EGHC Men's 1st Team Open Up with Away Win at Exeter University
EGHC Men's 1st Team travelled all the way to Premier League new-boys Exeter University for today's opening fixture. Departing with 3 points, the team enjoyed an end-to end game...
Exeter University 1:4 East Grinstead
2018 09 23
|A solid pre-season with lots of preparation was rewarded with an Away win in a tough opening fixture for EG against a fit and dynamic new member of English Hockey's topflight. |
James Ferguson (FG)
4(1) East Grinstead
Liam Ansell (FG)
Chris Griffiths x 2 (FG)
David Condon (FG)
GB's Liam Ansell opened the scoring, scored two in total and had a goal disallowed
Debut players including GB Elite Development talent Rhys Smith alongside Ben Mackey and Rory Patterson all put in strong performances
Ansell's GB team-mates, David Condon and Chris Griffiths both scored to give EG 4 away goals
Simon Faulkner: "a very professional performance given it was the first game of the season"
Glenn Kirkham: "a good win, much deserved but we made it tricky for ourselves in the first half"
Liam Ansell: "great to get two goals but the team result is what matters; really pleased with the team's performance overall"
EG began the match well, and although GB's Liam Ansell had an early goal disallowed EG were playing positive, open attaching hockey. The positive hockey was to secure a reward soon after the disallowed goal with Liam Ansell again the centre of the action; a quick counter-attach with an open forward shot from the top of the circle put EG ahead. What followed slowed EG's momentum with a couple of careless green cards picked up, but the side went in at half time, 0:1 ahead.
The second half was far more positive for EG. Liam Ansell stole the ball form an Exeter defender and sent the ball into the roof of the net with a stunning back-hand shot early in the second half. Exeter however had their own agenda and put the pressure on with a swift counter attach that gave EG Head Coach Glenn Kirkham something to think about.
Soon afterwards however, EG responded with a counter of their own, with GB's David Condon scoring with a smooth turning forehand that symbolised the increasing control the away side was taking over the game. Not to be outdone, EG's "other" GB striker - Chris Griffiths stunned the Exeter supporters, taking on the Exeter 'keeper in a 1:1 after another cluster, his finish cool and into the bottom corner.