U20s LDL Conference A - Friday 4th October 2019

U20s LDL Conference A
Friday 4th October 2019
HOB U20s 3 - 4 Edinburgh City
Scorers:- Lewis Payne (2), OG.

Friday 4th October v Edinburgh City.
Home league tonight against the league leaders with five straight wins under their belts. We started the game very well and after 18 minutes Lewis Payne broke through the middle of their defence to put us 1-0 up. The game went away from us during an 8 minute spell where Edinburgh recorded 3 goals to go in 3-1 up a HT. Again, we came out for the second half and took the game to Edinburgh but after 77 minutes they went 4-1 up. We changed our shape then had our best spell of the game recording an OG and another Lewis goal to get back 3-4 on 80 minutes. Try as we could we couldn't get an equaliser and there was no further scoring. Very happy again with the performance and if we keep playing like we did tonight our wins will come.

U20s LDL Conference A - Friday 27th September 2019

U20s LDL Conference A
Friday 27th September 2019
Dalkeith Thistle 1 - 3 HOB U20s
Scorers:- Luke Fleming, Euan Stuart & Ben Nardone

Away league game tonight against Dalkeith Thistle hoping to continue our good form after last weeks win. Both teams started the game well and right away it was evident Dalkeith were going to be a hard team to break down. After 24 minutes Dalkeith got in behind us and swung in a cross which Dylan unfortunately put into his own net whilst trying to clear to put them 1-0 up. We kept going and on 44 minutes got our reward from Luke’s penalty after Dave was brought down in the box. HT 1-1. Second half we got stronger and made good use of our possession and on 65 minutes Euan lobbed the keeper to put us 2-1 ahead. We then defended well and on 93 minutes Ben made sure of the points with his first goal for us. FT 3-1. Very happy with tonight’s performance.

U20s League Dev Cup 1st Rd - Friday 20th September 2019

HOB U20s 4 - 0 Broxburn U20s
A home Development League Cup first round tie tonight against Broxburn Athletic. A quick start from us seen us put Broxburn on the back foot and after good move down our right hand side Dylan Harrison scored to put us 1-0 up. Just before half time Marco scored at the back post from a corner and we went into the break 2-0 up. The second half ……

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U20s LDL Conference A - Friday 13th September 2019

U20s LDL Conference A
Friday 13th September 2019
HOB U20s 2 - 2 East Fife
Scorer:- Harris Kay (2)

HOB U20s 2 - 2 East Fife
A home game tonight against Fife opponents East Fife. Again the lads started very well and settled into the game quickly. Against the run of play East Fife scored after 20 minutes to go 1-0 ahead. This spurred us on and before half time Harris netted to take us in 1-1 at half time. We came out for the second half and had to make a couple of forced changes but again we were on the front foot. Harris scored again to make it 2-1 in our favour. East Fife never gave in and equalised late in the game to make the final score 2-2. For us for the second time in 3 weeks we've allowed teams back into the game to take a point from a winning position which we need to work on. All in all, happy and good signs that the lads are settling in well.

U20s LDL Conference A - Friday 6th September 2019

U20s LDL Conference A
Friday 6th September2019
LTHV 3 - 1 HOB U20s
Scorer:- Luke Fleming

LTHV 3 - 1 HOB U20s
Away game tonight against Lothian Thistle HV at Meggatland stadium. After our encouraging performance last week we were looking to keep improving. The first half was played out very evenly with Thistle going in at half time 1-0 ahead from a penalty. We started the second half very strong and from a corner kick Luke Fleming in his first game for six months scored with a great header at the back post. We looked to take it on from here but again we were slack defensively and lost two goals to lose the game 3-1. Encouraging signs that we’re improving but it needs to be more consistent. We look forward now to a local derby against East Fife next week.

U20s LDL Conference A - Friday 30thugust 2019

U20s LDL Conference A
Friday 30th August 2019
HOB U20s 2 - 2 Bonnyrigg Rose
Scorer:- Harris Kay (2)

Friday 30th August
First home league game tonight against Bonnyrigg Rose. After our slow start last week we were quickly into our stride and our excellent first half performance had us up 2-0 with both goals from Harris Kay. Had we taken our chances we could easily have been 4/5 up. Second half Bonnyrigg to their credit came back into the game and after a couple of individual errors they squared the game at 2-2. There were no further goals and probably the correct result over the 90 minutes. Again, another fine performance from 16 year old Euan Stuart which was very pleasing.

U20s LDL Conference A - Friday 23rd August 2019

U20s LDL Conference A
Friday 23rd August 2019
Blackburn Utd 6 - 0 HOB U20s

A disappointing start to our league campaign tonight away to Blackburn United. We started well and looked confident whilst creating a couple of good opportunities. Midway through the first half we lost two bad goals and from there we struggled to get back into the game. Our task was made harder on 49 minutes when we were reduced to 10 men. Blackburn ran out 6-0 winners. We’ll start again on Tuesday.

Under 20 Development League Conference A - Friday 3rd May 2019

Under 20 Development League
Conference A
Friday 3rd May 2019
Camelon 2 - 6 HOB U20s
Scorers:- Cuthbert (4), Nicoll(2)

Friday 3rd May 

Tonight we completed our league campaign away to Camelon at Little Kerse. We started very quickly and put Camelon on the back foot by going 2-0 up inside 4 minutes, goals from Deano and Ross. Camelon responded by getting a goal back from the penalty spot after 20 minutes, this only spurred us on and after some great play Ross went on to complete his hat trick for us to lead 4-1 at half time. Second half started in the same fashion and after an hour we were 6-1 ahead with further goal for Deano and Ross. Camelon pulled a late goal back to complete the scoring at 6-2 to us. Very pleasing to involve Cammy and Joe from the U16's who both played the second half and impressed everyone. Tonight's win secured a fourth place finish in the league and I'm delighted with the lads contribution this season. We'll take a well earned break and look forward to next season.

U20s Development League Conference A - 5th April 2019

U20s Development League Conference A
5th April 2019

HOB U20s 0 - 1 Whitehill Welfare

Our last home League game of the season brings Whitehill Welfare as our opponents. A very good first half performance from both teams with the game swinging end to end but no goals from either team. The second half started with a defensive mistake from ourselves resulting in us going 1-0 down. Try as we could and with a number of chances we could not record an equaliser and after all the effort we put into the second half it ended disappointing for the lads.

U20s Development League Conference A - 29th March 2019

U20s Development League Conference A
29th March 2019

HOB U20s 1 - 3 Bonnyton Thistle
Scorer:- Jack Jardine

Friday 29th March
Home to Bonnyton Thisle tonight in the Lowlands Conference A League game. The game started at a fast pace with both teams going for it. A lapse in concentration in defence cost us after 6 minutes and we found ourselves 1-0 down. Following this we pushed hard for an equaliser and had a few chances to counter but nothing would go in. On 70 minutes two dubious decisions denied us a penalty but awarded one for the opposition almost immediately resulted in us going 2-0 down. On 81 minutes Jack pulled one back for us and it was game on again. Try as we may an equaliser didn't come and Bonnyton broke away to make the final score 3-1. Can't complain tonight, result disappointing but performance up where we want it to be. Can't control decisions going against us! but the lads will learn from this.  

U20 Development League Conference A - Friday 22nd March 2019

U20 Development League Conference A
22nd March 2019

HOB U20s 6 - 1 Edinburgh Uni AFC
Scorers:- Jardine (2), Nicoll & Mauchlen (3)

A home game tonight, again in windy conditions against Edinburgh University. We asked the boys to keep the ball down and move it quickly and that's exactly what they done. Two good gaols from Jack and Dean took us in at half time 2-0 ahead. We dominated the second half and regular goals came from Ryan with a hat trick and a further counter from Jack contributed to a 6-1 victory with us losing a slack goal late on. Very happy with the lads tonight, great attitude and performance after a couple of weeks where it hasn't went our way.

U20s Development League Conference A - 15th March 2019

U20s Development League Conference A
15th March 2019

Tynecastle 2 - 0 HOB U20s

A tough one tonight away to Tynecastle FC in our Lowlands Conference A league game. Again we started brightly and looked like taking a lead with some good play and chances created. Tyncastle slowly worked their way into the game and took the lead midway through the half to lead 1-0 at half time. The second half followed the same pattern as the first and again we lost a goal that shouldn't be conceded to lose out 2-0. A tough reminder in this league that you must take your chances but more importantly you must remain switched on at all times.

U20s Development League Cup Qtr Finals - 13th March 2019

U20s Development League Cup
Qtr Finals
13th March 2019

Kelty Hearts 5 - 2 HOB U20s
Scorers:- Jardine & Marshall

Tonight seen us travel to Central Park Kelty in the quarter final of the Development league Cup. In a great first half both teams were a credit to themselves in producing some excellent football. Kelty opened the scoring after 20 minutes only for Jack to equalise almost immediately, this looked to be the score at half time only for Kelty to score again in the 45th minute. Again after 46 minutes Kelty increased their lead and then continued to put us under pressure, we weathered this period and again settled with Rory scoring a header from a Ben free kick. Try as we could we couldn't make any more in roads and Kelty ran out 5-2 winners. No complaints with the lads efforts and again we showed that we can compete against good teams, we'll continue to learn and look forward to getting back to league business away to Tynecastle on Friday.

U20 Development Knockout Cup - 8th March 2019

U20 Development Knockout Cup
8th March 2019

HOB U20s 0 - 5 Edinburgh City

Friday 8th March
A disappointing night for us losing 5-0 against Edinburgh City in our home game in the 2nd round of the Knock Out Cup. A night when nothing went right for us and on chances this game could easily have been 5-5. We'll learn from it though and be ready to go again against Kelty in the Development Cup on Wednesday.

U20 Development Challenge Cup - 1st March 2019

Friday 1st March 
Back at Keirs Park tonight for our 2nd Round Challenge Cup tie against Lothian Thistle HV. From the off we struggled to get into our normal stride and HV took advantage of some slack play from us and we went in 2-0 down at the interval. A bit of reorganisation at half time and we started the second half strongly. Midway through the half Ryan scored from a direct free kick and it was game on again. This though only seemed….

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U20 Development League Conference A - 22nd February 2019

Friday 22nd February
A large crowd gathered to see our local derby at home against Kelty Hearts in our Lowlands Development league game. We started very well and after five minutes Jack scored to put us in front with a great lob over the Kelty keeper. Kelty responded by putting us under pressure and equalised after twenty minutes. This seemed to settle us and we had our best spell from then till half time with Jay heading home five minutes before half time to send us in 2-1 in front. The visitors came out strong ……

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U20 Development League Conference A 8th February 2019

U20 Development League Conference A
8th February 2019

HOB U20s 3 - 0 Preston Athletic
Scorers:- Jardine, Nicoll & Mauchlen

Friday 8th February
A home game tonight in the Lowlands League Conferance A against Preston Athletic. A very windy night for both teams and getting the ball down was going to be key. We dealt with the conditions better and settled into our passing game quickly and we created a few chanches. After 20 minutes a long range shot from Craig was not gathered by the keeper and Ryan was sharpest to net the rebound to put us 1-0 up. This was quickly followed with a good finish from Dean inside the box to go in at half time 2-0 up. The second half was a bit scrappy for long periods until Jack came on and had an immediate impact scoring with a great shot just inside the box. Delighted to get another U16's player Euan Stewart 30 minutes playing time and the young lad showed some great stuff. All in all, happy with the 3-0 victory and another clean sheet for Declan.

Challenge Cup 1st RoundFriday - 25th January 2019

Challenge Cup 1st Round
Friday 25th January 2019
HOB U20s 6 - 0 Newtongrange
Scorers:- Nicoll, Reilly, Jardine, Marshall, Harrison & Mauchlen

Friday 25th January
A home game tonight against Newtongrange Star in the first round of the Development Cup. After a one on one with the Newtongrange keeper in the first minute which we missed the game had a stuffy start from both teams with little chances created. Eventually we settled and Jack fired home from 20 yards to put us 1-0 up. This spurred us on and almost immediately Rory scored a fantastic second goal after great work by Dean. Following half time we dominated the game and goals came flowing from Dylan, Dean, Ryan and Alex to record a very good victory and secure a home tie in the second round against Lothian Thistle HV. Free week next Friday which will give us time to clear up a few knocks and bruises.

U20 Development League Conference A - Friday 18th January 2019

U20 Development League Conference A
Friday 18th January 2019
Heriot Watt Uni 0 - 2 HOB U20s
Scorers:- Dean Nicol & Alex Reilly

Friday 18th January
Away to Heriot Watt at the impressive Orium Centre tonight hoping to get a positive result following last weeks defeat at Dunipace. Again, both teams were evenly matched and the game swung from end to end. Not many chances for both teams in the first half with the best a header from Rory which narrowly past the post. The second half opened up with both teams tiring on the big pitch. After an hour we introduced Alex, Lewis, Andrew and Dean and this gave us fresh legs which spurred us on to grab two goals from Dean and Alex. Defensively we were very strong during the second half which secured a clean sheet for Declan. Very happy with the 2-0 victory and the boys deserved the win through hard work and playing good passing football .

U20 Development League Conference A - Friday 11th January 2019

U20 Development League Conference A
Friday 11th January 2019
Dunipace 2 - 1 HOB U20s
Scorers: - Alex Reilly

Friday 11th January
After our four week break an away trip to Dunipace was our first league fixture for 2019. Since our first league win of the season against Dunipace in September they have been on a decent run and we knew tonight was going to be a tough task. This is exactly as how the night turned out with both teams matching each other for long spells. Dunipace were first to score with a speculative shot from outside the box which found it's way to the back of our net on 29 minutes. We then had a good spell of pressure which brought success with a goal from Alex on 42 minutes after good work from Jack. HT 1-1. The second half was again tough but we worked hard and made a couple of great chances which we failed to capitalise on. On 88 minutes we let our guard down and Dunipace scored from a free kick to take the 3 points. Good to see Jason get his first full 90 minutes with the Club after signing during the break.