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Tony Incenzo's Ground of the Week: Heather St John's

Groundhopper Tony Incenzo took a summer trip to see Heather St Johns face Hinckley AFC and here is what he saw.

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Heather St John's 2 Hinckley 4
St John's Park, Heather
Pre-season friendly
Attendance 205
5th July 2014

The game played in excellent conditions on a perfect pitch saw the Hosts start the better both Mitch woodbine and James Slack going close, but it was the visitors on this historic occasion taking the lead, George Woodward saving well from ex saints man Lewis Gorle the rebound being smashed home by ex Wolves trainee and Hinckley skipper on the edge of the box.

Disaster struck for Saints skipper Harry Reece using the hand of god in his own penalty box, a yellow card with a converted penalty by his opposite skipper doubling the advantage for AFC.

The Saints should have got back into the game James Slack busting through the Hinckley defenders but his effort was well saved by Matty Martin between the visitor’s sticks then Dan Chatfield tested Martin the keeper again doing well.

Against the run of play Hinckley went into a third goal lead, a scrambled affair and captured on the front page of that wonderful read “Non League Paper” Craig Bannister bundling the ball over the line. James Slack pulled one back the star striker deserve ably scoring just before the break.

HT HSJ 1-3 Hinckley AFC

The second half both teams fielded 10 different players and with 3 minutes gone Chris Socket scored the best goal of the game sending in a cracking left foot drive passed a diving Heather stopper, the rest of the match became a mid field affair which resulted in a very even contest.

Shaun Pearson keeping his nerve placing the ball low and accurately passed Steve Taylor’s left hand.

A great work out for both teams with the two managers Dave Williams and Carl Abbott getting an early opportunity of looking at their players.

HSJ 1 George Woodward 2 Jacob Sturgess Connor Wright 3 Chris Waldrum Dominic Hunt 4 Grant Ryder Haydn Jones 5 Josh McPherson Dylan Rpiers 6 Harry Reece C Matt Oliver 7 Liam Baines Joe McLaughlin 8 Dan Chatfield Josh Lawrence 9 Phil Whealdon Shaun Pearson 10 Mitch Woodbine Michael Hill 11 Jimmy Slack Alex Jarvis 12 Danny Birt 17 Liam Donaghy 14 Nathan McAllistair


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