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BBFA Sunday Trophy Match Report (09/01/2022): Give Back FC vs. Hype Train FC

Hype Train FC will be playing across both Saturday and Sunday next season, with the team competing in the East Berkshire Football League and the Reading & District Sunday League. You can follow all of the team's season coverage right here as we provide match reports and photo galleries from our third season as a club! All aboard.

Match Report: Give Back FC vs. Hype Train FC

Date: Sunday 9th January 2022

Competition: Berks & Bucks FA Sunday Trophy (Last 16)

Opposition: Give Back FC

Location: Reading FC, Madjeski Dome Training Centre, RG2 0FL

Final Score: Give Back FC 4-2 Hype Train FC

Photographer: Sam Austin (@HypeTrainSam)

Match Report:

Our encounter against Give Back FC was at their 3G outdoor facility behind the Madjeski Dome at the Reading FC Madjeski Training Centre, with this a Last 16 encounter in the BBFA Sunday Trophy, with the club having beat BAS FC (3-0), Reading United (3-1), and Wraysbury FC (5-0) so far in the competition - with the draw pitting us against RDSL Division 1 outfit, Give Back FC in the latest round of action on Sunday 9th January 2022.

The game started with Give Back taking an early lead with 8 minutes on the clock when a cross-field ball picked out their right winger, Aqib Malik, who had quick feet and dribbled past several players before getting off a tame shot at goal - with the ball going in off Jake Holloway's head after an awkward bounce of the ball.

The hosts extended their lead when their Number 11 played a one-two after we gifted back possession after a clearance from goal, with their Adam Cashin-Murray having the whole goal to aim at, with the hosts finishing their chances well.

Needing to get back into the game, the Give Back goalkeeper made an incredible save to deny Paul Hatfield a wonderful goal after Phil Newport laid on on a plate for Hatfield, with the dipping strike tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner, their keeper collided with Newport in the air, and twisted either his knee or ankle and had to be replaced.

At the half-hour mark, we did get a goal back when Newport bullied central defender, Liam Springer, of the ball, driving at goal and eventually feeding Hatfield, who was composed and clinical with a bottom corner finish.

The turnaround was complete 8 minutes later when Newport combined again with Hatfield, this time playing Hatfield down the line, with the winger turning away from their right back, through on goal and buried a worldie past the replacement keeper to put the scores level at the break in what was a very competitive game.

The second-half saw the hosts retake the lead when a dead ball by Cashin Murray was deep to the back-post and slotted in by Jermaine Hancox - with the team switching off to allow the hosts to regain an advantage.

Both sides were then locked in a tense game, with Callum Fox-Spence striking well from range, whilst Holloway made a superb save from a close range effort, whilst Give Back were trying to keep hold of possession. Late on in the day, a ball over the top beat Stuart Stannard, with substitute for Give Back, Ali Tariq, racing onto the ball and firing a low-effort to the far-post and in, to see Give Back advance through to the quarter-finals.

The defeat means that we bow out of the BBFA Sunday Trophy with our heads held high after a competitive and spirited showing against a strong Give Back outfit - here's the best of luck to them during the rest of the competition. We'll be back to domestic action next up, taking on NFFT FC at home in RDSL Division 4 on Sunday 16th January 2022.

Thoughts from Club Secretary, Robert Austin:

"The pitch behind the Madjeski Dome is massive, a very wide and long pitch, which Give Back are used to playing on, and something we're not used to doing on Sunday morning. What the pitch did make for though was an excellent, open cup affair with two teams hungry from the word go.

I'm very proud of my team for putting in a very good shift this morning. We have largely played very well againt better teams this season, though sometimes moments have passed us by and luck hasn't been on our side either. The game was largely intense, played to a high standard for this level, combative and worthy of having the cameras down, in what has been another good learning experience for the team. It's by no means what we wanted today, but we have nothing to regret as we gave them a real game and were only really undone by some sloppy goals.

Best of luck to the team at Give Back for the remainder of the competition, and give them a search on Instagram and YouTube as they are doing good things in and around the Reading area to help prevent knife crime, poverty and homelessness."

Hype Train FC: Matchday Squad

Manager: Robert Austin

Starting 11:

GK: Jake Holloway

DEF: Danny Basden (Izzo 10', Marshall 34', Fox-Spence 80')

DEF: Vince van Lembergen

DEF: Callum Gibbons

DEF: Stuart Stannard

MID: Graham High (Setiawan 70')

MID: Matt Snell (Parr-Jones 46')

MID: George Holloway

MID: Callum Fox-Spence (Snell 70')

MID: Paul Hatfield

FOR: Phil Newport


SUB: Dany Setiawan

SUB: Gino Izzo

SUB: Chris Marshall

SUB: Callum Parr-Jones

SUB: George Fradgley

SUB: Jamie Carter

Goals and Assists:

Goal 1: Hatfield goal, Newport assist

Goal 2: Hatfield goal, Newport assist

Want to know more about The Hype Train?

The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in general football and Fantasy sports reporting, starting with Fantasy Premier League (FPL), before expanding to MLS Fantasy coverage in 2018.

We pride ourselves in providing beautiful graphics, statistics, in-depth analytical reporting and free weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb rankings tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review games, live sport, and professional wrestling.

In 2019, Hype Train Football Club was formed, becoming the first Fantasy Football website to take to the field. HTFC is a socially active team across social and web channels, providing regular match highlights, match reports, comprehensive player statistics and unique player profiles. We won both Goal of the Season Awards in the Berkshire and County FA regions, with Callum Parr-Jones winning the Berks & Bucks FA award, whilst Martin King won the PlaySport UK award. In 2021, we formed the Reading Sunday Social League (RSSL), a competitive Sunday League involving 8 teams in its debut season.

The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog' in 2016 by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), and were again shortlisted as a finalist in 2019 in the 'Best Fantasy Football Blog' category.

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