Well where do we start…
The 22/23 season is over and I’m sure we all couldn’t be more proud of the players along with Chris and his team. It’s been a roller coaster at times however, I keep reminding myself that’s nothing new. Plus I’m sure none of us would have it any other way. So, here’s to our second season at Step 3 !!!
What’s been happening this week?
On Saturday…we played at home against Hartley Wintney:
We must also take the opportunity thank Mr Bob Fisher who writes the match reports for our away games.
An outstanding season from both these players.
The Under 18s
Saturday will bring our final game of the season at home to Hartley Wintney along with:
The Lil Kitchen Mexican Pop Up;
Another request for donations to Ealing foodbank;
Some new merchandise on sale; and the
End of Season Function from 7pm.
We’ll also be announcing a series of 'Supporter Summer Socials' which we hope you’ll join us for!
The sun was out for all of the 4 hours, making the veranda the place to be… well after the bar of course.
The result was a great 2-1 win for Newcastle. The eagle eyed amongst you will have already spotted Hanwell Town FC on the pitch side advertising screens.
With both Russ and Stan back in London looking after the NUFC fans (along with Nigel, Cidinha & Dave), we have a guest match day journalist for the away game against Plymouth Parkway. It's our very own Club Secretary, Clive Cooke and I think he’s firmly laid down the gauntlet by providing a great summary for us - thanks Clive.
An 8.30am start saw Hanwell’s 3rd trip to Devon this season. Easter traffic was good and arrival at Plymouth would have been 1.30pm had the coach driver not taken a wrong turn near the ground adding an extra 10 mins with several passengers shouting directions.
A couple of The Massive managed to get to a Plymouth local imaginatively called the Golden Hind for a pre match sharpener. Not only was the head of Parkways security able to give directions to the pub, he even agreed to drive the few 10 mins down the road dropping them off. Very accommodating to away supporters!
The Janners of Plymouth were indeed very hospitable and welcoming and before a large crowd (544), a group of what it seems were young Argyle Pilgrims if you will, were happy to stand behind the Parkway keepers goal and chant and sing for Hanwell.
This added to the wailing sound of Razor’s bugle, making its second appearance of the season at Parkways Bolotho Park this time with no 9pm curfew, made for a cacophony of noise.
The crescendo in the performance both on and off the pitch was reached with Calum Duffy looping his header from a Mackenzie cross over the Parkway keeper Jack Arthur (obviously named by his parents after their 2 favourite characters from on On the Buses).
This equalising an earlier Parkway goal in a game of two halves, the second was as interesting as the first was forgettable. Young Chelsea Max making notable and vital saves.
So with Hendon and Harrow having a not so Good Friday and Hayes & Yeading going down by the odd goal or three to next weeks opponents Winchester, Hanwell are the sole Middlesex County side to obtain a point this Easter before Mondays games. It was a hard fought point after 427 mile round trip.
Rob, the voice of the Toon, won the Super Six on the coach home thanks to City’s 4-1 win over Saints.
Young Sonny West from our U18s team made the trip and bench but didn’t get game time. However, it was good to see him with the group.
So it's bye bye to Devon for this season, and after Hendon on Monday it’s just a double Hampshire left with Winchester away followed by Hartley Wintney at home before we can properly review the season.
A quick heads up:
We have food pop ups at both of our remaining home games - Hendon (Jerk Chicken) and Hartley Wintney (Mexican burritos, tacos & quesadilla).
Remember to purchase your ticket if you’re planning to attend our end of season presentation - available here. The tickets are £15 which includes your food.
We’re currently in the process of arranging our Geordies music event for May, June and July. Keep an eye out for further updates.
There’s no longer any excuse not to keep up to date!
A number of fans made the short 5 minute walk to The Cocked Hat public house before the game. A cheap pint sat outside in full sunshine, the trip had started well. Unfortunately it was bad timing given we were missing the “Live payday weekend entertainment”!
Hanwell had some decent chances in the first half but we struggled to make our pressure pay off, especially with missed chance by Tom. It felt like it was sadly going one of those days again.
At half time we were treated to the footballing skills of the younger generation of the Moore family. Young Rory scored the first of Hanwell’s goals for the afternoon.
Hanwell started the second half with a great deal more urgency and you could sense the team had been given some strong ‘words of encouragement’ at half time.
The team started to pile on the pressure and pepper the Gosport goal. Corner after Corner and a series of good crosses into the box but we weren't getting any luck.
The Hanwell crowd sensed the breakthrough was coming and it did at the 50 minute mark. A wonderful cross came in and Mat Mckenize was there to guide in a lovely header. We had scored first, I couldn't remember that last time that had happened.
After the pain of the quick reply against us at Chesham last week, the Fans were slightly nervous. Especially as Gosport did have a chance not long after however, it was nothing to be worried about as Ravan with some very intelligent goalkeeping was able push the attacker wide to a too tight angle.
After some great work in midfield Tom McElroy was 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper. The pressure was on as a defender was charging back but again there was no need to worry as Tom slotted it home. Hanwell were 2 goals up.
Gosport tried to throw everything at us but our back 3 of Duffy, Duncan and Robinson held firm.
Tom could have gotten a second but for a smart save from their goalkeeper.
Then the sounds all Hanwell fans wanted to hear the referees whistle: 2-0 to Hanwell, a clean sheet and a fully deserved 3 points…what a feeling and a few victory beers were well overdue.
The attendance was 706…apparently.
On Tuesday night we play Poole Town at The Powerday. Currently 5th in the table, Poole be keen to maintain their play-off position.
On Friday there’s a supporters curry night at the Samrat in Pitshanger.
On Saturday we have Non-League Day 2023. Check our website to find out more about the day itself as well as the plans we have at Hanwell.