Hook FC End Of Season Review

At the time of writing Hook FC currently sit in 9th position on 34 points (10 wins, 4 draws, 11 defeats) during their first season within the Hampshire Premier Senior Division, the highest level of football within the club’s 120 year history!

 

Before the season ends the team can finish as high as 5th in the 16 team league or as low as 15th which would see the club relegated, with current form and recent results this would very unlikely. The aspiration of the club and the players is to finish the season as strong as possible and continue to climb the league with our sights on 5th place. The highest goalscorer so far is club captain Ben Morris with 15 goals, followed by Ryan Goddard on 10 goals. Ricky Stephens is leading the way with appearances on 32 games followed by Ben Morris on 30. Morgan Davis is currently taking the award for dirtiest player with 6 yellow cards and 1 red followed by Lewis Mitchell on 4 yellow cards and 1 red.

 

Setbacks

Naturally there has been many setbacks as the club continue to punch above their weight against clubs who have greater financial backing and facilities. Starting the season with 8 games away from home due to sharing the facilities at King George V Playing Fields with the Cricket Club has given the club a tough introduction into the league, this was then followed by dismal weather throughout the winter which meant the home pitch was unplayable. To keep the fixtures turning over the club reversed home fixtures, played on local 3G pitches and utilised the new pitch at Papermills Ave. The goalkeeper position has been unreliable through the season due to a long term injury to last season’s stopper Lewis Murphy, with 9 different players donning the gloves over the season. Lastly, as ever in football the club has had multiple injuries to manage through the season, notably Liam Thompson, Callum Greenly and Ruben Vermeulen.

 

Season expectations

Hook FC entered the season with realistic ambitions and the first objective was to stay in the league and see where they landed. As is written the club are well on their way to securing and surpassing that objective. Whilst relying on the commitment of brilliant local players, the objective set out at the start of the season were to cut the costs to ensure that it was sustainable with current strains. This has been achieved by cutting training fees, car sharing and offering no fee on long distance travel. To allow them to feed and sustain players through to the first team, Hook FC formed a Sunday team starting this season managed by Luke Moreton, they have surpassed expectation and currently sit 2nd in the Basingstoke and District Sunday League Div 3. Luke has managed the club excellently and they have their sights on promotion and more cup fortune next season.

Look Forward

Next season Hook FC look to secure their position within the league with the hope of finishing within the top 4, the season promises to be a good one with the potential of some big clubs joining the league including Andover Town and AFC Aldermaston. The hope would be to have more reliability in terms of home fixtures so they can gain the advantage it gives.

We as a club offer great potential for sponsorship with advertising reaching all corners of Hampshire, we would be extremely open to any new sponsorship and if any local businesses would like to get involved on the journey then please contact David Morris club secretary on [email protected]. Any aspiring coaches or volunteers can get involved by contacting the email address mentioned above. Players wishing to joining our talented squad keep an eye on our social media pages as we will be advertising open training sessions soon, Instagram – @Hook.fc, X – @HookFC1903.

Last but definitely not least we would like to thank the volunteers who continue to give there exemplary commitment to the club: David Morris – club secretary, Geoff Cousins – treasurer, Jake Ashton – first team coach, Huw Stephens – first team coach and Luke Moreton – Sunday team manager.

All at Hook FC are looking forward to next season and what it can bring! #UTH

Written by Hook FC first team manager Sam Barker

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