STATS!Played...13 Won...8 Drawn...0 Lost....5
Clean sheets - 3 for, 1 against (improving)
Out of those 36 goals - 32 different scorers!
There were mostly good results on the Ladies side, as the 1's claimed their first goals, and then win of the season with a 2-0 victory away at Bowdon. The 2's remain unbeaten, and their win lifts them to 2nd in the South Div 2 Table after promotion last season.
The 3's however fell to their 3rd consecutive defeat, and remain without a point in Sussex Prem, ahead of Eastbourne on goal difference.
Victories also for both the 4's and the Bluebirds, who between them add 5 new names to the club goal scoring records.
Different story however with the Men's teams, as only the (unbeaten) Vets and Badgers were able to score victories. The 3's can take some consolation from a significantly improved second half performance against Horsham, but still continue to look for their first win.
Tough times continue for the 2's and 4's, both still seeking their first points, though signs are encouraging as much changed squads gel and adjust to new leagues.
Ladies 1's 2-0 Bowdon Hightown Ladies 1's - Alex Melzer, Laura Unsworth - REPORT
Ladies 2's 5-0 Havant Ladies 1's - Autumn Bowden 2, Coca Hall, Brianna Edmunds, Ella Woods
Ladies 3's 0-4 Hailsham Ladies 1's
Ladies 4's 3-1 Hailsham Ladies 2's - Judy Busby, Hannah Portman, Marielle Cailao
Bluebirds 4-0 Brighton & Hove Gulls - Ella Man, Emma Nathaniel, Flo Coleman, Bea Chappell
Men's 2's 1-4 Hampstead & Westminster 2's - Andy Blood
Men's 3's 3-5 Horsham 3's - Freddie Knott 2, Seb Walton
Men's 4's 2-4 Brighton & Hove 6's - Owen Mordecai, Fynn Jones
Vets 2-1 Hampstead & Westminster Vets - Mikey Holland, Julian Mills
This was a close encounter with the bookies long since suspending betting on the correct score market. These teams have now met 4 times competitively in the last 14 months. The stats are identical for both: Played 4, Won 2, Lost 2, Goals For 6, Goals Against 6. In each game the score was 2-1 & neither team has won at home. When things are as tight as this the best time to take the lead is seconds before halftime & Mikey duly obliged with a cunningly directed strike.
Despite the free flowing rough & tumble midfield battle Ben was consistently able to cause problems. As a result EG were able to extended their lead with Julian diving to score from close range displaying a courageous level of commitment last seen when he parted company with his skateboard.
H&W got back into the game with a second phase short corner goal having committed players forward. The brand-new Harrow School pitch was slippery causing many players to fall, but not Taz, who in the face of the high press displayed a composure and resolve associated with the most famous Old Harrovian to help seal the result.Looking too closely at other results can be misleading in vets hockey. H&W were only able to send an under-strength team to champions Wimbledon last week & this makes predictions treacherous. Consequently, our team mascot & No1. fan will be sharing his wisdom after next week's game at home to Spencer.
Saints 1-5 Old Cranleighans Barnstormers - Mike Barrott
Badgers 4-1 Horsham Hotsticks - Luka Jones 2, Finn Fenwick 2
The Badgers played their second match of the season against a good Horsham side. The 'no reverse hits on goal' rule in place for the league saw one goal disallowed, but the team went on to win 4-1, with two goals a piece for Luka Jones and Finn Fenwick. After the match they enjoyed match tea in the Horsham club house and here's a photo of them all filling up on curry!
Sunday 8th October.... Where Saturday's results were mixed, the takeaway Sunday was a 100% winning record (small sample size accepted), as the 1st team dominated Holcombe on their way to an emphatic 5-1 victory, with what has to go down as one of their best all around team performances for a number of years..
Meanwhile the 2's traveled to Tulse Hill in the new format EH Tier 2 Championships, and secured passage to the second round with a 4-2 victory over the hosts 1st XI.
And some stars of the future had an enjoyable day at County training...
Men's 1's 5-1 Holcombe - David Condon, Chris Griffiths, Wes Jackson, Tony Wilson, Simon Faulkner - REPORT
EH Championships Tier 2 - Men's 2's 4-2 Tulse Hill & Dulwich Men's 1's - Josh Nurse 2, Josh Coniglio, Ben Gregory
Quiet day on the junior front, but It was good to see East Grinstead Juniors so well represented at the U13 Sussex JAC training, this smiley lot were all going through their paces at Hurst on Sunday. Apologies to Ethan, Bobby and Archie who snuck past the photographer on the way out, so aren't captured here.