Welcome back to the site guys!
It’s been an extremely busy week for the club with a load of stuff happening behind the scenes as well as out on the pitch, with the boys recording an impressive third straight league win on the bounce!
HASHTAG QUIZ! ?
Can you guess our starting XI at the 2017 Wembley Cup? ?
— Hashtag United (@hashtagutd) August 21, 2019
To make things nice and simple, let’s wrap up all that’s happened in a tidy little news roundup for you to feast your eyes on…
You may have heard that two excellent additions were made to Devs’ squad recently. Lee’s brother, Jamie Hursit, arrived to provide some added quality to the backline, whilst Luke Wilson also arrived at centre-back.
Luke has been immense in his first few league games, striking up a solid partnership with Farai at the back. After arriving from Coggeshall Town, you can see why he has been captain at two of his previous clubs and also involved in successful sides.
Jamie, like Luke, has also played at a higher level than the league we’re currently in, and their experience is making our backline look like potentially one of the strongest in the division – we have conceded just two goals in four games.
No matter how well the rest of the team are playing, you need your strikers to be fit and firing on all cylinders.
Luckily for us, that is exactly what Richo and summer signing George Smith are doing. Richo has already bagged a hat-trick this season, whereas George’s double against Redbridge helped us grab a vital 2-0 win and we have netted 10 times already this term.
Another one in the goals so far has been Lee Hursit. Whether it’s the arrival of his brother that has made him up his game or something else, Lee has already scored two in just four games this season and always seems to provide energy and creativity, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench.
Keep it up Lee!
Losing our first ever game as a club in the Essex Senior League could easily have dented the lads’ confidence, but they have responded absolutely superbly to the 2-0 loss to Southend Manor on the opening day.
For all the positive news from the pitch, injuries always put a slight dampener on things, and we’ve certainly got our fair share of those right now.
Sadly, this week we’ve had a medical report on Captain Jack Harrison’s injury he sustained in the Originals v First Team friendly in pre-season. He has an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, which as you probably know is serious, and puts him out for the season. We’re sending him all our best, and hopefully we’ll see him soon at a game. Added to Jacko’s long term injury, this comes as a blow, not just on the pitch, but off it too as we’ve lost two of our biggest voices at the club, and we miss them already!
In less serious news, Tash and Peds both have problems with their groin, whilst Matt Carter has been struggling with a hamstring injury. Luckily, none of them are expected to be out for a significant length of time and we hope to have them back soon.
After 3 games in a week, we have a free Saturday this weekend due to our original oppo, Walthamstow, taking on Great Wakering Rovers in the FA Cup Preliminary Round. We say “free Saturday”, but that’s not the case for the players who’ll be training instead of playing. Our next game is now on Saturday 31 August, a home game against Leyton Athletic in our FA Vase debut! We’ve agreed with them to charge the minimum possible attendance of £3 for adults, with U12 free as usual, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.
After Leyton Athletic, we’re back in action only 3 days later…which may come as news to you. One of last year’s rivals for the title, Halstead Town, won their Essex Senior Cup preliminary round earlier this week, thrashing Lopes Tavares 5-0, which means we’ll be travelling there on Tuesday 3 September. None of us will forget our first trip there earlier this year, when Willo bagged the only goal in front of our largest Step 6 crowd of the season to take us closer to the title: