HTSA – Examiner Column for 06/03/14
5 Star Performance…
Town 5 Barnsley 0 – This was our biggest victory of the season, and no one had more input in the game than record signing Nahki Wells.
Wells was simply superb from start to finish and with 4 assists it was a real shame that the boy from Bermuda didn’t add to the goals with one of his own.
He very nearly did, in the first half he was thwarted by Barnsley keeper Luke Steele’s legs and then when he rounded Steele again just before the break his shot skimmed the bar and ended up on the roof of the net.
With a good number of Town fans taking the opportunity to create a new ‘Cowshed’ behind the goal of the Fantastic Media Lower Stand – it really did improve the atmosphere, and they were on their feet in the 29th minute when Adam Clayton’s free kick was swung in to the 6 yard box for recalled Midfield man Keith Southern to nudge home.
Town extended their lead just 3 minutes later when Wells received the ball down the right, he beat his man and drilled the ball into the box, straight to Danny Ward who struck home from close range. 2 – 0 to Town going into the break.
It didn’t take long for the Terriers to extend their lead when Adam Hammill’s shot was too hot for Luke Steele to handle, and when he parried, the ball fell kindly to on rushing Hammill who smashed the ball in for 3 – 0.
In the 58th minute, Clayton’s raking cross field ball was picked up by that man again, Nahki Wells, and after he was felled by Steele in the box, referee David Coote had no hesitancy in pointing to the spot.
It was Clayton himself who stepped up to convert, drilling the ball into the far right corner of the net to make it 4 for Town.
The scoring wasn’t over yet though, and when Clayton and Dixon combined well, it was the latter who fed Sean Scannell, and the former Palace man finished with aplomb drilling the ball into the corner from 20 yards out.
All in all, this was a fantastic 3 points and a victory which was much needed, and well deserved to get confidence back amongst the team for this Saturdays trip to Doncaster.
Once again Town fans, the message from HTSA is clear – get right behind the lads and cheer them on to victory!!!
FM Lower Stand Trial against Barnsley
Following on from the ATT (All together Town) Fans’ panel meetings, the club agreed to allow fans use of the FM Lower Stand as part of a trial to create a ‘Home End’ in an effort to improve the atmosphere at the stadium, and the Barnsley match was the first league match experiment.
This was received excellently by the fans who took up the chance by making a sea of blue and white behind the goals, holding scarves aloft and making it feel like an ‘Away match’ at Home experience.
It was great to hear some Town songs of old echoing out too, and we all hope that even more will take up the chance against Bolton on Saturday 5th April when it will be trialled again.
Special thanks go to the Club for their cooperation, the ATT fans panel and also the authorities who have rendered these trials possible.
HTFC / HTSA Meeting
HTSA will continue to work closely with All Together Town and the Club to make the Home End project a success. This was discussed at last week’s meeting which encompassed a broad range of topics including the need for SLOs, the statue project, links with KSDL, match day traffic arrangements etc. Further details can be found on the HTSA website at www.htsa-online.co.uk