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Proper Respect at the Hill

As it was the Remembrance Weekend all Beacon Hill’s teams conducted a minute’s silence at their matches. The 11.00 co-ordinated minutes silence on Sunday at the Hill was special and superbly honoured. Honouring the Lost means even more to us as a Club founded by the surviving Veterans in 1921 and it was particularly poignant to honour them on the same pitch that Rovers played the Club’s first ever match. We must never forget.

Such events probably help to keep things in perspective; win or lose, did we play the game in the right way? Amongst Rovers’ adults teams it was the Veterans who claimed the win putting in the hard yards to earn the right to play against old foes Tillingham, Beacon winning 3-0 to maintain their 100% record. Pride of place amongst the Youth Teams probably goes to the u13s. They may have lost their match at Blackmore but coming back from 0-3 down to draw level only to concede an unfortunate, decisive fourth was harsh. Every player put in a proper shift and with no regular keeper available, well done to the volunteers who donned the gloves.

Both First Teams had tough on the road fixtures, the Men went down 2-5 at Chingford Athletic and the Women’s journey to Harlow proved equally hard, Rovers losing 1-3. At the Hill on Saturday Beacon Hill’s Reserves squandered a number of good opportunities and were punished by two simple OCs’ goals in their Mid-Essex Division One clash. Sunday’s series of Youth Team victories with a number of Hill teams on a hot run of winning results certainly challenges the perspective of dealing with success and failure in the same way: stay calm everybody! Particularly notable were the two home wins against previously unbeaten opposition: the 11s 7-0 victors against Hutton and the 9s overturning Writtle 2-1 in an excellent game. Also at the Hill on Sunday Rovers’ 8s beat Notley 7-4, the 10s won 3-0 against Thurrock and the 15s produced a full on energised

display to triumph 3-2 versus Brentwood.

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