I'll admit it wasn't my idea to go but i'm glad I did! Good weather too, it reminded me of the round before the cup game I went to in 2011 there on the same weekend as this and the weather was similarly nice and I thought it seemed a good idea to go and after not going in the end then regretted it afterwards when discovered it was a good game. I doubt that game was as good as this one was though, easily the best of the 3 HB games I've seen over the years.
Both teams tried to play passing football (which I expected from Herne Bay given Embery's comments in the local paper this week) but Herne Bay played an attacking game which ultimately may have made the difference in the end, more on that in a bit. Walton Cas were slightly the better side early on with better passing, but then Herne Bay took the lead with a good move, the right winger running through the middle and playing in the striker who was in a surprising amount of space and finished well. HB maybe slightly fortunate to be ahead at HT, Walton Cas had squandered good chances, HB hadn't had many. 2nd half was a different story though as HB dominated for the majority of the half. The scorer of the goal miskicked in front of goal when it looked like it was going to be 2-0 (he was later given MOTM despite coming off injured before the end). Then Walton Cas equalised with a pen, didn't see why it was given as thinking there was a break in play I went to put my drink in the bin and missed it :-[ It all seemed to happen very quickly. It didn't affect HB as they then took the lead and even at 2-1 up kept pushing forward for a 3rd which arrived in the last minute.
Comedy moment was the Walton corner taker deciding to take a corner and just run with it with none of his teammates anywhere near him. I'm still baffled about what he was thinking, especially when IIRC it was their captain and the oldest player on the pitch! He had no excuse, and the ref duly gave a free-kick to Herne Bay.
Overall, great win, Embery also said that being a young team of mainly U21s (though I did notice some older ones in there too) they will be inconsistent, but on this evidence it's going to be an interesting season.
Great win again for Herne Bay, 5-2 at Horsham with 5 different scorers! Sounds similar to the previous round Herne Bay upping the tempo 2nd half after a close 1st half, it was 1-1 at half-time! The programme for that previous game had a nice feature on their FA Cup history over the last 25 years and this is only the 4th time they've reached the 3rd qualifying round in that time! I suspect they'll draw a higher division team this time so hopefully a home draw. I think the next round falls on the weekend that Reading are the evening game on Sky so might be tempted to go again.
Post by WalkinginawinterwonderlAndy on Sept 22, 2017 9:42:47 GMT 1
Yeah a team of ex-Stags playing a team of ex-Stags managed by an ex-Stag, should be a big draw for the local populace. Shame it clashes with the County match at the moment, they must move it to the sunday?
Post by misterhamster on Oct 2, 2017 14:30:49 GMT 1
4th Qualifying Round draw:
Halifax Town v Tranmere Rovers Solihull Moors v 1874 Northwich or Ossett Town South Shields v Hartlepool United Chorley v BOSTON UNITED Harrogate Town or Bradford Park Avenue v Leamington or Gainsborough Trinity Buxton v Gateshead Stafford Rangers or Telford United v Stockport County or FC United of Manchester Kidderminster Harriers v Chester Fylde v Wrexham Guiseley v Shildon Shaw Lane v Barrow NANTWICH TOWN V Kettering Town Scarborough Athletic or Stratford Town v Hyde United Stourbridge v Macclesfield Town Eastleigh v Hereford Aldershot Town v Torquay United Bath City v Chelmsford City Oxford City v Bognor Regis Town Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient Woking v Concord Rangers Brackley Town v Hungerford Town or Billericay Town Maidenhead United v Havant & Waterlooville Haringey Borough v Heybridge Swifts Maidstone United v Enfield Town East Thurrock United or Harlow Town v Ebbsfleet United Hampton & Richmond Borough v Truro City Dover Athletic v Bromley Slough Town v Folkestone Invicta Burgess Hill Town v Dartford Paulton Rovers v Sutton United St. Albans City v Boreham Wood Margate v Leatherhead