News 2006 - 2007
Des Ife 18th August 2006 15:35 GMT
Our 17 year-old defender Alan McKie has been achieving some remarkable
results in the high jump this season. In the World Junior Trials
& AAA U20's Championship meeting in Bedford in July he cleared a
superb 2.01 metres to finish in 3rd place. Then on 13th August he
achieved a lifetime best when he cleared 2.07 metres at the National
Junior League meeting at Eton. He has now helped his team, Windsor
Slough Eton & Hounslow, reach the National League Finals to be held
in Derby in September.
Des Ife 13th October 2006 16:00 GMT
Today Des & Pam marked out the pitch and increased the width
by 12 feet on either side.
Des Ife 19th January 2007 17:35 GMT
Defender Alan McKie has again improved on his previous best in the
high jump this season. Last Sunday he won the Open Indoor meet at
Brunel University with a 2.03 metre clearance and then went on to
clear 2.06 metres and 2.09 metres, surpassing his previous best
of 2.07 metres. He then achieved 2.12 metres and is close to the
European Junior Championship height of 2.15 metres.
Des Ife 9th February 2007 17:35 GMT
Alan McKie won the high jump for England U20s on his International
debut in the Celtic Trophy meeting on 3rd February. After seeing
off Irish international Conal Flanagan at 2.07 metres he went on
to clear 2.11 metres. He now has four months in hand to achieve
the European Junior Championship qualification height of 2.15 metres.
to represent Great Britain
Des Ife 16th February 2007 16:00 GMT
Alan McKie has been called up into the Great Britain U20s squad
to compete in the high jump against The Netherlands at Lee Valley
Stadium on Wednesday 21st February. This is a tremendous achievement
as he only took up high-jumping last May.
up amongst the Seniors
Des Ife 22nd February 2007 16:00 GMT
the Norwich Union Jump International between GB and the Netherland
at Lee Valley on 21st February 2007 Under 20s contestant Alan McKie
(Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) equalled his high jump PB
of 2.12m in a competition won by Samson Oni (Belgrave Harriers)
at 2.18m. See below for the results which show that he saw off the
other Under 20s and Under 23s contestants.
also went closer than ever before to 2.15m, which is the European
Juniors qualifying height for this summer. “I thought I was
over it at the first attempt,” he said. He described the match
format as “brilliant” and explained: “Being able
to chat with Rob (Mitchell) and Samson was good. Rob gave me a tip
about my run-up, but that remains a secret between us!”
High Jump Results
Samson Oni (guest) 2.18; 2 Jan-Peter Larsen (guest) 2.18; 3 Rob
Mitchell (GBR, Sen) 2.15; 4 Martijn Nuijens (NED, Sen) 2.12; 5 Alan
McKie (GBR, U20) 2.12; 6 Tom Parsons (guest) 2.12; 7 Robbie Grabarz
(GBR, U23) 2.09; 8 Roy Van Meel (NED, U18) 2.04; 9 Jasper de Lange
(NED, U20) 1.99; 10 Vincent Bos (NED, U23) 1.99; 11 Chris Baker
(GBR, U18) 1.89.
Lewis to open cafe in Eden shopping centre
Des Ife 15th April 2007 00:30 GMT
Our coach, Brian Lewis, will be opening and running 'Food Fountain',
a small cafe and takeaway, inside the bus station in Bridge Street.
The staff slogan will be 'You Name It - We'll Make It' so it will
present them with quite a challenge. Please give him your support
Des Ife 6th May 2007 11:55 GMT
Defender Alan McKie has won the NJAL high jump at Lee Valley on
29th April clearing a height of 2.10 metres.
Hithercroft’s Season Review 2006-7
Des Ife 6th May 2007 11:55 GMT
season Hithercroft Youth had been promoted from Division 5 to Division
3 and they had changed their name to Afc Hithercroft, as the ‘Youth’
part of the name was no longer applicable.
Three friendly games were arranged for August to give our players
the opportunity to play together and to allow new applicants to
be auditioned. The first game was against FC Dun & Bradstreet,
who would be playing in Division 1 this season, and resulted in
a 1-1 draw. Three new players turned out for Hithercroft - Dougie
Carswell, Leon Browne and Frank Smith (who was rejoining us after
having departed a couple of seasons earlier). Our next game was
against Wye Rangers and ended up with a 1-0 win for Hithercroft.
Our goalkeeper, Matt Hedges, had left us after last week’s
game and so Dougie Carswell took on the keeper’s role until
the last 20 minutes when Alan McKie took over. Alex Fryer, Ashley
Anderson and Joe McLanahan were given their first outing for the
club. Our final friendly was against the Premier Division side Golden
Fleece which was won 4-2 by our visitors. Both of the Hithercroft
goals came from players new to the club (Simon Woodbine and Andre
Neverson) and Alan McKie took on the goalkeeping position again.
The league season got under way on 3rd September, Hithercroft again
being without a goalkeeper to call on and so Dougie put on the gloves
for our 7-2 home win over Biffa. Frank scored a hat-trick with Paul
getting two goals and Baz and Simon completing the scoring. The
next week was also a home game and we emerged 7-1 winners over Wycombe
Marsh R.B.L with Neil Stretton, who was later to become our regular
goalkeeper, making his first appearance for us. Baz scored a hat-trick
in this game with Paul, Tyrone (penalty) and Frank adding one each
and our opponents contributing an own goal. Next up was an away
game against Pheasant and, as Neil was unavailable, coach Brian
Lewis went into goal. The game was lost 1-4 with Kevin Howell scoring
for us on his debut. Brian again went in goal when we went to play
Hithercroft Res at Broomwade and we won 3-1, two goals coming from
Tyrone and Baz getting one from the penalty spot.
For October we had the services of Neil except for the final game
when Brian had to cover the goalkeeping position. We started well
with a 9-0 away win over Wycombe Hermits, Ashley getting a hat-trick,
Baz scoring twice (once from the penalty spot), Frank, Tyrone, Matt
Seaton and Kevin Howell adding the others. Kris Clark made his first
appearance for our team and David Blackman made his last. The next
week was a B & B Cup game away at Pheasant and we gained our
revenge over them with an 8-1 win, Ashley again scoring a hat-trick,
Baz and Kevin Howell scoring two each and Dewayne scoring once.
On 15th we came up against Italia Unita of the Premier Division
in the Challenge Cup where we went down 1-7, our only goal being
scored by Paul. Our next game, also away, was a league game against
Greyhound and we were thoroughly beaten 1-9 with Kevin getting our
solitary goal. Our final game of the month was away against Marston
2000 FC in the B & B Cup and we emerged 3-2 winners with Tyrone,
Jamaine Humphrey and Frank (penalty) providing our goals.
This month started and ended badly for Hithercroft with only ten
players available for our first game, away against Biffa. We lost
1-3 with Ashley getting our single goal. We won our next home game
3-0 against Four Seasons with Kevin Howell scoring twice and Ashley
once, Dewayne taking up the keeper’s position in Neil’s
absence. Kevin Midgley, John and Mike Baldock and Ryan Forbes made
their debuts for us in this game. Dewayne covered again in the following
match, at home against Wycombe Hermits and we won 5-0 with Baz scoring
a hat-trick and Richard McKie adding the others, one from the penalty
spot. Our last game was lost to Wycombe Town ‘A’ 1-4,
with Baz scoring our goal before having to leave the pitch for the
final half-hour with an injury that left just 10 players to complete
December saw us win all three of our games with Dewayne covering
for Neil in the second and third games. We beat Three Horseshoes
3-2 at home with two goals from Ashley and one from Tyrone. We then
went to Wycombe Marsh R.B.L and won 4-1, Ashley scoring twice and
Kevin and Tyrone completing our tally. On 17th we travelled to play
Rose & Crown Rovers in the B & B Cup and won the game 2-1
with goals from Baz and Ryan.
Our B & B Cup run came to and end on 14th when we lost to Division
2 side FC Beacons Bottom. It was 2-2 at the end of normal time,
Frank having scored our first goal and Baz scored our second in
the final seconds of normal time to send the game into extra time.
Baz added his second goal but we went out of the competition, losing
3-4. The next game was lost 2-4 to Greyhound, Ashley scoring both
of our goals against the best side in our division. Our last game
of the month was away against Four Seasons and we won 7-1 with Ashley,
Tyrone and Kevin Howell scoring two each and Frank scoring once.
One of Kevin’s goals was scored from the penalty spot.
Our first game of this month was away against Three Horseshoes and,
with the game scoreless at half time, we succumbed to 3 goals without
reply in the second half and this was a most unexpected result that
could have cost us the runners-up spot in the division. Our next
game was played at home to Pheasant and we won 7-1 with goals from
Kevin Howell (2), John Baldock (2), Frank, Baz and Craig. The following
week we only managed a 1-1 draw against Wycombe Town ‘A’,
John getting our goal. This gave us even more problems regarding
our attempts to finish second in the division. Our home game against
Hithercroft Res gave us a 7-3 win, Frank getting a hat-trick, Kevin
Howell scoring twice, and Baz and Kevin Midgley adding one each.
On 11th we again met Hithercroft Res at the Pedestal, this time
in the group rounds of the Subsidiary Junior Cup, and lost 1-4.
We had scored two own-goals to help our opponents, Frank having
provided our goal at the correct end of the pitch. Hithercroft Res
are now in an excellent position to go through into the semi-finals.
On 25th we had the first of two consecutive games with Chinnor Athletic,
the only team that can deprive us of the runners-up position as
other Division 3 results had been favourable for us. Our first game
was at home and we won 5-2 with goals from Tyrone, Mike, Kevin Howell,
Frank and an own-goal by our opponents.
On 1st we went to Chinnor’s ground and came away with an identical
score-line of 5-2, Baz having scored a hat-trick and Frank and Kevin
Howell providing the others. We had completed the league season
with a total of 40 points and had to await the results of Chinnor’s
remaining three games to find out if we could retain 2nd spot. They
had 32 points and needed to win all three games to dislodge us.
Chinnor still had to play Greyhound both home and away, Greyhound
already being division champions so far having played 17, won 15
and drawn 2. On 8th in the Subsidiary Junior Cup Longwick Sports
Club beat Hithercroft Res 2-1 and so we now had a chance to go through
to the Semi-Finals. To do so we would need to win our remaining
two games to put us level with Hithercroft Res and Longwick. Then
goal difference would come into play and so we would need to win
by at least 9 goals across these two matches. On 15th we played
Longwick Sports Club and, with Neil being unavailable, Alan McKie
returned to take over the goalkeeping role. With many players missing
we won 3-2 with Baz scoring the first and Kevin Howell adding two
more and so needed to beat Red Lion by 8 clear goals the following
week. On a brighter note Greyhound beat Chinnor Athletic and so
Afc Hithercroft finished the season as runners-up in Division 3
and so gained promotion for the second consecutive season. On 22nd
we went to play Red Lion in the Cup and despite a 4-2 win, 2 goals
coming from Frank (one a penalty) and Kevin Howell and Mike adding
one apiece, we went out of the cup on goal difference and this brought
our season to a close.
Des Ife 14th May 2007 11:55 BST
Defender Alan McKie has won the Bucks County Championships on 12th
May clearing a height of 1.95 metres, well below his best height
Des Ife 1st June 2007 11:55 BST
Last weekend Alan McKie secured a top-ten finish at the UK Inter-Counties
Athletics Championships in Bedford. In sodden conditions he recorded
a height of 2.09 metres to take equal 4th place and in a couple
of weeks he represents the Senior England team in an international
in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Des Ife 4th June 2007 15:00 BST
On 2nd June Alan McKie won the BAL Division 1 Match 2 at Lee Valley
with a superb personal best of 2.16 metres,
exceeding the European Junior Championship qualification height
of 2.15 metres. Unfortunately this event is not a qualifying event
and he has until 23rd June to achieve this. Well done!!!
Des Ife 7th June 2007 15:30 BST
On 5th June Alan McKie competed as a Senior in the International
match in Bratislava, Slovakia and cleared 2.10 metres to finish
in 3rd place. An excellent achievement. Onwards
and upwards Alan!