Loddon Sports 3 v 0 Thatcham Harriers White
Harriers played top of the table Loddon in a tight contest which was spoilt by an unsporting home referee who didn’t seem to understand the concept of fair play.
Harriers went into the game without regular goalkeeper Sam Wheeler
who was injured. Jack Hedley deputised and put in a superb performance.Loddon started well and put the Harriers defence of Joseph Foster
, Toby Quirk
, and Leon Collins under pressure but with the help of Matthew Maynard as a defensive midfielder Harriers stood firm.
Harriers attack looked dangerous and the pace of Ethan Howes
, Jack Mulcahy, Harry Hedges
and Reece Butler always kept the defence on their toes.
Jack H was the busier of the two keepers but the defence held firm to go in 0-0 at half time.
The ref was starting to have an influence on the game when ignoring blatant fouls against Harriers but awarding free kicks to his team for similar offences.
Harriers were know playing the better football but got caught out when a Loddon forward went through to score. Harriers still kept battling only to see the Loddon keeper make some smart saves.
Harriers were they caught out when a Loddon forward was flagged offside only for the ref to ignore this and allow play to continue where he duly scored.
Harriers kept there composure but everything they tried could not bring a goal.
Loddon completed the scoring late to give them a flattering victory.
Harriers man of the match was Matthew Maynard who tackled & battled hard the whole game.
Harriers should be proud of the effort they put in today and they were a credit to the club unlike Loddon whose behaviour on the pitch and off was appalling. The ref should be ashamed of his performance as his bias towards his team became very embarrassing at the end.
Jack Hedley, Leon Collins, Toby Quirk
, Joseph Foster
, Matthew Maynard, Harry Hedges
, Reece Butler, Jack Mulcahy, Ethan Howes
, Luke Giddings, Cameron Dallimore