Round 20 v Belswans
Cessnock Hornets could not survive a late onslaught from Belmont on Sunday, eventually going down 3-1. In windy conditions and a very bouncy pitch, not much
football was played by either side with Belmont's opener coming late in the half. Cessnock responded just before the break when Justin Lang roared down
the right side and found Alex King to make it 1-1 at the break.
The second half was more end to end stuff with conditions preventing any flow to the game. Cessnock gave the ball away just outside the 18 and the resulting
cross hit the post with the follow up shot deflected, sending defenders and keeper the wrong way for a 2-1 lead. Belmont's third came just before the
whistle when a free header was given from a free kick and was not cleared off the line. Special mention to Alex King, backing up after a full game
in 23's and Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was David O'Hearn.
Under 23's went into their game massively understrength but still with a faint hope of finals football, only to capitulate 4-1. With many players
missing it was evident that Cessnock would struggle but they fought well in the tackle but were let down with their marking and distribution. Alex King
scored a contender for goal of the season with a long range strike.
Under 19's powered towards their finals campaign with a 1-0 win, continuing their recent good form. The games only goal was bizarre, with Mat
Zechel punting long with the wind at his back with the bounce beating his opposite number and finding the net.
Round 19 v West Wallsend
Cessnock Hornets suffered an agonising 3-2 defeat against Westy on Sunday, conceding a penalty in the final minutes of their last home game for 2013.
The game was end to end for the entire game with both teams struggling to keep the ball. Mick Hugo conceded and then saved a Westy penalty, with
Westy scoring soon after when a Hornet found his own net deflecting in a set piece. Cessnock hit back through a Matty Francis header, after some
promising work down the right side for an extended period.
The second half continued in the same vein with both sides testing the keepers and Westy pinched the first when the ball was poorly given away by the
Hornets in midfield caught the Hornets short and made the score 2-1. Wade Attewell made an immediate impact from the bench, being fouled in some
dangerous areas and the pressure soon told, with Attewell banging one home from the top of the box, and bending the post with another. Cessnock
threw everything at Westy in the final 10 minutes, and the entire ground erupted when Matty Francis was brought down inside the penalty area but was
waived away by the referee.
More pain was to come for Cessnock when Mick Hugo released the ball, two players clashed, and the ensuing report from the linesman accused the
Hornets defender of a punch and a penalty was given. The Westy captain stepped forward and slotted home the 94th minute winner to break Hornets hearts.
Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Matty Francis.
Under 23s sent some of their stalwarts of Turner Park for the final time happy with a 2-1 win. A defensive mix up saw Westy break free from halfway
and slot home to lead 1-0. Cessnock had many chances in the next 15 minutes through Wade Attewell and Craig Williams and even had the ball in
the net only for the offside flag to be raised. Cessnock finally got their reward when Craig Williams found Jordan Tully in space, who rounded the keeper and tapped in to make it 1 all at the break.
After the break both teams stepped up the intensity and the aggression, resulting in some entertaining football. Josh Bower showed maturity with a
well taken winner 10 mins from time, earning him Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
Under 19's sealed a commanding 3-0 win, securing second spot in the process. Cessnock dominated for long periods, with Sam Garaty causing
problems for Westy and Sam Rossi controlling the game as usual. Despite missing a penalty, the scoreline could have been more and Cessnock will be
unhappy with their wasted chances. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Dylan Sams.
Cessnock inducted Ben Chapman as a Life Member, after playing his 200th game for the club. Ben has been an exemplary player and clubman during his
career so far, and has done all asked of him without fuss or want of reward. Ben has sustained passion and pride for the Hornets shirt and club as a whole,
and spoke of how happy he was sharing the achievement with the " old dogs" that have been there since he began. Ben received his badge from club legend
Round 17 v Maitland
Round 15 v Thornton
Cessnock were humbled 5-1 in 1st Grade on Sunday in possibly their worst performance of the year. A Justin Lang penalty was the only bright
spot in a game dominated by a classy Maitland outfit.
Under 23's were overrun 3-2 despite leading 2-1 at half time through two Kai Pridue penalties. It is a repeat of a fortnight ago against
Thornton when leading through 2 Craig Williams goals, only to go down 3-2.
Under 19's lost 2-1 after leading 1-0 for much of the contest. Two very poor defensive decisions cost the Hornets the points. A fortnight ago it was
a different story with Cessnock resounding 4-1 winners.
1st Grade play their rescheduled game against Singleton at Turner Park on Wednesday night at 7pm, with Under 19's and Under 23's on Thursday night. All
teams break this weekend for State Cup action, with 1st Grade travelling to Thornton on Monday 15th July for their catch-up game.
Round 14 v Adamstown
Cessnock Hornets 1st Grade almost caused a massive upset on Sunday, narrowly going down to competition heavyweights Adamstown 2-1. Both sides traded
chances in the first half in an end to end game, with Adamstown breaking the deadlock when a poor Hornets clearance fell straight to a strikers feet.
The second half stretched out and became far more physical, with Adamstown scoring in the final 20 minutes when a cross from deep was lost in the sun and
hit the Adamstown striker and ended up in the net. Justin Lang pinched one back for the Hornets and made the Adamstown defenders very nervous, but the Hornets just couldn't pinch an equaliser. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Mick Hugo.
Under 23's was a battle of 1st vs 3rd and Adamstown showed why they are the front runners with a 3-0 victory. Cessnock were frustrating Adamstown for
much of the game, defending in numbers and pinching cheap possession but the pressure eventually told and Adamstown scored 2 quick goals. Liam Apperley
performed well backing up and Alex King was dangerous with keeper Andrew Nicolai awarded Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
Under 19's continued a good run of form with a 1-0 victory. Cessnock dominated this game and showed good discipline to concentrate when the game got
physical. Jason Zechel scored the winner from the penalty spot and captain Sam Rossi was Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
Round 13 v Toronto
Cessnock Hornets performed brilliantly on their annual Old Boys Day, thumping Toronto in all 3 grades at Turner Park.
First Grade were looking for their first win in many weeks and were driven on by a parochial home crowd with many chances created in the first half
either not finished or given offside. Benny O'Neill broke the deadlock when a set piece was headed back to him and he sank a thumping volley into the
back of the net to make it 1-0 at the break.
After the break the Hornets continued to dominate and were wearing some very ordinary tackles from the Toronto defence. Joel Page was injected with
20 minutes to go and had an immediate impact, sending Ryan McNamara free for the Hornets to lead 2-0. Toronto pushed forward in numbers late on but were repelled time after time by the Hornets stiff defence. The Hornets victory song was well deserved and has breathed new life into their season. It was a pleasure to see all the Old Boys join in in the sheds. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Bryce Simpson.
Under 23s continued their march toward the final series with a resounding 4-2 win. Jordan Tully bagged yet another goal for the season to open
the scoring. Mathew Pratt gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead when he headed home a Joel Page set piece. Pratt hit the net again in the second half before Kai Pridue sealed the win from the penalty spot. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Matty Francis.
Under 19's also powered towards the finals with a 4-1 victory. Sam Rossi, Sam Garaty, Jason Zechel and Joel Brouwer hit the net for the Hornets
in very dominant display. They sit in 2nd spot on the ladder now and will surely secure a finals berth in the coming weeks. Flanagan's Menswear Player's
Player was Jason Zechel.
A massive thanks to all Old Boys that turned up for the day. Your support and encouragement lifted the Club and player's spirits ten fold, and beer sales
were slightly increased! We hope to see you again this season to cheer on the mighty Hornets!
Round 12 v Belswans
Cessnock Hornets suffered another heart-breaking loss, going down 3-0 to Belmont on Sunday on a very boggy pitch at Turner Park. Belmont took the lead
with a free kick going in off the crossbar and doubled their lead shortly after when awarded a dubious penalty. Justin Lang had a couple of chances
before the break, but couldn't make the right contact.
After the break Belmont resumed their control and stretched the Hornets, going close on many occasions. Josh Bower had a runaway that was well saved
by the keeper in the Hornets best chance of the 2nd half. Belmont grabbed a third late in the game to seal the win. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was
Under 23's dropped points in their race to the finals, losing 2-0 in very heavy rain. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Samuel Woods.
Under 19's had to settle for a point, also in torrential rain. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Liam Apperley.
Round 11 v West Wallsend
V West Wallsend R 11
Cessnock Hornets surrendered a 2-1 half time lead to lose 4-2 against West Wallsend on Sunday. After conceding a penalty midway through the first half,
Cessnock responded with goals to Alex King and Wade Attewell to lead at the break.
The second half became a scrappy affair with both teams turning over possession before Wade Attewell was given his marching orders swung the balance
Westy's way. Three poor mistakes cost the Hornets the game. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Justin Lang.
Under 23's were fantastic in their 4-0 win with Craig Williams, Kai Pridue, Mathew Pratt and Joel Brouwer hitting
the net.. Samuel Rossi was the Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
Under 19's were 3-0 victors and controlled the game for long periods. Samuel Rossi continues to lead the team well with Joel Brouwer
netting a fantastic goal and earning Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
Round 10 v Maitland
Cessnock Hornets Life Member Bryce Simpson reached a prominent milestone against Maitland at Turner Park on Sunday, playing his 300th senior game
for the Club. Players from both Clubs formed a guard of honour in a fitting tribute to a great Clubman. Congratulations Bryce on a wonderful
achievement from all at Cessnock Hornets FC.
On the field Cessnock endured a bad day, with 1st Grade losing 5-1 after holding the star studded Maitland to 1 all for 75 minutes, Flanaganís Menswear
Player's Player was goalscorer Luke Johnston.
Under 23's went down 3-0 with Matty Francis and Josh Bower playing well, Bryce Simpson was a deserved Flanagan's Menswear
Under 19's suffered a 2-1 defeat, conceding once in each half despite Caleb Whiting scoring near the end to give the Hornets hope. Flanaganís
Menswear Player's Player was Jordan Evans.
Round 8 v Thornton
Cessnock Hornets Club Captain Andrew O'Hearn played his 400th game on Sunday at Thornton Park. Despite being on the losing side, his performance
mirrored many of the other 399 games with determination and composure whilst inspirationally steering his side round the park. A presentation will be made
for Andrew at the Hornets next home game in a fortnight.
First Grade have suffered 3 defeats in seven days, 2-0 to Adamstown, 4-1 to Toronto playing with 10 men for 70 minutes and 2-0 to Thornton on Sunday.
This grueling schedule is taking its toll with Cessnock missing 5 players through injury.
Under 23' s and19's are coming off a 2-0 loss and 3-1 win against Thornton and will play their catch up game against Toronto this Wednesday
at Toronto kicking off at 8pm and 6:30pm respectively.
Round 5 v Singleton
Cessnock Hornet's failed to kill off the game in 1st Grade on Sunday and conceded 2 late goals to draw 2-2 with Singleton. Cessnock held a 2-0 lead
for 70 minutes thanks to great goals from Alex King and Brad York but could not cope with the pressure when Singleton piled men forward.
Anthony Bower was Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
Under 23's were 2-1 winners with Matt Francis and Mathew Pratt scoring the goals. Cessnock conceded a late own goal to put some pressure
on but held firm. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Matt Francis.
Under 19's scored a resounding 3-1 victory with Jason Zechel scoring a cracking volley and Caleb Whiting earning Flanagan's Menswear
Sunday also saw the Hornets induct another Life Member in Fiona Scanlon. Fiona has spent 16 years playing for the club, and was duly rewarded with
an emphatic 10-2 victory. Versatility and determination have been hallmark traits during her tenure at the club. Fiona received her badge and glass from
Club Captain Andrew O'Hearn and President John Rushford. Fiona spoke humbly about her achievement and thanked club, committee and most of all
players for the opportunity to play for the club. Congratulations Fiona from Cessnock City Hornets FC.
Round 4 v West Wallsend
Cessnock Hornets endured another poor showing on Sunday, with two of three grades going down against West Wallsend.
First Grade looked off the pace for most of the game and were lucky to get to the break 1-1 after a brilliant effort from Wade Attewell to
lob the keeper from distance.
The second half saw Cessnock continuously give away the ball and were punished, with Westy scoring 3 unanswered goals. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player
was Mick Hugo.
Under 23's lost 2-1 from a seemingly dominant position. After good teamwork down the left side, Jordan Tully gave the Hornets a 1-0
advantage to take to the break. After the break, the Hornets intensity levels dropped and Westy sent out a warning with the ball cleared off the Hornets
line. Two goals in quick succession saw Cessnock chasing the game, with no goal coming. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Josh Bower.
Under 19's recorded the only win of the day for the club, stealing a gritty 1-0 win. Cessnock were good with the ball and solid defensively and
climb to 2nd on the ladder with this win. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Dylan Sams.
Round 3 v Maitland
Cessnock Hornets are licking their wounds after a bad day at the office against Maitland on Easter Sunday.
First Grade were quite poor and deserved their 6-1 loss. They contributed to their own downfall many times, not tracking runners and keeping a
deep defensive line. Justin Lang provided the only highlight with a well taken goal. Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player was Mick Hugo.
Under 23's played superbly to finish 1-1 with a very good Maitland side. Cessnock dominated the first half and were unlucky to go behind before the
break. Cessnock's goal came when Bryce Simpson easily slotted home a penalty after Wade Attewell was felled in the box. Flanagan's Menswear
Player's Player was Andrew Nicolai.
Under 19's played in much the same vein as 1st Grade, giving away the ball repeatedly and being caught defensively to lose 3-0. They were creating
chances however, hitting the post twice.
Round 2 v Singleton
Cessnock Hornets have continued their great start to the season on Sunday in searing heat, winning all three grades again.
First Grade ran out 5-2 winners with some fine football played, only passing accuracy stopped the Hornets from dominating the game. Joel Page and
Luke Johnson scored cracking goals whilst Justin Lang earned Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player with a superb hat-trick.
Under 23s increased their intensity from last week and ran out 4-0 winners, dictating terms for much of their game. Jordan Tully, Joe
Millington, Samuel Woods and Bryce Simpson scored for the Hornets and Alexander King was awarded Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player. .
Under 19's also gained complete control from the outset, with their ball movement at times brilliant. Joel Brouwer and Ryan McNamara
scored good goals with Sam Garaty netting 2 screamers to earn Flanagan's Menswear Player's Player.
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