AFC Hithercroft

Hithercroft Football Club
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Club News 2007 - 2008

Alan McKie improves on his PB at the European Junior Championships
Des Ife 22nd July 2007 23:00 BST

In Hengelo in the Netherlands yesterday, Alan McKie (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) was seventh with a PB of 2.19m on his championships debut. Alan, the third athlete to be steered to the international arena by coach Carol Jackson after Mark Crowley and Robbie Grabarz, had first-time clearances at 2.00m, 2.05m, 2.10m, 2.14m, took two attempts at his old PB of 2.17m and then sailed over 2.19m at the first attempt before missing at 2.21m. The gold medal went to Oleksandr Nartov (Ukraine), who cleared 2.23m at the second attempt. Alan said: "I enjoyed it. It's reward for what you've been doing for the whole winter. It's what we work for".

League obtain a sponsor
Des Ife 20th August 2007 23:50 BST

For the 2007/8 season the league have obtained a sponsor and will now be known as the Isaac Lord High Wycombe Sunday Football Combination.

Pitch Marking and permission to use the Pedestal
Des Ife 26th August 2007 00:50 BST

Before our first friendly match of the season Pat, Des and Pam measured and marked out the pitch but the grass was fairly long. We had been making attempts to get the council to cut it but had no success. In advance of our second game Pam & Des went down to mark it out again during the week (Wednesday), some of the markings having disappeared and needed re-measuring. By Friday the grass had been cut and, unfortunately, all the markings had disappeared again!! Pat, Pam and Des went down on Saturday 25th and spent 4 hours re-measuring and marking out the complete pitch again. We hope that the team appreciate all the work that we put in between games so that they can play.
The council no longer want to retain their lease with West Wycombe Estate and their lawyers are currently negotiating their pulling out, hence the problems with the grass-cutting. As a result we have contacted Sir Edward Dashwood to find out what our position will be for the coming season as regards use of the Pedestal ground as we don't have sufficient funds to take over the lease ourselves.

Alan McKie's latest performances
Des Ife 27th August 2007 23:00 BST

On 29th July in the UK Championships in Manchester he finished equal 8th with a jump of 2.14metres and the following week he won the BAL Divn 1 match with a height of 2.15metres. On 19th August Alan took part in the U23 & U20 Inter-Territorial meeting in Derby and won with a 2.10metre jump. On 25th at the UK Challenge Final, held at Crystal Palace he finished 4th with a clearance of 2.18metres.

Alan McKie goes even higher
Des Ife 6th September 2007 23:50 BST

On 2nd September in the U20 Inter-Territorial Match in London Alan finished in first place with a jump of 2.20metres, a new personal best,
and retains his Number 1 ranking in the UK Under 20s.

Brian's Food Fountain now open
Des Ife 21st October 2007 10.40pm

Coach Brian Lewis has now opened his Bagel bar, called Food Fountain, near the bus garage in High Wycombe.
Please pop in and support him.

Filming on 16th/17th February
Des Ife 16th February 2008 2.00pm

A 5-minute documentary about a football manager is being produced by a student (Chris) who will be filming Pat Vaughey on the above weekend. It will cover some of the work that Pat carries out for the club as well as the team talks and player selection before and during the game against Wycombe Town.

Afc Hithercroft’s Season Review 2007-8
Des Ife 5th May 2008 11:55 GMT

As runners-up in Division 3 last season Afc Hithercroft had been promoted from Division 3 to Division 2.

Two 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 Division 4’s Red Lion and resulted in a 4-2 win with two goals from Baz David and one each from Kevin Howell and Frank Smith. Mike Dewing made his debut in goal for Hithercroft and Josh Peters, Mark Charman, Lyle Edwards and Jason Guy were also newcomers. Jason had played for Hithercroft Boys some years before when Pam had been running the relevant age group. Our second friendly game was against FC Beaconsfield Reserves from Division 1 and also ended up with a 4-2 win for Hithercroft. Kevin Howell and Mike Baldock put Hithercroft 2-0 ahead by half-time and in the second half Kevin and John Baldock added two more before Beaconsfield scored twice, one from a penalty kick, just before the end.

The league season started on 2nd September, Hithercroft playing away against Thame United Social Club and the result was a 1-1 draw, Frank having put Hithercroft into the lead after 14 minutes but Thame scoring the equaliser twenty minutes before the end. On 9th Hithercroft met Chinnor Exiles Res at the Pedestal and both Frank Smith and Baz David scored hat tricks in the 6-0 win. These first two games had identified a weakness in the finishing for Hithercroft as so many opportunities were missed. This trait continued throughout the season. With Pat being on holiday the remaining two games scheduled for this month against Prince of Wales and Chinnor Athletic were postponed.

Our first game this month was away against Stokenchurch and was a rather brutal affair with Tyrone Francis and Baz being taken to hospital and the referee issuing a number of yellow cards to our opponents. Finishing with just 9 players Hithercroft went down 4-1 with Baz having scored the Hithercroft goal. Our next game was the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup game against AFC Sporting Wycombe and this home game resulted in a 3-1 win, goals coming from Kevin Howell, Ryan Forbes and Frank Smith. The following week saw Sands visit in the League Cup, Hithercroft winning 7-3 with Dwayne Blake and Frank scoring two each and Kevin Howell, Kevin Midgley and Ryan Forbes contributing one each. Next came a league game against Afc Sporting Wycombe where Hithercroft lost 3-0.

On 4th namesakes Hithercroft FC came to the Pedestal, the visitors initially taking the lead but Kevin Howell got the equaliser only for the visitors to get the winner after 2 minutes of added time. The next game should have been away against Airport Motors in the B & B Junior Cup but, unable to get a team together, Hithercroft pulled out and conceded the match ending their run in this Cup series. On 18th Hithercroft played an away fixture against Stokenchurch in the League Cup and with goals from Baz, Kris Clark, Kevin Howell and Ryan progressed into the next round with a 4-0 victory. The final game of the month was at home against Marlow Donkey and finished with a 4-0 win after Baz had scored two and Tyrone and Dan Allman had added one apiece.

The return match against Thame United Social Club saw Hithercroft come from behind to achieve a 2-1 win with goals from Frank and Tyrone. The other two scheduled games, against Chinnor Exiles Res and Chinnor Athletic, were both postponed owing to bad weather.

After the holiday break Hithercroft met Prince of Wales and, after going a goal behind, took the lead with Ryan and Kevin Howell each scoring. However, Prince of Wales scored twice more to take the match 3-2. The next game saw Hithercroft beat Stokenchurch 4-1 with goals from Kris, John Baldock, Baz and Frank despite the visitors having opened the scoring after just 90 seconds. The League Cup game against Premier Division side Afc Totteridge was re-scheduled by a week as the pitch was unfit following bad weather and Baz twice put Hithercroft ahead for a 2-1 win that had Hithercroft progressing into the Quarter Finals.

At Broomwade the result was a 2-2 draw with Hithercroft FC, Josh Peters and Kevin Howell providing the goals in the first half but our opponents scoring twice after the break. On 10th FC Cressex came to the Pedestal and left 2-0 winners after Hithercroft had put on a poor performance. The League Cup Quarter Final match, postponed by a week, had Hithercroft facing Premier Division leaders Wycombe Town who were formidable opponents. Wycombe emerge 7-1 winners with Kevin Howell scoring the lone Hithercroft goal.

Hithercroft played three home games in March, winning the first two and drawing the last. Prince of Wales were the current Division 2 leaders but Hithercroft had a comfortable 7-1 win with 3 goal from Baz and one each from Tyrone, Frank, Michael Louise and Jamal Blake. Afc Sporting Wycombe were the next victims losing 3-0 to goals from Dan Allman, Baz and Tyrone. Chinnor Athletic raced to a 4-0 lead within the first 30 minutes but in the last half-hour Dave Ebberson and Baz scored two goals each to make the result a 4-4 draw.

On 13th Hithercroft travelled to play Marlow Donkey and, despite taking the lead through Frank’s penalty kick, found themselves 2-1 down at half time. In the second half Kevin Howell scored the equaliser, followed by Baz getting a hattrick to give Hithercroft a 5-2 win. On 20th Hithercroft took part in their first goalless game of the season against FC Cressex and then followed this up with a 1-1 draw at Chinnor Athletic. Without Frank and keeper, Neil Stretton, Hithercroft took to the field with Luke Revell as goal-keeper. Luke was still suffering from a badly bruised foot and had not expected to take part in the game. Chinnor took the lead but Ryan hit back with an equaliser. Late in the game the referee awarded a controversial penalty kick to Chinnor after a “hand-ball” by Tyrone but Luke opted to move in the right direction and deflected the ball round the post to keep the scoreline at 1-1.

The final game of the season saw a much-depleted Hithercroft turn out against Chinnor Exiles Res and, despite Hithercroft being 3-1 ahead after 48 minutes, Chinnor Exiles Res scored twice to make the result a 3-3 draw. Hithercroft’s goals came from Baz and two from Kevin Howell. This result moved Afc Hithercroft into 4th position in the final table.

Alan McKie raises the bar ... again
Des Ife 3rd June 2008 01:30 BST

On 1st June 2008 in the BIG 2008 meeting in Bedford Alan surpassed his personal best with a jump of 2.21metres.

Baz David receives award
Des Ife 24th June 2008 01:30 BST

At the League AGM on 23rd June 2008 Baz David picked up an award for being the Top Goalscorer in Division 2 for the 2007/8 Season.

Alan McKie at the Adiva National Championships, Birmingham
Des Ife 13th July 2008 11:30pm BST

Alan did well at this meeting clearing 2.04m on his first attempt, 2.09m on his 3rd attempt, 2.14m on his first attempt
and 2.13m on his 3rd attempt but failed to clear 2.23m. He finished a creditable 10th with the top height of 2.30m
being achieved by Tom Parsons.


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