STATS!Played...12 Won...6 Drawn...2 Lost....4
Streaks... Vets 6 undefeated... Ladies 2's 5 undefeated... Men's 1's 4 wins... Mikey Holland goals in 6 consecutive games...
Hat-tricks - 4...
Clean sheets - 2 for, 3 against... 3 consecutive for the Ladies 1s (averaging 0.4 goals against per game)...
Highest scoring team - Vets, 25 goals, top of the league.... 2nd highest - Men's 2's, 24 goals, bottom of the league. Sport can be funny sometimes...
The Men's 4's led the way on the scoring front; rumour has it that the Penguin goalkeeper forgot to turn up, but whatever the truth of that the 4's took advantage; Jack Huntington scored 4, and Hugo Hawes and Ollie Kirby each claimed hat-tricks en route to a 14-0 victory, and the first points of the league campaign.
Maximum points taken from the Canterbury double header, with a 3rd straight win for the Ladies, and 4th for the Men, the latter assisted by a Simon Faulkner hat-trick
The Ladies 2's remain unbeaten, and 3rd in the league in their first season in South 2. Leading scorer Robyn Bentley claimed their only goal in a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile the tough start continues for the Men's 2's, another promising attacking performance offset by defensive frailties as they slipped 4-6 to Wimbledon, and remain bottom. If a ray of hope exists, they've now played 6 of the top 7 teams in the league, so in theory there ought to be some easier games ahead...
Not so much consolation for the Men's 3's, whose heavy defeat away at Middleton dropped them to the foot of the table also; it was a third consecutive loss, and they remain without a win in the league. This much to be said however; for a mostly young side the overall attitude stayed positive throughout, when in could easily have been otherwise.
Identical results for the Ladies 3's and 4's, 0-1 defeats; they stay 10th and drop to 6th in their respective leagues.
Ladies 1's 2-0 Canterbury Ladies 1's - Zoe Burrell, Ellie Rayer
Ladies 2's 1-1 Witney Ladies 1's - Robyn Bentley
Ladies 3's 0-1 Brighton & Hove Ladies 2's
Ladies 4's 0-1 Eastbourne Cygnets
Bluebirds 5-0 WALKOVER
Men's 1's 6-1 Canterbury 1's - Simon Faulkner 3, Chris Griffiths, Kieran Mulholland, Rob Cope
Men's 2's 4-6 Wimbledon 2's - Harry Turner, Ben Gregory, Will Denny, Dylan Holland
Men's 3's 0-9 Middleton 1's
Men's 4's 14-0 Penguin 2's - Scorers - Jack Huntington 4, Ollie Kirby 3, Hugo Hawes 3, Elliott Guest 2, Fynn Jones, Tomasz Morris
Vets 2-2 Wimbledon Masters - Scorers - Mikey Holland 2
In contrast to last year's bad tempered all-or-nothing feisty affair, the latest edition of champions versus pretenders was a high class tactical chess game of skill, possession and patience where hockey was the winner.
EG missed their offensive talisman and team fluffer Ben Payne, particularly in the 1st half as Wimbledon deserved their lead at the break. Insightful Brearly-esq tactical changes from the captain at half time saw an EG comeback with impressive performances from Moggy, Jez, and Julian who worked hard to come deep to collect the ball, then work even harder to protect his precious pad less skateboarding shins following a basic elementary schoolboy kit error.
Short corners accounted for 3 of the goals in the match with Mikey "laser guided" Holland delivering the goods for EG with customary precision. Wimbledon's endeavour and commitment to the high press paid dividends late on for what was a fair result.
I would encourage anyone to make the effort to visit Wimbledon clubhouse where the outstanding facilities and hospitality contrast with the reluctant involvement on offer at the KCS pitches. If you desperately need a shower at the school, there is a special code to gain access.The teams mingled and chatted at tea with various old acquaintances catching up. This quality game and competitive friendly approach is what top level vets hockey is all about. Make a note in your diary for the return fixture, you could be in for a treat.
Saints NO GAME
Badgers 2-1 South Saxons Warriors - Scorers - Finn Fenwick, Luka Jones
Sunday 22nd October.... The weekend closed out with a Sunday double header at Saint Hill, and the goals continued to flow.
First up was the much delayed Sussex 2nd XI Cup match against Brighton, with EG eventually claiming the win on strokes after the sides had traded goals throughout the 70 minutes.
Simon Faulkner notched his fourth of the weekend as the Men's 1's overcame Wimbledon to climb to 2nd in the table. Congratulations also to Dylan Holland, making his National League debut at age 15.
Men's 1's 3-1 Wimbledon - David Condon, Liam Ansell, Simon Faulkner
Men's 2's 6-6 Brighton & Hove 2's, WON 4-3 on strokes - Adam Farren 2, Ben Smith, Will Denny, George Mustchin, Andy Yiu
Some history to finish with... Impressive as a 14-0 win for the 4's was, it's still some way down the list of biggest wins...