Match Report: Haydon Wick -v- Redhouse (Away Team Report)
The long awaited start of the new season finally arrived on Saturday, as established Haydon Wick hosted new side Redhouse FC in the season opener at Moredon Rec.
Extra spice was added in the form of the Redhouse management and chairman, as well as many as 3 ex Haydon Wick players to ensure a derby feel, to an already eagerly anticipated season opener.
With the sun blazing over the horizon, the team photo complete and the captain handshakes done, the stage was set.
An uneventful start had both teams exchanging a long range shot or two, as each team tried to suss out their opposition, as well adjust to the return of competitive football.
Redhouse however set the tone with some neat play and great pressuring by front man Tom Eagles was rewarded with a tidy finish to put the new boys 1 up.
Ex-Haydon Wick front man Aaron Hewitt added again around ten minutes before half time with another neat move by Redhouse and again after some hard work from Redhouse in the final third, there was however no mute celebrations at this game as Redhouse were delighted to give themselves some breathing space and find a reward for their hard work.
With the sun continuing to shine and half time oranges consumed, the second half started in a similar fashion to how the first half did.
A series of decent passing moves from both sides and strong challenges set the standard for the remainder of the game. Substitutions from both sides introduced some much needed freshness into the game, but it was Redhouse’s substitutions that proved fruitful when Ryan Thackary struck after some great play on the wing to essentially seal the match for Redhouse.
As the sun and result took it’s toll Redhouse upped the pressure on the ball and went in for the kill when neat play started from the back by Martin Score, led to a well worked goal being finished by hardworking midfielder and Redhouse Manager Daniel Ricketts, with a thumping strike, it’s worth noting that was also Redhouse centre midfielder Joe Cox’s third assist of the game.
The ex-Haydon Wick players and indeed Redhouse hierarchy wasn’t finished there however, when a 5th was added by Redhouse chairman Chris Ricketts who coolly finished from close range, to cue jubilant scenes from the strong gathering of Redhouse supporters/family members on the touchline.
An off the line clearance from Redhouse before the 5th goal meant they hung on for a clean sheet and a happy opening first competitive game, before an early small break.
Despite the added spice of ex-players it should be noted the game was played in good spirit.
Final Score: Haydon Wick 0 Redhouse 5