportunism when he turn in the box and lashed home. By now it was complete one way traffic and Palmer soon claimed is 3rd Hat-trick of the season when the Onnett keeper fumbled his long range drive. The icing on the cake came when Dannny Hudson scored the 4th following a good attacking move. Goals: Palmer(3), Hudson Ratings: Thrussell - 8, W.Wasylyzyn - 7, *Palmer - 9* , Stagg - 8, Munt - 8, Walsh - 7, Coate - 8, Hudson - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Hayter - 7, Knowles - 6 Sub not used: Chard Hornets Weekly - 7/12/04 Hornets FC 2 - 2 Hatfields FC This was always going to be a stern test for the Widford Parkers. With Hatfields only 2 points behind them in the league and unbeaten in their last 6 games, they were never going to let Hornets steal all 3 points like they did in their last meeting. In an evenly contested first half which Hatfields just shaded, Hornets found it hard to match their opponents work rate and determination. The visitors were rewarded just before the interval when a Hatfields striker latched on to a through ball and despite looking very much offside lobbed the ball over an on-rushing Grant Thrussell to make it 1-0. Despite Hornets lacklustre first half, they came out for the second with more passion and soon were level when Joss Albone nodded home a Pasfield- Green cross. Hornets were now winning the midfield battle and first to everyball, and it was just a matter of time before they went in front. It was Sam Palmer who put them in front when he got in front of his marker to steer a Lee Wasylyczyn free kick home. Hornets had numerous chances to increase their lead, but were wastful in front of goal. This wastfulness came back to haunt them right at the death, when with 2 minutes left, a Hatfields winger's cross caught the wind and looped over Thrussell's head to give Hatfields a undeserved share of the spoils. Goals: Albone, Palmer Ratings: Thrussell - 7, W.Wasylyzyn - 8, Palmer - 6 , Stagg - 8, Munt - 8, Allbone -8, *Coate - 9*, Hudson - 7, Pasfield-Green - 7, Hayter - 7, L.Wasylyczyn – 7, Sub: Walsh - 6 Chard - 6 Hornets Weekly - 30/11/04 Saracens Head FC 0 - 4 Hornets FC Hornets closed the gap to just 2 points after this hugely impressive display against the current league leaders. Danny Hudson gave them an early lead, when his cross-come-shot drifted over the stranded Saracens' keeper. Saracens could not match Hornets quality and work rate and soon found themselves 2-0 down when Sam Palmer slotted in from close range. Hornets went in a the break without a meaningful shot on target coming from the home side. Sam palmer scored his second soon after the break and by now Hornets were completely dominant and creating numerous chances. Palmer completed his hat-trick with a neat finish following a well crafted Hornets move involving 5 players. Goals: Hudson, Palmer (3) Ratings: Thrussell - 9, Wasylyzyn - 9, Palmer - 9 , Stagg - 9, Knowles - 8 , Allbone - 9, *Coate - 9*, Hudson - 7, Pasfield-Green - 8, Hayter - 8, Munt - 9 Sub: Morrison - 7, Chard - 7, Wasylyczyn - 7 Subs not used: Walsh Hornets Weekly - 17/11/04 Hitchin Blues FC 1 - 5 Hornets FC Hornets progressed into the forth round and the final 32 of this season's County Cup competition with these easy victory against a weak Hitchin Blues from the Stevenage Sunday Football League. Hornets breezed into an early lead when top scorer Matt Hayter scored from close range. Sam Palmer then made it two and Hayter notched his second before Hornets proceeded to miss a host of clear-cut chances. Despite dominating the rest of the half Hornets again struggled to add to the early strikes and went in at half 3-0 up.If anything the game was becoming too easy for Hornets and it was more like a training game with the players not really having to apply much effort in keeping the opposition out. Hayter soon completed his hat-trick and was replaced up front by defender John Ansell, which brought a bit of humour to an otherwise dull game. Hitchin did manage to mount a couple of attacks and even managed to score a consolation goal from a rebound, after the Hornets keeper failed to hold a good strike. Hitchin's comeback was short lived though, as Danny Hudson did well to finish a good move, to complete the scoring. (Hornets will play Onnett in the 5th round - Onnett play in Division 2 of the 7 leagues in the Mercury and Waltham league, and won 11-0 in the last round) Goals: Hayter (3), Palmer, Hudson, Ratings: Mick.E.Mouse - 6, Walsh - 7, W.Wasylyczyn - 7, Munt - 7, Pasfield-Green - 7, Hudson - 7, Stagg - 7, Albone 7, *Hayter- 8*, Palmer - 7, L.Wasylyczyn - 6 Subs: Coate - 6 (Albone), Ansell - 5 (Hayter), Hornets Weekly 10/11/04 Hornets FC 5 - 5 Hornsmill Utd FC Hornets were out for revenge, after being on the losing end of a 7 goal thriller last time these two sides met. They started very positively and went ahead after just 10 minutes when Matt Hayter side footed home from close range. Hayter then increased the lead to 2 when he headed home from a Wayne Wasylyczyn free- kick. Hornets looked to be cruising and in complete control, even when Hornsmill pulled one back just before the break. The second half was a completely different affair and Hornets soon found themselves 3-2 down with two quick-fire goals from Hornsmill in the opening minutes of the second half. Lee Wasylyczyn then came out of goal (where he had played a blinder) and headed the Hornets level from a Ryan Pasfield- Green cross. By now the game was really stretched with Hornets doing most of the pressing and with Hornsmill trying to take advantage of Hornets lack of a proper goalkeeper. Daniel Knowles was back in goal again, and he seemed to slip at the vital moment when a Hornsmill striker broke through and put a weak strike into the back of the net. Once again Hornets pulled themselves level with yet another header. This time it was the other Wasylyczyn - Wayne, who rose and powered a bullet header into the roof of the net following a corner. Hornets looked to nick a winner but to their disbelief, Hornsmill managed to edge in front once more and it looked as though that would be the end result. But with only a few minutes remaining Pasfield-Green broke through and slotted home from inside the box to end all the scoring and a highly entertaining match. Goals: Hayter (2), L.Wasylyczyn, W.Wasylyzyn,Pasfield-Green Ratings: *L.Wasylyczyn - 8*, Knowles - 5, W.Wasylyczyn - 7, Coate - 6, Munt - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Hudson - 6, Stagg - 7, Allbone 7 Hayter- 8, Palmer - 7 Subs: Walsh - 6, Morrison - 7, Not used:- Ansell, Kember, Chard Hornets Weekly - 03/11/04 Hornets FC 2 - 1 Sun & Harrow FC This local derby cup-tie was always going to be a highly competitive affair, and it did not disappoint. With tackles flying in and both sides equally determined not to lose, a lot of the first period was battled out in midfield. Hornets started the brighter and for the first 10 minutes Sun and Harrow couldnt seem to get anywhere near the ball. Chances were few and far between though and apart from a couple of Joss Allbone long range efforts that the Harrow keeper failed to hold, the two sides played out a goalless first half. The second period brought more goal mouth action at both ends, with Hornets having the majority of the possession and with The Harrow hitting them on the break. The deadlock was finally broken after good work down the right from Hornets Matt Hayter. His pin-point cross was met with a diving header from Danny Hudson to notch his 3rd goal of the season. Hornets were only in front for 10 minutes though as The Harrow's Lewis Muir rose unchallenged to head home from a corner to make it all square. Although both sides briefly threatened, the game looked to be heading for a draw which may have been the fair result. But with 30 seconds left on the clock, Joss Allbone scored what only can be described as a contender for goal of the season, when he absolutely smashed a volley into the roof of the net from all of 25 yards following a half cleared corner. Goals: Hudson, Allbone Ratings: Thrussell - 6, Knowles - 7, W.Wasylyczyn - 6, Coate - 6, Munt - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Hudson - 7, Stagg - 8, *Allbone 8*, Hayter- 7, L.Wasylyczyn - 6 Subs: Walsh - 6, Palmer - 6, Kember - 6 Not used:- Morrison, Chard Hornets Weekly - 26/10/04 Hadham Villa FC 1 - 6 Hornets FC After scoring 3 goals in the first 10 minutes of this game it looked like a cricket score was on the cards. Hornets whirlwind opening, produced 3 quality strikes from Ryan Pasfield- Green and two from Matt Stagg playing in an advanced central midfield position. They looked as though they had put their lackluster performances of late behind them and again playing some of the great football they had started the season with. But although they increased their lead to 4 when Pasfield-Green scored his second, they began to run out of ideas going forward and Hadham started to gain in confidence and get players forward. That confidence was rewarded at the start of the second half when they pulled a goal back, after a good spell of possession. Although always in control Hornets seemed to struggle in the final third, the absence of top scorer Matt Hayter being one of the main reasons. Stand in striker Ben Morrison went close when put through, and Pasfield-Green narrowly missed out on a deserved hat-trick when he struck a post from a free-kick. An impressive Danny Hudson then scored Hornets 5th with a great strike from the edge of the box and a marauding Wayne Wasylyczyn made it 6 when he ran out of defence and impressively finished a move he first started. Goals: Stagg(2), Pasfield Green(2), Hudson, Wasylyczyn Ratings: Knowles - 6, W.Wasylyczyn - 8, Palmer - 7 Walsh - 7, Coate - 7, Munt - 7, Pasfield-Green - 8, *Hudson - 8*, Stagg - 8, Kember - 5, L.Wasylyczyn - 6 Subs: Morrison - 7 Hornets Weekly - 20/10/04 Hornets FC 2 - 1 Scarla FC Hornets progressed into the 3rd round of the County Cup after narrowly beating Scarla F.C by two goals to one. Although Hornets started brightly they struggled to create any clear cut chances and nearly went behind when Danny Hudson cleared off his own goal line following a Scarla corner. Hornets did however go in front half way through the half after good work from Ryan Pasfield-Green, he then fed Ade Chard whose strike looked to have struck a Scarla arm. Matt Hayter was quickest to the deflection and rammed the ball home from close range. Hornets looked comfortable and held most of the possession but still struggled to create goal scoring opportunities. Scarla got them selves back into the game just before the break when they scored from a free header following a corner. The second half continued in the same vein, with Hornets playing some attractive football with out a cutting edge. Scarla sensing they had a chance started to push players forward and create a few half chances of their own. Joss Allbone had other ideas though and won the game for Hornets when he burst through from midfield and lobbed the Scarla keeper from just inside the box. The rest of the game was played out with Scarla applying the pressure, but Hornets held firm. Goals: Hayter, Allbone Ratings: Thrussell - 7, Wasylyczyn - 7, Palmer - 6 , Walsh - 6, Knowles - 7, Munt - 7 Hudson - 6, *Allbone - 8*, Pasfield-Green - 6, Hayter - 7, Chard - 5 Subs: Morrison - 6, Kember - 6 Hornets Weekly - 12/10/04 Hornsmill Utd FC 4 - 3 Hornets FC Having previously won every game and only conceded one goal, Hornets lost their unbeaten record at the hands of a determined Hornsmill, in an entertaining game played at Sele School. Missing key players Hornets went behind early on, when they failed to clear from a swift Hornsmill attack, and the ball was driven in off a post past a helpless Dan Knowles who was again deputising for the injured Grant Thrussell. Hornets had not created a single chance, when after good work down the left from Matt Hayter, James Kember rifled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. The revival was short lived as they soon found themselves behind again, when Knowles picked up a back pass and Hornsmill converted, via a deflection, the indirect free-kick. As the game looked as though it might get away from Hornets, Ade Chard popped up with a diving header, from a Wayne Wasylyczyn pin-point free kick. The teams went in at the break all square. The second half started as the first ended, with Hornsmill creating a couple of clear cut chances and Hornets surprisingly very open at the back. Hornsmill soon edged in front again when they finally scored from their 3rd one-on-one in just the opening ten minutes of the second half. Hornets began to put pressure on the Hornsmill defence without ever looking like scoring, although Dom Walsh went close with a header from a corner. Hornsmill looked home and dry when they scored their forth following a bad mistake from keeper Knowles, dropping the ball, enabling a hornsmill striker to tap into an empty net. Danny Hudson pulled one back for the visitor's though, when he turned and volleyed home from 8 yards. In a frantic finale, hornets pilled bodies forward but were unable to find an equaliser. Goals: Kember, Chard, Hudson Ratings: Knowles - 5, Wasylyczyn - 6, Palmer - 6 , Walsh - 6, Morrison - 6, *Munt - 7*, Hudson - 6, Stagg - 7, Kember - 6, Hayter - 7, Chard - 6 Subs: None Hornets Weekly - 04/10/04 Hornets FC 6 - 1 Hadham Villa FC Having suffered heavy defeats in their opening games of the season, Hadham Villa came to Widford Park determined not to let the same happen again. Although they started quite brightly and won a few corners, they never looked like creating enough chances to trouble Hornets and they were soon 1-0 down as Matt Hayter converted a penalty won by an impressive James Kember. Soon after it was two as Hayter netted from close range, and another rout looked on the cards. Hadham got themselves back into the game though, with a superbly taken free kick which flew into the top corner leaving Hornets' stand in keeper Dan Knowles with no chance. Hornets restored their two goal advantage when Hayter sprung the offside trap and slid the ball past the keeper to complete a first half hat-trick. The second period started as the first ended with Hornets creating several chances, and soon after the restart Kember was rewarded for his hard work when he was first to a rebound following an Ade Chard shot which the keeper could only parry. Hayter again beat the offside trap and coolly finished for his forth and Hornets fifth. And Sam Palmer completed the scoring and took his personal tally to 5 (two behind Hayter) when he headed home a Wayne Wasylyczyn free kick. Goals: Hayter 4 (1 pen), Kember, Palmer Ratings: Knowles - 7 Wasylyczyn - 8, Palmer - 7 Walsh - 7, Coate - 7, Munt - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Allbone -8, Stagg - 8, Kember - 8, *HAYTER - 9* Subs: Chard - 7, Hudson - 7 Hornets Weekly - 27/09/04 Wiggington FC 1 - 3 Hornets FC Hornets advanced to the 2nd round of the County Cup, but it wasnt plain sailing for the Widford Park boys. Playing away to Wiggington, in the first half Hornets struggled to put a pass together and at times had to call on keeper Grant Thrussell to keep the home side out. Wiggington shaded the first period and yet Hornets probably had the best chance of the half when Sam Palmer failed to beat the keeper when through one-on-one. Although Hornets started the second half a little brighter they were still finding it difficult to find a breakthrough. Half way through the second period Matt Stagg (not feeling 100%) came on and his presence seemed to inspire his side. Ade Chard broke through the middle and let fly from the edge of the box. The Wiggington keeper managed to get a hand to it but only managed to divert the ball into the path of an on rushing palmer to tap into an empty net. Soon after it was two as Palmer rose to head home a Dan Knowles cross. Hornets looked to be cruising until the home side pulled one back with a fine strike from inside the box, and then it was game on again. A great strike from Palmer, 20 yards out saw his effort hit the cross bar and it was only minutes later when Palmer made sure Hornets reached the next round when he side footed home after some good work from Danny Hudson. Goals: Palmer 3 Ratings: Thrussell - 7 Wasylyczyn - 7, *Palmer - 9* Morrison - 6, Coate - 6, Hudson - 7, Pasfield-Green - 6, Knowles -6, Walsh - 6, Munt - 7, Chard - 6 Sub: Stagg - 7 Subs not used: Kember Hornets Weekly - 22/09/04 Hatfields FC 0 - 1 Hornets FC In a game fiercely contested and evenly matched, Hornets managed to secure 3 more important points with vIrtually the last kick of the game. There was nothing to choose between the two sides and a no score draw would have been a fair result of a game with little goal mouth action and most of the play fought out in midfield. Ryan Pasfield-Green had other ideas though and in the final minute of the game he drilled in a corner to the near post. The Hatfield's keeper who had otherwise had an immaculate game, was unable to collect the ball cleanly and fumbled the ball over the line, to give Hornets the victory. In a game ruined by a fussy referee's non stop whistle blowing and the needless dishing out of 6 yellow cards, Hornets will not complain about holding a 6 point advantage over last season's Champions with only 3 games played. Goals: Pasfield-Green Ratings: *Thrussell - 8*, Wasylyczyn - 7, Palmer - 6 , Stagg - 7, Walsh - 6, Allbone -6, Coate - 6, Hudson - 5, Pasfield-Green - 6, Hayter - 6, Chard - 6 Sub: Knowles - 6 Subs not used: Ansell, Kember Hornets Weekly - 14/09/04 Sawbridgeworth Crowns FC 0 - 2 Hornets FC Sunday saw the early league leaders come together for an entertaining clash at Presdales. Although a new look Sawbridgeworth Crowns, looked very impressive, Hornets proved just too strong for them and ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. An action packed game saw Sawbridgeworth hit the bar, Hornets have a goal given then disallowed by the ref after consulting a linesman, and Hornets player/manager Ade Chard lucky to stay on the pitch after starting a brawl. After a goalless first half, Hornets opened the scoring in the 55th minute when the ball dropped to Matt Hayter's feet following a corner. The red-hot Hornets striker stroked the ball home from 6 yards to notch his 3rd goal of the season. Chard later hit the headlines for the right reasons, when a Danny Hudson defence splitting pass released Hayter down the right. His pin- point cross was met by Chard who side footed home and secured Hornets 3 more points. Goals: Hayter, Chard Ratings: Thrussell - 9, Wasylyczyn - 8, Ansell - 7, Stagg - 8, Walsh - 7, Morrison - 7, Coate - 8, Hudson - 8, *PASFIELD- GREEN - 9*, Hayter - 8, Chard - 7 Sub: Kember - 6 Subs not used: Hornets Weekly - 06/09/04 Hornets FC 3 - 0 Heath Utd FC Two goals from Matt Hayter and one from Sam Palmer was enough to give title favourites Hornets a comfortable first league win in their first outing. Never looking troubled, it was always only a matter of time before Hornets broke the deadlock. And they did in the 30th minute when Hayter pounced on the rebound, after Joss Allbone's fierce right foot drive proved too hot too handle for the Heath keeper. Hornets had further chances to increase their lead, Ade Chard hit the bar and Allbone went close again with another rasping drive. Yet the score remained 1-0 at the break. Hornets started the second half just as they had finished the first and it wasn't long before Palmer had doubled their lead. Heath failed to clear a corner, and as the ball came across Palmer's first goalbound effort seemed to strike the Heath keeper in the face. W ith the ball rebounding to his feet, Palmer duly dispatched the ball into the roof of the net. Very soon after it was 3. Hayter latched on to a defence splitting pass from Allbone, leaving him one on one. He coolly placed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net and the Hornets victory was complete. Goals: Hayter (2), Palmer Ratings: Thrussell - 7, Wasylyzyn - 8, Ansell - 8, Stagg - 9, Palmer - 8, *ALLBONE - 9*, Coate - 7, Hudson - 7, Pasfield- Green - 7, Hayter - 8, Chard - 7 Sub: Morrison – 7, Subs not used: Knowles Hornets Weekly - 03/09/04 Hornets Reveal New Kit Hornets FC have unveiled their new home kit for next season This afternoon local press were given a sneak preview of the new design. As our pictures below reveal the new professional looking home shirt will hopefully be the Icing on the cake for what looks to be a promising season for last years double cup winning side. The new kit which is couldn’t be more different from the old kit, was said to have been chosen by Player / Manager Ade Chard, and Assistant Player / Manager James Kember. The two of them apparently racked there brains trying to come up with the perfect choice and for once it seems they made the perfect decision. For details on how you can lay your hands on this wonderful new kit, please call 0800 018 9888 Sponsorship Sponsorship of the ‘New-Look’ Hornets side has now been complete and Hornets Weekly can exclusively reveal that…….Pioneer Technology Solutions, are the new Hornets sponsor. The Director of ‘PTS’ Nigel Clarkson had the following to say. ‘Here at PTS we are frilled to become Hornets FC’s official sponsor, we are proud to be part of a wonderful football club, and wish them the best of luck for the coming season’.
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