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1st Team Match Reports

1s Cup Round of 64: H vs North Wilts

So for the first time in 3/4 years the men's 1st team have been entered into a cup.  After all why not?  We have a great squad, with a mix of youth and experience, and there's the chance of going far and getting yourself a game at the Olympic Park.

So to the game...against a North (rather than our usual West) Wilts team wanting to take their place in the 2nd round. 5 wins would get us to the final.

They are a couple of leagues below us, but that didn't stop them from putting on strong pressure. We started well enough again by taking an early lead before being pinned back before half-time, to 3-2 up.

The half-time message....keep creating chances, but we've got to stop giving away easy chances to the opposition who were happy to sit back and counter-attack.  It seemed to do the trick and we took complete control of the game.

Goals came from 6 different players and we won 11-3 but full time.  A good win and plenty to work on still.  Bring on round 2, to be played 29 November 2015.

Goals:  Tom Bryant (3), Harry Bryant (3), Justin Metcalfe (2), Matt Sullivan, Christian Elvidge, Ed Ledger

Man of the Match: Harry Bryant

Dick of the Day: Matt Sullivan (should never miss from a yard)

1s Game 9: H vs Whitchurch

It was a truly horrendous day (weather-wise) for us to have this game.

But despite that we made a really good start to the game with a terrific finish coming from Ed Ledger from the left hand side of the D. This was followed by another shortly after...and a third.  It was looking rosy...perhaps too much as we found ourselves dropping off and letting Whitchurch back into the game.

At half-time it was 3-2 and we had to push on and take the game away from them.

We did just that and managed to get our cushion back to make the score 5-2 (with Ed Ledger claiming a hat-trick). Unfortunately we once again found ourselves being lax and we ended up clinging on for a 5-4 win. 

In the end we will take the win, but we need to press on for a better performance next week as we travel to top of the league at Penarth.


1s game 8: A v Cardiff & Met C

Another game in Wales for the boys.

Travelling to the Welsh capital again we have taken another 3 points home.  The boys put in a strong performance but again we were not as clinical as we might have been and didn't put the game beyond doubt, but nonetheless we've mantained our place settled into 3rd in the league.

Goals came from Rob Williams and Tom Bryant (2).

Man of the match: Matt Sullivan

Dick of the day: Ed Ledger

1s: Game 6 H v Bristol Uni B

Leg 1 of the local derby against Bristol Uni.

We knew it was gonna be a tough game against a younger and fitter side who play with each other 3/4 times a week.  We have lost a number of players from last week and yet we still felt confident with the squad players who had come in, including Jake Seager making his debut for the 1st team.

Thanks to goals from Rob Williams (2) Tom Bryant (2) and a debut flick from Jake Seager we managed to take a 5-1 victory over our younger rivals. In truth it shouldhave been more as plenty of chances went begging, with a couple of howlersnot finding the net. However maintaining our winning ways fo another week is always a positive. 
We controlled the game throughout and it was by far the best TEAM performance our the season to date. The effort levels were phenominal to a man.

Man of the Match: With 6 different players getting at least 1 vote the award was split between Matt and Mark Sullivan, both of whom had fantastic displays.

Dick of the Day: Oh Robbie, Robbie, Robbie.  Played so well with 2 goals. But when you do beat the defence round the keeper and have an open goal in front of you, you have to expect to get the award for this week.

1s Game 5 - H v Lansdown

After a hard-to-take loss at the hands of Bridgend last week, it was important for the 1s to come back with a win against Lansdown.

We knew that it wasn't going to be an easy game, but we found ourselves 1-0 down early on from a deflection by an unmarked man at the back post.  The frustration was looming as we again created a number of chances that once again we were not able to put away.  Lansdown looked happy to sit back on their lead and try to hit us on the counter as we continued to press.

Just before half time, we did manage to get the ball across the line with the finish coming from Ed Ledger.

At 1-1 we came out for the second half ready to press on for more goals to get back to winning ways, but Lansdown made sure that we were kept under pressure.  Eventually we took a deserved lead following our 10th short corner and after a low drag by Tom.  These were quickly followed by finishes from Justin and Christian to take us to a strong 4-1 win. 

It wasn't the perfect performance by any means, but needless to say it was a vast improvement from last week.

4 wins from 5 and 3rd place in the league. Tough tests are ahead starting with the Bristol derby next week. Bring on the students.

Game 4: A v Bridgend

This week we took on a Bridgend team that also had won their first 3 games, so someone's 100% record would be gone.

We turned up confident of maintaining our form and picking up another win and after a number of short corners being charged down Tom Bryant managed to break the deadlock by squeezing one under the keeper. We had some more chances to extend our lead and but for some saves from their keeper we could have been 3 goals to the good.

The failure to take advantage of the chances ended up proving costly and we allowed Bridgend the chance to score 2 short corners.  The game ended 2-1 in their favour and we were frustrated that we did not play to our potential.

I think it can be said that it was a fiesty affair with tempers flaring up, partly as a result of our own frustration with the performance. 

Needing to bounce back quickly after this one. 

Game 3 - H v Aberystwyth Uni

A game against a different type of team this week. More physical, fitter, quicker, well-drilled and having lost their opening 2 games by just 1 goal each they turned up 2 hours before push back and up for the game.

Just because we are the gents we are, both teams had a slow start to the game. 

After finding our feet we eventually took the lead through Christian Elvidge's first league goal of the season from a very tight angle. We had been in control for the 5 minutes beforehand but just unable to beat Aber's keeper who had a storming performance start to finish (as you'd expect from an ex-England U18 with 30 caps under his belt).

We continued to work hard but we were pinned back to 1-1 before Tom Bryant's finish from a short corner put us back ahead 2-1 at half time.

The second half pretty much followed the same pattern as the first. We seemed to have the better of the play, but save after save meant we couldn't stretch our lead. This made it all the more frustrating when the game got to 2-2 from a scrappy Aber finish.  Luckily we are not the same team as last year and we took the momentum back again. 

A short corner was won which Tom clanged into the post. Reverse strikes from Ethan and Harry were saved well again...but with 5 minutes left Tom found the bottom corner again to put us ahead 3-2.  We held our composure at the end, keeping the ball and not giving any chance for that final equaliser. 

A difficult game for sure, but a great win against a good team.  With the looooooong return fixture in January to look forward to, their skipper has offered to put us all up for the night ahead of many frivolities and antics.

3 wins from 3 and still topping the table.  But next week we face a Bridgend team that have the same record.
But one thing is for sure...we're definitely up for it.

Game 2 - A v Llan & Caerphilly

After a very positive game last week we turned up in Caerphilly today looking to keep the forward momentum and put down a marker for the season.  Caerphilly had just won promotion and seemed up for the challenge...

Sadly for Caerphilly we were still in the mood for good hockey and goals!

We once again got off to a solid start and got on the score sheet early with what was perhaps a bit of a scrappy goal...but they all count the same if they smash the backboard or dribble over the line.

We pushed on after that and the goals started flowing with this week managing another resounding win of 8 - 1.  There were a number of cards on the day

Goals: Rob Williams (2), Tom Bryant (2), Ed Ledger (2), Harry Bryant (2)

Man of the Match: Mark Sullivan - after earning promotion to the first team, Mark really stepped up and was solid at the back today. 

Dick of the Day: Dan Ott - now there's a list of things for the skip to pick this up today, so bear with us:
1. Remember to check if you might need to change shirts...
2. Don't forget your shoes when you're getting changed or you walk across the car park barefoot
3. Don't try to aerial the ball from inside your own D straight into their player to give away a short corner

Game 1 - H v Cirencester

A new season and a new 1st team started against Cirencester with the team looking to make a positive start against a team that we beat at home but lost to away last year.

After 3 wins from 3 in pre-season, the team wanted to get off to a solid start and, to a man, we did not disappoint. The goals were flowing from early on as we controlled the game from start to finish. The end result was an 11 - 2 victory over a team that we struggled against last season.

Congratulations boys. Fantastic result. The only downside is that Penarth won by 13-1 so we couldn't top the league.  Oh well...still a great win and roll on next week. 

Goals: Rob Williams (6), Tom Bryant (2), Ed Ledger (2), Josh Norton (1)

Man of the Match: Rob Williams - hard not to when you score a double hat-trick (we're still waiting for those jugs Robbie)

Dick of the Day: Ed Ledger - Do not miss an open goal when you've scored 2 already, and also try to avoid kicking the oppo's GK when he's down!

1st team vs Yate (Friendly)

The final friendly before the season starts was being played against Yate 1s who play a league above us.  We had a strong team and had a new player to try out and the performance didn't disappoint.

We took control of the game and in the first half we had a strong lead of 5-0 at the break.  We didn't expect the heat on the day and in the second half the legs really started to tell, including a couple moments of lax defending.  The final score was 9-2 and a statement of intent for the season starting next week.

The goals went to Rob Williams (5), Ed Ledger (2), Josh Norton and Harry Bryant.

3 wins from 3 friendlies isn't bad...

But it all starts to count next week.

Friendly vs Weston 1st XI

Our first friendly of the season took place on Tuesday night against Weston team which has been promoted again last season into Central 2, the same league as our 2nd XI.

The team to face Weston was mixed between the 1st and 2nd teams.

Weston's pace made the first 10 minutes hard going, with wave after wave of attack.  Luckily we found our feet and managed to pull out a 2-0 lead, with a particularly special volley from Justin Metcalfe being the highlight after some great build-up play and an assist from Ed Ledger.

Weston caught us napping to pull it back to 2-1 before the break.

In the second half we felt in control of the game, with the cobwebs blown away and the passing improving as the game went on. With 3 more goals scored in the second half to take the win 5-2.

It proved to be a very good work out for the first friendly of the season, and a good win to start off the winter season.

Let's hope that this is a good omen for the year.

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