Hadley FC: 2012-13 Awards
Long-term service award: Mick Hore
Clubman of the year: Guy Slee
Sportsmanship award for attitude and committment: Tom Le Tissier
Golden Boot Award - Spartan South Midlands:
Golden Boot Award - West Herts: Danny Gruar
1st team Players Player - Nick Chrysanthou
1st team Managers Player - Rob Quattromini
2nd team Players Player - Russell Bindley
2nd team Managers Player - Sean Ridgway
3rd team Players Player - Not yet awarded
3rd team Managers Player - Not yet awarded
4th team Players Player - Jamie Lever
4th team Managers Player - Richard Green
Saturday 11th May 2013
The 3rd team finished their league season to secure a very good 3rd place finish despite a 3-2 defeat against Maple Cross. Goals from Christian Lett and Sam Gomez were not enough to take anything from the game.
The 4th team were crowned league champions following a 6-0 home win against Tring Athletic 'B'. Ricky Burrows and Danny Gruar gave us a 2-0 lead at half time before another goal from Burrows, another two from Gruar, and a Jamie Lever header secured the 3 points and the title. Congratulations to managers Eamon Finn and Danny Gruar, and all involved.
Wednesday 8th May 2013
The 3rd team lost 2-1 at home against title contenders Kings Sports. After going 2-0 down, we missed a penalty before Michael Lipman scored to make it 2-1. Kings Sports defended well to see out the game and claim an important three points in a game where our defender Charlie Wharton suffered a broken arm. We wish Charlie a speedy recovery. The 4th team dropped points in a 0-0 draw at Harpenden Rovers reserves. Despite huge periods of possession, especially dominating the game in the second half, we missed chance after chance and just could not get the all-important goal.
Saturday 4th May 2013
The reserves played their last game of the season in what was a 3-2 defeat
at AFC Dunstable. The home side actually played all of their first team
in preparation for their cup final the following week, so credit to our
reserves who more than matched them, especially after we were reduced to ten
men when Sean Ridgway was sent off in the first half. Sumran Kaul gave us
the lead, before Dave Pearce missed a penalty which would have made it
2-0. AFC then equalised before scoring two more to make it 3-1. Ivo
Camacho reduced the deficit to make it 3-2, but we could not find the equaliser
despite creating enough chances.
Elsewhere, the 4th team beat JC United 4-2. Ben Strange gave us the lead after 1 minute before our visitors scored twice to take a 2-1 lead into half time. Second half goals from Danny Gruar and Jesse Reynolds (2) sealed the win.
Thursday 2nd May 2013
The reserves were crowned league champions after getting the three points against London Colney after they were unable to raise a team. Congratulations to all involved. Elsewhere, the 4th team had an important 4-1 win against title rivals Gadebridge. Danny Gruar gave us the lead before Gadebridge equalised. Gruar then scored again to make it 2-1 at half time. Two second half goals from Ricky Burrows sealed the win.
Wednesday 1st May 2013
The first team were beaten finalists in the 2012-13 Dudley Latham Memorial (Premier Division) Cup after Aylesbury Utd finally got to play in a Cup Final...win it...and get to keep the trophy, after an exciting 3-2 win in extra time. The Ducks trailed 2-1 at the very end of the first period of extra time, only to bounce back with two goals in two minutes - including a fantastic strike from Ben Baines - to claim the Trophy. The crowd of over 300, the majority decked out in Green and White, were treated to an excellent match which was a real contrast in playing styles - Hadley were perhaps the better footballing side, patient, passing the ball around whilst Aylesbury were more direct playing to the strength of their 2 pacy front men, Stacey Field and Louis Austin. In the end it was heartbreak for Hadley, who twice took the lead only to see the Ducks bite back in the second period of extra time with two goals in two minutes. Ben Luck headed Hadley into the lead two minutes before the break, but Paul Edgeworth quickly restored parity just before half time whistle. It remained 1-1 until a minute before the end of the first extra 15 minutes when Hakim Medfai found the net from the narrowest of angles. The turning point came with 7 minutes remaining - Hadley had a nailed on penalty claim refused, Aylesbury went straight down the other end and Ben Baines unleashed a screamer into the top corner to bring the scores level. Within a minute they were in front for the first time as Field scored the easiest tap in of his life to send the behind the goal gang into raptures, and inadvertently invade the pitch as the barrier behind the goal collapsed! Hadley strove valiantly to get back in the game, but it was too late. Congratulations to Franco Sidoli, the rest of the management team, and all players involved on a fantastic team effort and a good season all round.