EG Men today travelled to Exeter University for their second England Hockey Premier League match of the season. Click through to read more....
The long away trip to Exeter and back was punctuated today by an exciting match for the Mens' 1st Team in the Premier League. With a new format to the league this year, all points are critical throughout the season, and having made a great start at home to Oxted, the team was focused on the task at hand.
EG starting line up was missing Ross Stott due to a hand injury sustained against Oxted, but at the same time, welcomed back Paddy Smith "between the posts" to marshal the defence. After an opening quarter in which neither side could break the deadline, the match came alive in the second quarter.
Ben Mackey opened the scoring in the 20th minute from a corner, while Louis Gittens (pictured) added to his season's tally in the 24th minute. A half time score of 2:0 to EG looked positive but against a fit, young Exeter side it was to be expected that they would respond, and respond they did in the 38th minute from open play. In fact the 3rd quarter saw an exchange of goals AND cards with both sides seeing green, and another two goals from EG; this time the scorers being Captain Simon Faulkner from a corner and Simon Whait from a field goal.
The final quarter was similarly pulsating with EG goals from Barney Bithell (a first in the Premiership) and Louis Gittens again, punctuated by an Exeter goal early in the quarter.
A great outcome for the weekend with both Mens and Ladies 1st Teams securing 3 points in their respective leagues. The Men can next be seen at home on Sunday October 4th at 2:30pm when they host Brooklands Manchester University in another crucial league match. The ladies will be hosting Buckingham on Saturday 3rd at 3pm.