This was without doubt the best footballing display put on to date by a UKFF EDS side who were superb from start to finish against a high flying Spartan Midland Premier Side and former FA Vase Winners, Hoddeson Town. No doubt about it the pre match preparations led by EDS Assistant Coach Tolga Dervish and Head Coach Dennis Booth, got the players ready and focussed. Hoddeson are one of the oldest teams in the country having been formed in 1879 but there was nothing dated about their football. It was fast, it was slick, it was with purpose and passion reflecting the philosphy of their Coach, Jake Heracleous who invited UKFF for their 3 x 30 min halfs development games.
Both sides were up for it from the word go. John Kamara and Nurridin Hanif were solid from the start and led by the highly promising 18 year old Kevin Toonga who we predict has a big future in the game. In midfield Flatie Trarore was the quiet assanian and was behind the move that led to the penalty cooly converted by John Kamara who started the game as a Centre Half. However Hoddeson kept calm and carried on and when they equalised with a stunning breakaway goal there were few arguments.
UKFF continued to play good football in the second half and the replacement players such as Jamie Zhu and Kennedy Abusomwan made immediate impacts at right back and Striker respectively. However despite an incredible goal by the very very impressive Rodrigue L’Diane, Hoddeson edged the half deservedly 2-1.
In the final third led by the imperious John Kamara, UKFF proved too strong for a tiring Hoddeson and fully controlled the game. A brace by John Kamara was just reward and the play and work of UKFF was kindly summed up by Brentford Coach Jake Heracleous who commented after the match to UKFF’s Director of Football, Ewemade Orobator (who assisted Head Coach Dennis Booth to manage the team):
“[UKFF] have some excellent players. You have the boys playing lovely football and what you are doing for the boys is superb.”
After the Match, Dennis Booth expressed how proud he was on behalf of the UKFF EDS Management Team. ” I think the lads played really well today seeing that this was the first time they played together.”