Ladies 1s played Ashford at home today and…we won!!!
The day started with Fish eating porridge from a bowl on the side of the pitch (subsequently got DoD for it!) It was 0-0 at half time. We came out fighting in the second half and a lovely team goal led to Emily putting us in front! We played some lovely hockey as a relatively new team. A well-executed ‘special’ short corner with me and Lyndsay got us our second goal! Final score 2-0! 😀
Dod: Fish (don’t forget the oranges!!!)
L4s played away at Braintree this afternoon. Captain Catriona stepped up for a goal keeping debut and saved A LOT of goals. She was quite rightly awarded player of the match 🙌🏽 the score definitely didn’t reflect the way we played so… here’s a photo of the sky as we left the pitch to brighten things up!
(We lost 6-0)
Another home game. Another goal conceded from yet another deflected short corner. If Liam was half as deadly down the other end of the pitch we’d be winning the league! 1-0 down at half time. The less said about the first half the better.
Bourne Deeping were playing mostly on the wrong side of hard vs dirty throughout, but Waltham Forest kept their cool (Jacko excluded) to respond in kind with 2 set plays of their own in the second half. An excellent display from Chris Day in goal and an established performance from Ben Norton saw Forest over the finish line. 2-1 and a massive 3 points. A revamped 1st XI continue to compete in a very tight league. Wisbech away offers another excellent opportunity next week to progress up the table.
The Men’s 2s hosted East London 3’s today. It was a strong performance from all in a very close match. We lost 2-0, but can really hold our heads high for the work rate showed by every player today.
Highlights include Nads’ twist and turns in attacking D, Ian Crisp’s double mid-air save off the line, Rob Martin finding a new new thinking man’s lookalike.
Onwards to Wapping next week in search for our first win, now graced by Pep Guardiola (Robs new lookalike).
MoM: James Butler for some piercing runs and brilliant work rate
PoP: Myself for alleged crimes against clothing
Match report men’s 4s
Forest 1- 1 Crostyx
With the absence of a fixture this week’s match report is brought by no other than Biel Schreuder. Gary sat one out this week and brought the former 4’s talisman and Waltham Forest’s in form striker Frank (and many other players). The first half started with a few shoddy passes partially due to a lack of team chemistry. Crostyx were tearing up the midfield with silky skill moves. But alas they did not prevail the solid back line employed with strong tackles of Ben, Ray Sefton and George Fernandez and even more so our world class keeper TOM
The half time score 0-0
After an inspirational speech from captain Alex Heath, the 4’s came out all guns blazing resulting Frank scoring his 11th of the season and taking the lead. We solid in defence. Joe Russo and David making crucial interceptions. Gino Porky Toumazi starting fights. It was incredible.
4’s were getting penned into the own D. But Joe after making a crucial interception in pacing his way down the left; 5v3. Was this the moment to seal the game? Nope. Joe confuses team and sport and decides to show Alex Lopez McVay how to rugby tackle resulting in them rolling around on the floor for a while
After defending solidly for most of the game our world class keeper continues is drought of clean sheets.
MOM- Tom for terrific saves
DOD- Joe for great tackling
Men’s 5’s had a new experience for the first time this season and took the lead away against Maldon. Being a benefactor of the 3’s not having a game this week and with a few new faces, the 5’s started brightly and after a series of short corners, Matt Hale converted – his 3rd of the season.
Sadly, that seemed to spark Malden into action and although they weren’t necessarily the better side throughout the game, they did play the better Hockey in parts and eventually came out 3-1 winners. We had substitutes for the first time this season but we failed to use them as an advantage and that’s certainly something to work on.
Our performances and results are slowly starting to turn and each week our team spirit and familiarity with each other improves. I’m certain that our first win is just around the corner….next week against Wapping perhaps??
Hooray for our Eagles Flyerz team who played Braintree this morning. Seeing how much the players have improved is just great and we won! I lost count of the score and to be fair Braintree didn’t have a keeper, but we had some lovely team play and great finishing from Shane and Travis to rack up the goals. Mudassar did a great job as captain and Sunny, Nirmiith, Shaun and Zayd all played their part.
Thanks to Pani Theodorou and David Stark for coaching the Eagles and helping this morning.
Onwards and upwards!