Keymer & Hassocks Football Club. Playing Football in Hassocks at Adastra Park since 2003

5th November 2011
Keymer & Hassocks vs Dormansland (24 places above us topping the Premier Division)
Montgomery Challenge Cup

10/4/2010 Keymer & Hassocks 1 Dormansland 10 our worst ever season and our worst ever defeat to a side who finished 32 points above us

Understandably K & H did not expect to advance any further but felt they could perhaps at least give Dormansland a game on the day whilst adopting a defensive approach

The visitors started in confident mood but early on K & H found they were perhaps not out of their depth and at times started taking the game to their opponents which eventually paid off when Duncan O’Reilly followed up on a Rob Kift effort which came back off the post-his habit of shooting using an unusual side foot technique-going for accuracy rather than power-this time paying off as he found the empty net.Shortly after he set up the second advancing towards the 18 yard line amid shouts to shoot- perhaps deciding the side foot technique might be inappropriate this time- cleverly laid the ball off to Kift instead and he made no mistake.Despite much quality play from their opponents K & H felt reasonably comfortable as they saw out the first half

Dormansland upped their efforts right from the re-start using some impressive patterns of play together with clever running off the ball but K & H crucially weathered the first 15 minutes and then started to assert themselves again with the tireless Jo Davey putting in an all action display in the middle whilst Richard Thompson and Ian Parsons dug in with some determined tackling to try to disrupt Dormansland’s approach play.Stuart Thompson who came on for the injured O’Reilly bought composure to the left flank but also added to the attacking threat.Dormansland increased the pressure towards the end forcing K & H into some desperate defending at times including a couple off the line but did not have it all their own way when Stuart Thompson as he does meandered into their box only to hit the crossbar whilst Gary Thomas-having his best game for the Club-saw his one on one effort saved by the keepers outstretched leg.If either had squared the ball we must surely have scored.Then a Thomspon cross from the right which Kift was only inches away from converting and finally a half chance for sub Robin King

As the final whistle went K & H felt they had probably turned in their best ever display against a top side who had previously caused their worst, but at the price of near exhaustion as Dormansland play at a tempo K & H had to work really hard to live with.So particular credit to the defence- Matt Thomas filling in at right full back,Fin Fogarty and the centre backs Ben Watson and Troy Raftery who worked very well as a pair whilst keeper Craig Jackson bought confidence with his handling

Perhaps pertinent to reflect on the ethos of the Club which right from its formation has been:- a pub team-interested in the benefits of alcohol where members are encouraged to have a good night out on Friday.Led by legendary Captain Ben Watson who’s training involves not much physical activity but about 80 pints a week and front man Rob Kift who likes to stay up all night-that said a bunch of lads who at times can perhaps play a bit



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